There are benefits and negatives to having long locks, as those of us with lengthy hair will know all too well! Sure it may take us a year to dry our hair after getting out of the shower, and yes we do use a breathtaking amount of conditioner, but on the plus side we get to try out so many hairstyles with our modern Rapunzel manes. But did you know these 10 lifesaver tricks to transform your look without needing the talents of a pro! Get grooming.
#1 High Bun
This flatters everyone’s face shape,even giving you a mini face lift! Audrey Hepburn chic and yet modern, this look has been a staple for what seems like an eternity. The Scandi fashion pack brought it back with a bang in the world of street style trends, and now the top knot style is one for everyone with enough hair to revel in, whether to work, school or a party.
To achieve it, turn your head upside down and brush the hair to the very top of your head, at the highest point. Secure with a band into a pony first if your hair is thick. Then twist the ponytail in one direction until you reach the ends and wind upwards around around the base of the hair tie. Fix another hair tie around it and pin flyaways as needed. Alternatively, use a hair doughnut… no not a sugar one. Once the hair is secured in a ponytail, place a hair doughnut around the pony base and weave the lengths of your hair over it and secure underneath. A neat bun in less than a minute!
#2 Chignon Low Bun
This requires very little attention or energy to achieve, but looks effortlessly put together and classic. Simply tie hair back into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck and then split the hair into two sections, winding them around each other counter clockwise until you reach the ends. Next, twist the hair up into a bun, around the bobbin secured at the nape of your neck. Secure with either another bobbin or plenty of bobby pins.
#3 French or Dutch Braids
This looks far more complicated than it is. Firstly, choose whether you want a French braid or the inverted version, the Dutch/boxer braids. Separate the hair into two sections down the middle. On each side, begin with your front section, starting a normal braid. After one or two rows of normal three piece braiding, including another piece from the hair surrounding one of the outside pieces of the braid. For inverted, swoop under; for French, swoop over.
#4 Ponytail with a Twist
If you want something with a bit more style and edge than the classic ponytail, but still want your hair off your face and something simple, this is the look for you. When you are finished putting your hair up into your desired ponytail shape, wrap a thin section of hair around the bobbin, so the hair tie is totally covered.
#5 Overnight Heat-Free Curls
If you are short on time but still want to give your hair some volume and shape, after washing your hair, leave it to dry 90% of the way, heat-free. Using leave-in conditioner or hair oil will help give it a healthy shine. When it’s nearly air dried, gather it all into a hair bun on the top of your head, twist it around and securing with a soft hair tie or invisibobble. Leave it overnight and when you take it down in the morning, gently unwind it for volumized waves.
#6 Natural Texture
Obviously this will vary a lot for every person depending on their texture, but learn to embrace yours regardless of which type you have. Treat your hair with some T.L.C., always put in some leave-in conditioner or hair oil, and heat protectant if you use any heat products. Curl cream will leave natural thick curls with more definition.
#7 Mini Twists
Think Brigitte Bardot. This will keep the majority of your front pieces off your face, especially if you have face framing layers. Simply gather the front of your hair to the back, leaving the rest to fall down your back. Pin back the chosen front pieces and tease out any baby hairs or face framing pieces as desired.
#8 Half Up, Half Down
Similar to the previous style, this will give you some extra volume and a change from having your hair down without having to touch half your hair at all. With either a comb or your finger, section off the top section of your hair from the top of your ears back, and secure in a ponytail. Remove face framing fringe pieces if desired. If you want to go a step further, twist the pony into a bun and secure.
#9 Pinned to the Side
There is something very feminine about this look, perhaps because it accentuates the volume and texture of your hair by having it all pushed forward on one side. This is by far the easiest, as all you have to do is gather all your hair to one side and ensure it stays there by placing some clips on the other side and at the back.
#10 Headband Halo
This is a great way to add to your outfit, as it will look like you put more effort into your look than you actually did. Tie a patterned headscarf/headband around your head from the nape of your neck to the crown. Tie a bow at the top for added detail.