How-to: The Messy Side Braid in 4 Easy Steps

by Viviscal Hair Expert on August 9th, 2016
Hair How to 4 Steps to messy Side bun by Neil Moodie

Master the messy side braid in four steps. Get step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial by session stylist and Viviscal ambassador Neil Moodie.

Throughout August, we’re sharing four of Neil Moodie’s top hair looks, showing you how to achieve these on-trend styles quickly and easily. Every Tuesday, visit our blog to see how to use the new Viviscal Gorgeous Growth hair care line to create looks with beach waves, a messy side braid, accessories and a chic up-do.

Step-by-Step How-to:

  1. To give hair volume, wash and condition with Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo & Densifying Conditioner. For added body, apply Viviscal Conceal & Densify Volumizing Fibers to the crown and use the comb applicator to work through in sections.
  2. Using your fingers, part the hair into three strands, and braid them into a semi-loose French braid and tie with an elastic band, leaving minimal hair hanging below the band.
  3. Loosen the braid using your fingers to create more texture. You want the braid to look wider and flatter.
  4. Loop the braid upwards, pinning the end to the top. You want it to be just above your ear. Add as many pins as you need to secure it in place.

Neil’s finishing touch: “For added volume, adjust the braid by using your fingers to create texture. You can make it as messy or as neat as you like.”

Watch: How to Create the Perfect Messy Side Bun by Neil Moodie

About Neil Moodie

Neil is the Creative Director for the Windle & Moodie salon in London. In his more than 30 years of experience as a hairdresser, he has gained a wealth of knowledge not only of hair but of the beauty industry, collaborating with some of the biggest fashion and beauty pioneers in the world. His work has appeared on the pages of Vogue, Burberry print ads and on haute couture runways around the world. Neil says, “I love to experiment with textures and mix contemporary, graphic elements with classic fundamentals. One of the greatest aspects about editorial hairstyling is having the freedom to experiment and break some of the fundamental rules, whether through the unconventional use of products or hairstyling techniques.”

Try last week’s Neil Moodie style: perfect beach waves.