The Messy 4-Strand Braid That Looks Awesome On The Runway AND Your Head

It's as easy as a regular braid, but way cooler.
Publish date:
December 12, 2013
Tresemme, braids, How-To, dry shampoos, dirty hair, fashion shows, messy hair

I've been looking to the Spring/Summer 2014 collections for some cold-weather beauty inspiration, and Giles’s runway hair look stands out.

It's a messy, cool side braid that is done with four strands
instead of three. The braid is really tight and textured, while the rest of the
hair looks like you slept in it for a week straight.

This look is very easy to do, and even though four strands seem
intimidating, once you’ve practiced it, becomes as easy as a regular braid.

This works best with dirty, two-days-unwashed hair. Spray a generous
amount of dry shampoo to the roots to add more texture. I use TRESemme’s Fresh Start Volumizing Dry
Shampoo--it leaves little residue and works

Start by securing your hair in a tight, low ponytail.

Divide your hair into four strands. Tip: Wet your hair
before braiding it; it will help keep hair from flying away.

Take strand 1 and bring it under the hair between strands 3
and 4. Then bring it up and around strand 3. Does that make sense? Graphics to make this less complicated. Enter art.

Once you’ve gone through those steps, repeat the same thing starting
on the opposite side. Keep exchanging
sides until there is no more hair to braid and secure it with a tiny hair tie.

Pull some hair out of the braid to add more texture. You can
also add some hairspray and dry shampoo for texture.

Once you have your braid secure, comb the rest of your hair
back to make it's very neat, and spray some hairspray.

Before the hairspray
completely dries, push some hair gently forward with your hands. You should
also pick out some strands if you want a messier look. Then add more hairspray.

Play with your hair a little to get
it the way you want. You may want to have a dramatic winded look or a subtler
version. But the messier, the better.

And you’re done!

And here I have an extra photo a friend took when I did the
braid without securing the low ponytail a few weeks ago. Why is messy hair so great? How many times did I say "texture" in this?