Hair how to: the diagonal messy braid

The braid is the chameleon of the hairstyle family, and with each fashion week that passes we see it reinvented creatively time and again. At Bless’d Are The Meek’s Australian fashion week (MBFWA) show our attention was drawn to this particularly covetable interpretation of a messy braid.

Backstage, Pureology’s Todd Arndt explained the look as “a wet look fused with cascading hair; the Bless’d Are The Meek girl has just jumped out of the ocean tonight!” With it’s wispy finish and too-cool-to-care untied ends, this is a braid you’ll want to replicate. Find out how after the break.

Diagonal braid: how to

1. Prepare the hair by spraying it with a volumising spray, then blasting with heat to create volume and matte texture. Todd Arndt and team used Pureology Silk Bodifier for this step.
2. Starting from the top of the right ear, take hair and braid towards the base of the left ear. To create a ‘waterfall’ effect, braid back across the nape to the base of the right ear.
3. To secure the braid without an elastic, spray liberally with hairspray (backstage the Pureology team used Purelogy Strengthening Control) and secure by teasing with a comb.
4. At front section, apply a wet-look gel to create the wet finish. Use hands to work the product across the frame of the hairline, pushing hair away from the face. Ardnt suggests Pureology Nourishing Nectar.
5. To finish, pull pieces of hair from braid creating a ‘fly-away’ effect and set with hairspray.

You can see all of the backstage pictures of the Bless’ed are the Meek spring / summer 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.

Photography by James Broadhurst