Not a master when it comes to creating braids? Well, simple side braid hairstyles could be the answer to this hair problem. Whether it be for a casual brunch, night out or formal event, side braids can be tailored for any occasion, making it a popular hairstyle for celebrities too!
So ahead, we’ve gathered some of our favourite side plait hairstyles to give you all the inspiration you need to give this look a try yourself. Just click through our gallery above or scroll down to get inspired!
1. Loose side braid
This simple side braid on Emily Ratajowtski is perfect for date night thanks to its loose wavy tousled finish which you can achieve with a curling wand.
2. Swept side plait
Depending on your mood, this look can be worn in lots of different ways: you have the option to wear it nice and neat like the Valentino braided ponytail or with a more messy, boho-vibe like the Chloe Grace Moretz plait above. Win-win situation!
Editor’s tip: Build volume from root to tip with the VO5 Volume Creation Hairspray. Offering all-day reworkable hold, this lightweight hairspray helps to create styles, not just finish them!
3. Side cornrow
4. Fishtail plait
Style tip: Wrap a small section of hair around your elastic for a profesh finish.
5. Side plait hairstyle with sweeping fringe
Wondering how to incorporate a fringe with side plait hairstyles? Turn to Cara Delevingne who added sweeping side bangs to her long side braid.
6. Half-up fishtail braid
Get the best of both worlds with a half-up, half-down French fishtail braid. Credit: @missysueblog
Style tip: Instead of holding your braid in place with bobby pins, reach for a pretty pearl barrette to get in on the latest hair accessory trend.
7. Side stacked cornrows
If you are looking for something a little edgy and cool, then try your hand at recreating a side cornrow braid.
8. Side rope braid
If you want an alternative side braid for long hair, then Drew Barrymore’s sweet rope twist is just the look for you.
9. Side braid and wrapped bun
Take your bun game up a level with this super stylish pancaked French braid bun updo. Credit: @kayleymelissa
10. Side ponytail braid
At a quick glance, this may look like just another one side braid hairstyle, but on closer inspection, you’ll notice tiny braids weaved within the bigger plait. Clever!
11. Messy side braid
Louise Redknapp’s take on the side braid shows how carefree and fun this style can be. Wear this perfectly undone hairstyle to a festival or beach holiday this summer.
Editor’s tip: Create tousled texture and light hold with the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray. Spray over damp or dry hair for a rough textured finish.
12. Accent cornrow braid
Olivia Culpo upped the wow factor by teaming a power ponytail with a statement cornrow braid.
13. Pancaked Dutch side braid
Blessed with long thick hair? Show off your braiding skills by recreating this pancaked Dutch side braid hairstyle. Credit: @coffee_colored_eyes
14. Side braid with bangs
Taylor Swift proves that even those with bangs can still wear braids on the side.
Style tip: If you have a full fringe we suggest leaving your parting down the centre to avoid big ’90s Kelly Kapowski hair.
15. Classic side braid
You don’t have to be a Victoria’s Secret model to wear this classic side braid hairstyle. The simplicity of this braided updo means it’s the perfect quick and easy option for the gym.
16. Braided undercut
Wearing this look is perfect for those who love the idea of an undercut but don’t want the commitment of a real one!
17. Headband braid
Not only are headband braids really cute, but they’re also super practical too! Whether you’re growing out a fringe or trying to secure shorter layers away from your face, a headband braid is the answer you’ve been waiting for. Credit: @missysueblog
18. Ribbon side braid
We love the idea of dressing up side braid hairstyles with a pretty ribbon. It’s a great (and subtle) way to give your plait a girly touch.
Editor’s tip: Do you find that braids tend to slip out of your tresses? Before you start weaving your braid spritz your hair with of the VO5 Dry Texturising Spray, this will help give your hair a little grip and make it easier to create a long-lasting plait. Result!