The vast majority of braid tutorials require either a master’s degree from braiding school or at least three hands to execute. We challenged celebrity stylist Jen Atkin (the women behind the tresses of stars like Jessica Alba, Khloe Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and many more) to show us one that doesn’t. But no basic braid would do. We wanted a braid that looks impressive and complicated, but is actually remarkably easy to create. And thus, the romantic uneven braid was born. All you need is a bobby pin, a hair tie, and two hands.
Scroll through to see how easy it is to craft this gorgeous braid!
Start with air-dried hair so you have some natural texture to work with. Then, part your hair down the center.
Grab a small section of hair (about an inch wide) from around your hairline. Starting from your part, roll that section away from your face and pin it in place right above your ear.
Gather your hair to one side (the side with the twist you just created) and separate it into three even sections.
Give yourself a basic braid all the way down to your ends—just make it tight. Atkin says the braid will fall apart in the next steps if the loops are too loose.
Hold the end of one of the braid’s three sections in one hand. Hold the remaining two pieces in your other hand. Keep the single strand pulled taut, while you slide the rest of the braid up to the top.
Once you’ve bunched the braid at the top, slide the same section back down to meet your other hand at the bottom.
Tie off your braid, leaving a couple of inches loose at the end.
Using a boar-bristle brush, lightly brush up your braid in short sections. Start at the bottom and work your way up to the top. Atkin says this is the step that creates that undone texture.
Gently stretch a few loops throughout your braid, alternating the side of the braid you pull from as you go. Make your loops as uneven as you please.
And that’s it—no product or hot tools needed! Simply stunning.
Photographer: Justin Coit
Hairstylist: Jen Atkin
Makeup Artist: Roxy
Producer: Jenna Peffley
Model: Ashley Rogers