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How to make a side braid {hair tutorial}

It took me a while to get the hang of braiding my hair on the side of my head, but once my fingers got used to the process I was in love. This hairstyle is another one of my go-to up styles, the side braid add nice detail to a normal, boring ponytail.

Here is a step-by-step photo hair tutorial to show you exactly how to create this side braid.


side braid hair tutorial

Start off with brushed hair {Photo by Andrea Fourie}

You want to start off with combed hair. Decide which side you want your braid to be on and grab a section of hair. The thicker the section of hair you start with, the thicker / chunkier your braid will be. Divide that section of hair into three different sections and start braiding.

Don’t go too far with your braid before you start picking up sections of hair from the bottom to add to your braid as you go along. If you think about making a French braid, you will add in sections of hair on both sides of the braid as you go along to create the French braid. The side braid follows the same concept, but you only take hair from the bottom of the braid, not the top.

I make my braid quite loose, and I add in a new section of hair as often as I can to make sure that there are no ‘gaps’ in the braid. Continue the braid along the side of your head and once you think your braid is long enough, braid the three pieces that you have without adding in new sections ¬†from the bottom to make a long braided ‘tail’. You will unbraid this section once your hair is tied in the ponytail, but this way you ensure that your braid doesn’t come undone before your ponytail is secure.

Use an elastic band to secure the end of the braid. Have another elastic band handy and gather your hair in a ponytail. I prefer a higher ponytail but it’s up to you how high or low you want to make your ponytail.

Once your ponytail is secure, remove the elastic band from the braided section and brush out your ponytail. Your hair should now look something like the picture below. Take a small section of hair from your ponytail…

…and wrap it around the elastic band to hide it. Secure the section of hair with bobby pins.

Finish off the look by spraying any hairs that stand up with a misting spray and smooth them down.

Here is the final look. This hairstyle takes me 10 minutes (at most!) to do, and I love it.

If the instructions is not clear enough or if you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments. What do you think of this side braid hair tutorial? If you give it a try, upload your photo to StyleDiary’s Facebook page wall – I’d love to see how yours turned out!

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