Bohemian Side Braid Festival Hair Tutorial

By Dana Fox

Hey Guys! I’m Emily and I blog over at The Freckled Fox. I’m eager to share this easy tutorial to achieve this beautiful and romantic side braid, because it’s absolutely perfect for this time of year especially and can be worn for so many different types of occasions. It’s also one of those neat styles that looks way more complicated than it actually is while still being easy and effortless looking, so you’re sure to get tons of compliments:) Lets get started!

Firstly the supplies you may want to have on hand are:

– a hair-tie of course,

and then optional other things:

– some hairspray
– some dry shampoo
– a teasing comb

Notes: If you already have texture in your hair then leave out the dry shampoo otherwise spray a bit on for some grip. If you want to tease your crown a bit for volume then use a teasing comb before you get started, and if you have silky or fine hair(like me!) then you’ll want to include some hairspray to help the style hold in place longer.

Steps 1-3: begin by choosing a deep side part and sweeping the it around the back of your crown so the part doesn’t continue down the back of your head. (1) Separate a triangle at the top of your part, divide it into three sections, and (2) begin a french braid by alternating each of the side sections over the middle section and under the one on the opposite side. (3) When pulling from the back of your hair just keep taking hair from above your ear and back a bit, not from the vary back of your head:)


Steps 4-6: (4) Continue your french braid down as you remember to add in a little more hair from each side before you send that section over and under (it helps to say “Add, over, under. Add, over, under.” to yourself as you french braid if you’re a beginner:)) Tie off your braid with a hair-tie once you reach your ear so we can work on the other side. (5) Twist the hair above your opposite ear upwards and back, tugging  a bit of hair out at your temple to keep it loose and flowy looking, and (6) swoop it around the back to join it in your braid.


Steps 7-9: Now that you have all of your hair in one hand, proceed to turn your french braid into a fishtail by splitting it all roughly in half and grabbing a small chunk of the hair from the back of your right section. (7) Bring it around and over the right section, combine it with the left section, and now repeat that with the left side, back and forth alternating till your fishtail braid really starts coming together and you have the length you want. (8) Finish it all off by tying up the braid with a hair-tie, and by tugging your hair out here and there to loosen everything up. (9) Spray a bit with some hairspray if you want and you’re all good to go!

On my own blog I try to be as descriptive in my tutorials as possible so you have a better chance of achieving the look the first time, so I hope that you’re not daunted by the directions:)

Remember to not worry about it being perfect while you do your braiding because we’re going for a really textured and kinda messy finished look anyways! Also as a final side-note, a fun thing to do would be to tie a ribbon around your hair-tie once you’re done to add some old-school femininity to the whole look:)

How about trying an Urban Outfitters inspired boho feather headwrap with this braid!?
Shorter hair? This braided crown tutorial works wonderfully with your length!

Emily is an overachiever through and through who loves spending her time working as a natural light photographer, a fashion and beauty blogger on her site The Freckled Fox, an NPC fitness competitor, a hairstyle enthusiast, and online shopper extraordinaire. Most of all she’s a lucky wife and mother to her four kiddos, 4 and under. Addictions include list writing, peanut butter, going barefoot, and posting to her Instagram.


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Dana Fox
Dana Fox
About me

I am a country loving Canadian with a mind that never sleeps. When I'm not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends!


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  • Elizabeth Riddle

    Love this look!!! I also love your hair colour!!! I will definitely try this out!!!
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    Elizabeth x

  • Rona

    Oh, I love your hair!

  • Hanna Lei

    Love it Emily! –Hanna Lei

  • Ana Leote

    This is so pretty, Im in love!


  • Rissi

    It's lovely Emily. :)

  • Tereza

    This is an amazing tutorial, I love Freckled Fox & hair her!! x

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  • Lix Hewett

    Holy freaking gorgeous hair.

  • Constance

    Ahhh. Your hair is gorgeous!! Thia hairstyle is perfect. I love the bohemian feel it has :)

  • AVY

    Almost like a painting.


  • Linh Vo

    Really love this. Great job Emily!!!

  • Kristianna Williams

    This is beautiful! I'm definitely going to be trying out this on my hair, this spring/summer :)


    She's gorgeous! and her hair looks perfect. Great job :)

  • Natalie Loves Beauty

    I love it Emily! I got so excited when I saw your guest post here on Wonder Forest in my reading list, already following your blog and social media! Thanks for sharing with us Dana :)

  • alittleprep

    I love this! Too bad I just chopped off 9 inches!

  • Jenny

    Wow this really is gorgeous! I love it <3
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  • Lauren

    Love this, such a pretty hairstyle!!

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  • Patricia van Boxtel

    Wow, that looks very stunning! I'm really gonna try it!

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  • Jaime Costilow

    BEAUTIFUL! The photos just enhance your hair color and the spectacular style.

  • Christina Tucker

    This is beautiful! I tried it but I wasn't very good at it…I'll have to experiment more!

  • English-lion

    Love this

  • strawberrymouse germany

    Thanks a lot for sharing!
    (I totally love your haircolour!)

  • Ellis Sali

    Wow! It looks so amazing and beautifully done.

  • Miranda

    This is so beautiful! Im going to try it tomorrow for work.

  • Alyssa Birchfield

    Stunning! My hair is almost long enough to pull this off – thanks for sharing! :)

  • Ebba Larsson

    Love it!

  • Damari Vallejo

    That is so cute

  • Gemi

    It’s pretty, but I feel like the directions were unnecessarily overwhelming /: I just think they can be explained in a simpler, more understandable way. Either way, I need to start practicing fishtail braids because this is too awesome to pass up.

  • Krzteli

    Lovely!! Thank you for the tutorial!

  • jay

    Heyyyy love doing my hair to

  • Ashley Lopez

    Love this tutorial :) and Your site. I am following !! I added this tutorial on a recent post, I hope you like it. please check it out :) xoxo

  • Bell Santiago

    This looks so cute, amazing tutorial as its supereasy to follow ♡

  • yo

    can someone please tell me the directions in another way?? i got so confused!

    • Nika

      1)Divide your hair into 2 – preferably, the left side of your head having a bigger amount of hair than the right.
      2)Side french braid your hair on the left left side of your head.
      3)Twist your hair from the right ear to the left, joining the twisted part with the remainder piece of the french braid.
      4)Take the two ends (the end of the braid and the end of the twisted piece) and make a fishtail braid.
      5)Attach with a small elastic the fishtail braid.
      6)Bobby pin loose pieces.
      7)Tug on your braid a bit to give it a fuller look.
      8)Hairspray if needed.

      If you have any more questions, ask away.

  • Dbakeka Italia

    Looks lovely! Simple but professional.

  • Zarrah Jane

    I love the hairstyle and your step by step tutorial.

    I will try it one by one until i perfect it.


    I’ll update you once i did.


  • Sunnyyy A

    Amazing tutorial. Can’t wait to try this out.

  • MollyEirePhotography

    I would love to do this, but yes, the directions are a bit overwhelming. Mostly because any attempt I’ve made to braid my hair has been unsuccessful, so I typically don’t bother. That, and the only braid I know of is a french braid. I’ve never heard of a fishtail.

    I’ll probably give it a go, but I’ll probably look ridiculous after…..because I’m a “braid noob.”