From mermaid braids to spiral braids, it鈥檚 safe to say that knotted 鈥榙os are having a major moment. One of our fave styles is the side braid, because it鈥檚 so versatile and incredibly chic at the same time. Not only can you wear the side braid to everything from work to a wedding, but it鈥檚 also a look that鈥檒l have you looking fab in five minutes flat. We broke this totally doable 鈥榙o down into three simple steps that鈥檒l have you mastering the style in no time.

STEP 1: CREATE YOUR SIDE BRAID

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We鈥檙e huge fans of the 3D French braid (braiding underneath instead of on top), and for this style, the reverse braiding approach really makes your look pop! Begin by braiding your reverse braid on your favorite side and hang tight as we move on to the next step.

STEP 2: HACK VOLUME AT THE CROWN

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The easiest way to hack volume on a ponytail is to spritz a volumizing spray all over your locks and then tease at your crown for extra oomph. After that, secure your pony with a clear elastic.

STEP 3: CREATE MORE LIFT

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Next, gently pull the hair at your crown of your head to create even more lift 鈥 this is key to achieving the depth this 鈥榙o is known for.

STEP 4: WIDEN + PIN THE BRAID

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Finally, pancake (AKA thicken up) that braid by tugging on each strand. After that, join it with your pony by placing it over your existing ponytail and wrapping another clear elastic band over your braid and ponytail together! Simple, right?!

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So freaking cute! Now, pin your braid (or any strays) in place if needed. We love the multi-dimensional look and feel of this braided pony. Work it!

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Hair by Maritza Buelvas
Photography by Jennifer Coffey
Modeling by Kaitlyn of Sisters Marie