This side swept look mixes natural waves with a faux undercut, combining romanticism and edginess in one gorgeous look. The slick side can be twisted or braided, providing textural contrast and creating space, while shifting hair for concentrated thickness and movement. The shape also keeps hair pinned up off the neck, with tumbled lengths around the face adding softness so you can stay cool while looking fabulous. Read on for steps and variations. –– Laura Martin
Step: Part hair deeply on one side, drawing a line back from the arch of the brow. Use a liberal amount of curl enhancer to emphasize and support natural movement. Air dry or diffuse hair, and refine ends with hair creme.
Step: Use a styling wand to enhance and elevate natural texture. When satisfied add refinish dry shampoo for hold, sea-salt texture and volume.
Step: On the same side as the parting, pull hair back behind the ear, then twist at the nape working across to the opposite side and pin. Alternatively, braid strands tightly working a few inches above the hairline and clip under the occipital bone letting hair from the opposite side cover the plait. Use fingers to detail loose strands and finish with holding spray.
Special thanks to Laura Martin, senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, for sharing professional hairstyling advice with Style Noted