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How To Side Braid Your Own Hair For Beginners – Video Tutorial

As of late, I’ve found myself really obsessed with braids. I’m only really practiced in regular three-strand, French, and Dutch braids right now, but I’m working on perfecting those techniques so I can learn more complicated kinds in the future! Most recently, I’ve been using simple braids as detail in other styles so I can practice doing them in different places and moving them in different directions. That’s how I found myself creating this elegant side braid hairstyle that features a braid leading down into a simple, pretty low ponytail!

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Hair tutorials make up some of my very favourite online content, so it only seems fair that I return the favour when I figure out a new style that I think other DIY enthusiasts might want to try, right? Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.

For this style, you’ll need:

  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • A brush
  • Hairspray

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Step 1:

Brush your hair out entirely so it’s free of tangles. Part your hair on whichever side is more comfortable; I part mine on the right, so I started my style on the left because that’s where there was more hair to work with (you can reverse this if need be). Bear the front top, just to the left of the part, separate a section at least an inch and a half wide and section that piece into three even strands. Start your braid (which will be on that many refer to as a Dutch braid) by passing the right strand underneath the middle one, so it becomes the centre strand and the one that was in the centre becomes the new right strand. Do the same on the other side, passing the left strand underneath your new middle strand, making it the new centre. You’re passing your strands under each other in this style rather than over because you want the details of the braid’s weave to stand out against the rest of the hair, rather than tucking under and in, which would make it a French braid instead. French braids are equally pretty and you can make that adjustment if you’d prefer by passing your strands over each other instead, but our goal here is elegant detail so I chose to do a Dutch braid that allows you to see the weaving pattern better.

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