We all know that Olivia Palermo has some of the best hair in Hollywood, but her new style just in time for summer has us all swooning!
The classic French braid is perfect for those warm summer nights, a must-have for hiding greasy hair, and is ideal for windy weather. Use some of our favourite products below to create this easy look, just like Olivia.
1. Comb through the hair, then run some hair mousse focusing on your roots. This is essential for taming any flyaways, and will keep the style in place all day long.
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2. If your hair is damp, use a light serum on the ends. Not only will it make them look super-shiny, but will actually be easier to braid.
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3. Start a braid at the very top of your scalp, but dividing hair into 3 even sections. As the braid gets bigger, you will need more hair to continue it down to the nape of the neck. If you need a little help with this step, use a small, hand-held mirror to see what you’re doing.
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4. Secure the braid with a thin elastic at the end. If you want more of a lived-in look, pull at the length of the braid. To create more drama at the roots, tease hair outwards, then mist with setting spray.
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Why limit yourself to just a few hairstyles when attending a formal event? There are so many different ways to style both curly and straight hair which won’t have you looking like everyone else at the party.
If you need hairstyle inspiration, then follow these celebrity styles for a flawless look appropriate at any formal event.
Embrace your natural curls by creating a subtle updo which is perfect for the warmer weather. Create texture in your hair by using a mousse on damp roots, then blow-dry with a diffuser to accentuate your curls.
Secure hair in a tight bun at the nape of the neck, then pin back strands to create a more defined look. Take your curling wand and loosely style any bangs at the front of your face.
Nothing beats some signature waves, and this look is perfect if your hair has been chemically treated or relaxed. Use rollers to create a defined curl (which will last all night long without a touch-up), then mist lightly with hair spray.
If you always part your hair in the middle, choose a side part which will create the illusion of texture on your roots.
A signature style by actress Blake Lively are bohemian inspired waves. Not only is this look perfect for a summer event, but it also accentuates hair which has highlights running through the ends.
Create these curls with a styling wand, then carefully spritz with finishing spray so they don’t completely drop on dead-straight hair. Take small strands of hair from the roots, then plait and pin down under the rest of your locks.
If you’re working with hair which doesn’t hold an artificial curl, then a messy updo is your saviour. Divide hair into two sections (your shorter layers, and the rest of your hair).
Carefully pin a short bun at the nape of your neck, and secure with a clear hair tie if your hair is thick in texture and needs extra support. Now for the front, create a plait which falls over to the side of your hair and pin back. Take a comb and carefully tease out any shorter hairs – this will make the look feel genuine.
Long hair, thick hair, or even working with extensions doesn’t have to be difficult with a messy side-braid. This look is super-easy to achieve, and only requires just a few simple steps. Choose which side you would like your braid to sit on, and braid away from the face.
Tease out the hair by pulling each side of the braid – this will make your look feel lived-in. Create drama at the roots by using a dry shampoo and teasing comb for some extra body and bounce.
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Don’t get stuck wearing your hair the same for a formal event such as a wedding, or engagement party! Although long hair can often be difficult to style, below are just a few easy examples which will inspire you to create something fun and flirty for your event.
Create volume by using velcro rollers in your hair, but remember to place them at different angles to create a natural look. Leave in for 10 minutes and then carefully remove before applying a volumising powder to your roots.
Spice up your sock-bun by using hair accessories to really personalise your look. For dark hair, use gold accessories which will pop – and draw attention to your crown. For lighter hair such as blonde – silver, black and gun-metal hair pins look amazing since they create drama and juxtapose against the light hair.
Fancy creating bouncy curls in our first suggestion, but find this hairstyle too plain? Create a braid behind one ear and plait as close to the head as you can. Then simply secure with bobby pins on the opposite side. Tease the hair at the crown, and finish the look with some hairspray to hold it all together.
Wear your hair in a high ponytail if you want a no-fuss hairstyle which doesn’t require any extra attention. Make this look a little fancy by starting a loose fishtail braid then pinning the hair underneath, and accessorising with a flower.
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Long hair can be difficult to style on a daily basis, especially since it takes most of the morning to wash, dry and apply product to before stepping out the door. While most of us don’t have hours to get ready, here are ten quick and easy ways to style medium to long hair.
1. Low bun
Comb through your hair (focusing at the ends) then wrap into a low bun at the nape of the neck. If you do have a fringe or many layers, leave them out and spritz with some finishing spray. Then add a headband to refine the entire look.
2. Fishtail braid
An easy fishtail braid will keep your hair locked-in all day without constantly needing to fix it up. Start with hair that has been freshly washed, and complete a short braid which can be fastened by a thick elastic at the end. Take out at the end of the day to enjoy natural curls with no added heat.
3. High bun
This classic option doesn’t have to take up most of your day to achieve. Simply pin back your layers, then wrap hair around before fastening with a thick hair elastic. Choose a reliable elastic which will hold your hair for hours on end without requiring another touch-up.
4. Half up
Brush through the ends of your hair, then simply pin back the hair at the top of your ears. This is perfect for girls with layers since it will create a natural definition at the crown. Feel free to even twist your hair before pinning it back – this creates easy to achieve texture. Then wear a statement piece of jewellery on the ears or neck.
5. Hair accessories
Use a thick hairband to keep hair away from your face, then push it forward to create some volume. Tie hair into a low pony tail and create definition at the back of the head before fastening with another thin elastic band. Finish off with some hairspray to hold the entire look together.
6. Fringe braid
Switch up your look by incorporating a braid the very top of your head, and leave hair down at the back. Start by braiding from the arch of your eyebrow as a reference, then pin down under your hair on the other side. This look is super easy and will allow the rest of your hair to sit and enjoy it’s natural texture.
- If long hair is hard to manage, try and start off with braids and plaits if you find yourself with limited time in the morning. They are really simple to recreate and work well on both freshly washed and even second-day hair.
- A touch of dry shampoo can dramatically change the texture of hair, even if it is freshly washed. Don’t forget to keep a travel-sized can in your handbag for a quick change.
- Keep lots of hair elastics and bobby pins in your makeup bag, since they will very easily switch up your look throughout the day.
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Dealing with extensions is often a love/hate relationship which seemingly never ends. While extensions can often give hair body and bounce, there is nothing worse than seeing your tracks or clip-ins exposed on the scalp. If you love the benefits of long hair but don’t quite know how to style it, then the following hairstyles might be of inspiration to you.
1. Half up, half down
This classic hairstyle is perfect for girls with any type of extensions in their hair. Simply comb through the hair and tie a thin band over the top half. You can also experiment and with bobby pins for a low-key look or even braids or a messy bun which takes the focus off the rest of the hair.
2. Simple braid
One simple braid starting from the nape of the neck is perfect to keep extensions tangle-free all day. Brush through the hair, and start a neat braid ensuring that clip-ins, weaves or bonds aren’t peeking through. Use a light spritz of hair spray or texturising cream to keep flyaways in place.
3. Messy bun
A low, loose bun is another great way to style your extensions without ruining the texture of your hair. This hairstyle is elegant and is a safe choice if you have a formal event coming up, or even something you can wear to work.
4. Voluminous curls
This style will work best on hair which isn’t freshly washed, so spritz your ends with a light sea-salt spray for some texture. Then curl the ends with a curling wand with a 30′ barrel. This will result in bigger, bouncier curls. A headband will hide any exposed tracks, and blend the natural hair and extensions together.
5. Side pony
A classic side ponytail is super easy to wear, and perfect for girls who wear clip-in extensions. Simply pull all the hair to one side and fasten with a hair tie. Just make sure that the clip-in’s are well blended into the natural hairline.
6. Milkmaid braids
A hairstyle which is perfect for the warmer months, this works best with extensions which are naturally curly (since they don’t require additional heat). Start by creating two braids behind the ears, then interlock them across the hairline. Bobby pins will secure the entire look into place.
Switch up your look by using various hair accessories if you’re worried about any extensions being exposed throughout the day or night. Thin wrap scarves are perfect since they will instantly give your hairstyle a modern bohemian look, but also conceal any problem areas.
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Want a quick and easy way to take your hairstyle straight from the beach to the bar? Braids are quick and easy-to-learn ways to transform your hair, whether it’s freshly washed or even a little on the oily side. If you do tire of the braid, simply undo your hair and work with the defined curls left behind.
Best for girls with long and un-layered hair, this look is perfect for an evening out since it is very much undone. The more the hairstyle drops, the better it becomes. So don’t worry if it looks a little on the messy side, just spritz with some sea-salt spray and let your hair run it’s natural course.
- This hairstyle looks better on hair which is not freshly washed, since it will highlight the natural texture and form. If your hair has recently been washed, wait for it to dry then spray in some mousse or texturising spray. This will give the hair some body, and will allow it to sit in place a lot better.
- Let your hair part naturally, and then start off by grabbing a small section from the left side – closest to the face. Then pull a thin strand of hair from underneath and cross it over the top half of the other strand. As you fishtail braid the hair, take strands leading from the forehead down to the ear. Work your way down the length of the hair, then fasten with a hair tie.
- To create a messy and undone type of hairstyle, simply rub the braid between your fingers. This will create a more beach-inspired look which is perfect for summer weather.
- Repeat the same step on the other side of your head, before fastening the braid with another hair tie. If you’re finding it difficult to distribute the same amount of hair for each braid – don’t fret. Just work on the technique of fish braiding the hair, then everything will fall into place next time.
- Now backcomb the hair at the crown of the head. This will give the look some much needed definition without the use of hairspray. You can also achieve this voluminous look by blow drying the hair at the crown on a cool setting.
- Grab the ends of each braid and pin them so they are interlocking behind the head. If your hair is extra-long, feel free to create a messy bun from the ends of the braids. Secure the entire look with a few bobby pins, so they won’t fall out.
- For some sexy beach waves, spritz a tiny bit of sea salt on the ends of the hair.
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Long hair can be quite difficult to style yourself since it’s often too much to handle for one person. French braids work well for every hair type, since they are easy to learn and will hold hair for hours on end before untangling. All you need is some hairspray, a little patience and a good technique.
1. Brush your hair out carefully so there are no knots and tangles. Decide whether you want to leave out your fringe (if you have one) or side layers, and quickly pull that hair to the front so it won’t interfere with the rest of the braid.
2. Then start by taking a small section from the top of the head. Then separate it into three main strands – this will be the foundation of your french braid.
3. To start off, use the right strand and cross it over the middle, then cross the left side over the middle. This will begin to look like a normal plait.
4. Switch the braid over to your left hand, then take a small section from the right and add it onto the strand. This will make the braid thicker and longer as you keep plaiting it. Remember to keep the braid nice and tight to the scalp so it won’t fall out.
5. Keep braiding until you have reached the nape of your neck. By this stage, the braid should feel tight and as close to the scalp as possible. If you have made a mistake along the way, now is the best time to fix it before finishing up.
6. Now onto the easiest part! Simply braid the rest of your hair as usual, then secure with a hair tie. Spritz some hair spray onto the hair to hold it into place, or even some sea-salt spray so it can develop some nice curls until you choose to take it out.
- As with most hairstyles, this technique will take lots of practice before you achieve an easy braid. Keep a mirror behind if you are finding it difficult to see what’s happening back there.
- Make sure to brush your hair well before starting. This will make it so much easier to finish the french braid, since no hair will get caught along the way.
- If you’re finding it difficult to master the technique, why not try it on someone else first! This will allow you to improve the braiding technique, while you can also see what you’re doing before attempting the hairstyle on yourself.
- People with many layers may find it difficult to keep a neat french braid. This all comes down to personal preference, since many braids look even better when they’re slightly undone.
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By Felicia Sapountzis