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


  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


  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


  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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March 11, 2015

Recreate J-Law’s Elegant Updo

Whether it’s cascading down her back, brushing against her shoulders, or a short pixie crop, there is no doubt that Jennifer Lawrence can pull off almost any hairstyle. This look at the 2013 Golden Globes was just before J-Law took the plunge and chopped her long locks, but we can still reminiscence about this, right?

Try this easy hairstyle on your own hair, especially if it’s long with a touch of body and bounce at the ends.

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1. This look is all about texture – if you don’t have natural curls, you can always fake them with a curling wand! To create those tiny baby curls, use a wand that is less than 30 inches wide, it will give you the most natural curls for this particular look. Curl tightly and away from the face – this means that your curls are less likely to look artificial.

2. After you’ve curled all of your hair (this could take a bit of time, especially if you have super-thick hair!), carefully brush the curls with your fingers. This is nothing too drastic, and won’t change the shape of your curls, or cause them to straighten out. If you have naturally curly hair, then this step isn’t required. Simply apply a touch of texturising mousse onto your roots for that va-va-voom!

3. Divide the hair into two sections (top and bottom), then work with the bottom layer. Give your hair a loose fishtail braid, and secure with a hair tie that is similar to the colour of your hair. After you’re done, pull the braid apart to add texture.

4. Pin the braid onto the roots (behind your left ear), and tuck in the end with a bobby pin. Use as many pins as you need until your hair feels secure. Then simply follow this same step with the rest of your hair.

5. If you have shorter layers at the front such as a fringe, curl this away from your face, and secure with a bobby pin for a refined look.

6. Use a little hairspray (KMS California HAIRPLAY makeover spray, $28.95) to keep it all together, but don’t go overboard since it can ruin the soft texture of your bohemian undo!

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October 28, 2014

Get the look: Blake Lively’s Bohemian Side Braid

Beautiful girl next door Blake Lively has been rocking a mean side braid lately, and we here at SHESAID think that it’s the perfect look for the warmer weather. Although this is ideal if your hair is medium-long length, you can also try it on layered hair since it will look laid-back and undone.

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1. Divide your hair into two sections, and then simply comb through any knots or tangles. Start from the ends, then gently work your way upwards to the crown. Feel free to pop in any extensions if you feel your hair needs some more volume to work this look, otherwise you can just proceed as usual.

2. Whether your hair is freshly washed or second-day, spray some dry-shampoo at the roots to create some lift and volume.

3. Clip one of the sections off, and work with one side at a time. Apply a bit of texturising spray to your ends, since this will make the look lived-in.

4. Take a small section from the front of your hair, and section it off on the other side. Now divide your hair in two, and start a fish braid on the front section. This doesn’t have to be too tight, it really just depends on how refined you want the look to be.

5. After you’re done with the first fishtail braid, use your fingers to divide the hair for a casual look. Pull it apart at the roots and at the ends. Secure it with a clear hair tie. Do the same with the back section of the hair you previously divided.

6. Now take the 2 completed fishtail braids and use a bobby pin to secure them together in the middle. Do this the entire way down the length of the hair.

7. Take the other section and bring it over the side of hair you were just working on. Smooth it out over the fishtail braids, then do another fishtail using large sections of hair instead.

8. Combine the 3 fishtail braids together, making sure that the biggest is showing at the front. Then secure with another clear elastic. At this point the bobby pins shouldn’t be sticking out, since the final fishtail will be able to conceal any tracks.

9. If you have sectioned off any front bangs, just simply curl the ends and pin over to one side. Tuck in the ends depending on how long your hair is.

10. Use a clip or brooch over the top, since this will tie the entire look together and conceal any bobby pins!

Would you try this look?

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October 7, 2014

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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August 12, 2014

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.


  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.

We recommend: Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $39

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July 12, 2014