Meet the hairstyles you can actually wear in real life.
We know what you’re thinking: ‘not another NYFW street style round-up of hairstyles you can’t do’. When you’re always pushed for time, the last thing you need is a hairstyle that requires a glam squad. So, we’ve decided to dedicate this street style edit to the simple and chic hairstyles our team would honestly wear in real life (be it for work or play).
1. Soft waves
If beachy waves aren’t the easiest hairstyle for you to achieve in the mornings, these parred back soft ones are your next best option.
The rules? Curl your mane (with your heated styling weapon of choice!) in random directions to get that soft, wavy effect. Then, spray a flexible hold hairspray towards your roots to give your waves extra volume and body.
Editor’s tip: The hairspray we can’t get out our manes? The VO5 Flexible Hold Hairspray. It doesn’t leave your hair stiff or sticky like other hairsprays, and will do a great job of helping you create and finish your look.
2. Sleek bob
Recommended: How to get super sleek strands.
3. Sleek ponytail
4. Wavy ponytail
As you can tell, the real women of New York are loving hair accessories. For a night out, you can channel those laidback-meets-luxe vibes with some glitzy hair slides. Bonus points for wearing them with a wavy ponytail!
Editor’s tip: Struggling to create voluminous hairstyles, like this one, with your fine strands? If you’re looking for a product to give your hair bounce, you should try the TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Thickening Balm.
Apply a small amount of it into your damp hair before blow drying to plump your strands and get lifted look.
5. Faux locs
They’re beautiful to look at, easy to style and great for those of you who want a protective, low-maintenance ‘do.
6. Low bun
7. Ballerina bun
Who doesn’t love a ‘do with a bit of a secret? Give a neat ballerina bun a grown-up edge with a statement hair slide, like this New Yorker has done. Business at the front, party at the back, right?
8. Headband braid
You don’t always need hair accessories to add a fresh twist to your favourite hairstyle. In fact, you can give any ‘do some extra dimension with braids. And, guess what? A headband braid is a great place to start.
9. Curly bangs
We’re all about hair that speaks volumes (hence why we had to include this beauty’s mane in our edit!), so if you’ve got natural coils, we suggest you amp up your curl game by investing in curl defining products.
We’ll let you decide whether you should get curly bangs, but if you do, don’t be surprised at how much you adore them.
Recommended: Your guide to hair plopping, the technique behind bouncy curls.
10. Sleek middle part
One of the simplest ways to change up your hairstyle is to switch your parting. Part your hair in the middle and leave out a few wisps at the front, to make this sharp look soft.
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From the block: The best hair trends from NYFW SS19
1. ’90s high ponytail
2. Natural hair bob cut + bangs
Celebrating natural textures, in particular curls, is only becoming more and more popular and this bob and fringe combination cuts an on-trend figure.
Recommended: 6 ways to rock natural hair bangs.
3. Fishtail braided updo
Marry pretty embellishment with intricate braids (this fishtail halo updo is perfect) for a gorgeously feminine spring/summer look. Take style notes from this attendee and team your ethereal ‘do with a floral outfit.
Editor’s tip: If you find braids tricky, we’d recommend trying out the TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm. Applying a small amount to your hair (either wet or dry) before styling helps to give hair more texture and structure, while giving your braid extra hold. Think of it as your braiding BFF.
4. Vivid red
There’s never been a better time to be a redhead – whether that’s naturally or with the help of your colourist. The more vibrant the better!
A bit of bad weather never hurt anybody, especially when you’ve got a hairstyle that can handle anything. Besides, if these fierce cornrows can withstand the New York rain, they’ll be more than capable of handling your next gym sesh.
6. Balayage colour
Considering changing up your colour for the new season? Make it balayage. Fast surpassing traditional highlights as the colouring technique of choice thanks to its low-maintenance appeal, it’s a look that’ll transcend seasons.
7. Violet ombre
Bobs continue to dominate in terms of length but in keeping with the new season, we spotted a number of short haired street stylers experimenting with colour, from rainbow lights to this deep violet wash.
8. Bright braids
Box braids devotees, if you’ve always wanted to try a more out there colour but haven’t ever been able to push yourself to take the plunge – this is the sign you’ve been waiting for.
Recommended: 24 fresh ways to rock coloured braids.
9. Half-up bun with a fringe
10. Blonde curls
Read on to see the looks we’ve loved from last year, below.
Last season throwback: The best street styler hair trends from NYFW AW18
Our recent hat appreciation doesn’t look set to waver. But this time around we’ll be putting the baker boy hats and berets back in the wardrobe for something a bit more casual – a baseball cap. The androgynous, easy-to-wear accessory can be donned by anyone (man or woman, young or mature), making it a no-brainer accessory.
To ensure you err on the side of chic rather than soccer mom, try mixing and matching your colours with the rest of the tones in your outfit, like this blonde street styler’s true blue look.
We don’t need to be told again that this is the year to embrace texture, but if your natural style alone isn’t setting your soul on fire, it’s time to call on colour.
This curly-locked beauty has gone for a firetruck red hue that is exactly what we need to pull ourselves out of that grey winter slump, offsetting her muted neutral outfit like a dream.
Voluminous swept-back styles
Last season may have been all about the Bardot bangs, but if the streetstylers are to be believed, it looks like the ’60s will be coming back in a new way for autumn.
Big, swept-back hair (think Jackie Kennedy and, more recently, Lana Del Rey) has always been popular on the red carpet circuit, but we’re totally up for it becoming an everyday thing.
Headbands have never really gone away. They’ve been a staple of school girls and gym-goers forever, and we don’t know what we’ve do without them.
They’re practical, easy to throw on and they’ll make people think you’re super sporty, even if you haven’t set foot in a gym for months. We’re not seeing any cons here.
And now that Gucci and the like are getting on board with the look, we predict high street dupes will start to appear any day now – good news for us trying to live that champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget!
The timeless tuck
So this last one’s not so much a hair ‘style’ as such – in fact, it’s more of a hack. Instead of pulling your hair out of your coat or roll neck after you’ve put it on, just leave it tucked.
This well-known model tip looks ridiculously chic and means you can live out those bob dreams, even if it is only for a couple of hours. And if anyone tells you your hair is tucked into your top, just tell them it’s fashion.
This will help protect you against any weather-related hair dramas, while also adding shine! So even if everyone else’s hair is wind ravaged, you’ll look perfectly put together.