7 side braids that are just as easy as they are stunning

I love side braids. There's something super chic about the way they lay down the head and across the shoulder. The look is a little softer than some more traditional plaits. While side braids work best with longer hair, you can definitely try some of these styles on mid-length hair too.
Get ready for a braid makeover and check out these sweet side braids that are elegant and easy.
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1. Side French Braid (h/t Miss Sue)
I love the way the pulled sections look as they move down the head. This basic French braid only takes a few minutes to throw together. Fun tip: wrap a strand of hair from the bottom of the braid around the hair tie for a more polished style.
2. Side Dutch (h/t Howcast)
The unique appearance of this braid comes from twisting each outside piece of hair as you move it into the middle. The braid has a thicker, 3D look. Try using a larger part in the hair to get a more dramatic style.
3. Side twist braid (h/t Cute Girls Hair)
If you're running late, but you still want to look cute, try this fun side twist. The style is intentionally messy, so you can pull a throw and go, as you grab your bag to head out the door. You don't even need a brush for this look!
4. The Elsa braid (h/t Twist me Pretty)
Any Frozen fans in the crowd? You'll love this fun side braid reminiscent of everyone's favorite ice queen, Elsa. Pro tips: work on dirty hair, and make sure you start with a deep side part.
5. Basketweave side braid (h/t Barefoot Blonde)
This tutorial is a bit long, but skip about 5 minutes in to get to the start of the hairstyle. The basketweave is a more moderate-level braid, and while she uses hair extensions to add thickness, you can do this style au naturel if you prefer.
6. Bohemian side braid (h/t The Freckled Fox)
Texture is king, so work with unwashed hair or add some texturing spray to your locks before you start. This loosey-goosey style is elegant and clean. I love how the French braid works into a fishtail braid. It's so pretty.
7. Side knot braid (h/t A Beautiful Mess)
This intricate look is absurdly easy and mostly entails wrapping hair in a criss-cross pattern. It's easy enough that you can whip out the style while riding the bus to work or school.
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