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Which side-swept hairstyle is best for me?

/ 07.17.2014
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  • Messy side parted look, ideal for a pony or side braid
  • Piecey side-swept hair, perfect for mid-length hair
  • Side-swept bangs
  • Glossy side-swept hair

One of the easiest ways, not to mention fastest, to update your hairstyle that by sweeping your locks into a deep side part. It alters the proportions of your face and can inject some attitude into your look. Think Kristen Stewart.

Below, you'll find four different ways of styling your side-swept look, depending on the result you're after!

Magically messy

Wash-and-go advocates, rejoice! This look is ideal for braids or ponytails, especially for naturally do-what-I-want hair.

Get the look: Use a tail comb to give yourself a side part, braid (or tie in a ponytail) down one side then use your comb to pull out small sections of hair on both sides until you reach the desired level of messiness! Whatever your chosen style, complete the look with a mist of finishing spray. This will tame any flyaways and provide long-lasting hold.

Top Tip - adding a ribbon to a braid is a fun and flirty way to make your look stand out from the crowd.

In pieces

The piecey side sweep falls into the effortless-yet-cool category of hairstyles and is great for mid-length hairstyles in search of a new edgy look.

Get the look: Arrange your hair into a comfortable side part (where none of the hair falls over your eyes) then add one extra inch of hair to the side part. This will fall naturally down toward your eyes. Close your eyes, then spritz with a fixing spray.

Top tip - for volume from the roots, like in this image, give yourself a give scalp massage using your fingertips.

Sweeping glance

By parting a short cut with bangs ever-so-slightly at the side, you put the focus entirely on your eyes. If nothing else, it's a great reason to experiment with all kinds of intense eyeliner.

Get the look: Push your hair forward and over to one side with a comb, then run a small amount of putty or gel through the front sections for a piecey, textured look that will hold.

Top tip - pair a boyish hairstyle with strong eye makeup and a nude lip for the perfect pixie look.

Gloss over it

In a daring mood? This ultra glossy side-swept look can be created using different products, depending on how much shine you're after.

Get the Look: Use the 'tail' of the tail comb to define a very neat side part, then apply a wet look gel for a high-shine effect, or some wax for a more subtle look. Apply at the line of the part, then distribute across the top of the head, following the direction of the hair using your comb.

Top tip - A wet look hairstyle looks best with a neutral or natural-looking makeup palette

Which look will you part-ake in?!

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