Take a look at any awards show red carpet and you’ll see that side hairstyles are a firm favourite among the A-list. Elegant and iconic, from side chignons to Hollywood waves, these side-swept hairstyles are always on-trend no matter the season. So, whether you’re attending a film premiere (a girl can dream, right?), a party or a date scroll on down for all the hair inspiration you need to give your strands the star factor.
1. Side-swept Hollywood waves
You won’t find a more well-loved side hairstyle than classic Hollywood waves. Channel your inner screen siren by trying out a deep side parting and follow our Hollywood waves tutorial to find out how to get the look.
2. Twisted low pony
For those who struggle with braids, take inspiration from Vanessa Hudgen’s romantic twisted ponytail. Creating by simply twisting the hair, it looks as intricate as a braid and would work just as well for day or night.
3. The side bun
Another way to embrace the side hairstyles trend is to opt for a side bun. To recreate Kate Beckinsale’s relaxed style, keep it loose and wear your bun low, pulling free a few pieces of hair around your face for a softer finish.
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4. Sleek side ponytail
Part your hair in the centre and gather it together at the nape of your neck to create Selena Gomez‘s polished ponytail.
5. Side braid
Michelle Keegan looks like a Grecian goddess with this beautiful loose braid. Make a simple side braid look super tousled and textured by curling your hair beforehand for texture and pancaking your braids for extra fullness.
6. Side-swept and straight
The quickest way to make straight hair look front row ready in a flash? Take a comb and some gel and comb all of your hair over to one side to create a striking side-swept hairstyle that looks like it came straight from the runway.
Editor’s tip: If you want to make Lily’s style your new go-to look, simple apply a few pumps of the VO5 Mega Hold Gel Spray to your tresses and work it through. Then, using a comb, create a neat side parting and brush all of your hair to one side for a red carpet-ready ‘do!
7. Undercut braid
Bored of your go-to curls? Rock waves with a difference by adding an edgy faux undercut braid detail. Just take a section of hair from the front side and French braid down to the ends of your hair so that the braid blends in with your lengths.
8. Pompadour braid
9. Ribbon braid
If you’re looking to add hair accessories to your side hairstyles, try incorporating a hair bow into your look. Emily Ratajkowski wears hers with a simple side braid, tying together her hair and outfit like a dream.
10. 2-in-1 braid
Editor’s tip: To keep braids in place, prep your hair with the TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm. This braiding BFF gives strands more hold and structure so that your style lasts longer.
11. The side-parted updo
Want a style that will enable you to exude confidence and sophistication? Then a side-parted updo is unrivalled in both these style traits! Strutting along the red carpet, Sophia Bush proved just this when she slicked back her mid-length hair into a neat and simple ponytail.