How to Style a Side Hairstyle

Side hairstyles add character and dimension to almost any haircut, from high skin fades to scissor cuts. Add volume on top for a diagonal effect; finish it with some hairspray for extra hold!

Style your short or medium-length locks in this timeless, sophisticated, and classic hairdo using gel for a wet-look effect or pomade for a more matte texture. Slick it back with either product for an effortless wet-look or matte finish.

Romantic Curls

This look could be needed if you’re searching for a romantic makeover for your hairstyle. From date night to Galentine’s Day video chats with your besties – this look adds sweetness and romance instantly!

Combine long, curly strands with a romantic half updo for an ultra-feminine and dreamy look. A small or medium-sized curling wand would do the trick – We suggest the Evalectric 25-18 due to its Teflon barrels, which help prevent damage while creating soft, romantic waves.

This beautiful style makes a theatrical statement at weddings, making it the ideal look whether you are the bride-to-be or attending one. Ask your stylist to create a chignon bun that features delicate flower crowns or sparkling hair pins as an accent piece.


Chignons have long been associated with special events like red carpets and galas, yet they also work beautifully for everyday needs. “Chignons differ from buns by sitting low on the nape of the neck,” according to Manetti, and adding texture with backcombing before pulling up into a low chignon is critical in this sophisticated updo style that looks best when teased larger than usual and then set with firm hold hairspray to secure its kind.

Shorter locks may benefit from a more casual approach to styling them by leaving out some side tendrils around their faces for everyday occasions and adding an accessory, such as Megan Markle, Duchess of Sussex’s gold hair piece, to make the style unforgettable.

Natural Hair

Highlight your natural curls by choosing a style that highlights their incredible texture. Whether you opt for an updo or chunky cornrow style, this hairstyle is elegant and casual, featuring a deep side part for extra edge.

The voluminous high puff can be easily achieved on short natural hair, making this an effortless style that works well with accessories like colorful headbands or sports-inspired ones like Gabrielle Union is wearing here.

Adding a headband can instantly give your style a modern and youthful edge. From wide or narrow bands worn higher or lower on the forehead to kinds with bangs paired together for added effect, incorporating this trend can transform any look.

Disconnected Undercut

For an eye-catching style that strikes a classic and cutting-edge balance, opt for the disconnected undercut style made famous by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. This cut creates a striking visual distinction between long top hair and shorter sides, without much of any blending or transition needed between them.

This cut goes well with various hairstyles, from stately pompadours and refined quiffs to modern styles like faded sides and necklines with longer top layers for easier sweeping or volume creation. To give this classic style a modern edge, ask your barber to fade both the sides and necklines while leaving longer top layers, giving you plenty of options for shaping or creating high walls of volume if desired.

For an effortless casual brunch look, pinning up your hair into a messy finger wave or textured faux ponytail and spraying with Vicious by R CO and Olaplex No. 7 will add shine and volume.

Effortless Waves

Tousled waves are perfect whether you just returned from your next beach holiday or want to channel effortless, relaxed beauty vibes. Furthermore, this look only requires a little styling expertise to achieve.

HeyKali from YouTube Beauty Vlogger shows us an effortless yet effortless style with their quick and straightforward approach: start by parting your freshly-washed locks into a deep side part, twist each section around a fabric belt (you could use that from your bathrobe!) and secure with hair ties; repeat until all areas have loose waves throughout their head.

Once your hair is dry, use a texturizing spray to keep its look lasting all day. Remember the shine-enhancing hairspray for an elegant finish.