With Valentine’s Day drawing ever closer, we’ve put together our favourite date-night worthy hairstyles that’ll spice up any romantic occasion—no matter how we’re celebrating. Whether at home with boo having a cosy dinner, or chatting with friends over a lively video call, we think it’s the perfect opportunity to get dolled up and break away from the daily lockdown monotony.
To get started, we’ve included five video tutorials that’ll make practicing for the special day that little bit easier—with guides on how to achieve that retro pony that everyone from Bella Hadid to Ariana Grande are rocking, as well as the secret behind Kylie Jenner’s signature Hollywood curls, and how to style newly-chopped lockdown bobs. We’re excited to start feeling fresh again, and with the additional pro tips and tricks from these talented artists, we’re certain you will be too.
Ever wondered how to achieve flawless red carpet curls? Find out the tricks of the trade from celebrity hairstylist Clyde Haygood, who shows us exactly how it’s done while sharing some of his professional insight along the way. “Clipping it is the most important thing because that’s what sets the curl,” he mentions between curling sections of hair with the T3 Whirl Wand, and setting with a healthy dose of L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray.
Natural Hair French Braided Curly Updo
For those who find braiding a breeze—or maybe you’re up for the challenge—Kim from TheChicNatural has put together a beautifully concise tutorial explaining precisely how to create this eye-catching style, and even shares her secrets to smooth and long-lasting curls. The trick lies in a magic three-part mixture consisting of water, Cantu Leave-In Cream, and Lottabody Setting Lotion that she liberally applies to each section before wrapping in mesh curlers.
Blowout With Bangs
Similar to the coveted straight style rocked by Rachel in Friends circa early 00’s, Chantel goes on to explain her hair type, what products she uses, and a list of everything we will need to get started to create the perfect blowout with bangs. A valuable piece of advice that she also gives us is that, “you just need a round brush with a ceramic barrel—that helps to hold the volume and the curl in your hair because it heats up while you’re blow-drying.”
Whether your signature style is a tousled bob or you’ve simply decided to make a change over lockdown, Hannah shares eight of her cutest looks that are exactly what we need for our romantic rendezvous. All you’ll need to achieve them is a hair straightener, hairspray, the usual selection of bobby pins and hairbands—and depending on your chosen style—the got2b Glued Water Resistant Spiking Glue and the got2b Beach Matt Texturizing Salt Spray for extra volume and hold.
Famously worn by stars such as Ariana Grande and Bella Hadid, the retro inspired pony has made a comeback just in time for Valentine’s Day. Anife talks us through the logistics of this ultra-chic style, getting particularly technical with parting placement, brushing techniques, and hairband choices. To tame any pesky fly-aways, we’re recommended to use the ORS Olive Oil Edge Control with a toothbrush, and to use the same technique for our baby hairs around the hairline.
Words by Vinona Baines