★ HAIRSTYLE Ideas for Women and Girls | Creative Inspiration, Tutorials & Video How-Tos ★
Creative Ways to Style Your Hair
If you are like me and always have the same dull hair style every day, then you've come to the right place!
I've put together a list of the best tutorials for creative hair dos and techniques such as french braids & twists, cool and modern mohicans, and retro styles like beehives and finger waves. The options range from those you can do for work or school, to those that will 'wow' on a night out.
I hope you find the how-tos useful and that you feel inspired to give new hair ideas a try :-)
Fun Hair Accessories
'Bumpits' add volume to your hair and are great for beehives and 60's styles, and the donut hair accessory lets you make super-size buns:
And Some Ideas
I have worn my long hair either down and straightened, or up in a ponytail for most of my life, and it took a long time for me to consider trying something new. But when I did start to look for new styles in magazines and on the internet, I discovered a lot more hairstyles than I even thought were possible, and I have since expanded my repertoire :)
So if you are also bored with the same old hairstyles and want to try something different, I hope you will find some usable ideas on this page. A lot of the examples here are totally acceptable to wear everyday at work, both informal and formal, whilst the rest are more for special occasions and parties.
I know that my main concern when looking for new styles was time, but I found that once I'd practised a method a couple of times I could speed it up, and most of the styles on this page can be done in 10 minutes maximum, which is good for me because I have to admit I'm lazy and I hate spending a copious amount of time getting ready!
There are a few different choices to make for your hairstyle to start with; you need to choose the parting (central, side, diagonal, zig-zag), whether you want an updo or you want to have your hair down, and also whether you want your hair straight or wavy/curly. It's easier to find a suitable style then, and you can also narrow down your search depending on whether you are just wanting an everyday 'do, you are going to a party or special occasion, or you are out to impress.
I personally particularly love vintage 'updo' styles like pin curls and waves, and 'pin-up' styles so I've linked to quite a few of those types of styles on this page too for you to try if you like. You will find as you are browsing through that the same techniques and methods will keep coming up in different styles, but it's how you combine them together that makes all the difference.
Take braids for instance - once you've learned a regular braid, you can combine it with other hair styling methods, and changing this core method very slightly creates a whole range of brand new awesome hairstyles including fishtail, French, milkmaid and waterfall braids, and you can also braid with more than the usual 3 strands too for an unusual look. So basically what I'm saying is learn the basics well because that is what all other hair styles are created from...oh yeah, and have fun!
Retro Pin Curls
Photo by Mary Heinz.
Hairstyles In Action
Best Hair Tutorials & Ideas
- Binosusume Channel
Large and varied collection to choose from.
- Lilith Moon
Collection of beautiful styles.
- Quick and Easy Ideas
Everyday styles such as buns and braids.
- GHD Styling Videos
Video tutorials for both fancy and basic effects.
- Banded Ponytail
Only takes a few minutes and looks very effective.
- Cascade Braid
Lovely diagonal braid idea.
Fab video and instructions from a fashion blogger.
- Dutch Crown
How to arrange plaits on top of your head like a crown.
- Fishtail Braid Step-by-Step
Excellent photo instructions for this popular style.
- Criss-Cross Braids
A different take on braiding, perfect for little girls.
- Hair Chalking
How to use soft pastels to colour your hair.
- 4 Kick-Ass Braids!
I particularly like the 'sidewinder'.
- Double Waterfall Braid
Eye-catching idea for creating two horizontal braids.
- Quick & Simple Updo
Quick idea incorporating ponytails, braids and buns.
Vintage, Retro & Pin-Up Hair Styles
Fashionable Hair Dos
Pigtails & Zig-Zag Parting
More Hair Style How-Tos
- 101 Hairstyle Tutorials
Plenty of ideas and instructions.
- Pantene Hair-Dos
Lots of pro advice on a wide range of cool styles.
- 3 Twisted Buns
Sweet updo with mini hair buns.
- Cinnamon Buns
Sleek and stylish do suitable for the catwalk.
- Low French Braid
Pretty updo which goes around the back of you head.
- Rolled Updo
Quick hairdo for a classy bridesmaid.
- Knot Your Average Pony
Pretty photo step-by-step for a knotted ponytail.
- Mermaid Braids
A mix of french and fishtail braids for a summer do.
- Tie Dye Hair Tips
Interesting tutorial showing you how hair tips can be colored.
- Joanna Goddard
Elegant and romantic hair how-tos, including the cute pretzel bun.
- How to Rag Roll
A tutorial for creating soft curls with rag rolls.
- Fishtail Braid Ideas
I adore the one with yarn woven in.
- Quick Waves From Braids
Use straighteners on braids for quicker wavy hair.
- Pin-Tucked Braid
Browse the rest of the website too for more cute ideas.
- Hair Taping, Underbraids & More!
Gorgeous collection of styles by Gina Michele.
- Two Buns Up
Easy everyday updo idea.
- How to Backcomb
Backcomb your hair to add volume without it being a mess.
Beehives, Hair Bows & French Twists
Browse Hair Styles
Great for inspiring your own ideas.
- Cut by Fred
A French website which demonstrates many unusual and fashionable styles.
- Hair Romance
Such an inspiring hair blog with how-tos and beautiful photos.
- We Heart It
Have a look through the most 'liked' hairstyle photos.
- GHD Hair Gallery
With instructions for each look.
- Latest Hairstyles
Have a look at the latest trends.
- Your Hairstyles
Including current celebrity haircuts.
- Adopt a 'Do
Cute girl's hairstyle ideas.
French Braiding and Other Braiding Techniques
DIY Fabulous Hair Dos
- Half-Up Side French Braid
A different take on the French braid; one which goes over the top of the head.
- Quick Gentle Waves
Braid, roll and use your straighteners.
- Zig-Zag French Braid
Elegant and sophisticated style.
- Fun 3-Bun
A trio of buns is more interesting than just the one!
- A Collection of Dutch Braids
Including mohawk and creative fishtail braids.
- Shaggy Hair Bow
Fun and stylishly 'messy' do.
- Embrace Messy Hair
8 casual ways to wear your hair.
Awesome Series of Video Lessons - Messy Buns, Ponytails & Handy Tips
Useful Hair Products & Idea Books
There are plenty of hair accessories and idea books on the market, but here are my top picks:
This very useful book helps you determine what face shape you have and then gives you ideas for hairstyles which will flatter you the most. Filled with plenty of detail and colorful photos.
This brush has a polished hardwood handle and 3 rows of bristles, and is perfect for teasing your hair to add height and volume. A highly rated product.