7 messy but gorgeous braids that you can totally do yourself

Don't let the term "messy" fool you. While these braids certainly lend themselves to beginners and are a little less put-together, they aren't sloppy or slovenly. You can pull these pretty looks off at a wedding or a day at a mall. The looser braids are soft, pretty, and perfect for days you want to look like you don't care (but you really do).
Check out these gorgeous messy braids you can do any day of the week:
1. Messy side braid (h/t Kayleigh Noelle)
This is a simple way to tidy up your hair if you just want to pull it together quickly. This five-minute style is perfect when you're on the go. Try curling any loose pieces for a little extra softness.
2. Half up tuck (h/t Alex Haircraft)
This style is way more put together than it looks. If you have naturally wavy hair, this half-up pancaked braid will be a snap. If not, you can add a few waves to your hair with a curling iron first. Try working this braid across both sides of the head for a fun bohemian twist.
3. Elsa's Messy Braid (h/t Makeup Wearables)
If you're not tired of all things Frozen yet (kudos), you might want to check out the ultimate of messy braids. You'll want to cure your hair before tackling this braid as it adds texture and volume.
4. Side pancaked (h/t Betty Dain Creations)
Work your braid from the top of your head all the way down. Going from a French braid to a fishtail braid adds fun textures and make it easier to add loose pieces for a messier look.
5. Messy French braid (h/t Live your Style)
French braids naturally lend themselves to a tighter hairstyle. You can give them a looser look and feel by starting your braid at the nape of your neck and then pancaking the pieces as you work your way down. Pull a few extra pieces to frame your face.
6. Half-up messy side (h/t Trou Salon)
This fun messy braid is a fun way to show off your personality. Because you're only working with a small section of your hair, it's a quick hairstyle you can throw together when you're in a hurry, but it still looks pretty.
7. Messy braid bun (h/t Mariah J Day)
Turning your fishtail braid into a bun is a quick way to take a tight braid and turn it into a messy hairstyle. The bun keeps your hair off your neck and out of your face, and the braid adds texture and extra visual appeal, so you're comfortable and look great.

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