When you think of styling your hair, we can probably guess what comes to mind first: chic, Pinterest-worthy looks that are next-to-impossible to achieve. But this is 2018 — and with a little help from internet hacks, even the most intricate or lust-worthy hairstyles can be broken down and simplified. Better yet, they can be achieved without jeopardizing the health of your mane. It's all about making careful styling choices — including what you style your strands with.
To show you what we mean, we've created three eye-catching hairstyles that are actually supereasy to achieve. In fact, they're so simple, you can do them on yourself in 10 minutes or less. Keep scrolling to see the gorgeous styles, plus the miracle products that'll help you get the job done flawlessly. Infused with moisturizing Mimosa Flower Extract and inspiration-inducing Moonstones, you'll feel well-equipped to DIY these looks.
Waves Fit For a California Cool Girl
From their effortless appearance to their laid-back, free-spirited vibes, a California girl's style is one of the most coveted of all. Taking a nod from their beachside manner, this loosely waved hair look mimics a mane that's been freshly styled with wind and sea salt.
What it really takes to achieve this look, however, is a beach-ready texture spray ($19) that's as lightweight as it is buildable and moisturizing. Spray directly onto dry hair (air-dried or previously styled) and tousle for instant added texture that's perfectly imperfect. Whether you're the more carefree type or need to channel a little chill (hey, we've all been there!), this look is one you'll want to try on for size.
A Half-Up Bun With a Plus One
Half-up styles feel like a godsend on those days when you're not quite feeling your hair. To give this quintessential style a trendy upgrade, we suggest creating a bun that's equally sleek and simple. A single braid or fishtail is an optional (yet totally fun) add-on. Exactly how you construct it is up to you.
To keep everything looking tame, show your hair some love with a moisturizing oil ($23) prior to styling. It can be used to give damp locks extra nourishment after a shower or revive dry hair while removing flyaways and frizz. No matter your choice, both will help this style appear extra polished and shiny. And if you have fringe or want a more romantic vibe, feel free to pull out a few pieces in the front.
The Pull-Apart Braided Pony
A good ponytail can do no wrong, but adding a braid makes it feel oh so right. To DIY this dreamy style, begin by choosing a one- to two-inch section on one or both sides of your head. Braid all the way to the end and, for that pulled-apart look, gently tug at the sides of the braid before securing with an elastic. All that's left to do is pull the remaining hair into a ponytail, add in your braid, and secure.
In the likely event that your strands get a bit unruly in the process, it's smart to have a styling paste ($18) on hand. The resin-like formula is ultra-pliable and can help control the hair as you're braiding away. For a totally uniform final product, it can also be used to manage those pesky pieces at the front of your head, or on the ends of your hair. Memorize these tips, because everyone will want to know how you achieved this look — we guarantee it.
Credits: Art Director; Melissa Medvedich, Photographer; Diggy Lloyd, Wardrobe Stylist; Erin Turon, Hair Stylist; Jessica Domoney, Makeup Artist; Yuko Mizuno, Producer; Jen Murphy