Valentine’s Day: hate it or love it, it’s a holiday that you simply can’t avoid. If you’re one of the lucky ones that actually has a date this Thursday, then you need to start planning all the details of your look ASAP. Let’s be honest, Valentine’s Day is one of the most romantic days of the year, and expectations are sky high. While the most prominent aspect of your look will obviously be what you’re wearing, the hairstyle you choose can make or break your outfit. Ending up with a simple ponytail this Thursday may not be the worst thing in the world, but why not polish off your look and truly wow your date with one of these amazing hairstyles?
1. Half Up Braided Crown
Going for a look that radiates romance, beauty, and femininity? This Half Up Braided Crown is an easy to achieve, yet decorative look that will add a unique finish to any outfit. As it’s a hairstyle that isn’t seen very often, you’ll be sure to stand out in the best way possible with this style. Looking to go the extra mile with this look? Try curling or creating some waves in your hair beforehand, and by the time you finish creating your crown of braids, you’ll be sure to look like royalty. (You can find the tutorial here.)
2. The Twisted Sister
Before I even start to describe this hairstyle, just know that if Lauren Conrad approves of it, it must be a worthwhile choice. That tidbit aside, this hairstyle may be a big more time consuming than the others, but it pays off big time with its sophistication and grace. Not planning on wearing a fancy outfit? This exceptional hairstyle is the perfect way to instantly upgrade your look, no matter what you want to wear. (The tutorial can be found here.)
3. Romantic Curls
Every guy loves hair he can touch, and there’s nothing more alluring than big curls just begging to be caressed. This is a fun look that will add movement to your hair and will ensure that his eyes are on you all night long. If you have multi-colored hair, especially if the ends of your hair are lighter than your roots, this is an excellent way to make that color stand out and more importantly, make you get noticed. (The tutorial can be found here.)
4. The Fishtail Braid
As pretty as the normal, three-strand braid is, I like to consider the fishtail braid its stylish, upscale cousin. The fishtail braid is perfect for Valentine’s Day as it exudes class, elegance, and romance. While I admit it can be slightly difficult to learn, the fishtail braid is definitely worth mastering because it’s an amazing hairstyle in the summer, a season not too far away. The fishtail braid is also a great choice because it can be customized. For a thicker braid, use curled or textured hair before beginning. If you’d like a messier, more boho braid, use smaller strands of hair and gently pull the braid apart when you finish.
(The tutorial can be found here.)
5. The Perfect Blowout
Looking to show off your shiny, silky smooth, luscious locks? While a blowout may seem commonplace, it’s used often for a reason. It rocks. It’s a reliable hairstyle that looks gorgeous on almost all types of hair and creates the type of volume that makes men stare shamelessly. This perfect blowout alludes to glamour and is reminiscent of Hollywood movie stars, not a bad vibe to give off on a Valentine’s Day date. (The tutorial can be found here.)
6. The Piece-y Pony
Interested in a hairstyle that’s a little more challenging, or maybe something that has a retro feel to it? Look no further. For those of us who want to take the sap out of Valentine’s Day, this is the perfect hairstyle to display that you’re more into whimsy than romance. It’s an exciting take on the classy pony, and it’s a great way to exhibit long hair. Pair this hairstyle with a red lip and you’ll leave your date drooling at the door. (The tutorial can be found here.)
7. Side Braided Bun
For the ladies out there who don’t have magic fingers when it comes to playing with hair, have no fear, there is a hairstyle for you. This simple yet chic hairstyle epitomizes date night hair and will look good with whatever outfit you choose. The small side braid is a little quirk that will be sure to draw your date’s attention to your face, over and over again. This hairstyle may be understated, but it projects confidence because it’ll show your date that you’re not afraid to show your full face, someone he’ll admire. (You can find the tutorial here.)