Are you hoping to achieve the hairstyles of your favorite celebrities and movie stars but don't know where to start? The good news is that you don't need a personal stylist to get your hair looking red-carpet-ready. With a few tips and tricks, you'll master effortless waves, buns and curls in no time at all.
Gather your hair brushes, styling creams and curling irons, and follow these DIY styles:
1. Sideswept braid
When you're bored of the classic braid and looking for something more intriguing, give this look from hairstylist Dominick Pucciarello a try. He told Cosmopolitan readers to first use a texturizing spray to create volume. Then, hold the front section of your hair to the side with a clip while you tease the hair underneath. Doing this with a rattail comb can improve texture and size. Now, you can start French braiding with sections of hair that are 1 1/2 inches thick, starting at the top of your head and working all the way down. Once the braid is complete, pull it to one side and use an elastic to tie the ends.
For an extra-cool look, Pucciarello advised pulling at the braid gently to increase thickness. Finally, remove the clip and use the rattail comb to push back that section of hair, blending it in with the braid. Finish the look with your texturizing spray to hold things in place.
2. Voluminous double pony tail
For a hairstyle that screams confidence and spunk but takes only a few seconds, consider this up-do that Marco Pena told Marie Clare about. Start by forming a half-up, half-down pony tail with the hair from the tops of your ears up. The hair underneath should hang down. A boar-bristle brush can help to reduce bumps on the top of your head.
Next, form a second pony tail with the hair hanging down, right below the first one. The elastics holding each of these should be close in proximity – nearly touching. Then use a fine tooth comb to tease the top pony tail and create a more full look. Finish with a smoothing serum if your hair is frizzy.
3. The top knot
If you're preparing for a job interview or contemplating how to style your hair on the first day of your internship, give this celebrity style a try. As Brit + Co explained, the top knot is great because it involves no hassle and outlasts humid and rainy weather. Best of all, it even works for hair that's going on day two of dry shampoo. Simply start by adding volume to your hair with a comb, as mentioned in the steps above.
Then, pull all of your hair directly to the top of your head, ensuring that there are no missing strands and each section is as smooth as possible. For the most professional look, use a hair tie color that blends in with your hair color. Brit + Co does advise pulling a strand or two out of the bun once you've finished. This step helps the hair do to look more natural.
Now you're equipped with three brand-new styles to try for your next school dance, job interview or event.