Side Up Side Down Braids


As promised, this week I have diverged from my warrior faux-hawk obsession to share a fun, everyday look which is great to do when you want to get the hair somewhat out of your face, but still want to show off those pretty locks. The key is to keep things tight with this braid, and as always I find this is better done with second-day hair.   This style is somewhat hard to portray as from the front of the face it just looks like you’ve pulled your hair over to one side, but with this look, the hair will stay in place.

SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Half-up Final Side

SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Half-up Final Back

SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Half-up Front

Braid Bar Box

As with most of my posts, you will be able to execute this look with the right tools, all of which are sold on my site, in the Braid Bar Box. Use the dry shampoo to get some grippiness to the hair, and also to keep your hair from looking greasy, use the finishing spray to smooth out the braid side, and you’ll need to use one clear plastic elastic or a couple of bobby pins to attach the braid underneath the brushed out side. As always, the rattail comb is particularly convenient to have on hand. All of the sprays have UV protection, and with braids such as this one, it’s a great way to give that hair some sun care.

Step-by-step (with Pictures) Tutorial on the Side-up, Side-down Braid

  1. First spray a bit of dry shampoo all over both sides of your hair, to give the side you’re keeping down some texture and to give some grip to the braid side.

    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Half Up Step 1

  2. Using a rattail comb, separate out a deep part on the side of your hair with less hair.

    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Half Up Step 2

  3. Start a French braid and continue it to angle back and towards the nape of your neck.

    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Half Up Step 3

    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Half Up Step 3

  4. Once you have completed the braid, tie off right at the part of the braid when you have finished adding hair, and comb the other side lightly on top.

    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Half Up Step 4

  5. You can also experiment using bobby pins if the ponytail sticks out too much, but if you angle the hair correctly, it should just look like more hair added to the back of your head.

    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Half Up Back View

  6. Variations: play with a fishtail French braid, or even adding hair only to the bottom section.

    SunCare for Your Hair: SunQuist Half Up Fishtail Variation