Side braids: 9 celebrity looks to help you rock pretty plaits like a pro

All Things Hair | 22 March 2018

Which side braids will make your list?

Not a master when it comes to creating braids? Well, simple side braids maybe the answer to this hair problem as they’re a great way to add a little interest to your hairstyle, as well as really simple and easy to do. 

And 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 braid 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!

Side braids: 9 A-list hairstyles to try now


Emily Ratajkowski Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 04 Mar 2018
Emily Ratajkowski’s very loose side plait is #hairgoals to us. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Emily Ratajkowski’s loose side braid

One of the easiest ways to wear a side braid is by plaiting all of your hair together to form one large loose braid.

Lindsey Wixson with a fringe and side braid at the Purple magazine dinner, Fall Winter 2017, New York Fashion Week, USA - 13 Feb 2017
Lindsey Wixson rocking a sweet side fringe with her side plait hairstyle. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Ribbons make a great braid accessory

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.

VO5 Dry Texturising Spray
VO5 Dry Texturising Spray

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!

Chloe Grace Moretz with a side braid hairstyle at cartier reopening ceremony
Chloe Grace Moretz’ loose side braid is one to try. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Chloe Grace Moretz’ side plait

Depending on your mood, this look is great as it 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!

Side cornrows worn by Breanna Yde at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 10 Sep 2017 2017
Breanna Yde’s bold, yet cute cornrows. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Edgy side braid

If you are looking for something a little edgy and cool, then try your hand at recreating a side cornrow braid.

Cara Delevingne with side braid hairstyle at elle style awards 2014
Cara Delevingne’s edgy side braids are a model favourite. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Cara Delevingne’s side cornrow

Cornrows have a great rock vibe and look great with afro, curly or poker straight hair.

side braids for long hair: Kelly Marie Tran 5th Annual People Magazine 'Ones To Watch' Party, Los Angeles, USA - 04 Oct 2017
This side braid is great for anyone that loves the idea of an undercut without any commitment! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Braid alternative to an undercut?

Working this look is also ideal if you love the look of an undercut but don’t want to the commitment of a real one!

Sarah Hyland with fishtail side braid in all white
Sarah Hyland’s fishtail side braid is an easy way to update your look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. Sarah Hyland’s fishtail plait

Sarah Hyland’s fishtail side braid has a cute and whimsical feel, making it a great look for any wannabe mermaids out there!

Laverne Cox with side fishtail braid at Entertainment Weekly Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominee Celebration, Los Angeles, USA - 28 Jan 2017
Laverne Cox looking fab with a fishtail side plait. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

8. Laverne Cox’s side fine fishtail plait

Just don’t forget to pancake your braid once you’re done – this will instantly help give your plait the appearance of being full and thick.

Blake Lively messy side braids hairstyle at green lantern premiere
Take style notes from Blake Lively’s side braid. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

9. Messy side braids

We know it seems a little early to start thinking about festival hair, but trust us, Coachella and SXSW will soon be on the horizon!

Blake Lively’s take on the side braid shows how carefree and fun this style can be for festival or even prom season. Just add volume to the roots with the TRESemmé Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo and carefully teasing/pull out out a few strands of hair from your braid for a truly carefree look. 


Still hooked on side braids? Then don’t forget to head over to our Braids page, will you? Pretty plaits and #hairspiration are only a click away!




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