Ways to Wear a Sidebraid

Rachel Zoe shows off a loose and messy side braid.

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You might think that just by pulling your braid to the side you're getting as creative as can be. But there are actually tons of really cute and fashionable ways to turn a side braid into a multitude of new looks. Keep yours neat or make it messy. Even try a different type of braid.


This works great for ladies who already have curly hair. If your hair is naturally straight, don't worry -- you can pull off the look, too. Start by wrapping sections of hair around a curling iron. Make sure to hold your iron vertically. If you don't feel like curling all your hair, try just curling a few shorter pieces in the front. You can use these to hang free and frame your face. Then pull hair to the side and braid it up.

Cornrowed Braid

Add a little extra texture to your 'do with a cornrow. Create a deep side part in the hair. Then start your braid directly over your ear on the side of your head where you created the part. Work the cornrow over and down so that it ends at the nape of your neck on the other side of your head. Pin it in place and let the rest of your hair hang free, or braid the remainder, too.

Messy Side Braid

Your braid doesn't have to be perfectly polished. Make it a little messy instead. Start by teasing hair all over. You'll want to create some good body in your hair. Then pull it over and start braiding. Make sure to leave the first inch or two of hair free before starting your braid, letting a few shorter pieces of hair fall out as you braid it up.


Instead of using three sections of hair to make a braid, try four. Pull hair to the side and separate it into four pieces. You'll want two thick pieces on the insides and two small ones on the outsides. Then take your small left outer piece and loop it over your thick left adjoining piece, pulling it into your thick right inner piece. Repeat using your thin right outer piece and continue until all your hair is braided.

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