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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.
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
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Get the look by following these simple steps:
Using a rat tail comb, create a center part.
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.
Spritz each half-up pony with a hair texturizer. After you’ve sprayed, use your comb to gently tease each pony.
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.
Use strong hold hair spray to help ensure your buns maintain their shape.
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.
Boar bristle brush
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.
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.
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.
Since this hairstyle is all about refined style, finish with a spritz of shine spray.
Spruce up your favorite simple hairstyle with a little knot and you’ll rock serious style that’s super-easy to create.
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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.
Divide your hair at the base of your neck and you’re ready for the next step.
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.
Feelin’ the love this Valentine’s Day? Let your hair show it with this heart-shaped braided crown.
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.
Using the hair from the inside of the heart, tie off a ponytail right at the bottom, leaving the rest of your hair free.
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.
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.
Good news: We have the answer to your #hairgoals prayers—just in time for Valentine’s Day—with this textured braid.
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Large barrel curling iron
Hop out of the shower and apply an egg-sized dollop of hair mousse.
Once your hair is completely dry, use a large barrel curling iron to create a few curls here and there.
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.
Once you’ve reached the end of your braid, tie it off with a mini clear elastic.
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.
There’s no denying that the messy bun has earned its place among the ranks of must-wear hairstyles.
Texturizing hair spray
Flexible-hold hair spray
Messy buns look especially gorgeous with hair that has texture and grit. So, spray some hair texturizer on first.
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.
Gently tug a few strands out around your hairline and temples to add a romantic flair to your messy ‘do.
Use flexible-hold hair spray to help lock your style in place without making it feel stiff.
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.
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.
Before you begin braiding again, wrap your two strands around each other to form a little bun—ahem, flower—and pin it in place.
Now that your flower is pinned in place, finish fishtailing to your ends and secure with a mini clear elastic.
When we think romantic updos, a crown braid instantly comes to mind. There’s just something so boho-chic about this hairstyle.
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Get the look:
For a step-by-step tutorial, head over to our article, How to Create a Beautiful Crown Braid.
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.
Fine tooth comb
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.
Just as you did with the first ponytail, use the middle section of your hair to make a second directly under it.
One more time! Now you have three stacked ponytails.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another way to spruce up a classic ponytail is to make it pin straight and super-shiny.
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Hair serum spray
Before straightening your hair, use a heat protectant.
Once you’re done, spritz on a hair serum spray.
To make your hair look as smooth as possible, use a boar bristle brush to smooth it back into a high ponytail.
This will help to set your style and lock it in place.
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.
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.
Mini clear elastics
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.
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.
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.
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Get the look:
Learn how to create this gorgeous hairstyle in our article, How to Create a Waterfall Braid.
Still looking for a ponytail that’s special enough to match your sense of style? This gem will do the trick!
Gather your hair into a mid-height ponytail, leaving a section of hair loose on each side of your head.
Start on one side of your head and divide the loose front section of hair into a top layer and a bottom layer.
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.
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.
Do you love the practicality of headbands? Hello, braided chignon!
On each side of your head, create a small braid that is tied off at the back of your head.
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.
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.
Fake a fishtail braid with this easy-to-replicate hairstyle.
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.
Follow the exact same process just underneath the first mini pony.
Take the lower ponytail and pull it up and through the top ponytail to invert it.
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.
Gently tug to pull your “braid” apart.
When in doubt, blow it out.
Pump up your ‘do by applying mousse to wet hair.
Wait until your hair is 80-percent dry, then pull your hair upward to lift the roots as you blow-dry.
Once your hair is dry, use a large barrel curling iron to create big, bouncy curls.
Instead of letting your curls hang loose, pin each curl to your head. This will help to set your style.
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.
After about 15 to 20 minutes, unpin your curls and shake them out.
Using a boar bristle brush, gently comb through your curls to smooth your strands while maintaining maximum volume.
Use some hair spray and you’re officially ready for your big night out!
Next up: 7 Gorgeous Valentine’s Day Date Night Makeup Ideas