How To Do A Side Braid with Romantic Soft Loose Curls

by Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Romantic hairstyles shouldn’t be limited to Valentine’s Day dates. All it takes is a cute little side braid to transform you into the heroine of your very own love story, so you should totally make the effort even if you’re just going for a walk in the park! You never know where a simple date will lead to. With that in mind, it’s best to always look your best. Here’s an easy tutorial for a side braid with soft curls that will make you look exactly that!

How To Do A Side Braid with Romantic Soft Loose Curls

When I think of romantic hairstyles, there’s no way I can create one without a side braid and soft and loose curls. There’s something about that sweet braid that makes me feel like I’m a maiden being rescued by my dashing knight in shining armor! Plus, the loose curls are easy to pull off but have such an impact on your overall look. That pretty date-night dress just looks so much better with wavy locks, right?

Worried about the time and effort getting prepped might take? Romantic hairstyles don’t have to be difficult to achieve. Take this tutorial by beauty blogger Angela Lanter, for example. A side braid is paired with flowing curls over one shoulder for a look that’s utterly divine. Your date will love it, and he’ll never know that it barely took ten minutes!

What you need:

Good to know:

  • For this look, a good base is key. Start with clean, well-conditioned hair. Make sure you wash off any product residue from previous hairstyling.
  • When curling hair, portion hair into one-inch sections for better manageability and to make more natural-looking curls.
  • You can spray a heat protectant on your locks before using the curling iron.
  • Why not play up this look a little? Try tucking a flower pin or colored barrette into the base of the side braid to really amp up the romantic hairstyles feel!

1. Apply leave-in hair conditioner or serum

Apply hair product | How To Do A Side Braid with Romantic Soft Loose Curls

For a more polished look, apply a dime-sized amount of product on damp hair to prevent frizz and flyaways. Choose a formula best suited to your hair type: oils and serums work well on thicker, coarser hair, while lightweight lotions benefit thinner hair types.

2. Make a deep hair part and lightly tease hair

Lightly tease hair | How To Do A Side Braid with Romantic Soft Loose Curls

Use a brush to create slight lift and volume at the crown.

3. Make a Dutch braid

Make a Dutch braid |How To Do A Side Braid with Romantic Soft Loose Curls

The braid should start above the eyebrow, cross over the back of the head, and end below the ear. Secure with an elastic. Dutch braiding newbie? Check out a how-to here.

4. Pancake the braid

Pancake the braid |How To Do A Side Braid with Romantic Soft Loose Curls

Lightly pull apart the braid to make it look looser and more undone.

5. Slightly curl ponytail

Slightly curl ponytail | How To Do A Side Braid with Romantic Soft Loose Curls

Use a one and quarter inch barrel to curl hair. Lightly brush out curls to make loose waves.

6. Curl remaining front section of hair

Curl remaining front section | How To Do A Side Braid with Romantic Soft Loose Curls

Curl hair away from your face for a natural look.

And you’re done!

Finished look | How To Do A Side Braid with Romantic Soft Loose Curls

Keep hair loose and relaxed to really evoke a romantic vibe!

Now, you must be wondering what exactly a Dutch braid is. Well, it’s basically a reverse French braid—bringing the sections of hair under the plait instead of above makes a neater, more defined braid. See it in action by watching the full tutorial by Angela Lanter here:

I’m getting all the feels just looking at this style and thinking of all the other possibilities for romantic hairstyles! I can’t wait to try this sweet side braid out on my next special date. Wishing you a wonderful time out with your special someone, and if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you’ll be getting giddy even as you pick out your outfit and style your hair!

Looking for more romantic hairstyles? Look here.

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