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3 Complex Celebrity Hairstyles Explained

Have you ever spotted a hairstyle online and found it too difficult to try yourself?

We’ve picked a few of our favourite complex hairstyles and have simplified them, making them really easy to recreate at home! You might need a few extra bobby pins and some hairspray to make them last the distance.

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Boho bun

Estimated time: 10 minutes

3 Complex Hairstyles Simplified

Instructions

  1. Start with day old hair which has retained some of its natural oils – this will make it so much easier to work with!
  2. Part your hair (down the centre or to the side), then start by creating a 4cm thick braid. Fasten it with a clear elastic.
  3. Take the rest of your hair, then create a few more messy braids with the ends. Secure with an elastic, then tug at each side to make them a little more ‘lived-in.’
  4. Position a mirror in front and behind you – it will make it so much easier to see what you’re doing. Then pin each section of hair into a bun. If your hair is a little on the thick side, use a clear elastic to help secure it into place. Cover the elastic with extra hair, and pin directly over it.
  5. Use a teasing comb to tug out any shorter layers, this will help to frame your face.

Long fishtail

Estimated time: 5 minutes

3 Complex Hairstyles Simplified

Instructions

  1. This is the perfect hairstyle if you’re working with slightly oily hair, or even if it’s been freshly washed. It only involves a simple fishtail braid that is easy to achieve if you know the technique.
  2. Divide hair into two equal sections, then pull a thinner strand of hair from the left side and cross it over to the right.
  3. Repeat this step again on the opposite side, then keep alternating until you have reached the end. The secret to nailing this look is to keep hair looking neat and tidy, so make sure to position a mirror behind your back.
  4. For a messier look, tug at each side of the braid.

Sophisticated side bun

Estimated time: 10 minutes

3 Complex Hairstyles Simplified

Instructions

  1. Part your hair down the side with a comb, then gather your hair to the front.
  2. Create a side bun which covers the side of your ear, and pin back the strains of hair with an elastic or bobby pins.
  3. Take any shorter layers from the front of your hair and use a curling wand for some extra volume and bounce. Once it’s cooled down, curl it once with your finger and pin it back into the bun.

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Braided Bridal Hairstyles

Are you still searching for that perfect hairdo for your wedding day? If so, why not consider a braid? They’re trending right now and can be casual, classy and sophisticated – it just depends on the type of braid you choose. Some women are talented enough to be able to braid their own hair, so if you’re one of those lucky women, you’ll save money on a hairdresser.

Here are some of the best bridal braids:

Do you have an abundance of long hair? If so, consider this gorgeous braid that sweeps your wavy locks over one shoulder. I love that the curls fall loosely rather than being braided right to the ends, just for something different.

Braided Bridal Hairstyles

If you’ve got long hair this intricate braid could work well for you. It’s probably not something you’d want to attempt yourself, so ask an expert to recreate it for you. The flowers look sweet and add the final touch to this effective braid.

Braided Bridal Hairstyles

This stunning braid would suit any style wedding, from a casual garden wedding to a formal church wedding. I really love the flowers dotted through the hair to give the effect of the bride wearing a flower halo.

Braided Bridal Hairstyles

If you’re searching for a half-up, half-down hairdo for your wedding day, this simple braid could be just what you’re looking for. Add a few loose curls and some sweet flowers and you have yourself the perfect hairstyle for a garden wedding.

Braided Bridal Hairstyles

This stylish and intricate braid will need to be created by a professional and you’ll need long hair to be able to pull it off. If you think you’ll be spending the day pushing that fringe out of your eyes, simply ask for the hairdresser to include it in the braid. A long flowing veil would look stunning, pinned to the back of this braid.

Briaded Bridal Hairstyles

This messy halo braid is playful and fun perfect for a more casual wedding. Team it with a long flowing veil or consider incorporating some flowers into the hair for a totally different look.

Braided Bridal Hairstyles

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Half Up Fishtail Braid Tutorial

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.

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. For some sexy beach waves, spritz a tiny bit of sea salt on the ends of the hair.

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