Stylish Ways to Sweep Hair to One Side
- 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.