Our Dextress Girls Share Their Favourite Quick and Easy Hairstyles Anyone Can Master
Every stylist has their own flair and technique when it comes to hair, and our amazing stylists here at Dextress are no exception. Each day, they work wonders on our fantastic clients, ensuring everyone walks out of the salon feeling like they’re about to hit the catwalk, but today they’re sharing their trade secret favourite hairstyles that anyone can master.
High ponytail (with day three hair)
One of the easiest ways to combat the third-day hair dilemma is with an elegant high ponytail to transform your look into a fresh style of intention. For days when you don’t feel like doing the whole wash and style routine, follow these easy steps to get a high-end pony!
- Ensure you have tangle-teased through all of your hair to clear your hair of knots.
- Gather all your hair to the centre of your head, and creating a smooth surface without bumps, use a hair lacky to tie up your hair, making sure it’s tight enough to not get loose or fall out.
- Use your favourite hairspray to control any flyaway hairs.
- This is a great hairstyle if you’re in a hurry, but if you happen to have a little extra time, adding in some light waves to the pony with a curling iron wouldn’t go astray. Choose to either brush them out once the curls have cooled, or keep them as they are.
- For an additional finish, I love taking a small piece of hair from the back of the ponytail and wrapping it around the hair lacky. Alternatively, scrunchies and bobbles are back on trend, and that gives your pony a bit more style too.
Braided headbands are one of the softest and beautiful ways to introduce a cool accent into your daily hairstyle. As a bonus, it’ll also keep your hair from falling into your face and show off your hair as your best accessory.
- Section hair 1 to 2 inches deep from the hairline, and clip away the rest of your hair to keep things neat and tidy.
- Create either a French braid or inside-out braid from one ear to the other on the crown of the head, and follow through to the ends, securing with a small clear elastic band when you finish.
- Unclip the rest of your hair, re-section it halfway and clip away.
- Use another elastic band and use the end of your braid and tie it off to a small section towards the back of your head.
- Release the top clipped hair, and wear the rest straight or use your curling wand to touch up the look with loose waves.
Half up, half down style
Half updos are a great way to keep hair fancy without going formal, and no wonder there’s been an increased popularity in the style considering the Duchess is particularly fond of it herself. I love this look, it’s ideal for either everyday wear or more posh occasions – it’s so versatile!
- Detangle your hair to ensure it’s nice and smooth, ready for styling.
- Preferably, grab a comb rather than a brush, and section from ear to ear.
- From there grab the top half of your hair section and comb that to the crown of your head until it’s all smooth and in place, ready for you to use your Popband or Invisibobble to tie the hair into a ponytail or a bun.
- With the rest of your hair you can either leave it wild and free or you can add some movement by taking four big sections and using your curling wand to curl them, giving you just that little bit extra to the style.
- Grab a medium hold hairspray to secure the fly always, or if you want to go for a textured look you can leave it how it is.
- Use a taming oil just in your curls to seal down the style and add that bit of extra shine.
A sleek ponytail is classic, but for an edgier style, I always love going for a textured ponytail. It’s a more laid-back approach, kind of like you’ve just come back from a morning at the beach and ‘my hair still looks fabulous’. It’s super easy to achieve at home with any type of hair, and it not only appears effortless, but it actually is effortless too.
- Create texture for your style by sleeping in braids or plaits, or alternatively the day of your style simply curl your hair with a curling wand or iron.
- After undoing your braids or plaits, brush out the waves, and use a few sprays of R+Co Skyline Dry Shampoo Powder for a dry texture that gives slight hold.
- Part your hair in the centre, then make a triangle section as small or large as you like (refer to picture below) and use a clip or bobby pin to keep that piece of hair out of the way.
- Flip your head upside down and using your fingers, ruffle your hair at the roots and guide it all up into a high ponytail, securing it with a hair lacky. Bring your head back up, and use the mirror to check the height before you tie the pony.
- Once you’re happy with your ponytail’s positioning, pinch and pull to create some height and texture. Pull out a few random pieces around the front again – as many or as little as you like. Undo the triangle section that you had pinned away.
- Grab a small section of hair from the pony and wrap around the hair lacky to cover it, then secure it with a bobby pin.
- Finally, using R+Co Outer Space Flexible Hairspray, lift sections of the pony and spritz for more volume and hold. The more the better, try and get the pony as big as the picture!
Textured side isotope
This loose tousled side updo is a foolproof look that will take you from morning meeting to after-work drinks. The relaxed undone style is elegantly spontaneous, with the soft curls helping to volumise the look. And because the style is meant to be messy with an undone feel, it doesn’t matter if you don’t get it perfect it isn’t meant to be.
- Smooth hair into a low ponytail.
- Secure at the base of the nape below the ear with a hair tie.
- Divide the hair into three sections spray some R & Co Foil and curl with a curling wand.
- Loosely separate the waves.
- Take each section, twisting and pulling pieces to create a ruching textured effect, then secure with bobby pins back down onto the base of the ponytail.
- Repeat with the next two sections.
- Use your fingertips to pull the hair so it looks very undone and adds texture.
- Spray with R&Co Vicious Hairspray to hold.
Quick hair day bun
No matter how many bad hair days you have, the bun will save you every time. It’s especially perfect for those who have unruly hair of medium or long length, and can take you from the gym to the office to a cocktail party. It will set you apart from the crowd, and yes there are endless options on how to style it, but the quick hair day bun is my particular favourite.
- Great for any type of hair, either dirty or clean, gather all of your hair on the top of your head. 2.
- Using a tangle teaser, smooth all your edges starting at the top and working your way to the side, the back, and then the other side.
- Here we create a ponytail at the very top of your head, securing it with a pop band.
- Brush away any knots from within the pony, then wrap the hair around the base where your pop band is, securing it all down with a bobby pin or two.
- Get out your favourite hair spray and comb or even your hands to smooth it all down to be rid of any fly aways or loose baby hairs around the edges.
- Add some texture to your bun if you like by lightly pulling at it with your thumb and first finger for that ultimate finish.
The textured ponytail has no limits when it comes to style, and has been a long-time favourite of mine. It’s fun, and it’s fierce; perfect for a party or anywhere on the go. Tousling a plain pony to give it texture makes it versatile, and it will never look out of place.
- Spray some Goldwells Kerasilk Repower Dry Shampoo on your hair, then with a comb, section out a triangle from the middle of each eyebrow to two-thirds of the way towards the crown of the head. Clip the triangle section out of the way.
- Comb all your hair that’s not clipped away into a ponytail and secure with a pop band.
- Release the top section and spray Goldwells Style Sign Big Finish Hair Spray into all of the root area to create texture and hold.
- Lightly finger comb the whole top section back off the face over the ponytail, allowing the texture and volume you created in step three to remain.
- Using two small bobby pins, open the ends of each one and directly pin it into either side of your top section (you should feel the ends of the bobby pins running along the scalp) next to the pop band, and ensure each bobby pin holds the ponytail.
- You can now add texture to the top section by gently pinching and lifting small sections of hair if required. spray for more volume and hold. The more the better, try and get the pony as big as in the picture!
Tips for naturally curly hair
Naturally curly or wavy hair is a blessing, but can also spell trouble with the amount of frizz! Curls don’t always settle as you want them, but I love embracing the curl, and there are some ways to tame your hair so it looks styled all the time! Besides, curls are on trend, and they flatter your face!
- If your hair has a natural wave or curl to it, but tends to frizz whenever you dry it naturally, try taking one to two-inch sections throughout the hair and twist one section anti-clockwise and repeat clockwise with the next section.
- Next, apply twister by R&Co as you twist to keep your locks smooth. You can bundle the curls to assist in eliminating frizz.
- You should now have lots of twists all over the head. Run out the door and let these dry naturally, or you can assist the drying process by using a diffuser. This will result in beautiful curls with less frizz!
Our girls here at Dextress certainly know how to make all types of hair versatile and timeless, don’t they? You’ll be ready to hit the ground running on any day with their suggestions on a quick and easy style, where you’re guaranteed to make a splash wherever you are. We hope you’ve snagged some inspo from our girls, and remember – if you ever want to talk to us about hairstyles, come in for a chat! Our doors are always open! 💕