Jessica Biel at the <span>86th Academy Awards</span>

Jessica Biel at the Oscars: Side-swept glossy hair tutorial

Jessica Biel chose to sweep her glossy hair over one shoulder for the Academy Awards, and it looked absolutely stunning!

Side-swept hair is all over the red carpet and runways this season, and it's easy to see why. It has the double advantage of both updos and down 'dos: you get a peek of the ear (hello, earrings) and the neck (long necks are very elegant) but you also get to show off the quality and length of your locks, all while softening your overall look.

If you'd like to copy Jessica's gorgeous award-winning hairstyle, we're here to help!

Step one

You have to have super sleek hair to achieve this style, so we recommend you start with a hydrating shampooo and conditioning treatment to start with. Before blowdrying, apply a small, pea-sized amount of serum onto your palm, rub your hands together, then stroke the serum through your hair softly, focusing on the ends. When blowdrying, face the nozzle of the dryer downwards, and use a paddle brush.

Step two

To get Jessica's side part, use a tail comb and push it gently through your hair, along your scalp, three inches to the left of the center of your head. Pull the tail comb upwards and move the hair over to the right side. Remove any tangles with a wide-toothed comb to avoid damage.

Step three

Reach your right hand around the back of your neck and pull the hair over your shoulder. Alternatively, use your paddle brush, which will have the added advantage of giving your hair extra glossiness. Use some flexible, shine-enhancing hairspray, and the look is complete!

Top tip: Jessica has dyed her hair in an ombré style (gradiating color from dark to light) which is why her tips are blonde and her roots dark brown. Side-swept ombré styles show off the different tones in your hair.

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