The ultimate Date Night (a.k.a. Valentine’s Day) is almost upon us. Whether you’re having a special night out with your S.O., fiancé, or even with a blind date, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite romantic hair styles to help set the mood. Sultry bangs, tousled waves, beautiful braids, messy buns… these styles are romantic and (mostly) easy enough to do at home, but if you’re convinced that you’re hopeless at this sort of thing (as I certainly am!), stop by one of our salons, where our Hair Cuttery stylists are on hand to create a look you’ll love.
Never underestimate the romance of face-framing fringe. Steve Waldman, HC’s hair guru extraordinaire, things fringe is a gorgeous way to style your hair for a romantic night out. (“It gives you something to peak out of!”) Start with a deep side part—which is always super-seductive—allowing the curtain of swooping fringe to drape dramatically over your face.
Our product pick: Redken’s One United. This all-in-one treatment spray is a must for adding smoothness and shine while keeping flyaways under control.
SHINY AND SMOOTH
Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, you might be heading out to your date straight from the office. This classic shoulder-length hairstyle—sleek, chic and full of shine—is day-to-date-night divine (and divinely simple to style). Just part hair, brush, add some shine spray, and you’re out the door.
Our product pick: Cibu Shine Squad Oil Mist eliminates frizz and gives your tresses an ultra-luminous finish.
THE MESSY BUN
Nothing, but nothing is more romantic than a chignon worn loose and low at the nape of the neck or off to one side. This effortlessly romantic up-do looks like you just put it together in five minutes. (Make sure to leave a few tendrils loose to frame the face.)
Our product pick: Use a good texturizing spray to create great volume. Our choice is Cibu’s Texture Addict, a dry wax spray that gives great non-sticky, all-day (and night) hold.
Long, beachy waves are always romantic—even in winter! Full of touchable texture, this look is as easy as it is gorgeous.
Our product picks: Fashion Waves 07 Texturizing Sea Spray from Redken is infused with sea salt to give hair that romantic, fresh-from-the-beach style. Also, Beach Bomb from AG air creates natural waves that are full of tousled texture.
For shorter styles, we love the slightly tousled yet perfectly polished look of this pixie cut. The side-swept bangs play up the romance factor in a really big way.
Our product pick: Add beautiful texture and flexible shape with Rewind 06 Pliable Styling Paste from Redken.
This look is unexpectedly dreamy and always flattering, whether your hair is medium length or longer. Make sure to keep this half-up look loose and add a few face-framing tendrils for softness. Hold your tresses back with a loose braid or use a pretty clip to dress it up.
Our product pick: Cibu’s Knot so Knotty detangles as it conditions and moisturizes, leaving hair touchably soft.
OK, so this style’s not so easy to do on yourself(!), but this intricate mix of braids and cornrows (with beads and an uberglam gold charm) is a knockout look that’s guaranteed to keep all eyes on you.
Our product pick: Almond Butter Express Instant Moisturizing Conditioner from Design Essentials softens, detangles and locks in moisture for weightless, silky-smooth hair.
CURLS FOR DAYS
Natural corkscrew curls have a soft, romantic look that’s positively dreamy.
Our product picks: Curl Defining Gelée from Design Essentials enhances natural waves, curls and coils for frizz-free definition. Spring Roll Curl Shaping Cream from Cibu is a lightweight balm that defines and holds curl shape.
This sexy layered bob shows off a beautiful neck and allows the vibrant copper hue to steal the spotlight.
Our product picks: Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo & Conditioner use a special protein complex to nourish and strengthen color-treated hair.