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!
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!
Here’s one of my favorite Tweets from the past week: “Very interested in this high school where the least attractive girl is Chloe Moretz.” I mean, right?! Case in point: the breathtakingly lovely Ms. Moretz, shown here at the premiere of the just-released “Carrie” remake. I am obsessed with her center-parted side braid, which is barely a braid anymore because it’s all sexily messed up. It looks semi-easy to recreate for anyone with long, thick hair — just part hair in the middle, pull it to the side, braid loosely over your shoulder, and then pull random pieces out for a messy look. You’ll instantly be the ugliest girl at school! Like, in a good way. [Fame/Flynet]
I am obsessed with this cut and color. Possibly to an unhealthy degree. Doesn’t it look like she got hit by a bolt of neon hair dye lightning that gave her not only awesome hair but also superpowers, “Secret World of Alex Mack”-style? But even if the superhero part isn’t true, it’s still a badass hairstyle all on its own. [Goldwell US]
Writer Jessica Saia thought it was really unfair that women get to style their long locks into all manner of complicated buns, braids, and updos, while long-haired men “spend years getting their manes all long and for what? To be occasionally bundled into a low ponytail?” To remedy this injustice, she brought 8 men to a swanky hair salon to get “fancy lady hair” and the results are amazing. Check out a few more examples after the jump, and see the whole group of well-tressed men over at Bold Italic… Keep reading »
Fishtail braids are eye-catching and pretty on their own, but a fishtail braid with brightly colored yarn woven into it? That’s like a friendship bracelet for your hair, and I am into it. Check out the step-by-step photo tutorial for this funky style here, and if you need me, I’ll be at the craft store stocking up on neon pink yarn. [A Beautiful Mess]