Messy Tresses - Summer's Bohemian Buns & Messy Braids

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I spend hours trying to get my little girl's hair to stay straight, nicely pinned and proper. So when I noticed shabby-chic hair on this summer's fashion pages, I did a doubletake. Then I smiled. I've been doing these two styles for years. Only mine were by mistake. These are looks a mom can love.

The top two hair trends this season are mom'??s best friends'??easy '??up dos'? that don'??t fall into '??up don'??ts'? in two minutes. Why? Because they're sort of already there.

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Here are the how-tos for the bun and the braid, both a mess this summer. Although you could probably just ask your little girl how to do them. If she'??s like mine, she has cornered the market on mess tress.

Bohemian Ballerina Bun
Gathering inspiration from your dancing daughter, the ballerina bun is twirling around this season. And forgoing the hours of rehearsal, this one starts off tired looking. We suggest the new Goody Spin Pin ($5.99) to pull your hair back and keep it back.

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Gather blow dried hair tightly to form a ponytail at the back of the crown of the head and secure with a ponytail holder, keeping all the sides flat. Holding hair at the end of the ponytail, twist the hair firmly in one direction to form a knot into a spiral. Secure with bobby pins. Now, channel your inner 8-year-old and mess up the sides a bit.

Messy Side Braid
Funny: the last straw when it comes to your daughter's hair is the first thing fashionistas are flaunting everywhere. I guess this is truly the definition of beautiful irony. Nicole Richie (mom of two) totally rocks this look. Don't know if it was the kids or her stylist at work, but we love it.

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Use a texturizing wax or spray to give the strands a bit more '??grasp'?. After creating a deep side part, section off layers around the face starting from the back of the hair. Braid the back section at an angle so that it sweeps from one side of the nape to the other. Gently break up the braid by using your fingers to separate the heart-shaped sections. Lightly tease the front sections to create the desired effect framing the face. Lightly spray with hair spray to hold in place.

Cheryl Fenton is a freelance lifestyle magazine writer, with bylines in Glamour, CookingLight, Women'??s Health & Fitness and Wallpaper magazines. She'??s the founder of, which offers give readers quick tips to achieving beauty, fashion, life and style all in record time.

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