BEAUTY BAR: Five Valentine's Day Hairstyles in Five Steps

Love is in the air, Fashionistas! Whether you plan to spend a romantic Valentine’s Day with your significant other or a fun Galentine’s Day with your best girlfriends, hairstyles are a great way get festive for the holiday. If you want to be charming, romantic or elegant, here are five Valentine’s Day styles that in five steps will let you channel your inner Aphrodite.

The Half Up, Half Down

This is a more casual style, and depending on your hair type can be easily executed yet very cute! It is a sweet and buoyant look that you can wear for the day or for a fun time with the girls.

  1. Separate your hair by layers and into sections. Curl the sections starting from around mid-shaft. (Curling by layers may take longer, but you’ll have more curls and better results)
  2. Now, divide your hair into a top and a bottom half.
  3. Hold the top half up and tease by combing your hair down towards the roots. Spray with some hairspray to keep the teased hair “aloft.”
  4. Trying not to squish the bump, pin or fasten the top layer so that you have half of your hair up and half down.
  5. Add some festive Valentine’s Day charm to the look with a bow or other cute clip.

The Braided Headband

This is the simplest style but that doesn’t make it the least elegant. It is a polished look that will perfectly framing your lovely face.

  1. Make a deep part on one side of your head.
  2. Take three strands at the front and braid out from the side part. Here I have done a French, but you can choose to do a Dutch, half-Dutch, or Lace braid.
  3. Continue adding to the braid until you reach the ears, then continue for a short bit with a free braid.
  4. Tuck the braid under some loose hair (so that it seems to disappear into it) and pin into place.
  5. If you have bangs, like me, you might want to go back and add some covert bobby pins to prevent fly-aways.

The Cinderella Bun

You’ll feel like a princess with this little poof, it’s a lovely style for a formal evening or event.

  1. Put your hair up into a ponytail about halfway up the back of your head.
  2. Tease the front of the ponytail a tad with a comb.
  3. Make a small hole between the hair tie and the head, and pull the ends of the ponytail through in the direction towards your head (over, not under). Don’t pull all the way!
  4. Tug a bit on the bun to tighten the hair tie and secure the poof. “Fluff” the bun and add some hairspray for security.
  5. Take the ends from where you looped the hair and wrap them around the base of the bun, securing with hairpins. Then you can add accessories like a headband or a bow.

The Bump and Crown Braid

This is an elegant style that seems more complex than it actually is. It would be a lovely look for a special dinner date or formal affair.

  1. Separate your hair into a top and bottom half (the top does not have to be too big).
  2. Tease the top half of your hair and pin in to place, creating a bump.
  3. Take the ends and separate them into left and right sides and braid each side.
  4. Wrap one of the braids around the crown of your head and pin into place. If it doesn’t reach the whole way, fret not! Take the other braid and wrap around the crown of your head and then tuck it into the first braid.
  5. Pin the braided headband in place and sprits with some hairspray for hold.

The Heart Braid

This style is not for the faint of heart, but it is a cute and witty nod to the day of love and it works for all kinds of Valentine’s occasions.

  1. Separate the top and bottom layers of hair
  2. “Shape” the hair sections so that the top half tapers to a point at the back of your head. The boundary between the top and bottom layers make an arch shape from the point and out towards the ears.
  3. Dutch braid the top section of hair on left side, following the arch shape that you made with the boundary line. (Section off the parts that you are not working with hair ties or clips!)
  4. Repeat on right side. When you run out of hair to add to the Dutch braid, continue the free braid until you run out of hair.
  5. Secure the two braids together with a hair tie, make sure you tie them low enough to make the “point” of your heart!