If you have been a bit bored with your hair recently and can’t get to the salon for a cut or color, then this is just what you need. We have found 23 of the best side braid hairstyles to show you. Braids are such an easy way to jazz up your hair and side braids can be used on loose hair, ponytails, glam updos and more. Not only that, but there is a side braid to suit every occasion. So, take a look and see what hairstyles you can create. You can even practice and wear them all because you won’t be able to choose a favorite!

  • SIMPLE DUTCH SIDE BRAIDS

    The first hairstyle features two simple side braids. This is a classic hairstyle, it is easy to wear and it suits everyone. It is a great style for the summer and it is practical for keeping your hair out of the way for times when you want to workout and more. You can find tutorials for a similar look online and it can be recreated on both long and shorter hair.

    Source: @michaelgrayhair

  • ELEGANT BRAIDED UPDO

    Side braids can be both casual and they can be glammed up for a special occasion. Here is how you can wear a side braid in a more elegant way. The hair has been braided into a loose fishtail braid that goes along the side of the head like a headband. There are loose curls at the front and the rest of the hair is in a low updo. This is a stunning updo and it is perfect for weddings and the prom.

    Source: @lenabogucharskaya

  • CUTE SIDE BRAID FOR SHORT HAIR

    Next, we have a cute side braid and this is one of our favorite looks. This hairstyle features a textured bob and the hair has been braided down one side. The braid has also been accessorized with some ribbon and beads. We love this because the ribbon and accessories make the braid look stylish and unique. You can recreate this look with any similar hair accessories in any color.

    Source: @natalieannehair

  • SIDE BRAID WITH A PONYTAIL

    A side braid is a great way to jazz up a ponytail. Here we have a simple ponytail with a stylish and loose braid on the side. It is such a pretty look and you can use any braid type for this style from fishtail to three strand. This is another beautiful hair idea for the summer. It also has a beachy vibe.

    Source: @blohaute

  • BOLD LIGHT PINK SIDE BRAIDS

    The next hair idea features a gorgeous style and hair color. This look features wavy hair with two side braids that meet in the center. The two braids create a cute half up, half down style. If that wasn’t cute enough, the hair is also a pastel pink shade. We love this hair idea and the color is great to try if you want a bolder look.

    Source: @hairicome_

  • LONG SIDE BRAID WITH HAIR RINGS

    This next hairstyle is another one of our favorites! The hair is very long and sleek with a side part. On one side the hair is left loose and the other features a braid. The braid has also been accessorized with hair rings. Hair rings are a great way to give your hair a trendy and edgy look. You can buy these online and you can use them with any braided style.

    Source: @sherrymaldonado

  • SMALL SIDE BRAID WITH WAVES

    If you are looking for a hairstyle for a more special occasion, then you should check this out. Here we have long waves with a small side braid. The style is finished off with a sparkly accessory. You can recreate this or you can try the braid with sleek hair or tighter curls. Hair like this is great for bridesmaids and the prom.

    Source: @lenabogucharskaya

  • PONYTAIL WITH A SLEEK SIDE BRAID

    Like the braids with ponytails? If so, check this out. This hairstyle features a long ponytail with a side braid that is tied into the ponytail. It is a simple idea and it looks so stylish. Hair like this is versatile and can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion. From the gym to a night out, this hair will have you covered.

    Source: @sherrymaldonado

  • PRETTY BRAIDS WITH CURLS

    Not all braids have to be big and bold. You can have smaller and subtler side braids like these. For this look, the hair is curly with two thin braids that meet in the middle. It is a cute and pretty look that will suit everyone. A hairstyle like this is great for the summer, festivals and more special events. You could even add some accessories like flowers.

    Source: @beautybyjenniferr

  • BIG ACCESSORIZED SIDE BRAID FOR LONG HAIR

    Next, we have another accessorized look to show you. The hair is styled into a large side braid. This is a textured fishtail braid which has a summery and beachy vibe. The style is finished off with lots of cute clips. We love the clips because the different designs look unique. You can recreate this look or try a smaller and sleeker braid. Hair clips like these can be bought online.

    Source: @blohaute

  • SIMPLE AND STYLISH DIY SIDE BRAID

    The next hair idea is simple and stylish. Here we have a classic side braid that then merges into a braided ponytail. So only a section of the hair is braided until the ponytail where all the hair is. It is a cute and pretty idea. This is another trendy but practical hairstyle that is great for the gym and more.

    Source: @katlynskorner

  • LONG FISHTAIL BRAID

    Earlier in the post we featured a bold pink hair idea. If you liked that, then you need to see this hair idea too. Here we have a long fishtail side braid that is also a gorgeous pink color. Both the braid and the color are fun and stylish. This statement making style is a must-have for the spring and summer. You can, of course, recreate the braid in any color.

    Source: @hairandmakeupbysteph

  • SIDE BRAIDS WITH A LOW BUN

    This next hair idea is another one of our favorites! This look features two side braids with smaller braids on the top. Both the braids then meet to create a low bun. It is a trendy hairstyle and we love the double braid look. Tutorials for this type of braid are available online so you can try recreating this yourself.

    Source: @hairicome_

  • MESSY SIDE BRAID FOR LONG HAIR

    Like beachy and summery hairstyles? If so, check this out. Here we have long hair with textured beach waves. A section of the hair is styled into a loose side braid. It is a simple and cute idea that will suit everyone. Add some accessories like flowers or some glitter and it turns into the perfect festival look.

    Source: @alishajaredhairartistry

  • TWO SIDE BRAIDS WITH A WAVY PONYTAIL

    Next, we have another ponytail with a side braid to show you. This time the hair is styled into two side braids that are on the same side. While the rest of the hair is in a textured ponytail. This shows another way to wear the braids and ponytail. Again, you can use any braid type for this.

    Source: @michaelgrayhair

  • ELEGANT PULL THROUGH SIDE BRAID

    Another popular braid type is the pull through braid and here is a cute way to wear it. The braid is on one side of the head and is large and loose. It is a chic and easy to wear style that can be worn for any occasion. There are tutorials for pull through braids online so you can recreate this style yourself at home.

    Source: @alishajaredhairartistry

  • LOOSE FISHTAIL BRAID WITH A CUTE HEART

    This next hair idea is a little more unique. Here we have sleek and straight hair. One side features subtle twists while the other has a large fishtail braid. The look is complete with a cute heart. This is a trendy and statement making look. It is another style that will be great for the prom and bridesmaids. Heart hair clips are available online.

    Source: @lenabogucharskay

  • EDGY SIDE BRAID FOR SHORT HAIR

    The next side braid is both edgy and cute. This look features a wavy bob and a section of the hair is styled into a side braid. We love this side braid because it has a trendy, rock chick look. The hairdo is complete with a cute butterfly clip which just softens and glams up the style. You can recreate this look with or without the butterfly, it depends on how you want to wear it.

    Source: @hairbyveronika

  • SIDE BRAID IDEA FOR A BOB HAIRCUT

    Next, we have another simple and stylish look. This time we have a sleek bob with a small side braid. The hairstyle is so easy to wear and it will suit everyone. This look can be recreated on any hair length and any braid type can be used. It is another side braid that can be dressed up or down, so it is a great hairstyle to learn.

    Source: @alishajaredhairartistry

  • ELEGANT MESSY SIDE BRAID

    If you like the elegant hair ideas, then you need to check this out. For this look, the hair is textured, swept to one side and styled into a beautiful side braid. With the texture, it has a more beachy look but with sleeker and neater hair you can create a more chic and polished look. This is another great style for special occasions like weddings.

    Source: @michaelgrayhair

  • WAVY HAIR WITH PRETTY HEARTS

    Earlier in the post we featured a hairstyle with a heart hair clip. If you like the hearts, then you need to see this style. This time we have a large side braid with loose waves. The whole style is complete with small diamante hearts. This is a cute, pretty and glitzy style. Heart clips are available online and you can be bold like this or create a subtler look with only a few hearts.

    Source: @blohaute

  • SIMPLE BRAID IDEA FOR SHORT HAIR

    Like the simpler looks? If so, this is for you. Here we have a cute bob with a pull through side braid. It is such a cute and pretty hair idea that will jazz up your hair from work to an evening out. This side braid can be used on longer hair as well. You could even have two pull through braids to create a stylish half up, half down look.

    Source: @alishajaredhairartistry

  • CHUNKY SIDE BRAID

    The last hair idea features a trendy braid. For this look, the hair is styled into a chunky braid on one side and a long side ponytail on the other. This is a cute, unique and stylish hair idea that will suit everyone. You can recreate this or use any braid type. The ponytail can also be braided.

    Source: @teresashairstyles

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