Whether we’re actually heading back to school this fall or not, as soon as the season hits (like right around now!), we’re always filled up with a desire to start fresh all aspects of our lives, including with our hair. For that, we tend to look to what our favorite celebs are doing with their locks, and this time around, it was actress and comedian Amy Schumer who was dishing out the inspo with her super sassy and simple messy side braid she wore while promoting Trainwreck in Switzerland this past weekend. It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Amy rock this tousled look: She loved it so much she rocked the same exact hair style last month for the Trainwreck Sydney premiere. Thank you Amy, for not only showing us gals how to step up our braid games, but for being bold enough to actually wear it twice!
What we love about this hairstyle is that it’s so casual, but because of the volume around Amy’s roots and the polish of the plait, it can be worn at more formal events too. Talk about the perfect class-to-off-campus hairstyle! Oh yeah, and it only takes about five minutes to DIY. Scroll through the five easy steps to see this simple yet stunning braid come to life.
Step 1: Prep Hair
Regardless if your hair is wavy or straight, go ahead and give it a little flat iron love. Once your hair is pretty pin straight, spray on a texturizing spray like Sea + Herbs + Oils Bath Sea + Salt Hair Mist in Coconut + Vanilla ($14) — seriously, it’s one of the best sea salt sprays I have ever used. It will help add texture and make your hair stay in place, and the smell… OH the smell! YUM!
Step 2: Heavy Side Part + Backcomb
Amy’s braid is parted over toward the right side, but you can go whichever way works for you as long as your part is way off to either side. Then, take small sections of hair from the combed-over side of your hair and gently backcomb with a rat tail comb to create volume.
Step 3: Smooth Down + Pin
Lightly comb over the outer layer of hair to smooth down the top section and then pin your hair in place by cross pinning with bobby pins. This should give you a sort of side bouffant silhouette.
Step 4: Loose Dutch Braid
A Dutch braid is just braiding in the reverse — instead of crossing the hair up and over, you will cross the hair back and under to create your braid. Keep your braid loose so you can separate the strands around the top of your head in the next step.
Step 5: Elastic + Separate
Gently pull your braid apart to create a loose finish on the plait and a remove some hairs from the top of your braid to finish off the messy vibe.
Anyone can rock this hairstyle! Even you short-haired gals. Just grab some clip-in hair extensions from your local beauty supply store to throw in.
What are your must have back to school looks? Share in the comments section below!
Hair + Makeup + Production: Misty Spinney
Styling: Kate Puhala
Photography: Kurt Andre
(Photo via Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty)