* Messy Rope Braids *

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Leaving front pieces out, create an imperfect side part in the section directly behind {if you have side-swept bangs, part it on the opposite side} and braid hair to the end -but on an angle so it swoops around easier & lays nicely. Secure braid using a tiny jaw clip or an elastic & let hang for now. Repeat the same steps but on the opposite side for the next braid. Once both braids are complete {you can add a third as well or do your entire head!} loosely pull hair & braids back and wrap it into a messy bun. For a more casual “do” like this one, I used clear jaw clips to secure my bun in place but if it were for an event or if I were going somewhere fancy I would have used bobby pins and hair pins so they would be hidden. {add some fresh or faux flowers to the braids or better yet, baby’s breath {like in the 80’s LOL} for an uber hippie chic look}

You don’t want it to be too tight so using your fingers, pull a bit of the braids apart and mess it up a bit. Hairspray to finish. If need be, add texture to your hair prior by curling it with a curling iron and/or hair spraying it.

hair styling tools

* Bed Head MAXXED-OUT Hairspray, CLEAR Hair Elastics, Scunci jaw clips 2 sizes

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Hopefully the photos are self explanatory but the description is there if necessary.

See how I wore it in an outfit post here

CLICK HERE …for a Video Tutorial …with 4 small braids instead of two medium ones



LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Craftmaker

    June 10, 2010 |

    Great tutorial! I’ll put it into practice right away:):):)

  • 1 Funky Woman

    June 10, 2010 |

    So darling for the summer. Can you come over and do that to my hair, lol?

  • Tugba

    June 10, 2010 |
  • Elle Sees

    June 10, 2010 |

    Yes! I was hoping you’d do a tutorial on this!

  • J-Diggety

    June 10, 2010 |

    I zeroed in on your hair in your outfit post so I’m glad you gave us the low-down. Love anything easy but chic in the summer!
    xoxo J

  • Caroline, No.

    June 10, 2010 |

    I’m so wearing my hair like this tomorrow night. Thanks! (and I’d better get told I look pretty x100!)

  • Chicago Mom (Heather)

    June 10, 2010 |

    Wonderful! Thanks!

  • ~Mrs. Guru~

    June 10, 2010 |

    Love it!

  • Leah

    June 10, 2010 |

    Wow really pretty! I will have to try this!

  • Closet Fashionista

    June 10, 2010 |

    Great tutorial! I love your hair 😀

  • Belle de Ville

    June 10, 2010 |

    I love this look for summer.

  • drollgirl

    June 11, 2010 |

    it looks fab! glorious! and i think blonds look better in braids than brunettes. once again brunettes get the shaft. ahahha. oh well. i will still try it!

  • thesydneygirl

    June 11, 2010 |


  • Carly Anne

    June 11, 2010 |

    I’m seeing these everywhere-and I love them! Thanks for the tutorial. I might just sport ‘um at the office tomorrow…


    All this is Grace and Charm

  • Lynzy

    June 11, 2010 |

    OH I am going to rock this real soon and I will give credit where it is due (on my blog)


  • Anonymous

    June 11, 2010 |


  • Leia

    June 11, 2010 |

    absolutely lovely!

  • Aisling

    June 11, 2010 |

    It looks lovely, but I’m not sure the name is the best as there actually is a way of braiding that is called rope braid. http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Rope-Braid

  • Amber

    June 11, 2010 |

    Love the tutorial, your hair is beautiful!

  • Chessa!

    June 11, 2010 |

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this look. I’m going to try it this wknd.

  • ediot

    June 11, 2010 |

    such a beautiful braid. well done darling- i wish i could make a braid like that



    June 14, 2010 |

    Simply stunning… I really love tour blog!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Elle Sees

    June 14, 2010 |

    I featured this on my blog today!

  • BaCreando

    June 15, 2010 |

    I love this blogggggg !!! you have a Italian’s Fan !!!! my hair love you 😉 ! hihihihihi!A hug !!!

  • Tinkaterr

    June 25, 2010 |

    Ohhh I love it! What style, what sass!!! 🙂 Sugary enough for ya!

    Awesome hairdid. I have been looking for something that is cute but bohemian-ish (made up word for sure)

    I am new to your blog and already I am in love.


  • Annie

    September 10, 2011 |

    Wow all your tutorials are so great! I wore this the other day and got so many comments, people were literally doing circles around me trying to figure out where the braids went!!

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