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Hair Trends 2012: Side Braids

Updated on June 15, 2012

2012 Hair Trends: Side Braids

Braids are popping up again in 2012. Funny how they came on over as the weather started to get warmer. This summer try out the Herringbone or this beautiful crown topping braid that Dianna Agron sported for the SAG awards.

This lens will give you braid inspiration AND how tos on getting the look just right.

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Side Braids Inspired by the Hunger Games

Braided Bangs

Braid your bangs. It is super sexy.


Blow Dryer



Bobby Pins

Braids Speak For You


Side braids exude fair-maidenness. They make you look like you just woke up from a hundred year long sleep , but need need saving. You are strong and approachable with a side braid. Side braids made a comeback early this Spring and will be a major hit this upcoming fall.

There are two distinct braided hairstyle looks for 2011: the long side braid, and the fish plait.

Runway Dazzle Meets Streetside Casual

Originally created by the hair guru Guido as an accent for Alexander Wang's S/S 10 collection and later reinterpreted for Miu Miu's show, the side braid is truly an understated powerhouse. As you can tell from today's layout, the look is casually disheveled and perfectly imperfect, so there's not a lot of technique required.

Side Braid Styling

Here are some simple, yet important side braid tips:

1. Side braids work great with any hair color, but highlights make them shine.

2. The side braid can be paired with the slicked side hair style for an edgy interpretation

3. Both the side braid and the fish plait work great with a fringe .

4. If you have bangs, don't thread them into the braid. Let them hang loosely.

5. While you can attempt a side braid with a center part, I wouldn't suggest it. Wear the side braid with a side part...on the opposite side.

Rock the Side Braid


The side braid works for many reasons. One, it is simple and casual, plus, it is much more appropriate for day wear than a full on French braid. The full French braid can make you look stiff and childish. Not exactly the look we desire to embody.

The side braid works best for those with long layers, which gives it that peicey, unkempt look. But an unkempt look that you intended upon.

How to... - Get a Sexy Side Braid

LC Side Braid - How to Get It


Side braids are showing up all over Hollywood. Sienna Miller wore Heidi-style braids to the Golden Globes last year, and since then all the household names have been wearing variations on the style. Some stars have been keeping hair off their face by braiding a section of hair near their foreheads and keeping the rest loose. The Hills' Lauren Conrad sported the look on an episode last season.

Separate the hair into three parts, braid as you normally would, and gradually pick up pieces further down the hairline as you go. When you've braided across most of the hairline, you can pin the braid back to keep it from unraveling.

Side Braid - Classic Emma Watson Before Her Pixie


Emma Watson is becoming a fashion icon. First with her impeccable style, and, second, with her hair styles...Here she is sporting a side braid. Curious to see what Emma Watson is doing with her Pixie Crop? Check out Modern Pixie Cuts.

Side Braiding Technique

Grown Up Ways to Wear Braids

Let's face it, most people think of a five year old girl when they hear the word braid. That doesn't mean that you have to throw away the technique after the age of twelve! Here are some "grown up ways" to wear braids. Men and women will think you are sophisticated and sexy, not young and naïve.

1. Halo Braid. Think Jessica Alba.

2. The Pouf Braid. Yep, your take the sexy bump up front and pair it with a sensual side braid in the back. Think Rachel McAdams.

3. The Front Braid. Yep, just like the one that LC does time and time again.

The Pouf Meets the Side Braid

Rachel McAdams wears the pouf so well, so it no surprise that she has managed to add a messy side braid to the mix. This hairstyle requires a lot of volume and a lot of hair blowing. Go ahead and give this supper sexy do a try.

Side Braids Pulled Back Into a Bun

ScarJo makes braids that are pinned up look fantastic. Here are the steps to achieve this look:

Part the hair straight down the middle and straight down the back.

Clip off half the hair with a hair clip.

Pick up a section of hair perhaps 2-3 inches wide, parallel to the part.

Separate the hair into the requisite number of strands - in this example, three.

Cross over the strand nearest the back of the head going towards the front of the head first. This makes it easier when adding in sections later.

Pick up a section of hair starting under the braid and going to the part, and add it to the strand nearest the back of the head. I like to do this with my pinkie, especially when I'm still near the front of the head.

Continue on as for the type of braid you're doing - in this case, Dutch.

Continue the braid, laying a pleasing distance between part and ear. This is largely a matter of taste.

Begin to angle the sections you pick up downward, so that the lines formed by adding on top remain parallel with those formed by adding hair on the bottom.

Finish adding all the hair from one side of the head into the braid, ending with picking up hair from the bottom and adding it to the bottom-most strand.

Braid out as for a basic braid.

Tie off the end with a rubber band.

Repeat instructions 4-12 on other side of the head, making sure the braid lays along a mirror path to the first braid. This takes more practice than you might think. If you have done so, the braids should look nearly identical, and they should be next to each other at the back of the head as they are in the picture.

Starting with the rubber band, roll one braid from the end inwards.

Move the other braid out of the way so that there is room to put the bun in the middle of the head.

Place the bun on the back of the head, and tuck the tail end under.

Pin the bun to the head. I recommend starting where shown.

Note: To pin, stick the bobby pin down through the edge of the braid, beneath the hair on head so it runs along the scalp, then back up into the braid.

Pin in several places, enough to secure the braid.

Pin next to the other braid, without actually catching the other braid with the bobby pin.

Pin the middle of the bun to itself, if necessary.

Note: This is what your pinned bun should look like at this point.

Wrap the second braid under the bun, then up and around.

Check to see if the second braid is long enough to cross over itself and then tuck under the bun. In this case, it's NOT. Instead, you . . .

Make the second braid into a loop, with the tail tucked under the root of the braid.

Slide the loop over the bun, as shown in the picture.

Pin the braid, first on the opposite side from the root, to support the braid's position.

Pin the tail of the braid to make sure it stays under the root.

Pin other locations, such as the top and bottom sides of the bun. I usually use 4 pins on the inner bun and four on the outer.

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It doesn't matter how long my hair is or what colour my skin is or whether I'm a woman or a man.

-John Lennon

Side Braiding Your Hair - Source: wikiHow

1. Brush your hair thoroughly. Tangles make braids ugly.

2. For one braid: gather hair over one shoulder. Make sure the farthest pieces aren't too short to braid. If your hair is medium length and too short for one side braid, two might work better.

3. Start underneath the ear. Braid as you normally would.

4. Secure with hairspray or pins.

Who needs a headband? - Just braid one into your forehair!

First, let me just say that Kristen Stewart has this smoldering sex appeal that I can only dream of embodying. Her smoky eyes, smug smile, and that golden red hair, give her this, "you can't touch me" look that all women deserve to use. At this awards show, she took it upon herself to up the appeal by adding a front braid near her forehead and then making it look as though she just got done shagging you know who. No, not Voldemort, Rob. Silly.

How does one go about getting this look?

Possessing Kristen Stewart, of course. But really, here are some tips...

1. Wash your hair to ensure your tresses are clean as only clean hair can have the fabulous and glossy look this type of updo needs, as shiny, healthy looking hair is necessary if you wish to obtain an elegant look.

2.Blow dry your hair while scrunching it to create gentle hair waves if you have natural sleek straight hair and use a round brush to create the waves if you have naturally curly tresses.

3. Apply a hair styling product such as wax or hair gel throughout the hair using your fingers to tame flyaway hairs and to enhance the hairs texture.

4. Part your hair using a rat tail comb, allowing a wide section of hair from the front of head to remain separated from the rest of the hair.

5. Pull the hair back to form a ponytail while allowing the hair in the front to remain separated. Secure the hair back using a hair elastic without pulling the hair tightly. Allow the hair to have a nice loose texture as this is the style you are going for, casual-elegant.

6. Take the ponytail and separate individual strands of hair, twist them and pin them randomly to the scalp.

7. Once the back of the hair is done take the loose section of hair from the front and French Braid it loosely along the side of the head and pin its ends using bobby pins close to the scalp to secure it.

Directions from

Side French Braid

French braiding can be really difficult to master one's own hair. Here is a step by step tutorial. I hope this helps you. If not, check out you tube videos.

Steps to the Perfect French Braid:

The first step is always the same: brush your hair until it is nice and smooth.

Next, use your fingers to separate a two-inch section of hair from your hairline back to the crown.

Use your fingers to divide the piece into three equal sections and begin braiding by crossing the strand in your right hand over the strand in the middle. The right strand should now be the middle strand. Then, cross the left strand over the middle strand. The middle strand should now be the left strand.

Keep the hair tight by pulling the sections away from each other and hold the hair that you’ve already braided in your left hand.

Use your right index finger to part your hair horizontally, just above your right ear, from your hairline back to the center of your head to form a new right strand.

Incorporate this section into the original right section and cross the entire right section over the middle section. While holding the hair that you’ve just braided in your right hand, use your left index finger to horizontally separate the same section of hair as step 3 on your left side. Hold it tightly and incorporate it into the original left section. Cross the left section over the middle section.

Repeat these steps until you run out of hair to pull from the scalp and begin a traditional braid.

Sexy Summer Side Braid

Blake Lively incorporates this side braid into her messy updo.

French Braid Tutorial

Trendy Side Braids - According to US Magazine

From Demi Moore to Jennifer Hudson, the women of Hollywood are showing how to pull off a sexy side braid without looking the age of ten. It is definitely working. The side braid or any use of braids captivates the eye.

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      6 years ago

      Nice braids.

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      6 years ago

      @Stacy Birch: I totally agree. It has taken me years to be able to braid my own hair.

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      Stacy Birch 

      6 years ago

      I doubt I have the skills to do many of these styles on my long, long hair, but these are crazy beautiful.

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful lens!

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      Miha Gasper 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Braids add special feel to the face expression. Beautiful lens!

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      7 years ago

      thank you for great lenses, soon I will come back to see more ideas :)

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      7 years ago

      I agree with how John Lennon defined the relationship of people with their environment, fashion included. Braids are a beautiful way to be creative to biuld our own visible character, men or women, no matter color or age. True though, this lens shows only beautiful and young girls -- I wish I would look like them !


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