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Top romantic hairstyles for Valentine's Day

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Romantic hairstyle inspiration

Feb. 14 is right around the corner. If you’ll be going on a romantic date, we thought it would be a good idea to have a hairstyle to match. Take your tresses up a notch this Valentine’s Day with one of our picks for the most romantic ways to style your hair.

Soft ringlets

Romantic hairstyle inspiration

Nothing says romance quite like soft, sexy ringlets. If you can manage to create them, either with a curling iron, hot rollers or by coaxing your natural waves into ringlets, you will surely be the belle of the ball. Ruby red lips and pale, matte skin will complete this romantic look.

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Glamorous updo

Romantic hairstyle inspiration

The updo has long been a staple of romance. How many proms and weddings feature elaborately designed hairstyles piled and pinned to perfection? The up-do is both glamorous and romantic and can be both formal and more casual depending on the occasion and the outfit you choose. Not to mention hair will be out of your face and you'll be showing off your sexy shoulders and neck. Quick tip: Keep some bobby pins in your purse to take care of any strands that try to escape.

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Long and side swept

Romantic hairstyle inspiration

There is something timelessly sexy about long hair with a deep side part. There's a certain mystery this hairstyle adds to your face while flattering almost any outfit. Start this hairstyle with long, loose waves, part hair deep down the side and pull hair over one shoulder. Finish with a light mist of medium hold hairspray. The result is pure romance.

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Half up and half down

Romantic hairstyle inspiration

This is a classic romantic hairstyle and one that doesn't require too much effort to achieve. Pull half of your hair up towards the crown of your head into a loose bun or chignon and fasten with pins or clips. Leave some strands loose around your face for a sexy softness.

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Wavy retro glam

Romantic hairstyle inspiration

Think 1940s glamour when visualizing this hairstyle. Deep side parts meet ultra-wavy hair glossed to a high shine. This look is romance at its most glamorous and works best with formal attire and lots of attitude.

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Low, elegant ponytail

Romantic hairstyle inspiration

If you want to keep your hair out of your face and also feel elegant without trying too hard, the low ponytail can be a good option. This hairstyle works particularly well if your hair is parted on the side. Combine this hairstyle with smoky, sultry eye makeup for a low-maintenance, romantic look.

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Grecian braid

Romantic hairstyle inspiration

Braids are back this winter. Take some of the hair on either side of your head and braid it around the back of your head for a youthful, romantic look. Fasten the braids together and leave the rest of your locks long and wavy. If you're really feeling romantic, place some fresh flowers (like baby's breath) in and amongst the braids. This look works best with a sexy off-the-shoulder dress.

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