Are You Rocking a Side Braid Yet?

The side braid has been a trend for quite some time and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Celebrities including Ashley Greene, Audrina Patridge and Sohee have been recently seen sporting this fun, flirty hairstyle. The greatest part about a side braid? It’s totally a breeze to create. Sam Brocato, stylist and owner of the Sam Brocato Salon in New York City tells how to pull it off!

Get the look with these 4 easy steps from Sam:

Step 1: First, pull all of your hair over to one side. If you want your hair to be behind the ear, be sure to shift the hair in that direction before starting to braid.

Step 2: “If you have straight hair, spritz it with a texture spray like Brocato Back to the Beach to give it a ‘not so finished’ personality,” says Sam. Smooth the top with your hand and start to braid. “A typical three-strand braid works perfectly, but the more you experiment the more personalized the look will be,” says Sam.

Step 3: Once the braid is in place, tie the end with an elastic hair tie. Now, hold the braid in the middle with one hand. Then, with your free hand take one or two strands of hair at the end of the braid and pull on these strands of hair. Now gently push the braid in hand up towards the scalp in one-inch increments. Repeat a few times. This gives the braid a chunky, disheveled appearance.

Step 4: “Finally, take very small pieces of hair near the end of the braid and pull them free so there is a sort of unfinished, messy look to the braid,” advises Sam. That’s right, the look is supposed to be messy, on purpose!

  1. Amanda

    September 21, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I love this style! I was rocking this all summer as an easy alternative to a ponytail. My stylist just gave me an unwelcome chop (6 inches instead of 2!), so this option is unfortunately out the door for me. :(

  2. elle

    September 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

    How long do you think hair needs to be to achieve this look? Mine is long-ish, but very thick. I don’t think I’m rocking it right.

  3. Sarah

    September 21, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Hi Elle,

    It definitely needs to be a few inches below the shoulder. Thick is good, though! Just be sure to braid to the very ends, and then pull/stretch the braid itself to give it a messier texture.

  4. Marisa

    September 21, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I love this! I’m not sure if I could deal with the shorter layers falling out, but I’ll try it!

  5. BeautySchool.me

    September 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks for the step by step