Over the course of a woman’s life, she will make many decisions about her hair, for many reasons, few of which are actually about hair. And even though some of the hairstyles we chose were pretty awful, it’s hard to regret even our most cliche coif decisions, especially when we consider our reasons for making them. We can’t help but feel a pang of nostalgia for that pink streak we got in art school to assert our individuality, or the time we experimented with bleach because we were depressed and convinced that being blonde would fix our life. In fact, if we had it to do all over again, we probably wouldn’t change any of our hair history (even though we still have split ends from that peroxide incident of ’07). Here’s a retrospective of 15 hairstyles every woman has tried at some point in her life, along with our motives and regrets. If you’re ready to reminisce about the pros and cons of a midnight Manic Panic dye job, click on through to the gallery!
When I was in middle school, I was totally that kid who used every holiday as an opportunity to spray-paint my hair with that temporary aerosol dye they sold at Halloween stores. St. Patricks Day? Green tips! Christmas? Red tips! It bled onto everything and left plenty of my favorite T-shirts covered in residual dye. But I thought I looked incredibly stylish.
When the hair chalk trend started to surface on my Pinterest feed, it seemed like the grown-up version of the spray I used to love. When The Body Shop sent us bright blue hair chalk, called Falling For Blue, it seemed like a good bet. I gave it a try and guess what? I loved it. Keep reading »
In honor of the heart-centric holiday coming up next week, today we celebrate the most literal of Valentine’s Day hairstyles: the heart bun. Because why wear your heart on your sleeve — or your elbow patch, more specifically — when you can wear it in your hair? Check out the full tutorial over at The Beauty Department.
When it comes to fancy hairstyles, it doesn’t get much better than a glammed up ponytail, does it? They’re fun, flirty, and infinitely easier to execute than a complex braid or artfully draped chignon. This cool criss-cross ponytail, for example, looks like some kind of crazy braided creation, but is really just a few sections of hair pinned across each other, making it possible for even the most hopeless braider – *raises hand* – to recreate. Check out the 5-step tutorial here, and rock this look at whatever parties you have on your itinerary this weekend.
I’ve always had a thing for numbers and math was one of my best subjects in school. Seven is technically my favorite number, but I have a soft spot in my heart for infinity. But I mean, who doesn’t, right? That’s why I got super excited when I saw a tutorial on Lauren Conrad’s website The Beauty Department for the Infinity Bun which, duh, looks like the infinity symbol. I don’t have long enough hair to try it out, but it looks super simple to execute for a bun inspired by a concept that’s kind of hard to grasp. Nerdiest bun ever! See the full tutorial after the jump. [The Beauty Department] Keep reading »
Pigtails are often relegated to the “little girl’s hairstyle” category, and while they certainly can have a Pippi Longstocking vibe, there are ways to make them look and feel decidedly more grown-up. With a unique braiding style, a cool texture, or a purposefully messy vibe, pigtails can suddenly be chic and — dare I say it? — sexy. Click through to check out 15 gorgeous pigtails for grown-ups!