I had several requests to write an article about hairstyle, which is why I made this post with the intention of giving some tips on how to, with minimal effort, experiment with the trends. I also took quite a lot of pictures (and selfies) to exemplify the styles, so prepare for a lot of photos 🙂
My hair currently is in its longest form, since probably my high school prom. After graduation and during my university years, I kept it between short to shoulders length (or a just below shoulders), and it varied like that for almost six years. Until I decided to give my blonde hair what it deserved – to be long and free to grow, as it likes!:) I had forgotten how much I liked it THAT long! As well as how much more fun it is to experiment with the different styles and forms it can take.
I have never in my life colored my hair. Therefore, all pictures presented in this post (and elsewhere) have my natural color. That does not mean that there is anything wrong with coloring, it is just not something I have been eager to try so far, therefore not an area I am confident to advise on.
Here are my favorite, and most natural hairstyles, as well as some basic tips on how to achieve them. Hint: they do not require hairdressing or expensive hair products.
# 1: NATURAL FLOWY HAIR WAVES
After the hair has been washed, only dry the roots, and leave the ends partly-wet. Then, make either a low bun or a high one, depending where you want the curls to start.
Make the high bun by pulling the hair with an elastic, as if you are making a high pony-tail, except that instead of taking the hair out of the elastic, you turn it one more time – in the same way, and repeat this as many times as possible. The knot should look something like the tangled bun shown on the left picture below. I usually leave the bun over the night and untangle it in the morning. The right picture is how the hair curls of a high bun looks like.Alternatively, you can make a low knot, by either pulling your hair in and out of the elastic as shown above, or by making a pony-tale first and then, by means of a second elastic, make a messy knot (left picture below).
I usually do not use any hairspray to set it, but you may try adding a bit, it will maintain the curls for more than one day.
I love how the flowy hair waves get a bit of a vintage appearance!!# 2: PLAIT CURLS
The way I prefer to make the braid (also called plait) is without creating a pony-tale as a foundation to secure the braid. Reason being that the pony-tale holder often leaves a unwanted mark (dent) on the hair. Instead, after brushing your hair to remove any tangles, start the plait at the base down. Divide the hair intro three (relatively) equal parts and braid your hair (such as left portion of hair over center, then right moves over left, and center goes over right, etc). If in doubt, check out: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Bun.
Seems like the braid curls are never out of style;)
# 3: STRAIGHT HAIR STYLE
My hair does not require much effort to get straight, but the problem is that it does not stay like that for long. Therefore, when I am convinced I would like to have it straight the next day, I apply a bit of balsam (usually I prefer Elseve) at the ends while showering and leave it like that for three-five minutes, before I wash the balsam. If your hair is curly, however, then it goes without saying that you will have to use the hair straightener.
# 4: PARTY LOOSE (HALF UP, HALF DOWN)
Half-up hair styles are perfect for any season, but I am especially fond of them during summer. Half-up hair style is feminine, sexy and casual, yet also perfect for formal events, and as I have lately noticed, a preferred wedding hair style too. It is also my favorite ‘vacation’ hair style for active, carefee days. Half-up hairdo is very easy to make and you can achieve it by means of basically any hair accessory or by a plait accent.
# 5: HAIRSTYLE AS IT IS
At the end, always remember to love your hair as it is, and let it take its natural form now and then. It is great to experiment, but sometimes it is also OK to be lazy and have it as it gets, sometimes messy, but real.
I hope you have enjoyed this very illustrative post! 🙂 Let me know about your favorite style!