3 VALENTINE’S DAY HAIRSTYLES – LOVE IS IN THE (H)AIR!
I’ve missed you! I’ve been a bit absent here lately because I have been changing my blog completely! 🙂 Pretty soon I’ll reveal another project I’ve started working on. But enough about that for now 😉
I’m back just in time to give you some hairspiration for my favourite day of the year – Valentine’s day! Woo hoo! Are you ready for some romance?
No matter what your plans, if you’re going to hang out with your girlfriends, go on a hot blind date or simply spend a quiet, romantic evening at home with your better half, you’ll probably want your hair to melt some hearts that day! 😉
3 Valentine’s day hairstyles to try this year
Valentine’s day is one of the most romantic days of the year, and for me at least, nothing says romance like some curls in the hair, which is why they are going to be the base for these hairstyles.
HOW TO CURL YOUR HAIR WITH A FLAT IRON
- Start by curling the hair at the bottom. Clip the rest out of the way.
- Pick up manageable sections, they shouldn’t be wider than the width of the plates of your flat iron. Brush them out horizontally away from your head.
- Clamp the iron on to the section and immediately start turning the iron in the direction away from your face while pulling it slowly down the hair shaft. Make sure to keep the iron moving at all times to avoid creases and burning your hair. Once you’re done with the bottom, keep sectioning more and more hair gradually, towards the top.
- If you’re right handed, hold the iron pointing up when curling the right side of your head. When curling hair on the right side, it might be easier to lift your right hand over your head and curl the hair with the iron pointing down, always rotate away from the face on both sides.
TIP: The smaller the sections you work with, the slower the speed of moving the iron and the bigger the compression (pressing the plates against each other), the tighter the curl you’ll achieve. The rotating movement of the iron also plays a part. If you rotate 180 degrees away from the face and pull the iron down, you’ll achieve a looser wave than if you keep rotating the iron as you pull it down.
If you’re not used to this, practice the movement with the iron turned OFF at first, until you’ll feel comfortable.
THE FOUR STRAND WATERFALL BRAID
- Make a deep side parting and pick up a section close to it. You’ll be braiding the part with more hair. Divide that hair into 4 strands.
- Cross the strand from the back under the one closest to it and then over the next one again. Then take the front strand and cross it over the one closest to it and under the next one.
- Repeat and cross the back strand under the one closest to it, but now also add some additional hair from the back into that strand, and then cross over the next one.
- Leave the front strand out, replace it by picking up a new section from behind it, then cross it over the strand closest to it, and under the next one.
- Repeat these steps until you get to the back of your head, then stop adding in new hair and just finish by braiding a normal four strand braid and tie it off with an elastic. Then pin it to the back of your head with a bobby pin (cover it with some hair from the top, or use a decorative clip to pin it in place).
TIP: From the back always start by crossing UNDER the first strand and over the next. From the front start by crossing OVER the first strand and under the next. To make it easier while keeping track of when to add hair from the back and switching the strands in the front, it helps if you repeat this to yourself: Under, over – Over, under. At least it helps me staying in the rhythm 🙂
THE BRAIDED UPDO
- Add a lace braid on the other side. Pick up a small section close to the parting and divide it into 3 strands.
- Start by crossing the strand closest to the hairline over the middle one, then the one from the back over the middle.
- Next time when crossing the strand from the front, add in new hair from the hairline into it and cross over the middle.
- Continue by crossing the outer strands over the middle and only add in new hair from the hairline.
- Add in the last new sections from a bit below and behind the ear, then braid a normal 3 strand braid down, tie it off with an elastic and also pin it to the back of your head.
- Leave out some face framing pieces in the front and twist the rest away from your face and pin in place with a bobby pin. Continue taking sections alternatively from both sides, twist and pin in place.
TIP: If you don’t have layers, you can make the braids longer and tie them together in the back. When the hair is curled it’s easier to twist it into nice loose sections, and you can leave some of the ends out. Use mirrors. Twist the hair and place it in the back with your hands, take a look where you like it and when you find a good spot, pin it in place with a bobby pin! It doesn’t have to be perfect, embrace the messiness! 🙂
Which Valentine’s day hairstyle version is your favourite?
The loose curls, the four strand waterfall braid or the more elaborate updo? 😉 Make sure to watch the video as well! Let me know if you have any questions.
See you soon!