How to: Alice + Olivia’s messy crown braids

It must be said that milkmaid braids give off a sweet and innocent vibe. For the Alice + Olivia fall / winter 2013 show, the milkmaid braid was given a messy look to suit a whimsical collection that was a mix of street and romance.

Moroccanoil’s Artistic Director Antonio Corral Calero was the mind behind the messy crown braids that we saw in the Alice + Olivia show. A great balance between classic and modern, this hairstyle is one that you can recreate on your own. All you have to do is follow a few easy steps which you’ll find after the break.

How to: Alice + Olivia’s messy crown braids

Start by prepping your hair by applying some heat protecting spray like Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection which was used for the show. This will protect your hair from the heat of the blow dryer.
To help you in styling your hair, the next thing you should do is to apply volumizing mousse. Mousse effectively aids in styling and gives hair volume.
Next, dry your hair straight with a blow dryer but make sure you lift the roots of your hair with your fingers to maintain that natural look.
Once your hair is dried, create a center part and then pull your hair back. Make sure you sweep your hair over your ears so that it somewhat covers them and let loose strands fall freely in front of your face. This will help your get that edgy / messy look.
Once your hair is gathered on your nape, divide it into sections and braid each one. Make sure the braids are loose and wide to really get that messy look. Keep the braids close together so they’ll make a nice crown.
After you’ve done the braids, cross them in opposite directions and then bring them up towards the crown of your head until they meet. Make sure the two braids blend and then secure them with a pin.

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Finish this hairstyle by pulling out a few wisps and loosening the braids out some more. This gives out a more natural yet street feel to it. Then secure everything with a list mist of hairspray like Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray.

Leave it to braids to amp up any look and these messy crown braids are the best of both worlds. One part sweet, the other street, you can be sure that you’ll make heads turn when you’re wearing this hairstyle.

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Melanie is a fashion designer, entrepreneur and writer who is always up for a challenge. This is probably the reason why she has immersed herself in the very dynamic fashion industry. She currently has her own couture business in her hometown of Manila, Philippines and confesses to being a hair and makeup junkie. She also loves all things D.I.Y and considers herself a bookworm.