Graduation day—it’s finally here. You’ve been waiting for this moment for what feels like forever so it’s only right to make sure you look your best on a day full of celebrations and pictures. While there are tons of gorgeous hairstyles you can choose from, not all will work perfectly with a graduation cap. To help you style your strands for a cap-friendly appearance, we’ve rounded up six graduation-approved looks incorporating some of the top hairstyle trends, as well as tried-and-true classics. Whichever hairstyle you pick, be sure to stock up on plenty of hairspray and hair mousse to help create your look.
Hairstyle #1: Shoulder Length 60’s Flip
This trendy ’60s inspired hairstyle has taken over our social feeds and we Stan for it! It will also pair very well with your grad cap. Use a rat tail comb and create a deep part along the crown of your head. Then rub the L’Oréal Paris Dream Lengths Frizz Killer Serum Leave-In throughout your strands to keep them smooth and sleek. Spritz on a heat protectant like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Sleek It Iron Straight Heatspray towards the ends of your lengths and use a flat iron to create small flips. Finish off the look by spraying your ends with the L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold Volume Spray to help add volume to the style and keep it in place.
Hairstyle #2: Teased Ponytail
We love the look of a slicked-back ponytail, but why not amp things up for graduation by going for a voluminous teased version instead. Apply a small amount of the L’Oréal Paris Dream Lengths Frizz Killer Serum Leave-In throughout your strands to smooth out any hair flyaways. Then use a brush to gather your mane into a low ponytail and spritz on the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Air Volume Dry Shampoo to add some texture and body to the lengths of your ponytail. Use a comb to tease your strands until you get your desired look and finish off by spritzing your ponytail with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray to give your mane some shine and hold.
Hairstyle #3: Side Part Wavy Bob
A sassy, side part wavy bob is great for a classy graduation look and you won’t have to spend too much time on your mane trying to create this style. Start off by applying a small amount of the L’Oréal Paris Dream Lengths Frizz Killer Serum Leave-In throughout your strands to smooth out frizz. Then spritz on a heat protectant, like the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Heat Slayer Pre-Iron Spray Leave-In, and use a wide-barrel curling iron to create soft curls. Comb through your mane with your fingers to loosen up the curls and spritz on a generous amount of the L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold to keep your soft waves intact throughout your graduation ceremony.
Hairstyle #4: Center Part With Loose Curls
Center part hairstyles are known to frame the face and highlight facial features, which may be a reason why it’s one of the most popular hairstyles on Pinterest. Use a rat tail comb to create an even part starting at the front of your forehead and along the crown of your head. Then apply a few pumps of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse to give your mane some body and texture. Spritz on the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Heat Slayer Pre-Iron Spray Leave-In and use a curling iron to create a few loose curls towards the end of your lengths. Complete the look with a few spritzes of the L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold, and you’re all set!
Hairstyle #5: Wispy Bangs With A Low Bubble Ponytail
For a fun and trendy hairstyle that’s sure to capture everyone’s attention, opt for a bubble ponytail with wispy bangs. First, apply a hair serum, like the L’Oréal Paris Dream Lengths Frizz Killer Serum Leave-In, throughout your mane to smooth out your strands. Then gather your hair into a low ponytail (leave out your bangs) and secure it with an elastic. Create the bubble effect by placing several elastics one to two inches down the length of your ponytail. Gently tug at the sections to add volume and form a rounded, bubble-like shape. If needed, you can use the end of your comb to carefully create your bubble. Coat your strands with a mist of the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray for some added shine.
Hairstyle #6: Side-swept Curls
This free-flowing hairstyle pairs beautifully with a grad cap and it’s a style that looks gorgeous on short, medium, and long lengths when pulled over one shoulder. Start by spritzing your hair with a heat protectant like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Sleek It Iron Straight Heatspray. Then use a one-inch barrel curling wand and wrap your strands towards the face to give it a forward framing bend. After curling your entire mane, flip the left side of your hair over to the right side and place a few bobby pins on the left side to create a secure grip. Complete the look by spritzing a generous amount of the L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold Volume Spray to keep your curls from dropping.
Photo Credit: Emily Kate Walker, @emilykwalker