Last summer’s reigning style—the crown braid—was beautiful in theory, but hard to execute with your own two hands. Luckily, everyone’s digging the side braid this summer and it’s a look anyone can pull off in their sleep. Follow Erin Wasson’s lead and tuck it under a headband or twist your French braid to the side a la Alexandra Richards. The only thing to keep in mind: the more texture you build before braiding, the better it looks. Click through for more inspiration!
The rock star spawn turned DJ started her French braid in the center of her head, framing her face with a soft mini-bouffant when she pulled it to the side at a Women’s Health party in Bridgehampton.
Mamet’s haphazard fishtail might be our favorite: her side part’s loose, the hair along the braid’s pulled out for added texture, and a small piece of hair was wrapped around the end of the braid for a seamless finish.
Look, the side braid’s so easy that even Kerr—who’s balancing a toddler, a beauty empire, and a never-ending stream of inspirational looks—can pull it together.
Follow Rossum’s lead and toss a hat on top of your braid.
See what we mean about texture?
Of course, texture doesn’t mean a lack of shine! Try spraying Sally Hershberger’s Star Shine ($13) all over your hair in place of hairspray.
Don’t worry about weaving all of your hair into the braid. Bell demonstrates just how good it can look when only about a third of your hair makes the cut.
Wickersham went beachy at the premiere of The Bridge, in which she stars alongside Diane Kruger.
A fishtail braid turns ‘80s when secured under a black, turban-like headband on Wasson. Whichever star you emulate, you’ll want to be armed with a teeny tiny rubber band, like one of Professional Braiding Rubber Bands ($1).