Side Braid Hairstyles: 10 Gorgeous Styles for Everyone

Whether you're long or short, a beginner or a pro, we've got a side braid hairstyle for everyone!

Once festival season hits, we all get the urge to wear braided hairstyles even if we aren’t attending a single event. There is just something about these trendy braids styles that makes us feel so stylish during the warmer seasons. Right now, we’re coveting side braid hairstyles and we found easy looks that can be recreated on every hair type and length. Whether you have stick-straight hair, curly hair or even shorter hair, there are side braid options that can totally work in your favor. Scroll down below to discover your new favorite braided side hairstyles:

10 Side Braid Hairstyles to Wear on Any Hair Texture

1. Crown Side Braid on Box Braids

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This side crown braid style is such a pretty way to change the look of your box braids.

Pretty sure we did a good job at displaying our love for box braid styles. This crown side braid ‘do is giving us all the feels. This season, elevate the look of your box braids with this half-crown side plait hairstyle.

2. Side Braid with Flower Crown

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Step aside flower crown! This side braid is doing ALL of the talking.

It’s pretty standard to wear a crown braid hairstyle front and center of your hair, but when you have a charming side braid that you took a lot of effort to create, you want it to stand out. Right? Right! Try this styling technique out on your hair for festival season. Place your flower crown behind your braid to give your hard work the recognition it deserves.

3. Long Side Braid

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Take your hair to the side for this easy braid.

Many long haired gals can admit to sometimes feeling like they don’t know what else to do with their hair. We’ve heard this exact phrase many times: “My hair is so long, I just don’t know what to do with it anymore.” You’re not alone! But do keep in mind that no matter how long or short your hair is, there are plenty stylish ways to switch up your look. Take this extra long side braid style for instance. Want to know what’s to love about this style? It’s super casual and extremely easy to do!

4. Side Box Braids

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Side box braids are a cool way to show-off your style while keeping your hair in check. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Take inspiration from the side crown braid on box braids we mentioned above and try other side braid hairstyles on your box braids. This casual look is ideal for that moment you just want to gather your hair into one in any style but a ponytail. (You know, that 4 p.m. feeling during a long work day? Yeah, that!) Take your braids and create this cute single braid.

5. Side Accent Braid

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Create a subtle statement with a side accent braid. Photo credit: Dvora

If you’re not so big on huge side braid styles, you can go with something that makes a smaller statement. This accent braid is the cutest way to upgrade your simple blowout hairstyles. To add more fun to the braid, give your side accent braid an edgy look by adding hair charms or rings or braid chains along the lengths.

6. Side Fishtail Braid

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Two of our favorite trends in one! Side fishtail braid and side bangs.

Got hair braiding skills like a pro? Put your skills to the test with a fishtail side braid. If you don’t know how to create this braid, we’ve got you covered with our simple fishtail braid tutorial. Editor’s note: To style, we suggest going for a plumper look. To enhance the width of your side plait, pull the sides apart to stretch.

7. Side Dutch Braid

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This pretty side braid style is perfect for both formal and casual occasions alike.

Festival season isn’t the only reason you should try your hand at pretty side braided hairstyles. This side Dutch braid style would work well for a multitude of occasions. What’s more, you don’t need to hire a stylist to get the look. Check out our Dutch braid tutorial and you’re golden!

8. Side Braid on Short Hair

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Pretty side braid option for shorter hair lengths.

Told ya’ there’s a side braid style for everyone! If you ever find yourself bored with your short hairstyle, try the style above. Now we know that some short hairstyles are more complex than others when it comes to braiding depending on how the hair was cut. Our trick: Use a hair gel to help your braid to stay in place. Apply a gel, like TRESemmé Extra Hold Hair Gelonto your hair before braiding.

9. Side Braided Bun

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A side braid style that’s chic and fun all in one!

Want an updo hairstyle that is chic and simple? Give this side braid bun a try! If you’re a beginner, you can opt for a French braid otherwise try something a little more complex like a Dutch braid or a fishtail braid. Wear this lookout for any occasion because it’s one of those side braid styles that’s appropriate for any event. If you’re planning to wear this hairstyle to a fancy party, be sure to lock it with a hairspray like TRESemmé TRES Two Unscented Extra Hold Hairspray.

10. Chunky Side Braid

side braid hairstyles: French and Dutch braid in one.
No need to settle on one braided hair trend! Mesh two braid trends into one.

This mishmash side braided hairstyle is one for the books. If you take a closer look, you’ll notice that it starts off as a French braid and ends with a Dutch. Whenever you find yourself spoiled for choice when it comes to which braid to wear, no need to settle! Try this style out instead. Once you’ve created your style, finish the look with Dove Style + Care Strength & Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray.

11. Side Dutch Braid

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Dutch braids make your style pop!

We’re big fans of this side dutch braid. The style pops, literally! Crossing the strands of hair under the middle section when braiding allows you to achieve the 3-D dutch effect. This is such a unique twist to a braid that makes the style stand out.

12. Waterfall Side Braid Hairstyles

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This side waterfall braid makes the perfect updo for any occasion.

Whether you need a casual updo or you need a fancier look, this side waterfall updo has you covered for any occasion. We love how versatile the look is. Plus, once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to do!

13. Dutch Headband Braid

girl with short hair wearing a dutch headband braid
Keep your hair out of your face in a stylish way.

Not only do braids offer a lot of different options, but they’re also a great style when it comes to getting your hair out of your face. Just because you have short strands doesn’t mean you need to put the braids to rest. Opt for a side dutch braided headband for a more stylish approach to keeping your hair back.

14. Fishtail Side Braid Hairstyles

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Try out a fishtail braid.

We’ll admit, fishtail braids may take some patients, but this is a pretty easy style to achieve. We love how the side braid shows off the fishtail pattern of the look.

15. Side Cornrow Braids

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Gather all of your hair to one side for a unique cornrow braided look.

If you want to change up your regular cornrows look, try this side variation! This cornrow style is also perfect for any occasion, whether you need a casual or fancy hairstyle..

Loved these side braid hairstyle ideas? Try your hand at more braided hairstyles! We’re also loving this around the head braid (a.k.a the braided crown) and these inside out braid styles

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