5 Romantic Red Carpet Hairstyles Made for Valentine's Day
Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day by having dinner with your squad, or you want to set a three-alarm fire when you meet up with your special someone, a flirty, romantic hairstyle is in order. Instead of settling on basic waves, we’re looking towards some of the prettiest recent red carpet hairstyles for inspiration. From Ciara's perfectly undone pony to Olivia Munn's tousled lob, we’ve broken down five celebrity hairstyles that will be a hit no matter what your V-Day plans may be.
When in doubt, put a bow on it. At the Critics’ Choice Awards, Kaley Cuoco made a classic half up half down style special by adding a ribbon to her pony.
HOW TO DO IT:
Celebrity hairstylist Christine Symonds started by prepping Cuoco’s hair with Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse ($38; net-a-porter.com), and blow-dried it straight with a round brush for added body. Once your strands are dry, take a 2-inch barrel curling iron to the ends of your hair to create subtle bends. Next, spritz a dry shampoo like Batiste Original Clean Dry Shampoo ($6; target.com) on the top section of your hair to boost volume and texture.
As the final step, take the top rectangle section of your hair, pull it into a loose half pony at the back of your head, and loosen the look by lightly tugging at the strands. Tie your ribbon of choice around the elastic.
Lily Collins's wispy, undone updo she wore on the Critics’ Choice Awards red carpet looks like it came straight from a Jane Austen novel, which makes it a perfect choice for romantic Valentine’s Day plans.
HOW TO DO IT:
Collins’ stylist Gregory Russell parted the actress’ part in the center and applied a pump of Matrix Style Link Volume Builder Mousse ($18; matrix.com) to her roots at the crown, and one pump of Matrix Style Link Mineral Booster ($20; matrix.com) to the lengths. Once hair is prepped, blow-dry it straight using a round brush, and pin the crown section to cool for added volume to your updo. After your strands have cooled down, brush them out and add a volumizing product like Matrix Style Link Height Riser Volumizing Powder ($18; matrix.com) to the crown for a tousled, voluminous look, and use a pearl-sized drop of Matrix Style Link Mineral Grip Definer ($18; matrix.com) on the ends for extra movement and texture.
Next, Russell took the front quarter of Collins’ hair and twisted it back, gathering more hair and pinning it as he worked to the nape of the neck, and repeated the sequence on the other side. To create the messy knot, he looped and knotted the lengths of her strands. Finish the look by pulling some stray pieces around the nape and face, and spritz a hairspray with a soft finish like Matrix Style Link Texture Builder Messy Finish Spray ($18; matrix.com) for hold.
A textured, tousled lob like Olivia Munn’s at the Office Christmas Party premiere is a ubiquitously stylish look that won’t appear like you spent hours getting ready for your V-Day meet cute.
HOW TO DO IT:
Chances are you don’t wake up with perfectly mussed-up hair like Munn’s. The actress’ go-to stylist Christian Wood ran Matrix Style Link Blowout Curvy Queen ($20; matrix.com) throughout her damp strands to help create waves in Munn’s naturally straight hair. Once you’re done prepping, flip your head upside down and rough dry your hair to add more volume and give ends a piecey look. Next, take small pieces of hair and use a medium barrel curling iron to loosely wave your hair. Leave out the ends and alternate the direction of the wave for an nonuniformed look.
Once the curls were set, Wood flipped Munn’s hair upside down again and shook out the waves. For added texture he applied Matrix Style Link Mineral Booster ($20; matrix.com) to her roots. To guarantee your waves hold up throughout your date, spritz Matrix Style Link Texture Builder Messy Finish Spray ($18; matrix.com) throughout the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. As a final touch, Wood swept some of Munn’s hair over to create a deep side part and misted Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Replenish Oil Mist ($24; matrix.com) for extra shine.
Heading to your date straight from work? Cara Delevingne’s style looks fancy thanks to a gold chain hair accessory, but it can easily be recreated in your office bathroom.
HOW TO DO IT:
Start by touching up your strands with a generous spray of dry shampoo like Dove’s Refresh + Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo ($5; target.com) on your roots to give flat end of day hair a volume boost. If you want to add texture and movement like Delevingne’s loose curls, stash a mini curling iron like Conair’s Mini PRO Travel Curling Iron ($14; target.com) at your desk, and use it to loosely curl your hair. After spraying a stronghold hairspray like Living Proof’s Flex Shaping Hairspray ($25; sephora.com) to set everything in place, clip in a sleek hair accessory like Chloe + Isabel x Jen Atkin Hammered Crescent Hair Comb ($28; chloeandisabel.com) on the back midsection of your hair.
The high pony Ciara rocked on the American Music Awards red carpet is nothing like the tail you resort to when you hit snooze too many times in the morning. In fact, it’s the subtle details that make the pony worthy of wearing to Valentine’s Day dinner at your favorite restaurant.
HOW TO DO IT:
There’s nothing wrong with keeping things simple as Ciara’s celebrity hairstylist César DeLeön Ramirêz demonstrated when styling the singer’s pony for the red carpet. Ramirêz started off by prepping her hair with MIZANI Thermasmooth Smooth Guard Smothing Serum ($18; ulta.com) and blow-drying it straight with ghd’s Air Professional Performance HairDryer ($199; sephora.com). Once Ciara’s hair was completely dry, he parted her fringe in the center and sectioned out her hair around her face to frame it, and used a ghd Paddle Brush ($35; sephora.com) to pull the star’s back section in to a pony. If you’re lacking in the length department, you can take a cue from Ramirêz and attach a faux ponytail. To guarantee the extensions blended in with Ciara’s actual hair, the stylist incorporated the remainder of her strands into the pony to create one big messy tail.