Last summer’s reigning style—the crown braid—was beautiful in theory, but hard to execute with your own two hands. Luckily, everyone’s digging the side braid this summer and it’s a look anyone can pull off in their sleep. Follow Erin Wasson’s lead and tuck it under a headband or twist your French braid to the side a la Alexandra Richards. The only thing to keep in mind: the more texture you build before braiding, the better it looks. Click through for more inspiration!
The Side Braid's Staying Power
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The rock star spawn turned DJ started her French braid in the center of her head, framing her face with a soft mini-bouffant when she pulled it to the side at a Women’s Health party in Bridgehampton.
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Mamet’s haphazard fishtail might be our favorite: her side part’s loose, the hair along the braid’s pulled out for added texture, and a small piece of hair was wrapped around the end of the braid for a seamless finish.
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Look, the side braid’s so easy that even Kerr—who’s balancing a toddler, a beauty empire, and a never-ending stream of inspirational looks—can pull it together.
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Follow Rossum’s lead and toss a hat on top of your braid.
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See what we mean about texture?
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Of course, texture doesn’t mean a lack of shine! Try spraying Sally Hershberger’s Star Shine ($13) all over your hair in place of hairspray.
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Don’t worry about weaving all of your hair into the braid. Bell demonstrates just how good it can look when only about a third of your hair makes the cut.
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Wickersham went beachy at the premiere of The Bridge, in which she stars alongside Diane Kruger.
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A fishtail braid turns ‘80s when secured under a black, turban-like headband on Wasson. Whichever star you emulate, you’ll want to be armed with a teeny tiny rubber band, like one of Professional Braiding Rubber Bands ($1).