23 Hottest Side Swept Hairstyles to Try in 2018

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. Go ahead, get swept away with these fabulous hairstyle ideas for any special occasions!

Inspiring Braided Down Do for Prom

Inspiring Braided Down Do for Prom
Instagram @hairbycaitlinnnk

This side-sweep look could make you even more dressed up for any formal occasion. The braid is a fun way to hold the hair at one side in place, letting the rest down to the other side which you can style with so many options.

Trendsetting Textured Copper Ponytail

Trendsetting Textured Copper Ponytail
Instagram @whatdonnahamiltondoes

When you have a mesmerizing color that looks gorgeous on its own, going with a simple style like a short loose braid is better. Tie a ponytail for a unique twist to this cute style.

Dashing Long Wavy Hair

Dashing Long Wavy Hair
Instagram @nicolemarie_weddings

Amp up your seducing power with this super easy long side swept hair. Hold the sides with hairspray and some decorative pins and finish your ends with waves for a flattering result.

Stunning Boho Side Braids

Stunning Boho Side Braids
Instagram @nadiaroseg

Braided hairstyles like this take the perfect amount of messiness and precision to work. Start with a thick fishtail braid then tug the pieces outwards for a loose look, leaving wavy pieces of hair in front for a chic finish.

Bridesmaid Curls

Q&A with style creator, Smyrna Ariel
Hairstylist @ Smyrna Ariel Hair Artistry in New York City, NY

How would you describe this look?

I’d describe this look as romantic. My favorite thing about this style is the client and her hair length. My client, along with a lot of women who like their hair a long length, think it is impossible to style. That’s where I come in. This client of mine had NEVER curled her hair before. Her hair had always been in a bun or in a braid.

The reaction my client had to my artwork was my ABSOLUTE favorite part about this style. It felt great showing her there was more to her hair than she thought. I love making women feel beautiful.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My first bit of advice is communication. If you have a complex do not be afraid to let your hairstylist know. Communicate your vision thoroughly so we can bring that vision to life.

Never show up with wet hair, unless your hairstylist gave you the OK prior. Also, there isn’t anything wrong with hair that hasn’t been washed in a day or two. As long as it doesn’t smell and isn’t greasy.

If you’re choosing a hairstyle that is down with curls, make sure or ask your stylist to set your hair first. Setting the hair helps the style last longer, especially if you’re attending a wedding or an event that consists of a lot of pictures and selfies.

Lastly, when showing your hairstylist an inspirational photo, remember it’s for inspiration. Everyone’s face is different from the shape of the head, shape of the eyes, length, the color of hair, etc. This is why communication is key.

Stylish Updo With Blonde Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Danielle Taylor
Executive Stylist @ Telleish Hair Studio in Melbourne, Australia


How would you describe this look?

I love this look for a side-swept updo because it is chic and effortless.

The great thing about this style is that it will suit most face shapes and hair colors (as seen on this beautiful copper color, created by my co-worker Ross Lemon).

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look needs a fair amount of hair to create the voluminous look. If you have fine textured hair, dry in a volumizing product such as Evo Shape Vixon. I like to recommend to my clients to wash their hair the night before. This will help give your style more hold and will assist in pinning the style into place. Use a curling tong to curl hair and don’t be afraid to make your curls tight so you can brush them out before styling (this creates more body in the style). I used Evo Miss Malleable to spray before I brushed out the curls.

Lastly, take sections about an inch thick and twist into place. Finish with a strong hold hairspray and enjoy.

Elegant and Sexy Side-Sweep

Q&A with style creator, Lauren Polidori
Stylist @ ZINK – The Element of Hair in Brighton, South Australia


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as elegant and sexy. My favorite thing about this style is that it looks effortless and suits all hair types.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice to anyone wanting to achieve this style is to wash their hair the night before. Freshly clean hair never holds as well and sleeping on it can give it more texture and body for the next day. This style needs a good foundation, so depending on how well your hair holds, I would always recommend pre-moussing the hair.

Using L’Oreal Tecni.ART Root Lift Spray and L’Oreal Tecni.ART Final Extra Mousse mixed together is essential to making sure the curls hold. Once you’ve moussed the hair, dry it in, making sure the hair is bone dry before curling.

Hairspray is a must and my absolute favorite is the L’Oreal Tecni.ART Air Fix Hairspray. Always spray before and after curling. It’s not a sticky spray so you can never use too much.

To acheive this style, I used the medium-sized Cloud 9 and curled each section the same way. This way when you brush the curls out, the “S” shape takes form.

To slick the side down, I used the L’Oreal Air Fix Spray and dried it in using my Paralux 365. Drying the sprayed section is essential because it holds it in place without having to use bobby pins. Once you’ve slicked the hair behind the ear, brushing the curls out using a detangling brush is the final step. Using a detangling brush is great because it softens and breaks up the curl to create this elegant and sexy style.

To personalize this style, you can use a brooch, pendant, or even fresh flowers. This just finishes off this look beautifully. It adds a bit of jazz to the hair and becomes a more personalized look.

Effortlessly Side-Swept Messy Braids

Effortlessly Side-Swept Messy Braids
Instagram @hairbyleahnoel

Q&A with style creator, Leah Kooistra
Hairstylist @ Hair by Leah Noel in Lynden, WA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as effortlessly side-swept. My favorite thing about it is that you can still wear your hair all the way down, but it looks polished and done, making it great for any event.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style works with almost all hair types. If you want a longer, more sophisticated look, your hair should be past shoulder length. This style can be done on shorter hair too, I would just add more texture to the look with texture spray or paste to create a look that is purposely undone.

If you don’t have bangs, you can leave the front pieces of your hair out or lightly twist them back so they stay out of your face. This style would also be really fun with straight hair for a really sleek look.

Side-Swept Romance

Q&A with style creator, Amanda ten Brink
Stylist @ Salon Fifty Five in Maple Ridge, BC


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a side-swept romantic loose curl. This style is great for people with fine hair as it is able to create the illusion of fullness and volume.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Some advice I would give to a client who is considering this look is that it is a great choice for brides wanting to wear their hair down, but still look formal and elegant.

To create this look, I recommend using a 1 1/2-inch Babyliss Pro to create curls, Puff Me volumizing powder to create volume, and Sebastian hairspray to lock everything in. The pink pewter headband was a nice touch!

Timeless Vintage Glam

Q&A with style creator, Dannielle Robeson
Stylist and Boutique Manager @ Vanity Belle Beauty Boutique in La Jolla, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look is vintage glam. I absolutely love the volume and elegance of this style. It’s classy and timeless!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a great style for a wedding, special event, or a night out. It’s glamorous with a vintage flair, so get dressed up and wear some heels. Adding a bold lip makes a perfect pair for an evening look.

Start with a great blow dry. Setting your hair in velcro rollers and allowing it to cool will help create longer lasting volume at the roots. For hair like my client’s, whose curls generally fall out quickly, pin each curl up and allow it to cool and set.

When teasing, always tease the hair much larger because as you smooth it into place it will become smaller. As the style is worn, it will settle in to place as well. Go big or go home!

Set the entire look with a firm hairspray like Kenra Volume Spray 25.

Playful Side Sweep

Playful 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 great
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-Sweep Dutch Braid

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 wonderful 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 this 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 a great way to spice up your everyday look and special occasions! This one in particular was used for a bridesmaid.

Easy Breezy

Easy Breezy

This hairstyle is ideal 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

Pulled Back

This pulled back look 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!

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 Deep Side Part

Deep Side Part

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

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

Side Pony with Side Swept Bangs

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

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-sweep bangs is perfect for round face shapes with medium to fine hair.

Rocker Sweep

Rocker Sweep

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

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 Part for Long Hair

Sleek Side Part for Long Hair

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

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 Hair Chalk

Curly Hairstyle with Hair Chalk
Non-traditional pastel colors in the hair are HOT right now! Give it a try in this curly ‘do using temporary 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!

Red Carpet Casual Sweep

Red Carpet Casual Sweep

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.

Curly Side-Do

Curly Side Do

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

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

Fun with Flowers in Hair

Fun with Flowers in Hair

Add some style to your down-do by adding in fun accessories like flowers or beaded hair pins.

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.