My beauty confession: I always use a toothbrush when I braid my hair. Yup. Let me explain.

We鈥檙e in the age of messy聽hair, y鈥檃ll. Imperfect locks are being favored over carefully crafted 鈥榙os, which means that lazy-girl-approved hairstyles are totally acceptable 鈥 and trendy 鈥 these days. Yaaaaas.

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I, for one, am someone who does not wash her hair more than twice a week (usually). I find that after a few days, my hair鈥檚 texture (paired with my dry shampoo hack) has that perfect grittiness which lends itself well to a slew of tousled styles. One of my go-to hairstyles for dirty hair is the classic side braid 鈥 although I鈥檓 ready to test this method out on some next-level braids too. The secret to achieving that perfectly imperfect look? A toothbrush and two super simple steps.

Step 1: Braid Your Hair

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Knot your hair into any type of braid. This hair hack works for all types of styles, but it doesn鈥檛 get easier than a good ol鈥 three-strand braid.

Step 2: Backcomb That Ish

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Now, using a toothbrush, begin texturizing your braid. Work the toothbrush into your braid, backward, moving up the shaft of your hair toward your head (versus working your way down). I know this feels like you鈥檙e effing your braid up, but that鈥檚 kinda the point here. You can even wiggle the tip of the toothbrush in each fold of your braid to thicken it up.

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If you鈥檙e after a slightly messy, chunky hairstyle that鈥檚 on-trend and insanely easy to create, a toothbrush is a must 鈥 you can see my un-toothbrushed (um yes it鈥檚 a word) braid on the left, and my texturized look on the right. You can apply the same toothbrush technique to a slew of looks that will leave you with a unique, knotted vibe that鈥檚 way cooler than a pin-straight, perfectly structured 鈥榙o. The toothbrush basically acts as a mini teasing tool for your hair, so apply that same logic. Happy brushing ;)

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