Whether you’re going for a casual date East Coast Park or as a plus one for his friend’s wedding, having a great hairstyle will make your date all the better. Which is why, we have shortlisted a few styles that will have you looking great. The best part? They’re super easy to recreate and won’t take you longer than 10 minutes.
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This perfectly disheveled chignon is perfect for when you’re his plus one at a colleagues wedding. Creating it is easier than you think! If you’re hair is about shoulder-length, the odds are definitely in your favour. The right amount of texture is key to creating a look that’s modern versus looking like Ah Yi.
Start by spraying IGK Beach Club Texture Spray, $43, over the entire length of damp hair and blow dry. This salt-free formula creates texture and separation so the hair is more “grip” to hold the style. This is especially crucial for those with fine and straight hair. Then, gather your hair at the nape of your neck and twist. Tuck the ends of your hair beneath the chignon and secure with hairpins. To achieve the effortless look like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s, you can even gently pull out some pieces of your hair for a slightly disheveled effect.
Tousled Low Ponytail
This style is perfect for a casual date. It pulls your entire look together without looking too formal while still exuding cool girl chic.
To cop this look, first prep your locks with OUAI Haircare Dry Texture Foam, $41. Apply it onto damp or dry hair for natural, lived-in texture.
Then, secure ponytail at the nape of your neck and fasten either with a bold hair tie or a sequin ribbon, depending on where your date it. Follow with a generous mist of OUAI Haircare Texturizing Hair Spray, $39, and scrunch the ends for added volume and texture. It also contains volcanic minerals which absorb excess sebum and holds hair in place.
If your date happens to be at an atas restaurant or club, a good way to instantly amp up the glamour is to boost your hair’s volume. Even if you’re headed straight from work, all you need is dry shampoo, sprayed liberally at the roots to soak up excess oil, sweat and dirt, and to give hair a root lift and a fine-toothed comb, to backcomb the section of hair around the crown.
For dramatic and long-lasting results, spritz some hairspray like Living Proof Style Lab Flex Shaping Hairspray, $35, before backcombing to ensure hold.
And finally, use Percy & Reed Big Bold & Beautiful Dry Instant Volumising Spray, $30, generously throughout the lengths for all-over volume like Bella Hadid.
If you have a perm that’s grown out, don’t despair. If the style is no longer as defined as it used to be, add some definition and revive your curls with a texture spray or lotion.
The Oribe Matte Waves Texture Lotion, about $60 is a good option. Made with the brand’s Wave Resin Complex, it reshapes curls, creates matte texture, controls frizz and also provides some hold—perfect for those who dislike that stiff effect that most hairsprays have. All you have to do is apply evenly onto damp hair and blow-dry as your twist your curls.
Straight and Shiny
Healthy, shiny hair is known to make you more attractive and your BF won’t be able to resist running his fingers through your hair.
To wear your hair sleek and shiny like Priyanka Chopra, try flat-ironing your locks with a heavy-duty tool like GHD’s Max Styler, $295. With larger plates than the original version, this is perfect for those with thicker hair. And thanks to the brand’s revolutionary technology, it doesn’t strip hair of colour and lustre, and leaves hair with a high shine and a salon-like finish.
Don’t forget to mist a shine spray like Original & Mineral Frizzy Logic Finishing Shine Spray, $42. It contains argan and macadamia nut oils which nourishes hair, imparts and healthy shine and blocks out humidity so hair remains sleek and straight.