It may be award season in Hollywood, but you don’t need a red carpet to show off celebrity-worthy hair (just a handsome date). Whether you prefer to wear your hair down or swept up, you’ll feel confident and sexy with soft, wavy styles that look effortlessly chic. Here’s how to glam-up your date night look with three Valentine’s Day hair ideas:
Embrace Old Hollywood glamour with side-swept locks. This look is perfect for anyone with long, layered hair. So ditch that flat iron”these are waves that he’ll be begging to run his fingers through.
How to: Apply a volumizing mouse to damp hair, and then blow dry. Use a comb to create an exaggerated part (left or right, you pick). Gather your hair to the side it’s parted on. Working in sections, wrap strands of hair around a wide-barrel curling iron, and hold a few seconds to set. Once all sections are curled, lightly mist with hairspray and then gently comb through the curls with your fingers to separate them.
Tie the Knot
A ponytail may pass for work, but nights out with the beau deserve a little more oomph. This red carpet-inspired updo will show off your neck and shoulders”sexy!
How to: This style works best on second-day”not freshly-washed”hair. Create a top and bottom section by separating the hair horizontally from ear to ear. Use a comb to grab sections of the top layer (starting at the hair line and working back). Spritz each piece with hairspray, and then gently tease with a comb. Gather the top layer at the center back of your head and secure in place with a covered elastic band, wrapping the ends around and securing with bobby pins. Take the bottom section of hair and wrap around the elastic to create a bun, again, securing it with bobby pins. Finish with hairspray.
Lucky for those with curly tresses, stars like Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts have brought natural-looking curls back to the red carpet. Perfect for a night on the town, this bohemian ˜do looks elegant (but is dead easy).
How to: Apply a volume-building mouse to damp hair. (To separate the curls, divide hair into sections and work the product through.) Turn your head upside down and blow-dry with a diffuser. Use a comb to make a part straight down the middle. Finish with a light mist of hairspray to hold the curls.