Figuring out the perfect hairstyle for a V-Day date is hard. On one hand, you don’t want to look like you spent hours perfecting every curl and wave (even if you did). On the other hand, you don’t want to look like you rolled out of bed and #wokeuplikethis (only Beyoncé can pull that off, sorry). Cue the anxiety attack and urgently sending a cry for help to various group texts. Instead of crowd-sourcing your hairstyle this year, might we suggest selecting from one of the six below? Each one fits the criteria of polished-yet-casual, while being simple enough to master in time for your big night. And even if you have absolutely no plans of getting off your couch on Valentine’s Day try one anyway—think of it as a hot date, but with your hair. Just don’t forget to use (heat) protection!
Keep scrolling for six chic hairstyles perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Swap out your usual date night tresses for this anti-updo. Here, the step-by-step guide to getting this messy-sleek, low looped bun.
A soft, romantic look perfect for a candlelit dinner, no? Run a curling iron through your hair, and then braid one section of your hair while twisting the other side. Fasten the braid and twist where they meet at the crown with a couple of bobby pins, and then gently pull out the braids for more volume. Click here for the full step-by-step guide.
We are all for this effortless and chic low pony. To learn how to knot your strands, click here to see the tutorial!
Utilize your naturally curly locks to create this voluminous chignon. Pro tip: Loosen up some strands around your face to instantly make the look more casual!
Feeling naughty—er, knotty? Then we suggest you try this easy bohemian-inspired braid from A Beautiful Mess.
When all else fails, why not rock the model-off-duty look with loose, barely-there waves? If your hair doesn’t naturally dry this perfectly, here’s our tutorial on how to fake the look. (Or, try one of these editor-approved wavy hair tutorials.) And if it does… we envy you. We’ll just leave it at that.
Want more romantic beauty inspiration? Check out these 11 mesmerizing date-night beauty looks.
Originally published on February 2, 2015.