Trendlooks 2016

Stylish Ways to Sweep Hair to One Side

Side-Swept Hair
Cara Delevingne’s undone blonde waves are swept over her right shoulder. Two sparkling hair grips hold the widely fanned hair at the back
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Sweeping your hair over one shoulder is an almost natural movement of women with long hair. Allowing straight, wavy or curly hair to freely cascade or extend in artful braids over one shoulder results in a delightfully soft appearance. You may like to try one of the many versions of side-swept hairstyles in our gallery.

  • All types of hair can be swept over one shoulder and is a way to vary hairstyles for all occasions. In almost all cases, the asymmetry adds a playful style element to the hairdo. The playful nature of the style invites creativity!

  • Ways to Sweep Hair to One Side

    There are many ways to sweep your hair to one side. If you have a side parting the hair is swept over the shoulder opposite to your parting. (Hair length must be at least slightly below the shoulders for the side-swept style to work).

    There are many ways to secure the hair at the back of the head. You may use almost unnoticeable, thin hair grips or enhance the look with hair jewellery or interesting accessories.

    The hair can be loosely or tautly pulled over to one side. Alternatively, you can twirl or braid the hair, guiding your hair to the opposite side of the head. The side-swept look may resemble an undercut if the hair is tautly pulled back on one side of the head. Rosario Dawson (last gallery photo) took the style one step further and actually shaved the side of her hair above one ear.

    You can easily change the side-swept style by altering how you style your hair over one shoulder. For example, you can straighten your hair creating a sleek style or curl your hair creating beach/glamour waves.

    Side-swept hairstyles look great if you have strands of hair that frame your face or a fringe. If you do not have a fringe or layered hair, you may like to sweep one side of hair across your forehead to create generous waves.

    There is no limit to your creativity. Simply try out different versions of the side-swept style to find the version that suits you best. Styling mousse, volumising powder and hair wax can help you when styling as they help make hair more manageable and give it the desired alluring lustre.

  • Gallery: Stars Sweeping their Hair over One Shoulder

    Side-Swept Hair + Kristen Stewart

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    Long Hair Twirled to One Side

    On the right side of her head, Kristen Stewart twirled a section of her soft, dark waves towards the back of her head. She secured the twirled hair with invisible hair grips; allowing the rest of her hair to cascade over the left shoulder.

    Side-Swept Hair + Maika Monroe

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    The Braided Side-Swept Bridal Hairstyle

    In this photo, Maika Monroe (Zac Efron’s former girlfriend) looks fit for a wedding. On the left side, a section of her wavy, blonde hair is French-braided towards the back of her head near the neck. Her shiny blonde hair is then allowed to casually flow over her right shoulder.

    Side-Swept Hair + Angela Lindvall

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    Sideways Ponytail

    American model Angela Lindvall has gathered her hair to one side, creating a short ponytail. She has left strands of hair out to frame her face, creating a casual look.

    Side-Swept Hair + Reese Witherspoon

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    Side Swept Wavy Hair

    Reese Witherspoon’s side-swept hairstyle is glamorous and sophisticated. The large bouncy, shiny waves, show alluring lustre.

    Side-Swept Hair + Carly Rae Jepsen

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    Side Swept Hair with Full Long Fringes

    Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen ("Call Me Maybe") demonstrates a cool and alternative version of the side-swept look. Her long black tresses fall over her left shoulder, which have been twirled together at the ends. Her long fringe and blood red lips make the look striking and different.

    Side-Swept Hair + Nina Dobrev

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    Side-Swept Long Hair

    Actress and model Nina Dobrev ("Vampire Diaries") swept her long dark hair over her right shoulder. The bouncy 1980s style hairdo features a low side parting. The parting creates a large soft wave that falls across part of her forehead to one side, with the rest of her hair over her right shoulder.

    Side-Swept Hair + Marley Shelton

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    Side-Swept Medium-Length Hair

    Actress Marley Shelton ("Scream 4") has medium length hair, but still manages to create the side-sweep hair style. She has used hair wax and combed the side of her head, to help hold her hair to one side. On the other side her free-flowing blonde hair is wavy and turned under itself.

    Side-Swept Hair + Rosario Dawson

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    The Undercut Version of Side Swept Hair

    New York resident Rosario Dawson ("Sin City", "Trance") has taken the side-swept style one step further. Instead of sweeping all her hair back on one side, she has instead razor-cut the hair above her left ear. Her thick dark hair flows over her right shoulder in casual beach waves. Without doubt, this asymmetric haircut will turn heads.