Half Up Side French Braid

Half Up Side French Braid is a french braid that trails down the left side of the head, into a lace braid then regular braid, and worn as a half up style with most of the hair left down.

I recently wore a similar style in this instagram picture but when I sat down to film the tutorial, I ended up changing it a little bit. For this version, I pulled in hair on the back side the entire way down the head, keeping the pieces slightly hidden underneath the hair on top. It gives it a softer, more romantic feel.

I really love this style but can definitely see myself wearing both versions all the time.

Now I have to mention those roots! Holy…talk about ombre! I haven’t gotten my roots done in for-ev-ver!

If you watched my recent hair care video then you know I wait 3 months to highlight my hair but I am seriously contemplating letting it grow out into a full on ombre… or is it sombre now?

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The Half Up Side French Braid:

  1. Starting with a side part, take a section of hair on the heavy side of the part.
  2. Divide this section into three smaller sections.
  3. Cross the back piece over the middle then cross the front piece over the middle.
  4. Cross the back piece over the middle and bring in a small section of hair below where the braid started.
  5. Cross the front piece over the middle and bring in another small section, right below the start of the braid.
  6. Repeat steps four and five until the braid reaches the top of the left ear.
  7. Once the braid reaches the ear, only bring in hair on the back side of the head, that trail straight down the back of the head.
  8. When all the hair is brought in, and the braid is at the nape of the neck, continue braiding the hair down into a regular style braid.
  9. Tie off the end with a clear elastic.
  10. Gently loosen the braid by pulling on the edges of the hair. This gives the braid a softer look.
  11. Finish by curling the hair with a 1″ curling iron and spritzing down any flyaways with hairspray.


  1. Audrey
    May 12, 2016 / 9:22 PM

    I absolutely love this! Now I just have to go try it and hope my hair is long enough! :)

  2. August 26, 2014 / 9:09 PM

    So pretty. I wish I could do this, but alas, my thin hair makes braids look stupid.

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