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:

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

1. Crown Side Braid on 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.

side braid hairstyles on long hair with flower crown
Step aside flower crown! This side braid is doing ALL of the talking.

2. Side Braid with Flower Crown

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.

braid styles on long hair
Take your hair to the side for this easy braid.

3. Long Side 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!

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

4. Side Box Braids

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.

side braid hairstyles: skinny accent braid on blonde hair
Create a subtle statement with a side accent braid. Photo credit: Dvora

5. Side Accent Braid

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.

side braid hairstyles: side bangs with side fishtail braid on long blonde hair
Two of our favorite trends in one! Side fishtail braid and side bangs.

6. Side Fishtail Braid

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.

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

7. Side Dutch Braid

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!

Side braid hairstyles for short hair
Pretty side braid option for shorter hair lengths.

8. Side Braid on Short Hair

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 Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gelonto your hair before braiding.

side braid hairstyles: chic fishtail braided bun
A side braid style that’s chic and fun all in one!

9. Side Braided Bun

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 look out 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 Freeze Hold Hairspray.

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

10. Chunky Side Braid

This mishmash side braided hair style 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.

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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