How to Do a Side Pleated Braid on Yourself

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How to Do a Side Pleated Braid on Yourself
Jennifer Anniston wears a side pleated braid with loose flowing hair. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

If you're looking for a fashionable and unique way to style your hair, try a side pleated braid. Side pleated braids have been seen on a slew of celebrities and stylish ladies alike. Learn how to do a side pleated braid on yourself and create an instantly bohemian-chic look that you can wear during the day and easily take into your evening activities too.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Wash and blow dry hair. Using a comb, create a deep side part. Pick whichever side you prefer. Starting on the side of your part and going to the section of hair right above the outside end of your eyebrow, set aside a section of your hair, starting at the crown of the head. This is the hair that you will braid.

  2. 2

    Separate the sectioned off hair into 3 even pieces. Cross outer outside section (the piece closest to the forehead) over the middle section, making the outside piece now the middle piece. Do the same with the outside inner section. This will start to create the braid.

  3. 3

    Continue braiding hair until you've braided everything except the last 2 to 3 inches. Next, take your finished braid and pull it back so it's sitting sideways. Using a hair clip, secure hair. You do not want your hair clip to be visible so use a tiny piece of free hair by the spot where you pin your braid and use it to disguise the hair clip by gently brushing it over.

  4. 4

    Make your look fancier by doing the same side braid on curly hair. For another fun look, pull the rest of your hair back into a ponytail or bun. If you're gong for something easy, simply keeping hair loose and straight looks great too. Just pick the look you like best and go for it.

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