Updos & Ponies
Tired of your long hair? Try an updo or ponytail for a quick short-hair fix! Long hair is gorgeous. It’s been prized by cultures worldwide for centuries, and has been a classic since the dawn of humankind as a sign of pure femininity and gracefulness. You can do tons of styles with long hair, from curly, bouncy locks, to a super straight, sleek look. But unfortunately, sometimes long hair can feel limiting or annoying. Having to get up in the morning, plan a style, and spend a long amount of time on getting your long hair ready can sometimes feel like a chore instead of a fun activity. The solution? No, don’t reach for the scissors—yet—try a cute updo or a ponytail first! Get your hair out of your face and your hair off of your neck, give yourself some breathing room, and then decide if you’d really like to make the Big Chop.
Classic French Twist
One of the easiest, most classic hairstyles for long hair is a classic French twist. Not only is it a timeless look, but it can be done in about five minutes or so. All you need are some bobby pins, a flexible-hold hairspray like the Lionesse Holding Spray, and dry, medium-to-long hair. Simply make a deep part in your hair, comb the ⅔ of it to the back, and twist that part towards your part, rolling as you go. As you roll, make sure to secure with some bobby pins. Don’t get too focused on achieving a flawless, sleek look: romantically undone is a modern take that keeps this look from being too stuffy. Once you’re done, finish it off with the Lionesse Holding Spray.
Voluminous Retro Ponytail
Taking a cue from the cute schoolgirl ponytails of the 1960s, this look uses lots of volume and mod appeal to keep it from looking too much like you just got back from the gym. You’ll need pretty much the same materials as last time, like some bobby pins and Lionesse Holding Spray, but make sure you pick up a cute elastic and a fine-toothed comb for teasing your hair as well. Once you have clean, dry hair, separate your hair into halves: the front half from the middle of your scalp to your hairline, and the rest to the back. Take your fine-toothed comb and gently tease the back part of your hair to create volume (you’ll see a “bump” start to form). Shoot for an inch-to-two-inches of teased hair, depending on how much volume you prefer. Once you have your bump, flip the front half of your hair back, smooth it down with your hands, and pull into a high ponytail. Secure any loose strands with some bobby pins, spray down with Lionesse Holding Spray, and you’re all set!
Trendy Braided Bun
If you’re in a big rush, this one’s for you: you can do this look with damp or wet hair (just make sure you run some shine serum in it to keep from frizzing). With wet or damp hair, simply braid the back of your head with whatever braid of your choosing – fishtail, regular, or ladder braids work fine. Once you have your braid, roll it up into a circular bun on the back of your head, securing with bobby pins as you go. Finish with the Lionesse Holding Spray, and you’ve got a look in under five minutes that helps you achieve that short-hair look with no scissor commitment!