Whether it’s styled as a fishtail or in the way of the French, along your crown or toward the side of it, a braid is the ultimate warm-weather, straight-from-the-beach look. The best part is, it’s low maintenance and keeps your hair out of your face when you’re out and about in the hot summer sun. Trending at the moment are braids with an undone aesthetic. These tend to be loose with lots of texture and body. The fact that a loose braid looks better when it’s disheveled is what gives it its laid-back, effortlessly cool, surfer-girl vibe.
Your first task is to get some messy-braid inspiration from your favorite celebrities, street-style stars, and runway models. Try the modern milkmaid, a deeply parted side braid, a classic French, a mermaid fishtail, a half-up headband braid, or a braided bun. Next, find favorite hair tutorials and learn how it’s done. Even when you haven’t spent the day seaside, your hair should look weathered, so the final step is to pick your products. Here are some we love: