How to get an effortlessly chic side braid

Thursday, 24 October 2013

How to do your own side plait

Easy to create, soft, feminine and beautifully bohemian, a side plait instantly adds casual chic to your look. Another plus? It’s super easy and only takes a few minutes to complete. Here, our step-by-step guide on perfecting the side plait.

  1. Prep your hair – make sure that it’s completely dry and combed through. If you plait it while it’s knotted you’ll risk knotting it even more, plus the plait will look scruffy rather than casual.
  2. Create a parting with your fingers rather than a comb, as you’ll get a messier texture. Side partings work best when it comes to side plaits.
  3. Choose a side and pull all your hair across to that shoulder. Start braiding at the nape of the neck, all the way down and secure the ends with a clear or thin elastic band.
  4. The last step is dependent on how messy you want the braid to be – pull a few strands from the plait and allow them to hang loosely around your face. You can even curl them for a tousled effect. If your hair is layered, a few strands will escape automatically, so no need to pull them out.

How’s that for a quick fix?

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Get the messy bun look

Images courtesy of instyle.com (Zoe); kontrolmag.com (Selena) and haironthebrain.com (Kirsten).

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Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Hess

    I’m so miffed at my layered cut, because I love doing this look, but everything starts falling out after a while!

    4 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    I just love Selena’s look. She looks effortlessly gorgeous. So girly and flirty! Unfortunately it doesn’t quite work on my hair. I have to wait until it grows out again before I attempt this. Definitely a winner for a lazy afternoon out. Throw on a maxi dress and a sling bag and you’re good to go!

    4 years ago •

  1. Mrs.Marshall

    i have done it before,but it looks too neat and tidy, i want it in between messy/neat

    4 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    I love this hair style, it is easy to do and does not require much time. A hairdo perfect for almost any outfit.

    4 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    I have tried this look plenty of times, but it either looks messy or to too neat..

    4 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    Looks stunning, will definately try it on my hair.

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    It’s my go-to style when my hair is slightly greasy or if I just don’t feel like tying it up but still want it away from my face for practical reasons.

    4 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I love this look am definitely going to try it

    4 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I have short hair and cannot do this but I love it.

    4 years ago •

  1. Cornelli

    The side plait is one of my ultimate fave hairstyles! It can be worn with a casual and formal outfit!!

    4 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I love this side plait. Its cute and fresh and definitely covers up a bad hair day:)

    4 years ago •

  1. blackrose

    I love this side plait… I usually have this when my hair tends to not want to behave lol

    4 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    This is my favourite “bad hair day” hairstlye

    4 years ago •

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