No matter how many hair tutorials I diligently study or videos I watch, I have yet to master ethereal, half-up, half-down hairstyles like this one. I almost wrote this one off too, assuming the curling and spraying and bobby pinning how-to would prove too complex for me, but I’m glad I scrolled down to see that there’s a trick to this one: a hidden elastic headband. Just wrap it around your head, and then roll pieces of hair into it. Boom. Done. It’s THAT easy. [Twist Me Pretty]
Summer is a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to hair. It’s the season of beachy waves and sexy curls, but also epic frizz and greasy roots. The perfect antidote? A pretty scarf! Tie one on to tame a bad hair day, draw attention to a good one, or just add some retro style to your warm weather wardrobe. Need some inspiration? Click through for 15 fab examples of ladies rocking hair scarves.
God, is there anything better than a hairstyle that looks complicated but actually takes 2 minutes? I don’t think so. This “braided” bun (“braid” in quotes because there’s no actual braiding necessary) would bring a perfectly polished, flirty vibe to a date, brunch with friends, a wedding, or traffic court. It’s tres versatile. Want to give it a try? All you need is 2 minutes. Check out the tutorial here!
As much as I love sock buns for their magical volumizing and man-baffling abilities, when they’re tucked in a little too perfectly, they tend to look like … well … a sock on your head. That’s why I’m loving Sea of Shoes fashion blogger Jane Aldridge’s messier take on the style. By curling random sections of her hair first, leaving the bun itself a bit undone, and not pulling back all of her hair, she created a sock bun that’s still big and dramatic, but not overly precious (or overly sock-y, for that matter). Bravo! [Sea of Shoes]
Is there anything more glamorous than a big ol’ bouffant? Answer: no, there’s not. “I’ve gone a little crazy for this style lately,” says style blogger Samantha Harris, who created this look, “I love it because it’s so easy and also very elegant.” I second that. Check out the full photo tutorial for this beautiful bouffant, plus two more retro style how-tos for natural hair, over at Loxa Beauty.
Loose curls are one of the sexiest hairstyles ever, especially for dates. But like many seemingly simple hairstyles, achieving the perfect “I woke up like this” waves can be much tougher than it seems. Enter this brilliant shortcut for date night curls. It’s not only super easy (like, I’m pretty sure even I can do it), it also significantly decreases the chance of burning your ears off with a curling iron. Win-win. Get the full tutorial (that’s so simple it will blow your mind) over at Floridian Weddings.
If a mullet is best described as “business in the front, party in the back,” then this week’s OMG hairstyle is best described as “rock ‘n roll on top, classy French actress in back.” Yep, from this angle that sky-high pouf is all attitude, but when that model turns around, you’ll find a surprisingly elegant layered updo. And somehow, it all works. Check out the photos in this step-by-step tutorial for proof, and to try this style for yourself!
Just in case modern styles like heart buns and waterfall braids aren’t your thing, today’s OMG hair is a classic throwback: Marilyn Monroe’s iconic curls. So sexy on short, medium, and longer lengths, and guaranteed to get you noticed. Want to borrow Marilyn’s bombshell hairstyle for yourself? This video tutorial breaks it down into a few easy steps. Just add red lipstickto finish the look! [YouTube]
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.
When I’m trying to think of something cool to do with my hair, and don’t have the time, energy, or hand-eye coordination to attempt a complex updo, I usually just give up, rake some Moroccan oil through my hair, and call it good. Which is fine, I guess, but wearing it down all the time is so boring. Here’s something I always forget: pulling back just a few inches of hair on the top of my head, securing it with a cute clip, and misting with hair spray (AKA about 30 seconds of effort) creates a super flattering, slightly-fancier-than-normal look. Perfect for a party, date, or girls’ night out!