33 Messy Braid Hairstyles That Prove Perfection Is Overrated

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One of our favorite things about wearing messy braids is that you don't have to be a master hairstylist to achieve the look. Flyaways, visible bobby pins and frizzy ends often make these braided 'dos look effortlessly gorgeous.

Another added bonus about messy braids is that they don't require a particular hair texture or length. Everyone -- from Kelly Osbourne with her partially shaved head, to Mindy Kaling with her naturally wavy locks -- loves to sport them.

Take a cue from the celebrity messy braid hairstyles below and don't get caught up in creating perfectly polished plaits. Use your imagination and the hairstyling products in the slideshow to make braiding at home even easier.

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Side Braid
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Mindy Kaling
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Crown Braid
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Pixie Lott
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Fishtail Braid
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Meta Golding
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Braided Chignon
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Queen Letizia of Spain
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Side Braid
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Lea Michele
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Dutch Braid
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Savannah Faith Chrisley
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Fishtail Braid
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Dascha Polanco
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Fishtail Braid
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Meghan Trainor
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French Braid
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Emily Blunt
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Side Braid
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Chrissy Teigen
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Knotted French Braid
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Kellie Pickler
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Side Braid
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Brittany Snow
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Milkmaid Braid
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Zoe Saldana
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Side Braid
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Ashley Greene
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Milkmaid Braid
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Beau Garrett
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Side Braid
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Laura Haddock
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Braided Mohawk
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Kelly Osbourne
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Braided Chignon
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Keira Knightley
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Knotted Braid
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Olivia Holt
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Messy Fishtail Braid
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Alexa Penavega
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French Braid
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Keltie Knight
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Fishtail Braid
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Alessandra Balazs
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"Hidden" French Braid
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Jaime King
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Side Braid
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Nicole Kidman
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Fishtail Braid
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Lucy Liu
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Underhanded French Braid
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Margot Robbie
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Multi-Side Braid
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Chloe Grace Moretz
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Milkmaid Braid
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Jessica Mauboy
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Fishtail Braid
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Erin Richards
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Braided Chignon
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Kylie Jenner
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High Fishtail Braid
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Selena Gomez
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Milkmaid Braid
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Poppy Delevingne
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Braided Ponytail
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Jared Leto
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