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22 Cool Hairstyles That Are Always in Style

Simply having a “cool hairstyle” can be a very broad description…curled, straightened, fancy, casual, highlighted, color blocking, bangs, no bangs…the list of possibilities is endless! In this article, we have combined a number of these details which make up a gorgeous set of cool hairstyles. Hopefully you will get some new ideas on how to keep your mane looking trendy and perhaps even a bit different than what you’re normally used to! Enjoy these 22 super cool hairstyles that are always in style.

  • The Foxy Fishtail

    Different variations on braids have been making their way up the scale of popularity and so far, this looks like a trend that is here to stay!

    The Foxy Fishtail Cool Hairstyles

    How To Style:

    1. Leave a few pieces of your hair out around your face to create a looser, messier look.
    2. Gather the rest of your hair, and loosely pull it to the back lower part of your head, creating a ponytail.
    3. Separate this ponytail in two sections, grab small pieces from the outside of each section and bring them to the middle of the sections, completing a fishtail braid on your hair.
    4. Secure it with a ponytail holder at the bottom and you’re done!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style is awesome on those who have long hair that’s a bit on the thicker side. It would be gorgeous on any face shape!

    Recommended Products:

    Try a little bit of a serum or even a styling cream on those pieces you left out around your face. I love Brilliantine by Bumble and Bumble. Use it sparingly though! A little goes a long way.

    Tips:

    Fishtail braids can take a little bit of practice, so don’t get frustrated if you don’t pick up this skill right off the bat.

  • The Racey Redhead

    Red is HUGE right now! Red ombré, red highlights, dark red, light red — it’s all making it’s way to the top of everyone’s list and it’s easy to see why. I love this smooth transition from a deeper, darker red on top to a more fiery, vibrant red towards the ends. And, when with the hair is smoothed out like this, you can really see the color in all it’s glory!

    Racey Redhead Long Straight Silky Lush Hair

    How To Style:

    1. When hair is dry, take small sections and use a flat iron to smooth your hair.
    2. Finish with a light smoothing oil or serum.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    The long hair shown in this photo looks lovely, but short or medium hair would also be great with this look. The color could complement multiple skin tones, but keep in mind that red requires a lot of maintenance.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Moroccan Oil to smooth out your hair after you have smoothed it out with your flat iron. You could also put a little on before you start using your flat iron!

    Tips:

    As I mentioned before, red is extremely high maintenance, so be sure that you have discussed the maintenance schedule with your stylist before you proceed forward.

  • The Bobbing Beauty

    This sweet variation on a typical bob really makes me smile! With some expertly cut layers and the tiny flip of a curling iron, you can totally take your everyday bob to the next level.

    The Bobbing Beauty Layered Updo The Bobbing Beauty Layered Updo With Highlights Medium Blonde

    How To Style:

    1. Using a medium-sized round brush, dry your hair section by section.
    2. When hair is dry, use a 1½-inch curling iron on the ends of your hair to give it a small flip.
    3. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style is awesome for those girls who have an elongated face shape, and literally any hair texture and type will work for this look! If you have wavy or frizzy hair, you may want to run a flat iron over your hair after you round brush it to smooth it out even more.

    Recommended Products:

    Try using a little Body Builder Mousse by Kevin Murphy before you blow dry. It will give you a little bit of hold and some extra “oomph” at your roots.

  • The Sideswept Sweetheart

    Not only am I a huge fan of a little side-sweep action, but I am absolutely obsessed with this perfect red hue! It’s a great deep, rich color without looking too over the top.

    Cool Sideswept Sweetheart Glowing Lush Red Hairstyle

    How To Style:

    1. When blow drying your hair, use a flat paddle brush to push your hair to the side you eventually want it to lay. This will help to iron out cowlicks and smooth your hair in the direction you desire. Leave out a piece on the opposite side if the look in the picture is what you’re after.
    2. Once your hair is dry, begin curling sections with a 1¼-inch curling iron.
    3. When all of your hair is curled, use a texture/holding cream to secure your hair to the side. Finish with a strong hold hairspray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is awesome on girls with uneven features or sharp features that they wish to soften. Thicker hair will likely hold this style a bit better, but if you have fine hair, just double up on your product!

    Recommended Products:

    I love a product that’s a bit heavier like Kevin Murphy’s Super Goo. This product looks a little scary at first, but it’s absolutely magical for a style like this! Try a little bit at first and then more add as needed.

  • The Bold in Front Babe

    These soft curls are great, but what I REALLY love is the bold pop of color this lovely model has right around her hairline! The bright blonde is a stunning complement to the reddish, strawberry blonde. Adding a bright pop of color around your face is a great way to swtich up your look without doing anything too drastic. And, it’s a great way to make your features stand out!

    Bold In Front Babe Highlighted in the Front With Copper All Over

    How To Style:

    1. Use a 1¼-inch curling iron to curl your hair.
    2. If desired, use a back combing brush to create extra volume in the crown area of your head.
    3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style and color could be stunning on any length or any texture hair. Keep in mind that it’s always best to consult a professional before you make any color changes. They can advise you on what’s possible for your hair and what would be the most flattering for your specific features and skin tone.

    Recommended Products:

    A good curling iron is a great thing to have in your tool box, so next time you need a new one, give the Hot Tools 1¼ -inch curling iron a shot. Their products last and are great quality for the price!

  • The Always Classic Blonde Bombshell

    Ahhhh blonde bombshells. One of my favorite things to do on clients is create a natural looking, stunning blonde. I love the look this model has going on because she has a bit of her roots showing. This look is really becoming popular and it’s easy to see why! I also love that she has kept her hair really blonde right around the face, which is a great way to make those eyes really pop.

    Always Classic Cool Blonde Bombshell Hairstyle Always Classic Blonde Bombshell Flowing Waves

    How To Style:

    1. Use a 1¼-inch curling iron to curl your hair.
    2. If desired, use a back combing brush to create extra volume in the crown area of your head.
    3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    These loose curls look great on any hair length or type, and they’re a great way to soften harsh or angular features. The bright blonde that this model is rocking could be flattering (and easiest to maintain) on those girls who have a light brown or dark blonde natural color.

    Recommended Products:

    I love Moroccan Oil Medium Hairspray for a finishing product. It’s light but will still give you a bit of hold.

  • The Loose and Light Bob

    I am such a huge fan of loose, natural looking waves on short hair. They give an otherwise very average short cut pizzaz, and they also can make a stunning haircut really stand out. That’s not the only thing I love about this picture though. Check out the subtly highlighted ends. They are great way to add some dimension with little to no maintenance!

    Loose and Light Bob With Pieces and Waves

    How To Style:

    1. Use a 1¼-inch curling iron to curl small sections of dry hair.
    2. Once everything is curled, use your fingers to separate the curls and make them look looser and more natural.
    3. Finish with a styling or texture cream.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is perfect for my short-haired girls with fine hair. Also, longer layers will curl beautifully and will also create a gorgeous face framing effect for those with a long or oval shaped face.

    Recommended Products:

    Styling Wax by Bumble and Bumble is a great texturizing cream to use on the ends of your hair with a style like this. Use it sparingly though! A little goes a long way.

    Tips:

    If you like the idea of this “mini-ombré”, you should ask your stylist to create some natural looking lightness on your ends. As I mentioned before, it’s a perfect way to create some dimension without getting you locked into a frequent color maintenance schedule.

  • The Dark Burgundy Babe

    Here is another fall-inspired color I’m absolutely loving! This burgundy hue with some lighter highlights is a lovely multi-dimensional color that will have everyone doing a double-take. I love the shorter layers on this medium length hair. They give plenty of volume and create a ton of movement.

    Dark Burgundy Babe Layered Look With Highlights Dark Burgundy Babe Layered Look With Highlights and Layers Natural Curls

    How To Style:

    1. Use a 1¼-inch curling iron to curl your hair.
    2. If desired, use a back combing brush to create extra volume in the crown area of your head.
    3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This color, cut and style are perfect on any hair type and texture, and can all transition nicely from short to long hair. You might find that this color is easiest to maintain on those with darker hair naturally. Be sure to keep your hair uber healthy so that the color stays more vibrant and lasts longer.

    Recommended Products:

    Try spraying each section with Bumble and Bumble Spray de Mode before you curl. It will give your curls extra hold without feeling crispy or crunchy.

  • The Brunette Bombshell

    A blonde isn’t the only kind of bombshell, ladies! A rich, warm brown is another one of my absolute favorite colors to create. It can offer so much depth and dimension around your face and it tends to fade much less than a dark red would. I’m loving how it looks on this shoulder length ‘do with some layering around the face!

    Brunette Bombshell With Natural Curls

    How To Style:

    1. Curl sections of dry hair using a 1-inch or 1¼-inch curling iron, depending on how loose or tight you want the curls to be. A smaller curling iron will create tighter curls, a bigger iron will create looser curls.
    2. Once all of your hair has been curled, spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style looks awesome on long, medium or short hair, and it certainly flatters many face shapes. I love this color on someone with light eyes as it really makes them pop and stand out.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Classic Hairspray by Bumble and Bumble to really finish off this look!

  • The Teased Up Temptress

    This style is the perfect way to transform your daytime hair into nighttime hair. In just a few easy steps, you can be ready for a night out on the town. And, if you’re really feeling fancy, add a little hair ornament like the one seen in the photo!

    The Teased Up Temptress Red Look with Wild Curls The Teased Up Temptress Red Look with Wild Curls Textured Ends and Bangs

    How To Style:

    1. Curl your hair using a 1-inch curling iron.
    2. After everything is curled, begin pinning up curls at random to the crown section of your head using bobby pins that match the color of your hair.
    3. Once the pieces have been pinned, use your fingers or a back combing brush to separate the curls and give a more uneven and disheveled look.
    4. Finish with a strong hold hairspray and add a flower, headband, or whatever else suits your mood!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style is awesome for anyone who has a round or heart shaped face. It works well for any hair type, but medium to long hair is ideal to create the look seen above.

    Recommended Products:

    Using a texture cream to create texture on the ends of your hair in this style is a great option! Try Sticky Business by Kevin Murphy.

    Tips:

    Try not to be too focused on striving for perfection here. This style can be absolutely stunning if it’s a bit on the messy side. Just go with it!

  • The Big Sexy Babe

    Big, sexy hair with a little curl at the ends is one the most timeless styles. Combine it with a soft caramel color like the one shown here and you simply can’t go wrong!

    The Big Sexy Babe Full Cool Hairstyle

    How To Style:

    1. After shampooing and conditioning your hair, roughly blow dry it using a flat paddle brush.
    2. When your hair is mostly dry, (about 80%) use a medium-sized boar bristle brush to dry your hair completely.
    3. If desired, used a 1¼-inch curling iron to curl the ends of your hair.
    4. Use your fingers to gently separate the curls and give them a more relaxed look.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    I love this look on my long haired gals, however it does transition nicely to medium or short hair. It will flatter any face shape. The warm, light brown color is absolutely stunning on mostly any complexion. Additionally, if you add a few even lighter highlights around your face, your eyes will pop even more!

    Recommended Products:

    Try Paul Mitchell’s Sculpting Foam mixed with Super Skinny Serum by Paul Mitchell on your wet hair before you blow dry. It will give you plenty of body and volume without being sticky!

  • The Ultra Chic Chignon

    Here’s a beautiful way to keep your hair out of your face, but still look fancy while doing it. This style works for a casual day out or a special evening out on the town.

    Cool Hairstyles Ultra Chic Cool Chignon Short Sideswept Look

    How To Style:

    1. Curl your hair in sections using a 1-inch curling iron.
    2. When all sections have been curled, loosely secure your hair back into a ponytail in the lower back section of your head on whichever side desired. Leave your bangs out and style them separately if you like the look shown in the photo.
    3. Begin securing pieces of your hair to your head with bobby pins that match the color of your hair. Try to place the pieces so that the ponytail holder is hidden.
    4. If desired, add a flower or hair ornament to dress up your look even more!
    5. Finish with a light hold finishing spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This chic updo is absolutely gorgeous on anyone with a heart shaped or oval face that they want to accentuate. It will be easiest to do if you have medium length hair. Fine, medium or thick textured hair will work.

    Recommended Products:

    If you want a more texturized or “piecey” look on your curls, try some Texture Cream by Enjoy on the ends once you have completed the style. Use it sparingly though! A little goes a long way.

    Tips:

    Here’s another one where you don’t need to strive for perfection when pinning up the pieces around the back. The curls give you flexibility and hide any imperfections, so just go with it for this look. Also, don’t be afraid to use your rat tail comb and gently re-arrange some pieces once everything has been pinned.

  • The Twisted Bob

    For those of you ladies rocking a short bob with some layers, here’s a great look that will take your ordinary looking style up a notch!

    Twisted Bob Short Bob with Teased Layers

    How To Style:

    1. Use a 1-inch curling iron to curl your hair section by section.
    2. If a looser look is desired, gently use your fingers to separate the curls.
    3. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is awesome on anyone with an elongated face who wants to add a little volume and body to their look. Fine to medium hair will be easiest to style for this one.

    Recommended Products:

    Grab your smoothing serum or oil and run a tiny bit over the ends of your hair after you have curled it. This will give your curls a bit of shine and luster and will leave your hair feeling soft and smooth. I love Moroccan Oil!

  • The Ultimate Ombré

    This brown to auburn ombré is a really fun take on this popular color trend. It’s a great way to add some contrast and dimension to your hair without having maintenance and a strict color schedule. I’m loving the way this hair is smoothed out around her face, but still has plenty of height and volume. It’s an instant hit!

    The Ultimate Ombre Pretty Full Waves with Highlights The Ultimate Ombre Pretty Cool Hairstyles

    How To Style:

    1. Curl everything using a 1¼-inch curling iron.
    2. Gently use your back combing brush and give your hair some volume around the crown area of your head.
    3. Use a boar bristle brush and smooth out your hair as you pull it back into a half ponytail. Secure it with a ponytail holder or bobby pins.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    As you can see from the photo, this style look absolutely fabulous on long hair, however medium hair would be beautiful as well. The ombré color is stunning on long hair like this and, depending on your natural color, you could adjust the color on the ends to be more of a contrast or have it be a very natural shade. The options are endless!

    Recommended Products:

    Stay away from fine tooth combs when you’re back combing. They are harsh on your hair and can cause breakage. I love the Little Wonder Brush by Spornette. It’s got a mass of soft bristles which are much gentler on your hair!

  • Pretty In Platinum

    This bright platinum blonde look with soft, beachy waves is a big hit for nearly every hair type and length. Nothing turns heads like a gorgeous blonde color! Add a great layered haircut plus some loose waves, and you’re set!

    Pretty in Platinum Blonde Waves Pretty in Platinum Blonde Waves Beachy Look Side View

    How To Style:

    1. Use a 1¼-inch curling iron to curl your hair.
    2. If desired, use a back combing brush to create extra volume in the crown area of your head.
    3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This particular style will literally flatter any face shape and any hair type. It transitions well not matter what length your hair is! The blonde shown here is very light and has a prominently cooler tone. Be sure you consult with your stylist before jumping into a color like this. It can be extremely high maintenance if you have darker hair naturally.

    Recommended Products:

    Being a light blonde and using heat tools on your hair can really take it’s toll, so be sure you keep your hair uber healthy. A high quality shampoo and conditioner that will deliver plenty of moisture and hydration to your hair is crucial. Try Biolage Hydrating or Color Care shampoo and conditioner.

  • The Strawberry Blonde Stunner

    Here’s another variation on a short hairstyle that is sure to leave you completely satisfied! Loose waves on a slightly layered bob with a heavy side fringe is a guaranteed hair knockout.

    Strawberry Blonde Stunner Short Teased Look Strawberry Blonde Cool Hairstyles

    How To Style:

    1. Use a 1¼-inch curling iron to curl your hair.
    2. If desired, use a back combing brush to create extra volume in the crown area of your head.
    3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style is perfect for anyone who wants to accentuate their angular or square face, and it is a great way to change up your style if you have short hair. This look is especially great on those with short and fine hair. However, medium or long hair would also look spectacular with loose waves and a heavy side bang!

    Recommended Products:

    If you have fine hair that doesn’t hold curl well, try spraying each section with Spray de Mode by Bumble and Bumble before you curl it. It will offer you a bit more curl without making your hair sticky.

  • Bodacious and Braided

    Here’s another take on the fishtail braid, but this time with a bit more going on up top! Also, check out the super fun ombré color this model has going on. We love it!

    Bodacious and Braided Long Silky Look with Highlights and Curls Bodacious and Braided Cool Hairstyle Back View

    How To Style:

    1. Leave a few pieces of hair out around your face to create a looser, messier look.
    2. Gather the rest of your hair and loosely pull it to the back to the lower part of your head, creating a ponytail
    3. Separate this ponytail in two sections, then grab small pieces from the outside of each section and bring them to the middle of the sections, completing a fishtail braid on your hair.
    4. Secure it with a ponytail holder at the bottom.
    5. If desired, use a curling iron to curl the pieces that you left out in step 1.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style is awesome for girls who are looking to get their thick, wavy hair out of their face without looking like they just threw it up in a ponytail. The color shown here is perfect if you’re looking to do something a bit funkier with your look while avoiding constant maintenance and color appointments.

    Recommended Products:

    If you have frizzy hair by nature, try running a smoothing cream or serum through your hair before you braid it. It will help to make your braid smoother while giving it a bit better hold. I love Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum.

    Tips:

    This look can be a bit messier, so don’t get too caught up in making your braid perfect. A piece or two sticking out here and there just adds to the style!

  • The Platinum Pixie

    Extra blonde and extra short equals a great recipe for a super trendy, hip and easy-to-style pixie haircut!

    Platinum Pixie Short Blonde Look Platinum Pixie Short Blonde Look View 2

    How To Style:

    1. Apply texture cream to dry hair. Use your fingers to push your hair in the direction you chose. If you like how the model shown here is rocking her hair, push the sides back and push the top to one side.
    2. Spray everything with a strong hold finishing spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will be easiest to create if you have hair that is naturally straight or has a slight amount of wave. If you have frizzy or curly hair, you can still achieve this look. You will just need to smooth out your hair with a flat iron before you style it. An oval or heart shaped face will look lovely with this style!

    Recommended Products:

    Give Sticky Business by Kevin Murphy a try. It’s a low shine paste that won’t leave your hair feeling too sticky. If that’s not enough, add in Night Rider by Kevin Murphy for more hold!

  • The Braided Headband Hearthrob

    What better way to keep your hair out of your face than by creating a braid?! Braids are still very “in”, so this style is sure to make it look like you are a master at hairstyling!

    Braided Headband Heartthrob Cool Long Look With Front Braids Braided Headband Heartthrob Long Look With Front Braids Loose Waves

    How To Style:

    1. Section off a portion of your hair around your hairline that you wish to braid. Secure the rest of your hair back.
    2. French braid the hair in the section around your face. For the time being, use an elastic to secure the end of the braid.
    3. Curl the hair that isn’t braided using a 1¼-inch curling iron.
    4. Use a back combing brush to add volume around your crown.
    5. If desired, create a half up half down look and secure some of your hair back using bobby pins or a small clip.
    6. Pin the ends of the braided pieces back so that the ends are hidden. Do your best to tuck them beneath the curls.
    7. Finish with a light hold finishing spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look would be tough to create if you have short, very layered hair. Longer layers on medium to long hair is ideal. Any face shape would be complemented by this look!

    Recommended Products:

    Apply a little bit of a texture cream to the section that will be braided to make it easier. I love Sumo Tech by Bumble and Bumble. Use it sparingly though! You don’t want the braids to look too greasy.

    Tips:

    Don’t get frustrated if the braid takes you a few tries. Be patient!

  • Racey and Red Hot

    This stunning color is another one that will be always make our cool hairstyles list. Reds are becoming far more desirable and it’s easy to see why!

    Racey and Red Hot Cool Hairstyle

    How To Style:

    1. Use a 1¼-inch curling iron to curl your hair.
    2. If desired, use a back combing brush to create extra volume in the crown area of your head.
    3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This color reminds me of Ariel from The Little Mermaid! I absolutely love it on anyone with a lighter complexion or light eyes. The soft waves will soften any harsh features and I am just crazy about this color regardless of the length or hair texture.

    Recommended Products:

    Red is incredibly high maintenance and fades fairly quickly. The best way to avoid fading is to be sure you are using good products and keeping your hair healthy. Try using a deep conditioning mask once every five washes. I love Pureology’s Nano Works Mask!

  • Simple and Sassy

    Here’s another take on a braided headband. This one is a little bit more casual looking, but I absolutely love how it puts the focus on the perfectly blended ombré color this model is rocking.

    Cool Simple and Sassy Cute Wavy Hairstyle

    How To Style:

    1. Section off a portion of your hair around your hairline that you wish to braid. Secure the rest of your hair back.
    2. French braid the hair in the section around your face. For the time being, use an elastic to secure the end of the braid.
    3. Curl the hair that isn’t braided using a 1¼-inch curling iron.
    4. Pin the ends of the braided pieces back so that the ends are hidden. Do your best to tuck them beneath the curls.
    5. Finish with a light hold finishing spray

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is awesome on anyone looking to show off their heart or oval shaped face. Medium to long hair is ideal for creating this style. Thicker hair will be easier for you to braid, however fine or medium textured hair will work too.

    Recommended Products:

    For some extra shine after you have gotten everything just right, try spraying a little bit of Kevin Murphy’s Shimmer Shine on your hands and then apply it to your hair from the mid shaft to the ends. It’s best if you spray it on your hands first, as spraying it directly on your hair can cause an uneven distribution, creating a greasy look in some areas.

  • The Face Framing Fringe

    I am absolutely in love with this full fringe that creates a frame for your face! It’s a great way to add a new element to your haircut without doing anything too drastic. And check out that fun, multi-dimensional red color….LOVE IT.

    The Face Framing Fringe Red Hair with Waves and Bangs The Face Framing Fringe Red Hair with Waves and Bangs Side View

    How To Style:

    1. Use a 1¼-inch curling iron to curl your hair. Style bangs as desired.
    2. Use a back combing brush to create extra volume in the crown area of your head.
    3. Use bobby pins to secure back the hair in the top section of your head to create a half up half down look.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is absolutely stunning on those who want to soften sharp features such as eyebrows, and it will work with any hair texture. As you can see, medium hair works perfectly with this style, however longer hair would also be a great fit! This style is incredibly versatile.

    Recommended Products:

    Give those bangs a little bit of shine by adding a serum or oil before and after you style them. I love Liss Ultime by L’Oreal Professional. Use this product very sparingly as a little goes a very long way.

    A “cool hairstyle” can be more than just some fancy updo or a few beachy waves. It is a term than encompasses color, cut, style and your own personal flair, and hopefully you have seen the range of possibilities. Don’t be afraid to get creative and add your own personal touch to these cool hairstyles!