I have a tendency to get stuck in a rut with hairdos – usually wearing it straight or in a french-braided bun. On my birthday, I was fixing my hair for dinner and came up with this easy and fast small braid – I think it was all the happiness that inspired the quick creativity. I shared it on Instagram here. My hair is just straightened and down, but this braid nicely keeps my hair out of my face. It’s a fairly fast and easy option for any occasion! And you can double up the mini braids for a slightly different option! These easy side braids for long hair may be my best discovery of the summer!
Easy Side Braids for Long Hair Tutorial
Part your hair just off-center. On the side of more hair, take a thin line of hair along part, about three inches long. Divide into three pieces.
Begin braiding* hair down hairline adding hair only from the front. This is a half-french braid of sorts. Instead of grabbing hair with every movement, it’s done just half the time. Be sure to only grab about a half inch from the front.
*I did an inverted braid here where hair is woven into the braid from the bottom up and not the traditional method of weaving new hair in from the top down. This hairstyle can be done with a traditional braid or the inverted method. Here’s a good video to see how to do the basic inverted braid.
Continue to pull new hair into braid until you’ve passed your ear. Then continue braiding hair until braid length reaches the middle of the back of your head. Secure with small hair elastic.
Sweep all hair above braid out of the way (can use a hairtie or clip). Secure braid in place with two bobby pins – facing opposite directions. Let remaining hair down.Check out these MUST HAVE HAIR PRODUCTS + TOOLS
photography for Easy Side Braids for Long Hair by Karen Ard