A side braid might seem like a fairly straightforward hairstyle option, but it doesn't have to be. There are countless different ways to wear such a look, and one of our favorites is with ribbons. Whether you prefer a twisted rope like the model opposite, a fishtail or just a regular three-strand braid, a ribbon is sure to make your chosen side braid a whole lot more interesting.
The really great thing about a side braid is that you don't need to worry about styling your hair before you start. Braids work with absolutely every hair texture and can be conveniently arranged to disguise anything you don't want people to see – an extreme side part for unwashed hair, hair pulled tight for thick or voluminous hair you want to keep under control, artfully tousled to detract attention from split ends... the list goes on.
To give yourself a relatively well-behaved starting point, apply Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream and rough blow-dry your hair. After that, you can pick out your ribbons.
Before you start braiding, tie the ribbons into your hair, just behind your earlobe. As far as choosing a technique goes, they're all pretty easy. A rope twist is one of the easiest because you just have to split the lengths of your hair in two and twist both halves in the same direction. Keep twisting, then wind them around each other in the opposite direction. It's a bit like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time but it's really easy once you've practiced a little.
When you're done, tease a few strands of hair loose at the front to frame your face and soften the overall look. To finish, fix your braid style with a generous mist of Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.