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10 Runway-Worthy Unique Hairstyles to Try at Home

We are all unique in our own way. Not one person has the same fingerprint or identical DNA strand. Expressing ourselves through the way we present our appearance is important to us as a whole. As a culture, we try to set ourselves apart from one another by the clothes we wear or the way we style our hair. We strive to show people that we march to the beat of a different drum. So, what does your hair say about you? Does your hair tell a story as to what facet of your personality you feel like expressing that day, or does it stay in a particular character at all times? Personally, I like to morph into different characters to express what particular personality is shining through that day. Am I feeling more whimsical, or is my edgier side pushing her way through? With so many styling techniques, the options for unique hairstyles are endless!

The Faux Bob

Have you ever wanted short hair without the commitment? This is the style for you! Make your long tresses more sophisticated with this simple yet complex-looking technique.

Short Faux Bob Hairstyle with CurlsShort Faux Bob Hairstyle with Curls - Unique Hairstyles

How To Style:

  1. On clean dry hair, apply your favorite oil-based shine product throughout ends.
  2. Taking vertical partings, curl your hair with a medium to small curling iron. Work your way around your head until completed.
  3. Shake out curls and redefine a few by twirling your finger around the strands on the outer layers.
  4. Take the hair behind the ears into a medium tension ponytail at the nape of the neck.
  5. Wrap a discrete hair band around the midlength of the ponytail.
  6. Take approximately an eighth of the amount of hair in the ponytail and hold it tightly as you slide the rest of the hair up towards the nape of the neck.
  7. Tuck the ponytail up into the hair and fasten with hairpins.
  8. When using hairpins, it’s a must to weave them in and out to secure the hair. Once in place, bend one leg of the pin into what I refer to as a “kickstand”. This will help prevent slippage.
  9. Pull on the structure to loosen up the style.
  10. Lightly backbrush the sides of the hair in front of the ears, creating expansion.
  11. Redefine some of the curls by twirling your fingers around the hair.
  12. Marry the front sides into the structure by weaving a few hairpins through the curls and using the kickstand technique. Finish with your favorite hairspray.

Product Recommendations:

Oils are very important when it comes to iron work. Nothing takes a curl like clean, oiled hair. The oil helps protect the hair from heat and it adds an extra bounce to the curl. I recommend silicone-free oils when it comes to curls as silicone weighs down the hair. I love Kevin Murphy’s young.again hair oil. It’s not only silicone-free, but it actually “feeds” the hair. When it comes to hairspray there are two kinds — a working spray and a finishing spray. When working with curls you want to use a light holding product such as Moroccan Oil’s Medium Finish. It is light and flexible, and nothing is set in stone. When the look is complete you’ll want a hairspray that has more durability like Kevin Murphy’s session.spray.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Texture:

I feel like this look and many to come are for everyone who wants to change up their hairstyle. Any texture can do this. It’s great if your hair is already curly as you get to skip a few steps. If your hair is limp and fine, we will blow it up with the curling iron!

Gibson Girl

The era of the Gibson girls screams romance. I see this style complementing any of our soft, romantic sides. Have you been feeling whimsical lately? Try her on with your favorite flowy dress.

Gibson Girl Up Do HairstyleGibson Girl Up Do Hairstyle Side View

How To Style:

  1. This look is perfect for second-day hair, but if your hair is clean, simply prep with some fiber powder wax or dry shampoo for grip, not slip.
  2. According to preferred direction, create a diagonal parting starting from the hairline.
  3. Overdirect the parting towards your face and back comb at root area. This will give lift in the fringe area.
  4. Slightly overdirect subsequent partings and backbrush the length. Think of a wedge — the first should be the most extreme over-direction, lessoning as you move towards the crown.
  5. Remove fringe section and clip aside for later.
  6. Flip your head over and smooth all of your hair towards the front hairline and into one hand.
  7. Once smooth, roll your hand over, folding the hair into a French twist and secure with bobby pins through the middle. Creating an “X” with  the bobby pins works best to secure the style.
  8. Marry the fringe into the twist using hairpins. Remember to weave the hairpins in and out and then bend one leg creating a kickstand to lock it in place. Spray with a finishing hairspray.

Product Recommendations:

When it comes to fiber wax powders I only use one, and that’s Schwarzkopf’s Dust It. It has the perfect amount of grip you’re looking for when it comes to updos. Kevin Murphy’s fresh.hair is the only dry shampoo I use. I’m going to start sounding like a broken record here, but Kevin Murphy’s session.spray is my finishing hairspray of choice!

Best Face Shapes and Hair Texture:

I would say that almost anyone could pull this off regardless of texture and face shape. However, if you have a large forehead you should stay away from any style that is elevated in the fringe section. This will only enhance a feature you generally try to minimize.

Milkmaid Braid

This is such a sweet little number I love to wear. It’s another romantic and unique hairstyle that is perfect for those days when you want to wear your favorite flowery dress or feel a little bit “girly”.

Milk Maid Braid HairstyleMilk Maid Braid Hairstyle Side View

How To Style:

  1. If you’d like the “tuff” in the fringe area as seen on the model, separate this section out. If not, disregard.
  2. Starting on the opposite side of the direction you would like the hair to flow, start a visible French braid one to two inches away from the hairline.
  3. You will move around the head until you reach around the back of the ear and complete the braid into the length.
  4. Repeat this braid on the opposite side of the head, except continue braiding until you have included all of the hair in the nape area.
  5. Once both braids are compete you will criss cross them and secure them to the head with bobby pins.
  6. Tuck the tails appropriately behind the braids.
  7. Pull on the width of the braid to loosen it up and soften the style. I like to lightly rub the braid in my fingers for added texture.

Product Recommendations:

No products necessary. You will only need invisible hair ties (small, clear or appropriately colored elastics) and bobby pins.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Texture:

Anyone who is a sweetheart can wear this regardless of face shape or texture. If your texture is rough or curly, you’ll want to flat iron your hair first to smooth down your strands. Once again, it’s not the shape of the face but the facet of your personality that counts when it comes to these unique hairstyles.

Bouffant Bun

This look is both kind of crazy and kind of soft. The elevated, soft bouffant top says “you’re a sweetheart”, but the twisted sides leading to a bun in the back says “watch out!”

Bouffant Bun with HighlightsBouffant Bun with Highlights Back View

How To Style:

  1. Starting on top, section off hair from temples to just above the crown of your head.
  2. Either braid or loosely criss cross the hair on each side, directing the hair towards the back of the head.
  3. Gather both sides into a ponytail and twist them all together.
  4. Wrap and secure hair into a bun. Leave a small tail out and fan it with your fingers.
  5. In your top section, start taking horizontal partings and backcombing at the root area.
  6. Smooth the top section back towards the bun.
  7. Wrap the remaining ends around the bun and finish with a setting hairspray.

Product Recommendations:

The Kevin Murphy session.spray is perfect for this look. It has all the strength this tough updo needs!

Best Face Shapes and Hair Texture:

This style is great for square and heart face shapes. The height elongates these face shapes giving the illusion of a more oval appearance. But in my opinion, this style is more about attitude than face shapes!

Bi-level Colored Bob

Although this looks like a permanent style, it isn’t. The white perimeter is actually extensions! This is such a fun way to express your inner wild child. All you need are some fun colored, short clip-in extensions.

Bob Hairstyle with Colored EndsBob Hairstyle with Colored Ends Side View

How To Style:

  1.  Apply appropriate working product for hair texture.
  2.  Using a Denman or paddle brush, start blow drying hair from left to right, following the shape of the head. This is referred to as a wrap dry.
  3. You want to direct the hair towards your face on both sides.
  4. Once the hair is dry, take a diagonal parting from the bottom of the temples to the back of the head, just under the occipital bone. Clip this hair up.
  5. Sprinkle fiber powder wax onto the root area of the perimeter you have just created.
  6. Tightly backcomb product into root area making it as close to scalp as possible and leave length combed down.
  7. Insert the barrettes of the clip-in extensions into the prepped perimeter. The combination of the backcombing and fiber powder wax will prevent slippage for all day/night stamina.
  8. Depending on the density of your hair you will need to do one to two rows.

Product Recommendations:

When I say use appropriate working product for the texture of your hair, I am referring either a volumizing product for fine hair or a strong smoothing product for pulling out the curl and sealing down the cuticle. There are two volumizers I go back and forth between — Kevin Murphy body.builder or Kevin Murphy anti.gravity. The body.builder is a blow foam that actually fattens up the cuticle not only to give lift, but to give the effect of denser hair as well. The anti.gravity is a volumizing gel-type styler that lightly detangles and adds hold for the length as well as the root area. Typically I use the body.builder for medium density hair with a stronger cuticle, and the anti.gravity for ultra fine and super soft hair. If your hair is a little on the wild side, you will need to use something a little bit stronger for your working product such as a gel/oil cocktail. I love Alphaparf’s Semi De Lino’s Crystalini Gel used with Moroccan Oil. Try the Schwarzkopf’s Dust It for the fiber powder wax.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Texture:

Like I have said earlier, this look is more about attitude than anything else!

Braided Crown

For the distinctive inner queen inside of us all, there is the dramatic braided crown. What’s the best part about this style? The hair doesn’t have to be all yours! Many of us have major hair envy when it comes to all of the glamorous red carpet events. Little do we know, but most of those extravagant styles have a little “hair help”. Once again, you will need to get clip-in extensions or the “Phony Tail”. Just make sure the hair is real!

Braided Crown Hairstyle with Extensions

How To Style:

  1. This works best on second-day hair, but if hair is clean, simply prep it with dry shampoo or fiber powder wax.
  2. Lightly backcomb root area in the back of the crown and smooth over.
  3. Using a round brush vertically, blow dry fringe to preferred side.
  4. Sweep all of the hair into a ponytail and into one hand.
  5. Fold your hand over, turning the hair into a French twist.
  6.  Using bobby pins in an “X” formation, secure the style in the tunnel of the twist. Use a firm finishing spray.
  7.  Use a crimper to create this crazy zig-zag texture on the extensions.
  8.  If you are using clip-in extensions start rolling them up at the edge of the seam and wrap a discrete elastic around the ponytail.
  9.  Braid extensions and pull at the width of the braid to loosen it up and add texture.
  10.  Tuck the seamed edge into the French twist and secure with bobby pins.
  11.  Tuck the seam of the extensions into the twist and wrap the crown around your head. Secure it using bobby pins. Make sure to use the “X” formation while securing pins.

Product Recommendations:

Try Schwarzkopf’s Dust It for the fiber powder wax and the Kevin Murphy session.spray for your finishing spray.  A style this strong needs a product that can keep up with it all night long!

Best Face Shapes and Hair Texture:

The real question is not who can wear this, but when?! This style is definitely for a nighttime affair. With the right dress and attitude, this look will reign the party.

Vintage Waves

Hollywood has been obsessed with vintage hairstyles lately, and so have I! Haven’t we all wanted that classic “Veronica Lake” look before? This elegant style is actually quite easy to achieve, especially if you’re pretty good at wielding a curling iron.

Emma Stone Ombre Bob with Vintage Waves

How To Style:

  1. On clean dry hair, run your favorite oil throughout the lengths and ends.
  2. Create horizontal partings off of your desired part. Spray them lightly with a working hairspray and curl with your iron.
  3. As you finish completing each parting, pin it with a long slender clip like a duck bill clip.
  4. Allow for the set to cool down for a few minutes.
  5. Lightly brush out the set.
  6. Make two sections from the top of the head to the ears like a headband.
  7. Smooth each section with your hands and pinch the ends together. Start to push the hair up and find the “S” pattern.
  8. Slip an upside down iron into the hair under the crest of the wave (basically the bend in the “S”).
  9. Roll the iron up to the crest and hold for a few seconds. This will exaggerate the bend of the curl.
  10. Clip the hair under the crest you just ironed and slip a piece of tissue paper under the clip. This will help prevent bends in the hair that the clip can create on warm hair.
  11. Complete both front sides and move to the back of the head.
  12. Brush the back into one section.
  13. Roll the ends up into a curl, pin with a clip, and spray with hairspray.
  14. Spray style with a strong finishing spray.
  15. Remove the clips and voila!

Products Recommended:

I recommend silicone-free oils when it comes to curls because silicone weighs down the hair. I love Kevin Murphy’s young.again hair oil. When working with the curls, you’ll want to use a light holding hairspray like Moroccan Oil’s Medium Finish because it is light and flexible. Complete a look like this with Kevin Murphy’s session.spray so it will stay all night long.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Texture:

Anyone can wear a variation of this style as long as the length of the hair is at least chin length. Although one length hair is fine for this style, layers work best. The length can weigh down the movement of the “S’ pattern.

Fishtail Served on the Side

Fishtail braids get the most attention out of any of the braid family and they look more complicated than they are. When I was a little girl this is the only braid I could do! If a six year old girl can give her doll a fishtail, so can you and you’ll look just as innocent and lovely wearing it.

Long Side Fishtail Braid

How To Style:

  1. Create a part on preferred side.
  2. Smooth hair into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic.
  3. Pull a small amount of hair out from underneath the ponytail and set it aside. We will use this later to wrap around and hide the band.
  4. Divide the hair into two sections.
  5. Take about an eighth of one side from underneath and wrap it around the top of its home section, crossing over to its neighbor.
  6. Repeat this action on the opposite side.
  7. This braid is basically like a “give and take” from each side. The small amount you are taking from the back of each section and crossing over to the next is what gives this braid its signature look. If you do not wrap it from the back around to the top and cross over, you will not achieve the desired look.
  8. Continue this action until you are finished with the length and secure with an elastic.
  9. Once the braid is completed, start to deconstruct the braid by pulling at the width. This will soften the style, add texture, and make it more interesting.
  10. Take the small section of hair we left out in step three and slide a bobby pin over the tail end of it. Roll the pin in your fingers to allow the hair to wrap around the pin a few times. Wrap it around where the elastic is located and slide there pin through the elastic. This will conceal the elastic and bobby pin.

Products Recommended:

Honestly, no products are necessarily needed here. You will need elastics and a bobby pin or two though!

Best Face Shapes and Hair Texture:

Anyone lucky enough to have hair that is long enough to pull this one off is more than allowed to flaunt this ditty. And if not, put someone else’s hair in! I love extensions. They truly have blown the barn door open for most of us fine haired gals that can’t get the length or density that the other “chosen ones” have. Now any of us can pull off a look like this one.

The Pomp Fauxhawk

When your innermost punk rocker must scream the rebel yell, this is your go to style. This look is so easy, yet complex in appearance. Not to mention this look can easily be transformed into a “red carpet’ look with no questions asked. With a style this tough, no one will question you, regardless of where you wear it!

Fauxhawk Hairstyle with PompadourFauxhawk Hairstyle with Pompadour Side View

How To Style:

  1. Create your first section using the arches of your eyebrows as reference for the width on top, moving towards the crown.
  2. Complete your second section by continuing the width of the previous section down to the nape of your neck.
  3. Divide the fringe out from the top section into horizontal partings.
  4. With a small crimping iron, work hair from roots to ends.
  5. Overdirect your first parting, moving it towards your face, and backcomb the root area.
  6. Continue repeating this for two more partings.
  7. Smooth the fringe over until balance is achieved, and secure into place with bobby pins in an “X” formation to lock in place.
  8. Scoop up a section of hair that is comparable to the fringe section for balance. Use a small crimping iron on this section from root to ends.
  9. Take the tail of the fringe and the crimped section and tie them into a knot. Pin the knot with criss crossed bobby pins. Quick Tip: Where you place your fingers as you are working is generally where you will pin the structure.
  10. Create a third section behind our first knot. Leave this hair smooth. If hair is fine, backcomb the smooth sections to help create expansion and fullness.
  11. Create a fourth section to match the other sections’ size and crimp the hair from roots to ends.
  12. Tie the third and fourth sections into a knot and pin them into place.
  13. As you are working your way back, periodically check your profile to make sure it has the correct flow to it. You do not want the sub-sequential knots to be smaller or larger than the previous.
  14. When you reach the nape area, slick the sides down to the back of the structure.
  15. Use a blow foam or mousse on the hair to smooth down flyaways. This will keep the hair in place without it getting the “wet” look.
  16. Use this hair to complete the knot work, crimping each section as needed.
  17. Crimp any and all tails that are sticking out. If you do not have long tails, you may fan them out with your fingers or tuck them into the knots.

Products Recommended:

The body.builder from Kevin Murphy is perfect for this style. It will give you the right amount of body to prep the hair if you’re working with it from wet to dry, and to keep the sides down with out any crunch or shine. If you have super fine hair, you may use Dust It powder fiber wax from Schwarzkopf. This will also help grip your bobby pins and keep them from sliding out and off your head. Kevin Murphy’s session.spray is perfect to finish off this style for a long lasting rocker’s night out.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Texture:

Oval, triangular, and square face shapes can wear this, unless you have the notorious “five head”. The height in the pompadour is great for balancing out any hard or pointy jawlines and oval face shapes get away with everything. No bashful Bettys for this hairstyle though! You need to bring the much needed attitude to rock this one out.

Topknot

The topknot has been made quite popular over the past couple years. This effortless style came about as models would show up to their shoots with their hair simply twisted and tied on top of their head. Whether you’re running short on time or want to flaunt your inner sparkle, this style will quickly get you there.

Effortless Top Knot Hairstyle

How To Style:

  1. This works best on second day hair, but if your hair is clean, simply use a dry shampoo to give it some grip and prevent slip.
  2. Brush hair up into a ponytail on top of your head and secure with an elastic.
  3. Split the ponytail into two sections.
  4. Tie the hair into a knot.
  5. Pin the loops down where your fingers are, securing the style.
  6. If your hair is very long, you may need to tie off two sets of knots.
  7. Remember to criss cross the bobby pins to secure and lock the style for longevity.

Products Recommended:

You realistically need only elastics and bobby pins for this look!

Best Face Shapes and Hair Texture:

Anyone and everyone who has long hair no matter the texture or face shape can rock a topknot.

No matter how you feel each day, there are so many different ways to express yourself. Now you can create unique hairstyles to match your mood! With so many variations and techniques, there is no shortage on showing off that unique style that is the quintessential you.