Make a box on top of her head. Split it in 2 and french braid both sections in opposite directions.
You'll have to ignore the crown here, LOL. It was a dress-up day at school and of course, she wanted to be a princess (what else?) Sometime soon I'll do a post showing how we got that crown to stay in (just in case someone else here lives with a princess.)
Anyway, make a ponytail and bring the braids from the front to combine with the pony. Make three small braids in the pony, leaving out some ends at the bottom.
Make one more big braid with the rest of the hair in the pony.
Loop 2 of the small braids back up through the elastic on both sides of the big braid, letting the ends stick out.
Now loop the last small braid up through the elastic underneath.
Wrap the big braid around everything, forming the messy bun and secure with an elastic.
K, if you're not playing dress-up. Here it is without the crown and some cute accessories from Every Little Detail instead!