16 Side-Braid Hairstyles: Pretty Long Hair Ideas

The popularity of side-braid hairstyles is just going from strength-to-strength! And that’s no surprise as the young hair-designers are constantly coming up with new and imaginative twists on the look!

New braiding styles

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Last year’s side-braid hairstyles were messy and very loosely plaited, for a sort of country-maid look. However, this year messy is ‘out’ and the new plaited styles are completely fresh and different.

Holiday Hairstyles Ideas: Barefoot Blonde Braid /Via

Holiday Hairstyles Ideas: Barefoot Blonde Braid
Holiday Hairstyles Ideas: Barefoot Blonde Braid

Wide side-braids

One of the most original new braiding styles is the flat, wide braid, which is easy to achieve once you’ve seen the photos in our latest side-braid hairstyles Inspiration Gallery below. The plaiting is medium-loose and then pulled out gently at the sides to make the weaving look flatter and wider.

The look is still casual and relaxed for a look that’s great for Boho everyday styling and can be made intricate and amazing in aninside-out braid, for evening wear.

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2015 Braid hairstyles for Women: French Fishtail Braid
2015 Braid hairstyles for Women: French Fishtail Braid

Layered side-braid hairstyles

As layers are a major trend for long hair this year, they have been incorporated into the latest braiding designs in a totally hot new look. You can wear a low side-braid style with layered waves around the head in a super casual look that’s also very face-flattering.

And that’s not all, as you braid your layered hair, the ends of the layers will peep out from the plait. These can be left edgy and spiky for a punky look or curled to produce a completely new type of side braid hairstyle that has never been seen before – ever!

Add volume to your side-braid hairstyles

If you have long fine hair, there are lots of different ways to achieve a trendy side-braid these days. You can weave-in any human-hair extensions for a thicker braid and it doesn’t have to match your natural hair colour perfectly, either!

Messy, Side Braid Hairstyles /Via

Messy, Side Braid Hairstyles
Messy, Side Braid Hairstyles

Highlighting patterns

Highlights and different coloured extensions adding streaks of copper, gold or rose-gold produce some fabulous patterns in your plait creating a very eye-catching look. I’ve seen some wonderful rainbow-colour highlights in side plaits from sea-green, indigo and purple on dark hair, to lavender and faded pink on fair hair!

 

Hair accessories

Another way to add volume is just to plait in a silk scarf to your side-braid, adding a totally trendy touch of Boho fashion style to your image! Flower hair accessories are also hot this year, so you can add a touch of pretty colour to your braid.

Quick updo

And for the world’s fastest updo, try pinning your side-braid vertically at the side of your head for effortless elegance in two minutes!

So if you’re ready to see these exciting new styles, just cast your eyes over our amazing, up-to-the-minute Inspiration Gallery of the hottest side braid hairstyles this season!

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Side Braid Hairstyle for Long Hair: Summer Hairstyles Ideas
Side Braid Hairstyle for Long Hair: Summer Hairstyles Ideas

Dutch Mermaid Side Braid for Straight Long Hair: Fancy, Side Braided Hairstyle /Via

Dutch Mermaid Side Braid for Straight Long Hair: Fancy, Side Braided Hairstyle
Dutch Mermaid Side Braid for Straight Long Hair: Fancy, Side Braided Hairstyle

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Cute, Easy Side Braid Hairstyles
Cute, Easy Side Braid Hairstyles

Side Fishtail Braid: Chic Braided Hairstyle for 2015 /Via

Side Fishtail Braid: Chic Braided Hairstyle for 2015
Side Fishtail Braid: Chic Braided Hairstyle for 2015

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Messy Braided Hairstyles for Fall and Winter
Messy Braided Hairstyles for Fall and Winter

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Bohemian Side Braid Hair Style Tutorial: Summer Hairstyles for Long Hair
Bohemian Side Braid Hair Style Tutorial: Summer Hairstyles for Long Hair

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Wrap Around French Side Braid Hairstyle Tutorial
Wrap Around French Side Braid Hairstyle Tutorial

Simple Braid Hairstyle for Straight Long Hair /Via

Simple Braid Hairstyle for Straight Long Hair
Simple Braid Hairstyle for Straight Long Hair

Women Long Hairstyles 2015: Easy Braid /Via

Women Long Hairstyles 2015: Easy Braid
Women Long Hairstyles 2015: Easy Braid

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Sarah Hyland Long Hairstyle: Fishtail Braid
Sarah Hyland Long Hairstyle: Fishtail Braid

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Braided Hairstyles 2015: Everyday Hairstyle for Women
Braided Hairstyles 2015: Everyday Hairstyle for Women

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Long Hairstyles Designs 2015: Braid Hair Tutorial for Summer
Long Hairstyles Designs 2015: Braid Hair Tutorial for Summer

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Pretty Side Braided Hairstyles 2015
Pretty Side Braided Hairstyles 2015

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