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33 Messy Braid Hairstyles That Prove Perfection Is Overrated

05/19/2015 07:00 am ET

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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.

  • 1 Side Braid
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    Mindy Kaling
  • 2 Crown Braid
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    Pixie Lott
  • 3 Fishtail Braid
    Jason Merritt via Getty Images
    Meta Golding
  • 4 Braided Chignon
    Carlos Alvarez via Getty Images
    Queen Letizia of Spain
  • 5 Side Braid
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    Lea Michele
  • 6 Dutch Braid
    Astrid Stawiarz via Getty Images
    Savannah Faith Chrisley
  • 7 Fishtail Braid
    Alberto E. Rodriguez via Getty Images
    Dascha Polanco
  • 8 Fishtail Braid
    Chris Jackson via Getty Images
    Meghan Trainor
  • 9 French Braid
    Jason Merritt via Getty Images
    Emily Blunt
  • 10 Side Braid
    Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP
    Chrissy Teigen
  • 11 Knotted French Braid
    Jason Merritt via Getty Images
    Kellie Pickler
  • 12 Side Braid
    Frederick M. Brown via Getty Images
    Brittany Snow
  • 13 Milkmaid Braid
    Frazer Harrison via Getty Images
    Zoe Saldana
  • 14 Side Braid
    Carlos Alvarez via Getty Images
    Ashley Greene
  • 15 Milkmaid Braid
    Robin Marchant via Getty Images
    Beau Garrett
  • 16 Side Braid
    Jason Merritt via Getty Images
    Laura Haddock
  • 17 Braided Mohawk
    Chelsea Lauren via Getty Images
    Kelly Osbourne
  • 18 Braided Chignon
    Frazer Harrison via Getty Images
    Keira Knightley
  • 19 Knotted Braid
    Katy Winn/Invision/AP
    Olivia Holt
  • 20 Messy Fishtail Braid
    Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
    Alexa Penavega
  • 21 French Braid
    John Shearer/Invision/AP
    Keltie Knight
  • 22 Fishtail Braid
    Alberto E. Rodriguez via Getty Images
    Alessandra Balazs
  • 23 "Hidden" French Braid
    David Livingston via Getty Images
    Jaime King
  • 24 Side Braid
    Isaac Brekken via Getty Images
    Nicole Kidman
  • 25 Fishtail Braid
    Jason Merritt via Getty Images
    Lucy Liu
  • 26 Underhanded French Braid
    Frazer Harrison via Getty Images
    Margot Robbie
  • 27 Multi-Side Braid
    Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
    Chloe Grace Moretz
  • 28 Milkmaid Braid
    Lisa Maree Williams via Getty Images
    Jessica Mauboy
  • 29 Fishtail Braid
    Rob Kim via Getty Images
    Erin Richards
  • 30 Braided Chignon
    Jason Merritt via Getty Images
    Kylie Jenner

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