Since adding the pink to my hair, I’m loving how it looks in braids like this side braid hairstyle.
This simple twist on a Dutch braid is a fun hairstyle to keep your hair off your neck in summer.
It also gets you another day’s mileage from your blow dry before you need to wash your hair again. That and a little dry shampoo.
A Dutch braid is the reverse of a French braid, where instead of crossing your hair over each other, you bring them under. This leaves the braid on top so you can see the shape.
This hairstyle is also a bit like the braid Katniss wears in The Hunger Games, don’t you think?
Side braid hairstyle tutorial
Step 1: Brush your hair – you want to remove any knots or tangles before you start to braid.
Step 2: Start on the right (or left if you prefer!) – I’ll explain as if you’re on the right, but pick whichever side you part your hair. Take a large section above your right ear and split into three.
Step 3: To make a Dutch braid, cross the right piece under the centre section. Then bring the left piece under the right.
Step 4: Next add more hair to each section as you braid. Try to add in even amounts on both sides so you keep the braid shape equal.
Step 5: Keep braiding, bringing the right section under the centre, and the left under the right. When you run out of hair to add in, bring your right hand around to the front and braid to the end of your hair.
Step 6: Secure the braid with a small clear elastic and then stretch out your braid. It’s my best braiding tip.
This is a great style to keep your hair up on hot days. You can do this hairstyle in in wet or dry hair too.
The bonus in wet hair is you’ll have great beach waves when you take your hair out later. Just add a spritz of sea salt spray and you’re ready to go out again.
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What’s your favourite hairstyle to beat the heat?