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Get Messy Braids from the Mara Hoffman Runway

These long, messy braids are straight off the Mara Hoffman runway, and now you can get them for yourself. Plus, you don't have to be a braiding expert! If you can do a three-strand braid, you can do this hairstyle.

Mara Hoffman Braids

Messy braids have been popular for a few seasons now, but we hadn't seen a look like this one until it came walking down the Mara Hoffman NYFW runway. And we immediately fell in love! The good news is: You can do this look yourself. Just gather up two clips, four small elastics, a bunch of bobby pins, texturizing spray or powder, and strong-hold hairspray; then get started.

Mara Hoffman Braids: Steps 1-2

1. Section off a 1-inch piece behind each ear. Clip them out of the way for later use.

2. With the rest of your hair, create a clean center part from your hairline to nape. Secure the hair in two low ponytails for the time being.

Mara Hoffman Braids: Steps 3-4

3. Three-strand-braid each of the two small sections that were clipped off in step 1. On each side, thread the small braid through the middle of the ponytail.

4. Pancake both braids by pulling gently at the sides of the braids, and wrap them around your head to create a headband. Secure both ends with bobby pins.

Mara Hoffman Braids: Steps 5-6

5. Next, remove the elastics from the ponytails, and braid each one. Secure both with elastics.

6. Add texturizing spray or powder to the braids to add texture and grip. To create the illusion of intertwined braids, secure the two braids together with bobby pins, taking care to hide the pins. Finish off the look with a strong-hold hairspray.

Photography by Karla Conrad. Hairstyling by Kathleen at Penelopie Beauty Bar.

Rachel Weeks

I'm originally from the Chicagoland area, but I recently moved from beautiful Des Moines, IA to the equally beautiful Denver, CO. I spend my days reading, binge-watching TV shows, performing and listening to comedy and, of course, writing.

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