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Stylish Ways to Sweep Hair to One Side

Sweeping their 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

Hair can be swept over one shoulder whether it is straight, wavy, curly or braided. Sweeping hair to one side is a way to vary many 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. Have fun!

Ways to Sweep Hair to One Side

There are many ways to sweep hair to one side. If a side parting is part of the look the hair is swept over the shoulder opposite the parting. Hair must reach at least slightly beyond the shoulders for the side-swept style.
There are many ways to secure the hair in the back of the head. You may use almost unnoticeable thin bobby pins or enhance the look with hair jewellery or interesting accessories.

The hair can be loosely or tautly pulled over to one side or it can be twirled or braided while guiding the hair to the opposite side. 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 hair above one of her ears.

The side-swept hair may flow over one shoulder the way nature created it or you can create beach waves, glamour waves, sleek hair or curls dependent on your personal style or the occasion. In a particularly playful version, the side-swept hair is either tightly or loosely braided.  

Side-swept hairstyles may include fringes of any kind or strands of hair being swept across the forehead in generous waves.

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

Gallery: Stars Sweeping their Hair over One Shoulder

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