23 Hottest Side Swept Hairstyles to Try

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!

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Inspiring Braided Side-Swept Down Hair

Inspiring Braided Side-Swept Down Hair
Instagram @hairbycaitlinnnk

This side-sweep hairstyle 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 Side Swept Ponytail

Trendsetting Textured Copper Side Swept 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. Side swept hairstyles for long hair like this should tie a ponytail for a unique twist to this cute style.

Dashing Long Wavy Hair Swept to the Side

Dashing Long Wavy Hair Swept to the Side
Instagram @nicolemarie_weddings

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

Stunning Boho Side Braids

Stunning Boho Side Braids
Instagram @nadiaroseg

Braided to the side 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 Swept to the Side

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

How would you describe this?

These bridesmaid curls are swept to the side. Some women who their hair a long length, think it is impossible to style. That’s completely false. If you’ve never curled her hair before, do it, and get your hair out of that bun or braid.

What’s your best advice?

Communication. If you have a complex do not be afraid to let your hairstylist know. Communicate your vision thoroughly so your stylist 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 side swept 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 Side Swept Updo With Blonde Highlights

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


How would you describe this?

This side-swept updo is chic and effortless. It suits most face shapes and hair colors.

Any advice for someone considering it?

You’ll need a fair amount of hair to create voluminous hairstyles to the side. If you have fine textured hair, dry in a volumizing product such as Evo Shape Vixon. Also, wash your 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. For this, try Evo Miss Malleable and spray before you brush 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?

This side sweep hairstyle is elegant and sexy. It’s effortless and suits all hair types.

What’s your best advice?

Wash your 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, pre-mousse your 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. Try 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 slick the side down, use the L’Oreal Air Fix Spray and dry 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, brush the curls out using a detangling brush. Using a detangling brush is great because it softens and breaks up the curl to create this elegant and sexy style.

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?

These are effortlessly side-swept messy braids. You can still wear your hair all the way down, but it looks polished and done, making it great for any event.

What’s your best advice?

This side-swept style works with almost all hair types. If you want a longer, more sophisticated style, your hair should be past shoulder length. This style can be done on shorter hair too, just add more texture with texture spray or paste. This will create a style 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 side swept look.

Side-Swept Romance Hair

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


How would you describe this?

This is a side-swept romantic loose curl. This style is great for women with fine hair as it is able to create the illusion of fullness and volume.

What’s your best advice?

This a great choice for brides wanting to wear their hair down, but still look formal and elegant.

To create this side swept curly hair, use a 1 1/2-inch Babyliss Pro to create curls, Puff Me volumizing powder to create volume, and Sebastian hairspray to lock everything in.

Timeless Side Swept 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?

This is side swept vintage glam hair. There’s volume and elegance to this style. It’s classy and timeless!

What’s your best advice?

This is a great style for a wedding, special event, or a night out. It’s glamorous with a vintage flair.

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. If you have curly hair and your 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 into place as well.

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

Playful Side Sweep Hairstyle

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?

The side sweep has always been the go-to hairstyle for a little playfulness or the look of relaxed elegance. There are subtle waves that are accented by the vintage gold hair accessories.

What’s your best advice?

Products to use are Osis+ mattifying hair control powder. If you don’t have any hair powder in your arsenal, use loose powder sparingly. Also try Loretta Make Up Milk and Osis Hairspray no.2.

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

Romantic & Elegant Side Swept Hairstyle

Romantic & Elegant Side Swept Hairstyle
Instagram @vkmakeup

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


How would you describe this?

This a simple, elegant and romantic side-swept hairstyle. It has that trendy element for being so relaxed and organic, and also adds a touch of femininity and glam. It’s a great hairstyle for brides that want a good balance between being natural and glamorous.

What’s your best advice?

Having beautiful curls that stay nice and curly is very important to any down/half-down hairdo. Prep 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.

Also use a really good finishing hairspray to lock in the hairstyle after the styling is done so it doesn’t fall throughout the day. A good one to try is Osis+ 3 Extreme Hold Hairspray. It’s fast drying, non-sticky and brushes out very easily, which is perfect for a hairstyle like this.

This is perfect for women and brides 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. For ladies with thinner hair, incorporate some extensions into the hairstyle.

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?

This side-sweep dutch braid has boho romance. It’s wonderful if you want a clean updo and can easily be made into a messier style as well.

What’s your best advice?

Dry shampoo and texture spray are your best friends when it comes to side-swept styles. Spray a little bit of shine at the end.

This Dutch braid can be done on many hair types and lengths. However, the best outcome is with long, thick hair (extensions always work too!) and an oval face shape.

Easy Breezy Side Swept Haircut

asy Breezy Side Swept Haircut

This side swept haircut is ideal for a day running errands and can easily shift into date night. It’s the perfect wind-swept hair.

How to Style you hair to the side:

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.

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

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

Pin Back Side Sweep

Pin Back Side Sweep

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 style of the shaved side without taking the clippers to your hair!

How to Style side hair:

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.

Hardwear 16 Super Strong Hair Gel by Redken will no doubt keep that side slicked back all night long. Side hairstyles are great for women with any hair type. Revealing the ear will give some width, helping balance a longer face shape.

Show Off Deep Side Part

Show Off Deep Side Part

This side-swept hair 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!

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.

Sweet Side Pony with Side Swept Bangs

Side Pony with Side Swept Bangs

This sweet side pony with side-swept bangs is a perfect style 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.

Simply Organic Medium Hold Hairspray is a quick drying, non-aerosol spray that is great for any type of hair. These side-sweep bangs are perfect for round face shapes with medium to fine hair.

Rocker Sweep Hairstyle

Rocker Sweep Hairstyle

Sweep them to the side and get ready to rock out to your favorite band in this sexy 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.

Women with fine hair need to try the Full Blown Lightweight Styling Whip by Frederic Fekkai. Round or square face shapes with fine to medium hair will rock side swept hairstyles the best.

Sleek Side Part for Long Hair

Sleek Side Part for Long Hair

Sleek is the keyword for this side swept hairstyle, and it’s 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.

MoroccanOil Frizz Control contains weather-resistant properties that will keep those locks extra sleek. Round and square face shapes should steer clear of this super straight cut. Any hair type can wear this sleek style, however it will require less work for women without any texture to their hair.

Colorful Side Swept Hair Chalk

Colorful Side Swept 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 on your side-swept hair.

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.

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

Red Carpet Casual Sweep to the Side

Red Carpet Casual Sweep to the Side

This casual sweep to the side hairstyle is Red Carpet ready!

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.

The Sea Salt Spray by Davines is perfect for this style. It provides both light control and texture. This is an easy style for women 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 style 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

Side swept hairstyles for medium length hair should use AG’s Mousse Gel Extra-Firm. It’s a lightweight yet firm holding gel that works excellent to keep those curls! This style is great for women with medium to fine hair and a square face shape.

Fun with Flowers in Side Swept Hair

Fun with Flowers in Side Swept Hair

Add some style to your side swept 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.

For something that will both illuminate your hair and keep frizz at bay, try Kasia’s OUTSHINE Ultra-Light Smoothing Gloss will help with keeping the hair side swept. Women with an oval face shape with any type of hair will work with this style.