The Hottest Side Swept Hairstyles to Try Right Now

Side swept hairstyles have been around for a while and only seem to be getting hotter! From day to night, this chic trend will keep you looking  fresh.

Playful Side Sweep

Playful Side Sweep hairstyle Instagram @jaclyntanhmua

Q&A with style creator, Jaclyn Tan
Lead Make-up & Hair Artist @ Jaclyn Tan Hair and Make-up in Singapore

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

The side sweep has always been the go-to hairstyle for a little playfulness or the look of relaxed elegance. This look that I have created is definitely for a chill out Saturday with someone precious, maneuvering between a little pizzazz and a little je ne sais quoi.

My favorite thing about this look is the subtle waves that are accented by the vintage gold hair accessories.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend Osis+ mattifying hair control powder. If you don’t have any hair powder in your arsenal, use loose powder sparingly.

I also recommend Loretta Make Up Milk and Osis Hairspray no.2.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Long hair down to the center of back is recommended. Thick haired clients will look even more fabulous with luscious curls at the side.

This look suits heart and almond shaped faces, as well as short faces. Is it perfect for the bubbly executive that is ready for a hair let down at the martini bar.

Romantic & Elegant

Romantic & Elegant hairstyle Instagram @vkmakeup

Q&A with style creator, Vanessa
Stylist @ Mink Makeup & Hair in Vancouver, BC Canada


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This a simple, elegant and romantic hairstyle. As a matter of fact, this is one of my favorite looks to do!

It has that trendy element for being so relaxed and organic, and also adds a touch of femininity and glam to the entire look. It’s a great hairstyle for brides that want a good balance between being natural and glamorous.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Having beautiful curls that stay nice and curly is very important to any down/half-down hairdo. I recommend prepping the hair with Kenra Thermal Styling Spray before using any hot tools. It not only provides a strong hold for up to 60 hours, but it also protects the hair from heat up to 428 degrees.

I also recommend using a really good finishing hairspray to lock in the hairstyle after the styling is done so it doesn’t fall throughout the day. One of my favorite hairsprays to work with is Osis+ 3 Extreme Hold Hairspray. It is fast drying, non-sticky and brushes out very easily, which is perfect for a hairstyle like this.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is one of my favorite styles to do on brides who who want their hair away from their face, but still want some hair showing when they are getting pictures taken from all angles! It is also perfect for brides who are wearing wedding gowns showing off their necklines so they don’t feel too empty or exposed around the necks.

I was lucky to work with this beautiful bride who happened to have lots of volume in her hair, so I didn’t need to use any hair extensions. For ladies with thinner hair, I highly recommend incorperating some extensions into the hairstyle to achieve this look.

Side-Swept Dutch Braid

Side-Swept Dutch Braid hairstyle Instagram @brushesandbraids

Q&A with style creator, Tiffany Johnson
Hairstylist & Make-up Artist @ SilverCeiling Beauty in Wilmington, NC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I’d describe this look as boho romance. It’s perfect if you want a clean updo and can easily be made into a messier look as well.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Dry shampoo and texture spray are my best friends when it comes to this look. I also like to spray a little bit of shine at the end.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I’ve done the side-swept Dutch braid on many hair types and lengths, but have found the best outcome is with long, thick hair (extensions always work too!) and an oval face shape.

This look is one of my favorites because it’s perfect to spice up your everyday look and special occasions! This one in particular was used for a bridesmaid.

Easy Breezy

Easy Side Swept Hairstyles

This side sweep is perfect for a day running errands and can easily shift into date night.

How to Style:

1. Apply thermal protectant spray and a light hold mousse to damp hair.

2. Dry hair with a round brush, creating volume while pulling hair to desired side.

3. Curl in large sections and lightly comb through.

4. Loosely pull hair to desired side and pin if necessary.

5. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

For a brushable hold that will keep your style in place, try Serious Non-Stick Hairspray by Blowpro.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This side swept look is great for those with rounder face shapes and medium to fine hair that will hold a curl well.

Pin Back Side

This pulled back side sweep will have your friends doing a double take wondering, “did she cut her hair”? This is a great way to get the look of the shaved side without taking the clippers to your hair!

Pulled Back Side Swept Hairstyle

How to Style:

1. Apply thermal protectant spray and a medium hold gel to damp hair.

2. Dry hair using a flat brush, pulling hair to desired side.

3. Pull and pin back one side, getting it as tight as you can while it still being comfortable.

4. Curl remaining side using medium sections.

5. Finish with strong hold hairspray and shine serum.

Recommended Products:

Hardwear 16 Super Strong Hair Gel by Redken will no doubt keep that side slicked back all night long.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is great for those with any hair type. Revealing the ear will give some width, helping balance a longer face shape.

Show Off

This side swept look is perfect for showing off those statement earrings!

Side Swept Hairstyle with Deep Part

How to Style:

1. Apply thermal protectant spray and a light hold mousse to damp hair.

2. Dry hair, pulling your strands to the desired side.

3. Curl in large sections and lightly comb through.

4. Loosely pull hair to desired side and pin if necessary.

5. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

6. Don’t forget your favorite earrings!

Recommended Products:

It is ALWAYS important to protect your hair against the damage that heat styling tools can cause. Spray damp hair with Aveda’s Brilliant Damage Control every day before styling.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This is a great look on anyone with any hair type. The only requirement is that amazing pair of earrings!

Sweet Side Pony

This sweet side pony with side-swept bangs is a perfect look for a daytime date or a picnic with the family.

Side Pony with Side Swept Bangs

How to Style:

1. Apply thermal protectant spray and a medium hold mousse to damp hair.

2. Dry hair using round brush, creating volume and pulling bangs to one side.

3. Take the bottom section of your hair (at the ear and below) and loosely put it into a pony.

4. Curl the pony in one or two large sections.

5. Curl the top using medium-sized sections.

6. Pull remaining hair to the side and loosely pin, leaving out a few wispy pieces.

7. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Simply Organic Medium Hold Hairspray is a quick drying, non-aerosol spray that is great for any type of hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look with the side-swept bangs is perfect for round face shapes with medium to fine hair.

Rocker Sweep

Get ready to rock out to your favorite band in this sexy side sweep.

Side Swept Rocker Hairstyle

How to Style:

1. Apply thermal protectant spray and mousse to damp hair.

2. Rough dry hair, creating volume at root on one side. Choose where you want your side part and smooth the other side around your head.

3. Use a strong hold gel and one side back using pins for hold if necessary.

4. On the full side, curl one-inch sections.

5. Finger comb through curls.

6. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Those with fine hair need to try the Full Blown Lightweight Styling Whip by Frederic Fekkai.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round or square face shapes with fine to medium hair will rock this look the best.

Sleek Side Sweep

Sleek is the key word for this look. This side swept hairstyle is worthy of a night out with your gal pals.

Sleek Side Swept Hairstyle

How to Style:

1. Apply thermal protectant spray a smoothing serum to damp hair.

2. Dry hair using a flat brush, pulling hair to desired side.

3. Flat iron in small sections.

4. Use a strong hold gel and pull back one side, pinning at the bottom if necessary.

5. Finish with strong hold hairspray and shine serum.

Recommended Products:

MoroccanOil Frizz Control contains weather-resistant properties that will keep those locks extra sleek.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and square face shapes should steer clear of this super straight look. Any hair type can wear this sleek style, however it will require less work for those without any texture to their hair.

Colorful Sweep

Non-traditional pastel colors in the hair are HOT right now! Give it a try in this curly side sweep using temporary hair chalk.

Side Swept Curly Hairstyle with Hair Chalk

How to Style:

1. Apply thermal protectant spray and a light hold mousse to damp hair.

2. Dry hair using a round brush, creating volume and pulling hair to the desired side.

3. Use hair chalk in desired color and paint various sections of hair according to the directions.

4. Curl hair in medium sections and lightly comb through.

5. Loosely pull hair to the desired side and pin if necessary.

6. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Create many different looks using the Sephora Collection Pastel Hair Chalk. The best part is it’s temporary and simply washes out with water!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape and hair type can pull off this style. It’s yet another fun look that anyone can try!

Casual Sweep

This beautiful side sweep is perfect for showing off your gorgeous, rich hair color. It’s a great look for morning, noon or night!

Beautiful Side Swept Hairstyle

How to Style:

1. Apply a thermal protectant spray and texturizer to damp hair.

2. Dry hair with a round brush, creating volume while pulling hair to desired side.

3. Curl in large sections and brush through.

4. Loosely pull hair to desired side and pin if necessary.

5. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

The Sea Salt Spray by Davines is perfect for this look. It provides both light control and texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This is an easy look for those with longer face shapes and some texture to their hair.

Side-Do

A variation on the traditional updo, try the side swept updo! This curly side swept look is great for any formal event.

Curly Formal Side Swept Hairstyle

How to Style:

1. Apply thermal protectant spray and a medium hold mousse to damp hair.

2. Dry hair using a round brush, creating volume and pulling hair to one side.

3. Back comb and smooth hair at the crown.

4. Take medium sections and curl from the nape to the crown.

5. Take the bottom section of your hair (at the ear and below) and loosely put it into a ponytail.

6. Let the top fall over the ponytail, then pull hair from other side, pinning as necessary.

7. Loosely twist the back front fringe area and pin.

8. Finish with a strong hold hairspray

Recommended Products:

AG’s Mousse Gel Extra-Firm is lightweight yet firm holding gel that works excellent to keep those curls!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This side swept style is great for those with medium to fine hair and a square face shape.

Floral Fun

Add some style to your side swept ‘do by adding in fun accessories like flowers or beaded hair pins.

Side Swept Hairstyle with Flower

How to Style:

1. Apply thermal protectant spray and a medium hold gel to damp hair.

2. Dry hair with a round brush, creating volume while pulling hair to desired side.

3. Curl in medium sections.

4. Loosely pull hair to the desired side and pin.

5. Add in your hair accessory!

6. Finish with strong hold hairspray and shine serum.

Recommended Products:

For something that will both illuminate your hair and keep frizz at bay, try Kasia’s OUTSHINE Ultra-Light Smoothing Gloss.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Anyone with an oval face shape with any type of hair will work with this style.

Voluminous  Side Sweep

Creating major volume is the key to this look!

Voluminous Side Swept Hairtstyle

How to Style:

1. Apply thermal protectant spray and a root lifting product to damp hair.

2. Dry hair with a round brush, creating volume while pulling hair to desired side.

3. Backcomb your entire head with emphasis in the crown area and smooth over.

4. Curl hair in small sections with a one-inch barrel curling iron.

5. Pull hair to one side and pin as necessary.

6. Finish with strong hold hairspray

Recommended Products:

For mega volume, use Kevin Murphy’s Powder Puff Volumizing Powder on wet and/or dry hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

The volume on top will help add length for those with round or square face shapes. This style will work best for those who have some texture in their hair.

Go ahead, get swept away with these fabulous side swept hairstyles!