This is one of my favorite hair looks for summer or competitions! It's a cute way to keep hair out of your face, which is good because sweaty/greasy hair in your face can cause breakouts. (If that happens, click here to read my Top 10 Do's And Don'ts For Good Skin.) Here's a step-by-step braided messy bun tutorial so you can learn how to recreate this look for yourself.
French braid + messy bun = perfect summer hair. It's great for cheer or dance competitions!
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You can create this look with clean hair or 2nd day hair. It may be a little easier with 2nd day hair because the braids won't be as slippery and will hold better. When I create this look on clean hair, I use Frederic Fekkai Full Blown Volume Styling Whip to give my hair volume and extra holding power.
Step 1: Curl hair with medium to large-sized rollers. I do this to add volume and so my hair will be smooth with ends that flip. The result is curls that look like this:
My hair starting out…it's clean — with a little mousse added — and has bouncy, loose curls.
Step 2: Part your bangs on the side where you typically part them, then add a french braid that begins at your bangs and goes down to about ear level. Finish it off with a regular braid, and add a small clippie for easy removal for when it goes in a messy bun in the next step.
My french braid morphs into a regular braid just above my ear.
Add a Bun:
Step 3: Remove the clippie and use your fingers to pull the remaining hair into a bun. Pin any flyaway hair with bobbie pins. It also helps if you use a little bit of hair serum to tame the loose strands. I pull the hair kinda loose in the messy bun so the bun will look more voluminous.
Here's a final view of the left side:
Voila!! This is a fun and easy look for summer hair! The hair conditioner I've been using lately to keep my hair in tip-top condition is called Shea Moisture Manuka Honey Hair Masque from Target. It only costs around $10 and it smells sooooo yummy!