When it comes to summer hairstyles, we understand that less is more. But lately, the chicest celebs have proven that sometimes the easiest, most low-key looks are the hottest. Exhibit A: The side sweep, or strands swept to one side, cascading over your shoulder. Nothing could be easier—or sexier. Check out our gallery of stars who've mastered the easy elegance of the side sweep.
Katerina Graham looks fashion-forward in a side-swept style with height at the hairline.
LaLa swept her cascading chestnut waves to her left side.
Melanie Fiona goes for a simple chic look by pinning back one side of her mile-long, thick black tresses.
A Blonde Moment
Toni Braxton channeled Brigitte Bardot with this tousled, sun-kissed ’do, falling over one shoulder.
Vanessa Simmons jazzes up her heavy, side-sweeping bangs with some random golden streaks.
Selita Ebanks created a loose cornrow on either side of her head and connecting them into one braided pony, tssed over her shoulder.
Keri Hilson's buttery yellow asymmetric bob has spawned zillions of imitators!
Singer-songwriter India Arie sweeps her braids into an elegant side ponytail.
Shuanie O’Neal was the epitome of chic in this amber-streaked, asymmetric style.
Anika Noni Rose pinned a flower to her side-swept curls for a breezy, romantic look.
D. Woods has got the Side Sweep down, pinning her rumpled ringlets behind one ear.
The Best Part
Gabrielle Union created a deep side part, and then swept her long, cascading waves over her right shoulder.
Mariah Carey looks every inch the Old Hollywood superstar with lush curls draped over her left shoulder. And how glamorous are her lightly feathered bangs?
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Sherri Shepherd channeled a 1940's siren with her loosely waved, side-swept hairstyle and fire engine red lips.
Zoe Saldana paired her side-sweep with out-to-there faux lashes and feline liquid liner for a pinup girl look.
Leona Lewis parted her honey-streaked hair down the middle and tossed her hair to the right side.
Between her plum-stained lips and glossy, side-swept blowout, we think Thandie Newton is red carpet perfection.
Lala teased her crown for volume and then pulled her bodacious, cinnamon-hued hair into a side pony.
Nia Long went for an artfully tousled moment here by gathering her high-volume waves over her shoulder.