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Elegant and Chic Side French Braid Hairstyles You Need to Try Out

Smita Pandit Mar 17, 2019
An extremely interesting variation of the traditional French braid, the side French braid is fast becoming an ideal choice for Hollywood beauties when it comes to red carpet events.
The classic French braid is a timeless hairstyle. Though it is believed that the first mention of the term 'French Braid' came in a work of fiction in Arthur's Home Magazine in 1871, the fact that it is still sported by women, speaks volumes about its popularity.
This chic hairdo has certainly stood the test of time. In fact, you will find many Hollywood actresses donning the elegant side French braid in the red carpet events.
Though you may see little girls donning the classic French braid, it is the side swept braid that has of late become a rage.
This braided look goes really well with ponytails and updos. Celebrities are incorporating the side French braid into other hairstyles to complete their look. There's no denying the fact that the side braid looks absolutely amazing.
If you wish to style your tresses in the side-swept braid, you first need to learn how to make the basic braid. Here are instructions for making a basic French plait. This will make the task of braiding simpler for those who have never styled their hair in this braid.

How to Make a French Braid

Before you think about styling your hair in the side swept braid, you need to learn how to make the basic braid. So, here are the instructions.
  • Comb your hair thoroughly so that they are not entangled.
  • Now you need to divide your hair into three equal sections from the crown.
  • Now hold the right section in the left hand and hold the middle section between your thumb and the index finger.
  • Cross over the hair from the right section over the middle section and then cross the hair from left section over the middle section. Make sure you do this neatly. Don't hold the hair strands in a very loose or a very tight grip.
  • Gather a small section of hair from the right side of your head and cross it over to the middle section of the braid.
  • Similarly, gather a small even section of hair from the left side and cross it over through the middle section.
  • You need to continue taking sections of hair from the right and left side until all the hair has been braided till the nape.
  • Once you have finished braiding, secure your hair with a rubber band. You could also wear hair accessories to spice up your look.

Making a Side French Braid

Now that you know how to make the basic French plait, let's move on to the instructions for making the side swept braid.
  • First of all, comb your hair well. Make sure that your hair is not entangled.
  • You need to separate your hair from the crown to the nape into two equal sections.
  • Use a clip to hold one section while you braid one section.
  • Divide the hair in three equal sections at the front hair line and start making the basic French Plait.
  • Keep braiding till you reach the nape. Take the clip out from the other section and use it to hold the braid you have just made.
  • Start braiding the second section by following the same steps and stop when you have braided as far as the nape.
  • Now you need to combine the hair and plait them in a simple plait.
  • Once you reach the ends, secure it with a band.

Styling Options

Many famous women from the world of glamor are incorporating this braiding technique to spice up their look. If you have long hair, you could make two side braids and tie your hair at the back into a bun.
You can make French plaits on both sides till you reach the back of the crown and combine the rest of your hair into a simple ponytail.
You can make a mini braid in the front and leave the rest of your hair open. You can also style the rest of your hair into soft, romantic curls or waves. This style is very popular among Hollywood actresses. It is a perfect hairdo for the red carpet events.
You can make this braid with your bangs and style the rest of your hair in a side swept ponytail or a simple English braid. Another variation is the loose, low side braid updo.
A French braid is a timeless braided hairstyle that can never go out of fashion. While these braid styles will make you look elegant and chic, you could also use beautiful accessories to enhance your look.