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D.I.Y. Friday: Romantic hairdos for Valentine's Day

Half and Half

You wear your hair the same way every day an even the occasional ponytail but this Valentine's Day you need to do something special with your hair to give you that extra wow factor. It's actually not that hard to create a romantic hair do. All it takes is some patience and a few tools like a curling iron some elastic bands and a handful of bobby pins. Make sure though that you have a good strong but non sticky feeling spray to keep your look in place like Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray ($17, ULTA) or Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray ($27, Aveda) to ensure that your style lasts all night long.

Click through the list and find a perfect style to recreate tonight or through the Valentine's Day weekend.

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Half and Half
Half and Half

Half and Half

Half and Half

1. Using a large-barrel curling iron, create loose curls around your head from your ears down.

2. Part your hair in the middle. Use your fingers to separate and loosen the curls.
3. Starting halfway down the part, begin spritzing your roots with hairspray. Continue to the crown.
4. Tease the sprayed hair with a fine-tooth comb, to create height and volume.
5. With a brush gently smooth the teased hair. Gather the sides up into a half ponytail.
6. Secure the sides with pins, then use your fingers to gently shape curls into place.

Add some spray and you're done!

Messy Twisty Bun
Messy Twisty Bun

Messy Twisty Bun

Messy Twisty Bun

Step One: Start with tangle-free hair.

Step Two: To texturize, scrunch hair with hands, using a product if necessary.

Step Three: Section off a small piece of hair at the top of the head and divide it in half. Twist the two pieces of hair together and add more hair to one section.

Step Four: Continue the same process of twisting and adding hair down your head.

Step Five: Twist and add hair along the back of your head, near the hairline, until you run out of hair.

Step Six: Using an elastic, secure the hair at the base of the twist, creating a ponytail.

Step Seven: Twist your ponytail into a bun.

Step Eight: Place bobby pins along the base of the bun to keep it in place.

Step Nine: Accessorize by adding a headband or hair clip as shown above (optional).

Step Ten: Apply hairspray to keep style in place and fluff the twist for a softer look (optional).

​Messy Updo
​Messy Updo

​Messy Updo

Messy Updo

To create a messy updo, begin by towel drying your hair and then spray it with a styling spray. Using a paddle brush, separate and blow dry your hair.

Place a dollop of mousse into your hand and then work it through the hair in the back to create volume and texture.

Pull the majority of your hair into a high ponytail on the back of your head and secure with an elastic band. Be sure to leave some strands loose to frame your face.

Next, separate your ponytail into three or four sections. Then you need to bring each section down, folding it over and into the base of your ponytail, securing with bobby pins or another elastic band.

Quick Simple Updo
Quick Simple Updo

Quick Simple Updo

Quick Simple Updo

Start with brushed-through hair.

Tease your hair at the crown.

Smooth out the top of your hair.

Separate your hair into three parts.

Separate one of the sections into 3 parts, and braid one of the parts. Then you will braid the 3 parts together and secure with a clear elastic.

Repeat on all sections of the hair. Keep a clear elastic at the top of the middle section, but not on the outside braids. We want the middle braid to stay put but we want the outside sections to be looser on the sides of your head.

Loosen the braids up a little with your fingers.

Roll each braid up into a bun and secure with bobby pins. It may take a few bobby pins to secure each bun.

Romantic hairstyle for short hair
Romantic hairstyle for short hair

Romantic hairstyle for short hair

Romantic hairstyle for short hair

Start with clean, dry hair.

Part your hair all the way around in a big horseshoe shape about 1- 1 1/2 inches above your ear. Clip that section up.

French braid both sides and get them to meet in the middle in the back of your head. Take both of the loose ends and make a teeny tiny bun. If you need hairspray to make the bun stay, give it a little shot and then bobby pin. It’s TOTALLY okay if it’s a bit messy. It’s going to get covered up anyway.

Let down all the hair from the section on top and take a bit of texturizing spray to it.

Tease the crown area for some volume and then smooth it over with your comb.

Give the top layer a light veil of hairspray.

Now start twisting the sides back as you see Ali doing in photo 7. Pin the twist to the braid as you go. NOTE: That’s the whole point of the braid! You’re using it to secure the hair! That’s the trick to getting short hair “up”, otherwise everything tends to fall out or not reach.

Repeat the same twist + pin method to the other side.

Secure the twist by pinning it to the braid as you go.

Once both sections reach the back, roll those two “tails” you have left over from the twists. I prefer to roll upward, but you can roll sideways or down if you prefer. Just be sure to check your work in the mirror as you go. Look at it from the front, the back and the side to make sure it looks balanced! If you have a hard time rolling the leftover pieces (aka: if they’re too short) you can always just tuck them into the braid. If the hair is too soft, spray it a little with some hairspray. YOU CAN DO IT!

Once you’re done, give it a good veil of a strong-hold hairspray.

Waterfall Braided Bun
Waterfall Braided Bun

Waterfall Braided Bun

Waterfall Braided Bun

Part your hair and starting on the right hand side, you want to make three sections and start to form a waterfall braid. If you don't know how to do a waterfall braid, you can find a video tutorial here.

Tip: The difference with this waterfall braid is that you want to angle it diagonally from the top right of your head down towards the lower left side. This style looks great with larger sections as shown here or you could do a very fine waterfall braid across as well.

Once you’ve reached the lower left side, pull your hair into a ponytail but leave the waterfall sections loose.

Gently scoop up the waterfall sections and twist them into the ponytail.

Tip: You want to leave the waterfall sections a little bit loose so it looks like they’re curling under.

With the shorter layers on the first few waterfall sections, use bobby pins to secure them in place if they don't reach the ponytail on your hair.

Gently tease or backcomb the ponytail and pin into a messy bun.

Tip: You can stretch out your waterfall braid and pull it down to make it look more diagonal.

Variations: If your hair is very long, you can also braid the ponytail and pin it round into a braided bun. This style also works really well in short hair and you can either just do a short ponytail or fold the ends over into a small chignon.

Vintage Hairdo
Vintage Hairdo

Vintage Hairdo

Vintage Hairdo

1. Brush you're hair.

2. Get your hairpiece.
3. Wrap your headband around your head, like shown on the picture.
4. Get a lock of hair.
5. Wrap the lock around the headband.
6. Pull on the end of the lock, put not to tight.
7. Keep wrapping the lock around and around the headband until you reached the end. Don't pull to tight.
8. All done!

Swirled Gibson Tuck for curly hair
Swirled Gibson Tuck for curly hair

Swirled Gibson Tuck for curly hair

Swirled Gibson Tuck for curly hair

Spray roots and hair at the base of the neck with dry shampoo. Wait 1 minute and massage into hair.

Brush out your curls. You will look like Ben Franklin, but just trust me here. Curly-haired ladies will cringe at this but it really will soften and neaten up the look.
Pull out a few face-framing pieces and twist around your fingers for definition. Keep these pieces loose from the updo.
Twist two pieces of hair from the side of your head into a rope.
Add more hair to each of the two strands you're twisting and keep twisting until with piece is long enough to reach the back of your head. Secure with two bobby pins in an overlapping X.

Repeat on the other side. This is what the back should look like--two secured twists with a cool little mullet on the bottom.
Add a hair tie to secure the loose hair, wrapping it tightly at the nape of your neck.
Slide the hair tie down the ponytail about 2-3 inches.
Take the loosened hair and create a little 'bowl' with your fingers near the base of your head and flip the entire tail of the pony into the pocket you created.
Pull the tuck up a bit so it completely covers your bobby pins from the twists and pin in place by tucking a bobby or two, securing the base of the tuck to your head.