Let’s be honest, a hair style can either elevate or ruin a look, which is why we all freak out about our locks before going on a date. You already have a lot on your plate choosing an outfit and beauty look, so ease the burden by leaving your hair decisions to us. We’ve curated 10 stunning hair styles that will work for those who have all the time in the world to get ready, as well as those who will be changing in the back of a cab after work. Dating someone new is stressful enough — don’t let your hair be the reason your look (quite literally) falls flat.
1. Low, wrapped ponytail
If you want to keep your hair out of your face on date night, we love the look of a low, wrapped ponytail. This style requires a decent amount of time and effort, yet manages to end up looking effortless. To start, you’ll need to curl your combed hair with a large-barrel curling iron. Next, take a two inch strand from your left side and fasten it around a secure hair tie. You can also optionally wear a headband or add a braid for something even more elegant.
2. Front layers rolled back
We consider this ethereal hair style an absolute life-saver when it comes to getting ready for a date. By simply twisting your side bangs and front layers backwards, you can transform your worst hair day into something chic. Even if your locks are unwashed, unbrushed, and overgrown, you can count on this simple hair style to mask all imperfections. Tip: If you have choppy layers, you may want to spritz with hairspray after clipping it back for extra hold.
3. Bombshell waves
There’s a reason Victoria’s Secret angels (i.e., the most impossibly gorgeous women on the planet) are always styled with bombshell waves. This hair style exudes sexiness. If you’re not blessed with naturally thick hair, we recommend getting professional or clip-in extensions to help pump up the volume and thickness. Your date will struggle to stop drooling.
4. Messy ballerina bun
When going on a first date, you don’t want to look like you’ve been getting ready for hours and are trying way too hard. To balance out a full face of makeup and a little black dress, we recommend wearing a messy ballerina bun. This carefree hair style will make you look like you’re down to earth, plus it’s seriously easy to accomplish.
5. Clipped back
Looking polished just got a whole lot easier now that hair brooches and bulky clips have come back into style. If you have dinner or drinks scheduled for immediately after work, simply pack your favorite blingy accessory and wear your hair straight during the day. Then, before heading to see your date, just pull your hair back with the brooch to smoothly transition from day to night.
6. Wispy braids
Pull your hair back into a wispy braid to channel your romantic side on date night. Simply braid your hair down your back, then use your fingers to gently pull sections apart for a looser appearance. To finish the look, pull out a few thin strands from the front for a wispy effect. This is a perfect hair style if you’re running late and don’t have time to thoroughly wash and dry your hair.
7. Tousled bedhead
Channel your inner cool girl by wearing your hair tousled on an upcoming date night. If your hair naturally falls flat, you may need to use a salt spray and curling wand to create uneven waves. Once that’s finished, flip your hair upside down to tousle and rough it up with your fingers. Flip it back, then smooth any obvious knots. This Parisian bedhead style is incredibly sexy.
8. Sweeping, heavy bangs
If you’re looking forward to an upcoming fancy date, try out an up-do with sweeping, heavy bangs. This look is ideal for a high-end dinner, tickets to the theater, a gala, or a formal work event. Your date won’t believe their luck at having someone as elegant as you on their arm.
9. Geisha knot
If your go-to date night look includes throwing your hair back into a casual bun, consider elevating this hair style using a bit of inspiration from Japan. The Geisha knot is regal, unique, and distinctive. It’s ideal for a more artistic date, like wandering the rooms of an art gallery or taking a ceramics class.
10. Disheveled top knot
Top-knots are already laid-back and no-fuss, but when made extra disheveled, they scream, “I’m not going to change my look to impress you.” Your date will appreciate the refreshing approach to dating. Neither party should have to stress about their appearance or change their style to impress the other. This look will just let your personality shine.