Three easy, elegant do-it-yourself looks that are a wish come true for all hair lengths
BEST FOR MEDIUM TO LONG HAIR
This classic twist is great for the girl who doesn't want a full updo. A blowout will give maximum volume and smoothness. First, spritz some styling primer into towel-dried hair for added shine and protection. After air-drying or blow-drying 80% of the way, section hair and use a round brush to blow out 1-inch strands until dry. Use a curling iron for extra bounce. Tease at the crown to create volume. Leaving sections around the face free, secure volume with bobby pins. Next, crisscross face-framing side pieces over previously placed pins, and secure. Loosen strands in front to soften the look. Finally, smooth ends and flyaways with a light coat of control paste.
ACCESSORIZE WITH: an equally glamorous look like Art Deco-inspired chandelier earrings. Troy Statement Earrings, $34; oliveandpiper.com
BEST FOR LONG HAIR
This look lands somewhere between ladylike and laid-back. It's ideal for second-day hair and those with lots of long, textured hair (unruly bangs included). Apply a generous amount of dry shampoo, massage through hair, and brush to remove excess. Flip head upside down, gather hair into a ponytail at the crown, secure with a hair tie, and return to upright position. Twist ponytail into a vertical spiral, wind around hair tie, and secure with bobby pins. For a relaxed look, let loose pieces fall around face. Spritz with shine spray to finish.
ACCESSORIZE WITH: eye-catching earrings, like these dangling starbursts. Trisha Drop Ear Jackets, $75; shop.nordstrom.com
The Windswept French Twist
BEST FOR SHORT TO MEDIUM HAIR
This appears elaborate but is deceptively easy to re-create. The key to this hairstyle is lots of piece-y, wispy texture, which can be achieved with two tools—a teasing brush and texture spray. Start by dividing hair into four sections. Section by section, twist hair in 1-inch strands. Lightly tease twisted strands, and spray generously with texturizing spray, giving extra focus to pieces around the face and at the crown. Using fingers, pull hair loosely to the back of the head, leaving a few pieces to frame the face. Starting at the ends of hair, roll toward the scalp in a vertical cylinder. Secure with bobby pins along the seam side of the French twist. Use fingers to work front pieces loosely into updo. Work these pieces upward and back, putting as much movement in them as you like, and use texturizing spray to finish and hold.
ACCESSORIZE WITH: baubles that are especially breathtaking from the back. Carolee Multi-Strand Faux-Pearl Necklaces, from $110; dillards.com
DIY STYLE: Create a true original by dressing up pearls with vintage clip-on earrings (attached to the hidden clasp of the necklace with craft wire). We found this pair from Florida-based ShopFlashbacks for only $10; shopflash backs.etsy.com.