Side braids: 4 Looks to help you rock pretty plaits like a celebrity

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Which side will you work your braid on?


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 clikc through our gallery above or scroll down to get inspired!

Side braids: 4 A-list hairstyles to try now


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

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. 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!

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

Edgy side braid

If you are looking for something a little edgy and cool, then try your hand at recreating Cara Delevingne’s side cornrow braid. This ‘do has a great rock vibe and looks great with poker straight hair. 

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!

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

Fishtail side braid

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

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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25 January 2017