Hot Hair Alert: The Chunky, Messy Braid

Hot Hair Look: The Chunky, Messy Braid(Source: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America)If there's two things we love when it comes to a hair trend, it's something that looks effortless and something that actually is effortless. Needless to say when we saw a number of celebs touting rather messy braids that looked similar to ones we're actually able to create sans a glamsquad team, we were intrigued.

The messier-the-better braid has been popping up a lot lately on our beauty radar, from Nina Dobrev to Shay Mitchell. The concept of the braid is simple: keep it messy, keep it chunky, keep it natural. Simple and natural? Yep, we can get behind this trend. Take a peek at some of our favorite ways celebs have modeled this look.

Nina Dobrev opted for a thick and full side braid with curled tendrils.

Nina+DobrevActress Nina Dobrev attends FOX's 2014 Teen Choice Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on August 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics »
Lucy Hale styled her boxy braid down the center of her head for a sportier vibe. PS: Reminds us a tad of the braids from Rachel Zoe's Spring 2014 runway show, no?

Lucy+HaleActress Lucy Hale attends FOX's 2014 Teen Choice Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on August 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics »Lucy+HaleActress Lucy Hale (fashion detail) attends FOX's 2014 Teen Choice Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on August 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics »Fellow Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell also hopped on the messy braid bandwagon with this loose three-strand braid, which didn't start weaving until halfway down the pony for added texture.

Shay+MitchellActress Shay Mitchell attends FOX's 2014 Teen Choice Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on August 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics »Jenna Ushkowitz also opted for a three-strand braid. Whispy flyaways were left hanging free to give her look a truly effortless appeal.

Oceana's Annual SeaChange Summer Party Actress Jenna Ushkowitz attends Oceana's Annual SeaChange Summer Party on August 16, 2014 in Laguna Beach, California. (Getty Images)more pics »Want to get this look for yourself? Try your hand at our three strand tri-braid that only looks hard. (We promise it's not!) And get more braid inspiration below:
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