A frequented favorite on the red carpet is side-swept hair, and we’ve seen it in a variety of ways: Classic Hollywood waves, natural curls, ponytails, buns, braids, and soft blowouts. Keeping the hair side-swept is a quick way to elevate your hairstyle for any event. Dress it up with a rhinestone barrette, or go accessory-free and secure with bobby pins. Either way, this style is minimal effort for maximum payoff. Ahead, 20 glamorous ways to wear side-swept hairstyles.
People often associate side-swept styles with long, cascading waves. But medium and short-length hair looks just as glamorous pulled over one shoulder. Here, Constance Wu shows us how it's done, just add low-maintenance waves and a deep side part.
Soft "S" Waves
If your hair holds a curl well and you're in the biggest time crunch to get out the door looking "event ready" (this one goes out to all my fellow mamas), here's what you do: Grab a large 2" barrel and some hairspray. Lightly spray your strands all over. Then grab 2" sections of hair, wrap them around your iron, and brush it all over to the side. Using a larger barrel means larger sections and larger sections means less time spent styling. You'll end up with a soft "S" wave like Leslie Mann's, so it's truly a win-win.
One Side Back
If you decide to tighten the side being brought over, use matte bobby pins to get a nice and secure grip. They blend into your hair color without a shiny, slippery surface. They never show up in photos so you'll be instantly photo ready.
Braid It Back
If your hair is heavy and you're having a hard time pinning your locks to the side, try braiding it back and securing it with a clear elastic (or x-crossed pins) at the opposite side of your neck. The braid can be a simple three strand, or you can spice things up and go for a fishtail or inverted french braid. Do what comes easiest to you so that you can keep good tension for that side-swept effect!
Side-Swept Goddess Braids
Here, Pattern Beauty founder Tracee Ellis Ross wears her hair in long, side-swept goddess braids, a style that's equally protective as it is stunning.
Extra Long Locks
More length doesn't necessarily mean more time in front of the mirror. Even if you're carrying waist length locks, use a waver instead of a barrel iron (like this option from R Session) and you'll have unique, easy to achieve waves. Sweep them to the side and you're good to go.
Cara Delevigne sports her 1" barrel curls to one side with the help of a matching accessory. Accessories are having a moment and the one you use can determine just how casual or formal your style is. (P.S., these are are favorites that are currently trending.)
Second Day Sweep
Starting with the classic 1" side-swept waves is an ideal foundation for those occasions that call for multiple days of festivities. Add some texturizing dry shampoo and a headband, throw it up into a loose side bun using hair pins to secure it place, and you've got the perfect second day, side-swept style.