Quick, No Heat Hairstyle: Side Braid

This hairstyle really doesn’t seem like much and that’s because it isn’t. But, hear me out. I had initially done this simply to get my hair out of the way as I have a tendency to play with my strands. Whenever I have worn it though, I get compliment after compliment, so I figure it’s a keeper. 😉
Basically, it is a mixture of a side pony tail and french braid. It took me about 5 minutes to do but looks kind of complicated.
First, I recommend texturizing your hair a bit, especially at the ends. It will help hold the braid. I always part my hair to the right when I do a left side pony tail to offer a bit of balance to the look, so that’s what I did! Gather together all of your hair to which ever side you want the pony tail on. Already half way done!
The hardest part for me is starting the braid. I never know exactly how much hair to initially start the braid off with, so I usually go a little bit to the left of where a centre part would be and then start parting the hair until the knuckle of my index finger hits my hair line. I gather that hair and divide it into 3. I am not sure if this is technically a french braid, but I find it significantly easier to braid when I start in the middle and work my way up (See picture below).
braid start
I use the “1 2 Grab” pattern, as I like to call it, until I hit my ear. Make sure when you do this though, you aren’t grabbing the new hair very tightly. It looks better when the braid swoops (is that a word?).
half way done braid
When you get to your ear, I separated the remaining hair into 3 and added them to my current braid. Oh, one other tip! If your hair, like mine, tends to fall out a bit on the right side, try twisting the inner strands of hair a bit. It keeps my hair from falling out.
at the ear braid
Braid the rest of your hair and take a little elastic to end it!
finish braid
An optional step is to fluff the braid up to make it look a little thicker and messier.
looking down braid
Seriously easy, no fuss hair style for ya! If you do this hairstyle, please tag me on instagram and show me! I’d love to see!

What’s your go to hairstyle?

Til next time, ttfn x

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