It is that time of year again. The weather is getting colder, the days are growing shorter and the word ‘homework’ is due to re-enter your day to day vocabulary very soon indeed. Yes, it is almost time to go back to school. It is not all bad though; there is no better place than university or college for showing off all of the style secrets that you have learned during the summer.
No, really – who says that you can’t look fabulous whilst taking notes in class or grabbing coffee with friends, during a free period? A fun and relaxed daytime look, teamed with a sassy and simple hairstyle, is guaranteed to have you turning heads this term. With a little help from ClipHair, you’ll hold the title of ‘best tressed’ in no time.
This winter, it is all about keeping things chic and simple. You want a do’ that you can slip into, on a cold Monday morning, as easily as you can your favourite jeans, or those Minnie Mouse socks that you can’t bear to throw away. If back to school means afternoon lectures and personalised stationary, it should also mean style – your kind of style. This is a guide to our favourite looks for the new term.
The Fishtail Braid
The fishtail braid is one of these looks that never seems to go out of style. Plus, it is perfect for long afternoons at university, school or college. With this hairstyle, you can look chic and elegant, as well as avoiding ‘hair in mouth’ syndrome, whilst you are trying to take notes. It can a fiddly one to figure out at first, so you might want to practice in the mirror, before the first day of term arrives – but give it a week and you’ll be fishtailing with your eyes closed. In fact, a fishtail braid doesn’t have to be perfect, because that wispy, romantic look tends to favour a few loose strands.
The Half Up, Half Down
This super relaxed half up, half down hairstyle is fun and sassy. It is wildly popular amongst celebrities right now, with big stars like Ariana Grande and Kirsten Dunst pulling this one out of the bag on a regular basis. This look works for medium to long hair, so you girls with shoulder length tresses (or shorter) can join in too. For perfect style, it is a good idea to blow dry before you start – but to be honest, on a busy weekday morning, a rough comb through with a paddle brush should be enough to get the volume going. The best thing about this style is that it is supposed to look artfully dishevelled It isn’t messy, it’s tousled.
Yes, that’s right – you can get away with rolling out of bed and passing off messy locks as a hot style statement. This is one is easy as pie, because all that you need to do to look as good as Lea Michele or Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is tie your hair up into either ballet buns or French braids, before you go to sleep. If you spend the night with your hair secured in this fashion, in the morning you’ll end up with beautifully tousled and artfully ‘messy’ locks. It is important to avoid the urge to comb your hair, before you leave the house – you want those super sultry waves and curls to last all day.
The Braided Updo
The fabulous Jennifer Lawrence might be making a stir for all the wrong reasons at the moment, but it is important not to forget that she is quite the style queen too. The Hunger Games star is very fond of this simple, elegant braided updo. It is easy to achieve too, you just have to braid two small sections at each side of your head and then gently pull all of your hair into a sleek bun. If you have longer hair, you can get away with pulling half of your tresses into a thick fishtail braid, and the other half into loose and romantic bun or top knot. This hairstyle is great for going straight from the lecture hall to the student bar after classes finish.
The Romantic Wave
This is another hairstyle that is ideal for lazy girls, especially on those busy weekday mornings, when you can’t find your own feet, never mind the button for the alarm that has been incessantly screaming for fifteen solid minutes. It is a look that requires the minimum amount of effort, just a couple of loose hair ties and a spritz of hair spray. As with the ‘bedhead’ look, you can cheat your way to style perfection by tying your hair back in a bun or braid, before you go to bed. In the morning, gently run a wide toothed comb through your locks and give it a light misting of strong hold hairspray.
If you want to be a style queen, you have to keep your finger on the pulse – even when you are trying to take a sneaky nap at the back of study hall. You see, true fashionistas make style work for them. They take the looks that work best with their lifestyle, and rock them as often as they can. It isn’t about taking hours to get ready, or spending the whole morning in front of the mirror – it’s about rolling out of bed, taming those unruly tresses and looking fabulous all day.