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Pin This: The 5-Step Side Plait

This sideswept plait is something of a cross between a waterfall braid and the french plait Katniss Everdeen wore in The Hunger Games. Not only is it a chic way to keep hair out of your face, but it also looks elegant on a night out. See step-by-step photos, along with instructions on how you can re-create this side french plait yourself, when you keep reading.

  1. Part slightly damp hair on the right side. Optional: add a little mousse or gel to keep hair intact and to prevent flyaways. Next, take about a two-inch chunk of hair from the front of the right hairline, and begin a french plait.
  2. To start a french plait, section this portion of hair into three even strands, keeping them separated with your fingers (whichever ones feel most comfortable to you). Now, start a normal plait; take the right strand, and cross it over the middle strand. Next, take the left strand, and cross it over the middle strand (which should be the one you just moved from the right).
  3. Once you have this small foundation plait, begin adding more hair with each crossover. To do this, gather a small bit of hair from the hairline, add it to the rightmost strand, and then cross it over the middle strand. Pull it tight, but keep the strands separated at all times. Repeat on the other side by gathering a small bit of hair closest to the side part (away from the hairline), adding it to the leftmost strand, and then crossing it over the middle strand.

  1. Continue this pattern until you are about one inch away from the right neckline. At this point, start to plait horizontally across to the left neckline. Tip: keeping the plait tight and separating the three sections of hair at all times will help you control the direction.
  2. Try to gather all the hair into the french plait by the time you hit the bottom of the left ear. You can pull in larger sections in the last few links if you need to. Once all the hair is incorporated, finish plaiting traditionally. Secure with a covered band.

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