This past weekend I served as a bridesmaid in my good friend’s wedding, and prior to the big day, had been endlessly searching for the perfect Grecian hairstyle to go with my very goddess-ey gown. When I looked online, I saw a lot of braids, curls and accessories, but none that really combined all three in the elegant, romantic way that I was looking for (especially since I have a cowlick and no bangs). Thankfully, my hair was in the hands of geniuses. Two amazing stylists from Salon Q in Tenafly, New Jersey knew exactly what to do with my long locks. They kept my hair soft in the front, added a pretty pin to either side of my head just above my ears, and incorporated a small braid on one side of my head that trailed back to a nest of pretty curls. I got the Greek goddess look I was hoping for and received tons of compliments on my ‘do! I couldn’t not share…
Normally, knots are not what you want in your hair, but for this adorable shoelace braid hair tutorial, knots are where it’s at. Basically — haha, you know this is so much harder to actually accomplish in real life, let’s be real — you tie two pieces of hair together, over and over picking up extra strands of hair along the way, as you would when you’re French braiding, creating this cool looped effect. Full tutorial is over at Cosmopolitan!
Hallelujah, beautiful, balmy weather has arrived! Yesterday, the temps in New York City reached optimal levels (in my opinion) and I celebrated by drinking beers on my roof and cultivating a patchy base tan. The only downfall to this arrival of summer weather is how hot I get when my hair is down — but I’m bored of pulling it back into a simple ponytail or sloppy bun. This summer, I vow to eschew the usual in favor of these pretty and funky takes on braids, buns, ponytails and twists. Click through for 20 options with links to how to style them yourself!
This triple braid is like one of those cookie-cake-pies you see on Pinterest that kind of freak you out, but you can’t help but want to try it anyway: it’s a braid within a braid within a braid. The good news about this hairstyle is that it’s much easier than baking a cookie cake into a pie — just braid your hair into three equal sections, then braid the three into one monster braid. Voila! Celebrate your new coif with a piece of PieCookieCake. [Hair Romance]
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.
I came across this hairstyle on a model in the Nasty Gal lookbook, and it struck me as a great cut for spring. When the sun finally comes out and you’re ready to shed the dry, split ends of winter and debut a new look, give this shoulder-length bob a spin. It’s light, fun, and the choppy texture and blunt bangs give it a bit of an edge. Perfect contrast for all the frilly, floral sundresses you’ll be wearing with it. Sigh. Spring really can’t get here fast enough.
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!
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.
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!
In my lifetime, I would estimate that I have used (and lost!) at least 1000 bobby pins. And yet I have never worn them in any sort of exciting way, beyond just to pin back my bangs on a bad hair day or when I’m headed to the gym. But as I’ve been trolling Pinterest lately, I’ve noticed that bobby pins are THE hair accessory of the moment. So grab at least a dozen bobbies that you no doubt have laying around the house — on the floor, between the couch cushions, and at the bottom of your purse — and join me in testing these 15 hairdos out!