You have your outfit picked out, your date night makeup look decided on, but what about your hair? If you’re still not set on a Valentine’s Day hairstyle, we’ve got you covered with four fab but easy-to-create looks.
Salon owner and lead stylist Marc Harris of Marc Harris Salons in Boston shares his picks for four Valentine's Day-perfect styles, along with steps for how to create each look.
Bold and beautiful: Bouffant ponytail
Start by separating your hair into two sections, top and bottom. Pin the bottom half off to the side so it’s out of the way.
Using a strong hold hairspray, generously spray the underside of the top section and then use a fine tooth comb to gently tease the hair on the top section. This is to create some sexy volume so you can get that bold bouffant effect.
Once your hair is teased to the height you want, flip the section back and release the bottom half of your hair that was pinned to the side.
Using a small brush, comb the teased area into the shape of a ponytail while grabbing the bottom half of your hair and pulling it all up into one ponytail.
Secure with an elastic band that’s in a similar hue to your hair color for easy blending.
To finish the look, spray the entire ponytail with a strong hold hairspray. Harris’ pick: Kerastase’s Double Force for a long-lasting finish.
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Fun and flirty: Textured waves
The prep for this fun look starts in the shower by using a curl-boosting shampoo and conditioner.
Once you towel-dry your hair, it’s time to apply a volumizing product and then blow dry while scrunching your hair with your hands to add texture. The volumizing spray will also help ensure maximum texture.
Once your hair is dry, add waves with the help of a 2-inch barrel curling iron. Start by taking small sections of hair and curling them around the iron instead of rolling the hair up to your head. Harris explains that this will create a looser, wavier style of curl.
Next use your fingers to further loosen the curls and create a more natural-looking, tousled look and finish the style with a strong hold hairspray.
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Soft and sexy: Half up, half down
Start by applying a texturizing spray to dry hair. Harris suggests Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray because it builds body and absorbs extra oil at the hair’s root (great if you didn’t have time to wash your hair before your date!).
Next take a fine tooth comb and create an even part down the center of your head. Since the look is meant to be symmetrical, try and keep the part as clean and straight as you can.
Use a 1-inch barrel curling iron, lightly curl various pieces of hair to create a loose, beachy-style curl.
Once you have the waves you want, use your fingers to take 3-inch sections of hair from either side of your face and pull them to the back of your head. Secure with an elastic that’s a similar color to your hair.
If you want to add extra interest to this style, Harris suggests incorporating a jeweled barrette or clip to cover the elastic. Generously spray hair with a light hold hairspray, followed by a few spritzes of a shine spray to complete the style.
Blow dry your hair with a large paddle brush to smooth locks as you dry them. Once it’s dry, part your hair down the center of your head and then pull hair into two separate ponytails — holding one in each hand.
Next tie the two ponytails into a loose knot at the nape of your neck. Wrap one side around to the right and secure it with several hair pins. Repeat with the other side of hair and secure it with pins.
If you need to, secure the completed bun with several additional pins and spray with a strong hold hairspray to complete the Valentine’s Day-ready look.
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