How To Style a Side Braid



Here's a brand new, extra magical hair how-to by Katie of Skunkboy. 1.Start with a dramatic side part.  2. Separate a small section of hair on the side. This will be the beginning of your braid. 3.Taking that section, separate it into two smaller sections. 4. Using a fishtail braid method, begin braiding. 5. Continue the french braid until you reach behind the ear. Then finish your braid all the way down using the regular fishtail method. 6. Gather hair into a side ponytail and add accessories like headbands, barrettes or flowers!

34Thanks so much, Katie. Happy styling! xo. elsie
  • So angelic!! Very very fresh and pretty… I’m going to try theso one of those holiday days… Thank for your DIYs.

  • I love it!! So cute and u are so pretty! Do u have YouTube videos I am a visual person and I get lost in the pics

  • Can you please do a tutorial for French braids and waterfall braids like PLEASE Katie and Elsie? I’m asking you guys because all your step by steps are always so easy to understand with the vibrant pics and all.
    This tutorial’s AMAZING. And I really envy you Katie, I am in LOVE with your hair 😀
    -xoxo Emma

  • I featured this too on my 20 Summer Braid Hairstyle Tutorials Roundup!! Have a great week!

  • i like this… but that’s totally Not a fishtail braid she does in the pictures.

  • Love this style! It is actually really easy. I have short hair, so the ponytail didn’t work, but a cute little side bun did! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • wow flowers are amazing and had made specially impact on her face!!!

  • This is brilliant. I’ve tried for so long to do this and every time it seems to go wrong. Thanks for this!

  • is it a fish tail braid or a french braid? both are mentioned and to me the picture looks like a french braid. i’m really excited to try this, though!

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  • Ahh I love this! It’s so beautiful 🙂 My hair is insane, and this makes it pretty. Thankyou!

  • This is very frustrating… I’ve been trying this for hours now and it’s not turning out right.

  • love this look works great for formal or casual occasions:)

  • I actually love this because when I do a side braid, half of it starts to become loose anyway. Thanks for posting! Any new tutorials, please feel free to share with us at We love all beauty tips! 🙂

  • Katie, if you’re reading this… I just wanted to say that you are EXTREMELY beautiful. Keep smiling 😀

  • OMG! Love it! I just tried it…super simple, easy, and most importantly fast! I did it in less than 5 minutes! thanks for sharing and I aboslutly adore you! xoxo

  • Her hair is simply stunning! Loving that gorgeous red AND a super-cute hairstyle

  • I’m doing this wonderful style for New Years Eve!


  • Very creative and insightful, i have a hairstyle blog and there is a long hairstyles post. check it.

  • I love your hair, its soo beautiful. i dont really like red hair but yours in gorgeous.

  • i’ve always associated braids with youthfulness and over the top femininity, but you make this looks so sophisticated and sexy!

  • beautiful! i am in love with your hair! the color is too die for;-)

  • This is so cute, and I think it would even work for my short hair. And yes, the hair color is gorgeous!

  • I adore this hairdo! Can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  • its just a good blog to get your latest information in design/art world.
    keep it up

  • Oh, Katie. Your hair is always so cute! I can’t wait to try this this weekend! :]

  • Beautiful photos! Love the mix of colors!

    Tokyo streetstyle:

  • I love the first pic, it looks really good with the sequin headband, it’s amazing!

  • I’m obsessed with little braids lately! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • so pretty! i like the first photo best, tied into the side ponytail. Her hair is such a perfect colour for this time of year 🙂

    Katie x

  • This side braid is one of many styles I will sport when I my hair gets longer!

  • Loving this! I wonder how it will look with my curly hair. I think I’ll try it. Thanks.

  • This is so pretty! Oh man I can’t wait for my hair to grow out little more to try this!
    Fang Ting

  • It looks so magical. She’s like a character from a fairy tale with her beautiful red hair <3
    I always had problems with doing things like that on my hair. It’s easier to style someone else’s hair.

  • Katie’s hair always fills me to the brink with hair jealousy! It’s always so perfect. This is a great look!


  • Love! I really need to grow my hair so I cans start doing cute stuff with it again!

  • Katie seriously has the best hair styles. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for posting!

    P.S. I haven’t done a post about my RV dress yet because I just started my blog, but I LOVE my dress. Love love love it. Can’t wait for the next line.

  • I love her hair colour and I am always game for a side braid!

    –Jaclyn T
    TrickArtJewellery: Nature Inspired

  • oh this is one of my favorite looks! and i have red hair to boot! such pretty pictures! –

  • Love it! Your hair is gorgeous. I love how its not exactly perfect, just a little messy. So pretty.

  • Is that a real waterfall or a metaphorical waterfall?

    Katie has the prettiest hair.

  • oh my gosh! SOOO cute! I love side braids! Now if I just had your gorgeous hair!! Thanks for sharing!

  • This is exactly why I am growing my hair out! Any tips for those of us with shorter hair?


  • So pretty. I love the shade of Katie’s red hair. Beautiful. xo, rv

  • caaaahhhhhyute
    totally doing this tomorrow! thank you 😀


  • This is so incredibly cute. My hair is so so short right now and I’m growing it out for the first time in many years. I can’t wait until it’s long enough to start trying styles like this! <3

  • Super cute! I wear braids up the wa-zoo lately 🙂

  • katie is so pretty, i love her hair, wish to have that color and not my bored brown

  • Elsie, I ordered the Blog Love E Course on Friday and I haven’t gotten the login info yet, should it have already come in? Thanks!

  • this is so cute and im so jealous of her hair color. I wish my hair did things like that

  • my goodness you hair color is AMAZING – so gorgeous


  • How long should your hair be for a side braid? Because I have medium length hair.

  • This is the cutest idea ever! Katie, you are a doll, thank you for sharing! <3

  • I love it! I just wish I was coordinated enough to braid my own hair haha!


  • I love love the side braid/side ponytail! Great inspiration. I think I’ll go do my hair and get fancy right now.

    Talia Christine

  • I love that headband! It’s so sweet and still chic. Pretty Katie!


  • I’ve been experimenting with braids lately and so this is a great new idea! Thanks!

  • What a beautiful hairdo (& hair color, I love red hair)!

  • Gorgeous! Loving braiding my hair at the moment but not so good at it … yet *furiously browsing your tutorials* 😉

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