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An elegant party look is as easy as 1-2-3 with hairstyles created exclusively for Real Simple by Kate Bryan, the woman behind the popular Small Things Blog.

Kate Bryan wearing her hair in a Side French-Braid Updo
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The Side French-Braid Updo

“Braids all around your face can look severe, but this is a way to work in a braid in a pretty, softer way,” says Bryan. Hair with a bit of a wave—whether natural or made with a large-barrel curling iron—lends itself to this style, but it also works for straight hair. And don’t be put off by the French braid aspect: Even a beginner can pull this off.

Click here for the step-by-step Side French-Braid Updo how-tos.

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