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16 Gorgeous Hairstyles That Are Perfect for Valentine's Day

Updo & Bun Hairstyles

16 Gorgeous Hairstyles That Are Perfect for Valentine's Day 16 Gorgeous Hairstyles That Are Perfect for Valentine's Day 16 Gorgeous Hairstyles That Are Perfect for Valentine's Day

It’s time to celebrate one of our favorite holidays of the year: Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re prepping for a date with your significant other or planning a girl’s night out with your best friends, there’s no denying that love is in the air. So, why not showcase it with a pretty hairstyle? Below, we're sharing 16 fabulous hairstyles, ranging from braids to updos, that are absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day. Keep reading for step-by-step instructions for creating each hairstyle, along with the products needed for each look, including hair spray, hair cream, and hair mousse.

VALENTINE’S DAY HAIRSTYLE #1: HALF-UP SPACE BUNS

Love the space buns trend but want to be able to show off your length this V-Day? This is the hairstyle for you!

What you’ll need:

Rat tail comb

Mini clear elastic

Hair texturizing spray

Bobby pins

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Part your hair

Using a rat tail comb, create a center part.

Step 2: Make two half-up ponytails

Take your rat tail comb and horizontally part the underside of one half of your hair to create a half-up ponytail on each side of your head. Secure each with a mini clear elastic.

Step 3: Add texture

Spritz each half-up pony with a hair texturizer. After you’ve sprayed, use your comb to gently tease each pony.

Step 4: Bun up

Working on one teased pony at a time, gently wrap your hair around itself in a loose bun. Pop in a few bobby pins and you’re almost done.

Step 5: Seal your style

Use strong hold hair spray to help ensure your buns maintain their shape.

VALENTINE’S DAY HAIRSTYLE #2: LOW BRAIDED DOUBLE BUNS

Space buns a little too far-out for you? Keep it a bit more classic with a low braided bun that’s sure to turn heads.

What you’ll need:

Hair cream

Boar bristle brush

Mini clear elastic

Bobby pins

Shine spray

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Prep wet hair

After you’ve hopped out of the shower and towel-dried your hair, squeeze a quarter-sized amount of hair cream into your hand and evenly massage it through your hair from roots to ends.

Step 2: Smooth and part your hair

Once your hair is completely dry, run a boar bristle brush through it. Using your fingers, part your hair straight down the middle and tie a pigtail on each side of your head with a mini clear elastic.

Step 3: Braid from base to ends

Starting at the base of your ponytail, braid your hair to the ends. Instead of securing them with hair ties, wrap them into a bun and secure with bobby pins.

Step 4: Use a shine spray

Since this hairstyle is all about refined style, finish with a spritz of shine spray.

VALENTINE’S DAY HAIRSTYLE #3: KNOTTED PONY

Spruce up your favorite simple hairstyle with a little knot and you’ll rock serious style that’s super-easy to create.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Shampoo

L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Conditioner

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Start with clean hair

To really add brilliance and shine to your knotted ponytail hairstyle, start your look with the right hair care routine in the shower and wash your strands with a smoothing shampoo and conditioner.

Step 2: Split your hair into two low sections

Divide your hair at the base of your neck and you’re ready for the next step.

Step 3: Finish with a knot

Taking each side of hair in hand, tie a knot. And then another. And just like that, you’ve transformed your simple pony into a work of hair art.

VALENTINE’S DAY HAIRSTYLE #4: HEART-SHAPED BRAIDED CROWN

Feelin’ the love this Valentine’s Day? Let your hair show it with this heart-shaped braided crown.

What you’ll need:

Rat tail comb

Hair tie

Bobby pins

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Brush your hair back and map out a heart

Using a rat tail comb, brush all of your hair straight back. Next, flip your comb and use the tail end to map out a heart-shaped part.

Step 2: Create a ponytail

Using the hair from the inside of the heart, tie off a ponytail right at the bottom, leaving the rest of your hair free.

Step 3: Braid your crown

Using the hair that’s not in the ponytail, create a braid of your choice—we love how rope braids look with this hairstyle—on each side starting at your hairline and working your way back to the base.

Step 4: Pin up your ends

After you’ve braided both sides of your hair all the way to the ends, wrap your braids up and pin them into a simple updo.

VALENTINE’S DAY HAIRSTYLE #5: TEXTURED BRAID

Good news: We have the answer to your #hairgoals prayers—just in time for Valentine’s Day—with this textured braid.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Volume Inject Mousse

Large barrel curling iron

Mini clear elastic

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Let your hair air dry

Hop out of the shower and apply an egg-sized dollop of hair mousse.

Step 2: Add some curls

Once your hair is completely dry, use a large barrel curling iron to create a few curls here and there.

Step 3: Start braiding

Grab three sections of hair just above the base of your neck to begin French braiding. Taking more hair in with every stitch, weave your hair to perfection.

Step 4: Secure the ends

Once you’ve reached the end of your braid, tie it off with a mini clear elastic.

Step 5: Pancake your braid

Gently pull your braid apart starting at the bottom and working your way to the top. Finish your look off by pulling out a few face-framing strands.

VALENTINE’S DAY HAIRSTYLE #6: ROMANTIC MESSY BUN

There’s no denying that the messy bun has earned its place among the ranks of must-wear hairstyles.

What you’ll need:

Texturizing hair spray

Flexible-hold hair spray

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Start with texturizing hair spray

Messy buns look especially gorgeous with hair that has texture and grit. So, spray some hair texturizer on first.

Step 2: Pull your hair up

Use your hands to pull your hair up into a ponytail. Instead of securing it with a hair tie, just keep going and spin your hair into a bun. Don’t worry about smoothing any bumps out because part of what gives messy buns their allure is their effortlessly gorgeous appeal.

Step 3: Frame your face

Gently tug a few strands out around your hairline and temples to add a romantic flair to your messy ‘do.

Step 4: Create flexible hold

Use flexible-hold hair spray to help lock your style in place without making it feel stiff.

VALENTINE’S DAY HAIRSTYLE #7: HALF-UP FISHTAIL FLOWER BRAID

Nothing goes with Valentine’s Day quite like a bouquet of flowers. Give yourself a blooming V-Day braid that will instantly lift your spirits and your overall look.

What you’ll need:

Bobby pins

Mini clear elastic

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Create a center part

Easy!

Step 2: Begin braiding

Starting at your hairline, weave fishtail braids on each side of your head. Instead of braiding all the way down, stop braiding just below your crown.

Step 3: Make your flower bloom

Before you begin braiding again, wrap your two strands around each other to form a little bun—ahem, flower—and pin it in place.

Step 4: Finish braiding

Now that your flower is pinned in place, finish fishtailing to your ends and secure with a mini clear elastic.

VALENTINE’S DAY HAIRSTYLE #8: CROWN BRAID

When we think romantic updos, a crown braid instantly comes to mind. There’s just something so boho-chic about this hairstyle.

What you’ll need:

Hair brush

Clear elastic

Bobby pins

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray

Get the look:

For a step-by-step tutorial, head over to our article, How to Create a Beautiful Crown Braid.

VALENTINE’S DAY HAIRSTYLE #9: TUCKED BRAID UPDO

Tired of rocking the same old updo every Valentine’s Day? This braided rendition will have you looking classic in the front and super-intricate in the back.

What you’ll need:

Fine tooth comb

Clear elastics

Bobby pins

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Gather your top section of hair

Using a fine-tooth comb, divide the top section of your hair into a miniature ponytail with a clear elastic. Remember that you will be creating three equally-sized ponytails, so make sure that this one isn’t too thick.

Step 2: Gather your middle section of hair

Just as you did with the first ponytail, use the middle section of your hair to make a second directly under it.

Step 3: Gather the lower section of your hair

One more time! Now you have three stacked ponytails.

Step 4: Being braiding

Starting with your top ponytail, begin French braiding by grabbing new sections of hair from the middle and lower ponytails. Continue adding in new pieces of hair until you reach the end of your last ponytail.

Step 5: Pancake your braid

Now that you’ve fully braided your pony, it’s time to make it look fuller. Gently tug at the outer edges of it—aka pancake it. Don’t tug too hard because you don’t want all of your hard work to come undone.

Step 6: Pin the top of your braid

Gently tug the top of your braid and pin it in place just above the top ponytail base, which will conveniently cover up the hair tie.

Step 7: And pin the bottom, too

Now, take the bottom of your braided pony and roll it under itself to complete your look. Pop in a few bobby pins and you’re good to go.

VALENTINE’S DAY HAIRSTYLE #10: SUPER-SLEEK PONYTAIL

Another way to spruce up a classic ponytail is to make it pin straight and super-shiny.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight HeatSpray

Hair serum spray

Boar bristle brush

Hair tie

Bobby pins

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Start by straightening your hair

Before straightening your hair, use a heat protectant.

Step 2: Add shine

Once you’re done, spritz on a hair serum spray.

Step 3: Smooth your hair into a ponytail

To make your hair look as smooth as possible, use a boar bristle brush to smooth it back into a high ponytail.

Step 4: Use hair spray

This will help to set your style and lock it in place.

Step 5: Conceal your hair tie

Wrap a small section of hair from your ponytail around the base of your pony to cover up the hair tie. Use a bobby pin to secure the ends in place on the underside of the base.

VALENTINE’S DAY HAIRSTYLE #11: DUTCH BRAID PIGTAILS

If you’re all about keeping your hair out of your face while leaving it down at the same time, look no further than these cute pigtails that are updated for date night.

What you’ll need:

Mini clear elastics

Large barrel curling iron

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Create a middle part

Simple enough!

Step 2: Weave a Dutch braid on each side of your head

This is just an inverted French braid—weave under instead of over. Rather than weave to the ends, stop at the nape of your neck and secure each pigtail with a mini clear elastic.

Step 3: Curl your pigtails

To add a certain feminine flair to your pulled-back hairstyle, use a large barreled curling iron and curl from base to ends. Take a small section of hair from each pigtail and wrap it around the base of your pigtail to conceal your hair ties.

VALENTINE’S DAY HAIRSTYLE #12: WATERFALL BRAID

Want to get fancy? Try sporting a waterfall braid this Valentine’s Day! There’s nothing more romantic than waves cascading from an intricate braid.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo

L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold

Get the look:

Learn how to create this gorgeous hairstyle in our article, How to Create a Waterfall Braid.

VALENTINE’S DAY HAIRSTYLE #13: CRISSCROSS PONYTAIL

Still looking for a ponytail that’s special enough to match your sense of style? This gem will do the trick!

What you’ll need:

Hair tie

Bobby pins

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Create your ponytail

Gather your hair into a mid-height ponytail, leaving a section of hair loose on each side of your head.

Step 2: Separate your loose sections

Start on one side of your head and divide the loose front section of hair into a top layer and a bottom layer.

Step 3: Start crisscrossing

Take one section from one side of hair and cross it over the back of your ponytail, pinning it in place. Then take one section from the other side of hair and do the same thing. Continue this process with the remaining two front sections of hair.

Step 4: Pin your tails

If the tails of your crisscrossed sections of hair are super-long, continue the process with them, continuously crossing for an almost fishtail-like appearance.

VALENTINE’S DAY HAIRSTYLE #14: DOUBLE BRAIDED CHIGNON

Do you love the practicality of headbands? Hello, braided chignon!

What you’ll need:

Mini clear elastics

Bobby pins

Flexible-hold hair spray

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Create your first braids

On each side of your head, create a small braid that is tied off at the back of your head.

Step 2: Weave your second braids

Whether you want to weave another classic braid or have some fun with ropes or fishtails, take two more sections of hair just below the first braids and braid starting from the front of your head on each side, then secure in the back.

Step 3: Tuck your hair

Tuck your remaining hair up into the mini braids and pin in place. To help ensure your look stays in place, spritz with a flexible-hold hair spray.

VALENTINE’S DAY HAIRSTYLE #15: NO FUSS FAUX FISHTAIL

Fake a fishtail braid with this easy-to-replicate hairstyle.

What you’ll need:

Mini clear elastics

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Start just above the nape of your neck

With a small section of hair from both sides of your head in hand, twist them inward toward one another and secure with a clear mini elastic.

Step 2: Repeat

Follow the exact same process just underneath the first mini pony.

Step 3: Invert your ponytails

Take the lower ponytail and pull it up and through the top ponytail to invert it.

Step 4: Repeat

Following this same process, create a mini ponytail, invert it into the ponytail above it, and pull tight. With every new ponytail, use hair from the inverted ponytail until you reach the ends of your hair.

Step 5: Muss up your braid

Gently tug to pull your “braid” apart.

VALENTINE’S DAY HAIRSTYLE #16: BOUNCY BLOWOUT

When in doubt, blow it out.

What you’ll need:

Hair mousse

Barrel brush

Blow-dryer

Large barrel curling iron

Bobby pins

Flexible-hold hair spray

Boar bristle brush

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Add hair mousse

Pump up your ‘do by applying mousse to wet hair.

Step 2: Blow-dry with a barrel brush

Wait until your hair is 80-percent dry, then pull your hair upward to lift the roots as you blow-dry.

Step 3: Curl your hair

Once your hair is dry, use a large barrel curling iron to create big, bouncy curls.

Step 4: Pin your curls

Instead of letting your curls hang loose, pin each curl to your head. This will help to set your style.

Step 5: Use flexible-hold hair spray

Once all of your curls are pinned, give your hair an all-over spray of flexible-hold hairspray to help the curls keep their shape.

Step 6: Let your curls down

After about 15 to 20 minutes, unpin your curls and shake them out.

Step 7: Gently brush your hair

Using a boar bristle brush, gently comb through your curls to smooth your strands while maintaining maximum volume.

Step 8: Finish with hair spray

Use some hair spray and you’re officially ready for your big night out!

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