Do you have long locks you love to style? Instead of sticking with a standard updo or letting your hair hang loose, consider a new look you are sure to love – the side swept style!

This look is popular among celebrities and hair professionals because it is elegant, classic, and feminine. Show off your style with this low maintenance look. No matter the length of your hair, a side sweep is possible.

Welcome to our photo gallery featuring 100’s of side-swept hairstyles for women.

Gabrielle Union in a trendy, side-swept dreadlocks embellished with metal hoops.

Gabrielle Union attended the 2016 BET Awards with her trendy, side-swept dreadlocks embellished with metal hoops.


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Side-swept fishtail braid embellished with elegant pearls and incorporated with some curled tendrils for that fancy finish.

A side-swept fishtail braid with some teased strands to achieve that messy yet stylish look.

A sophisticate and romantic, side-swept fishtail braid perfect for formal events that need a little bit of elegance.

One-sided fishtail braid is simple and it goes really well with casual outfits. This is a hairstyle you can wear everyday to achieve an effortless yet chic look.

Lena Headey's side-swept curls are styled in an edgy way, with all the thick side bangs and volume. This look was worn last March 18, 2013 at the LA premiere of 'Game Of Thrones Season 3'.

Lena Headey's side-swept curls are styled in an edgy way, with all the thick side bangs and volume. This look was worn last March 18, 2013 at the LA premiere of 'Game Of Thrones Season 3'.

Gabrielle Union sure knows what chic and trendy means. She attended the Pre-Grammy Party last February 11, 2012 with this messy, one-sided fishtail braid.

Gabrielle Union sure knows what chic and trendy means. She attended the Pre-Grammy Party last February 11, 2012 with this messy, one-sided fishtail braid.

Tousled curls styled into a side updo. This style is somehow ordinary but the way it looks elegant despite being messy is what made this an extravagant one.

The singer attended the  2015 Billboard Music Awards with her layers swayed to one direction. Her hairstyle is also incorporated with side-swept bangs for a trendier finish.

Mariah Carey attended the 2015 Billboard Music Awards with her layers swayed to one direction. Her hairstyle is also incorporated with side-swept bangs for a trendier finish.

The singer had her long beach waves swept to one side during her Hand and Footprint Ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX last November 1, 2017.

The singer had her long beach waves swept to one side during her Hand and Footprint Ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX last November 1, 2017.

The singer had her hair styled with layers swept to only one side, leaving a decent and unique finish. This look was worn for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.

The singer had her hair styled with layers swept to only one side, leaving a decent and unique finish. This look was worn for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.

Last December 4 2016, the singer was seen in New York City with her curls, perfectly tossed for extra volume.

Last December 4 2016, the singer was seen in New York City with her curls, perfectly tossed for extra volume.


Best Ways to Side Sweep Your Hair

The trick to getting side swept hair is making it look effortless while also building it, so it stays in place throughout an event. It is not as simple as pulling your hair to one side and calling it a style.

The first option is to visit a stylist before your big event. A stylist gives you the waves you want and is also able to accommodate shorter hair styles with deep parts.

If you want to style yourself, be sure to follow these tips for medium to long hair:

  • First, you need to dry your freshly cleaned hair. The idea is to focus the heat downward, so your hair dries smoothly and flat. If your hair tends to be unruly, use a round brush during the smoothing.
  • Apply hairspray to your dry hair. Hairspray gives it hold for curling it and keeps it in place throughout the day.
  • Create a hidden ponytail on one side of your head. Pull your hair to the side and only tie up a portion of it. The ponytail keeps everything pulled to the side throughout a day.
  • Use a curling iron or wand to build loose waves into the hair you have left out of your ponytail. Inch wide sections of your hair are a good size for full waves. For variety, curl in different directions.
  • If you prefer the straight look, you can skip the previous step in your styling.
  • Hit your hair with another spray of hairspray and then separate some of your curls.

Side-Swept Bangs for Your Daily Style

Another way to add a swept look to your hair is with bangs. Wispy bangs that are long and brushed to the side. If you are on the fence about getting bangs, this is a great transitional option to give bangs a shot.

Just cut your hair into long bangs and brush them to the side for daily wear. If bangs aren’t right for you, they are easy to grow out because they aren’t too short. It is important to note, bangs to require regular trims if you want to keep the style for the long-run.

Bridal Hair Adding the Side Sweep

If you don’t want the standard updo but still want to maintain an elegant look, a side swept look is a strong option for your wedding day. This look doesn’t get dated because it is a classic hair style that is feminine and stunning. Show off your hair while still managing it by choosing this look.


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