4 Easy Side Braids – Quick Everyday Hairstyle!

Side braids are a stylish and easy way to do your hair and they work for both casual and special events.

In this post, we will look at four side braids: the fishtail braid, the classic three-strand braid, the twisted rope braid, and the pull-through braid.

These braids can change your look, making it elegant and fun.

Let’s take a look at how to create these beautiful side braids!

side braids


1. The Fishtail Side Braid

The fishtail braid is a stunning and detail-rich braid that’s simpler to create than it appears. Here’s how you can achieve this look:


Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Start with Clean, Brushed Hair: Ensure your hair is free of tangles. It’s easier to braid smooth hair.
  2. Divide Your Hair: Pull all your hair to one side and divide it into two equal sections.
  3. Begin Braiding: Take a small piece of hair from the outside strand and cross it over and add it to the inside strand.
  4. Repeat the Process: Now take a small piece from the inside strand and cross it over and add it to the outside strand.
  5. Continue Braiding: Keep alternating sides, taking small pieces from the outer edges and crossing them over until you reach the ends of your hair.
  6. Secure the Braid: Once you’ve braided to the end, secure it with a hair tie.

For a more relaxed look, gently tug on the sides of the braid to loosen it. This braid looks great with added texture, so don’t worry if it’s a bit messy.

fishtail braided side braid


2. The Three-Strand Side Braid

The three-strand braid is a classic and timeless braid that everyone should know. It’s the simplest braid and a great starting point for beginners.


Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Prepare Your Hair: Brush your hair to remove any knots and pull it to one side.
  2. Divide Your Hair: Split your hair into three equal sections.
  3. Start Braiding: Cross the right section over the middle section. Now, the right section is the middle section.
  4. Cross the Left Section: Next, cross the left section over the new middle section. Now, the left section is the middle section.
  5. Continue the Pattern: Keep crossing the outer sections over the middle section, alternating sides until you reach the end of your hair.
  6. Secure with a Hair Tie: Once you’ve braided to the end, tie it off with a hair tie.

For a polished look, keep the sections even and braid tightly and for a more casual style, loosen the braid a bit by pulling gently at the sides of the hair.

3 strand side braid


3. The Twisted Rope Braid

The twisted rope braid, also known as the rope twist, is a fun and unique braid that adds a twist to your regular braid styles.


Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Brush and Divide: Brush your hair thoroughly and pull it to one side. Split it into two equal sections.
  2. Twist the Sections: Twist both sections individually in the same direction (clockwise).
  3. Twist Together: Now, twist the two sections together in the opposite direction (counterclockwise).
  4. Continue Twisting: Keep twisting until you reach the end of your hair.
  5. Secure with a Hair Tie: Tie the end of the braid with a hair tie.

Twisting the sections tightly will help the braid hold better. After braiding you can twist the braid around itself and secure it with an elastic and then you have a nice textured bun!

Twisted rope braid


4. The Pull-Through Braid

The pull-through braid is a fake braid that looks like a real braid, but there is no braiding invloved when doing this hairstyle!


Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Create a Ponytail: Gather your hair to one side and split the hair into 2 sections.
  2. Divide The Hair: Divide the front section into two equal strands.
  3. Create Another Ponytail: Pull the bottom section through the 2 halves and then tie the 2 halves together, so they have created a loop around the other section of hair.
  4. Fan Out The Hair: Pull in the sides of the loop to give the “braid” more volume.
  5. Repeat the Process: Continue this pattern – splitting the front section, pulling the bottom section through the 2 halves, and tying the 2 halves together in a loop – until you reach the end of your hair.
  6. Secure the End: Once you’ve reached the end, take both ends and tie them together with an elastic.

For a fuller braid, gently tug at the edges of each section. This braid works best on medium to long hair.

pull through side braid


Final Thoughts

Side braids are a fantastic way to style your hair for any occasion. Whether you’re heading to a casual outing or a formal event, these four braids – fishtail, three-strand, twisted rope, and pull-through – offer a variety of looks to suit your style.

Practice makes perfect, so don’t get discouraged if your first attempt isn’t flawless. With a bit of patience and practice, you’ll master these braids in no time! 


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