Getting the Perfect Look For Valentine’s Day: A Guide to Hair Styling
Valentine’s Day getaways are ideal for spending quality time with a loved one in a new and exciting environment, but finding the perfect hair style to accompany a night out can be overwhelming. There are nearly endless options in hair styles for every type and length of hair, but there are a few simple styles that provide impressive results without spending hours working on it or at a salon. Whether the holiday adventure includes spending time in the villas of France, or just at a local bed and breakfast, looking stunning can be hassle-free.
The photo above shows a smouldering look from Katharine Heigl. Maybe that look might suit you this Valentines Day?
Simple yet striking hair styles can be easily achieved at home with a few basic styling tools and products. One popular hair style for a special occasion is a half up and half down design that is ideal for longer hair, especially if it is curly or wavy. To get this style, start with slightly damp hair and add a small amount of mousse or styling gel for extra hold. Part hair in half horizontally, starting just above the ears and comb it back into a small ponytail. Secure the ponytail and blow dry the loose hair using a large round brush. Finish the look with either hair spray, for thin and wavy hair, or styling serum, for curly hair. This style works well with bangs or layered hair, which will naturally leave a few small sections of hair down in the front, framing the face.
Two hair styles that are hot right now in Hollywood are long, straight hair like Rachel Bilson’s locks and short, messy looks like Halle Berry’s style. To achieve the sleek look of long, healthy hair, use a deep conditioning treatment such as a hot oil regimen or a moisturizing hair mask. After washing, blow dry hair completely, then use a ceramic flat iron to smooth out the strands from root to tip. Once straightened, apply a shine serum lightly over the entire length of the hair for a sleek and polished look that will resist frizzing.
The photo above shows an image of Rachel Bilson, maybe her hair style would suit you this Valentines Day?
Short hair is easier to style when it is still damp, so it is best to wash and towel dry hair or spritz clean hair liberally with water. For a modern and jagged look, work a pea sized amount of hair wax or pomade through the entire length of the hair, focusing on the ends. Blow dry the hair, using a smaller roller brush or fine tooth comb to separate individual sections of hair. This will provide extra body and result in a pieced and messy look. After the hair is completely dry, additional hair wax can be used if more texture is desired. Finally, spray hair lightly all over with hair spray to deliver a fun style that lasts.
For a perfect look without the stress of doing it at home, a salon can provide the desired style, typically for $25 to $50, depending on the salon. Especially around a holiday, it is important to plan ahead and book a stylist early in order to avoid a last minute rush. Whether creating a unique style at home, or letting a salon complete the look, Valentine’s Day hair styles do not need to be complicated to be beautiful.