This loose side version of the French braid will soon become a favorite, and the combination of casual and chic makes it perfect for all sorts of occasions. The side French braid falls diagonally across the back of your head. You’ll start the braid at your temple and finish at the nape of your neck on the opposite side. This sweeping braid can finish in either a bun or side ponytail and can be customized according to the length and thickness of your hair.
IDEAL HAIR LENGTH
Medium to long
HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?
Yes, but you can do this in your own hair with practice.
You can finish the braid with a pretty bow or add an accessory such as a jeweled pin.
Experiment with different types of braiding. You could try this style with a detailed small French braid or a French fishtail braid. Customize the end of the braid to suit your hair—if your hair is very long and you can’t roll and tuck it underneath, finish in a side bun or side ponytail.
Top : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Christina Butcher.
Bottom : Hairstyling by Christina Butcher, photography by Xiaohan Shen, modeling by Tash Williams.
HOW TO GET IT SIDE FRENCH BRAID
WHAT YOU NEED
- Flat iron
- Hair elastic
- Bobby pins
1). It’s best to start with straight hair for this hairstyle, so begin by straightening your hair with a flat iron. Brush all of your hair back and make a side part on the right. If you’re left-handed, make a side part on the left and braid diagonally to finish at the right side of your neck.
2). Take a section of hair at the right side of your part and split into three equal sections. Begin to French braid (see pages 42–43) diagonally toward the left, adding in very large sections of hair as you go.
3). Keep braiding diagonally until you reach the left side of your head and have no more hair to add.
4). Finish in a basic braid and secure the end with an elastic.
5). Roll up the end of the braid and pin in place underneath your ear.
TOP TIP : This style can work in curly hair, but you’ll get a smoother finish in straight hair. Keep the sections of the braid neat, but don’t pull it too tight. This style looks best left a little loose.
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