[For step-by-step photo tutorials of each of the looks below, visit the Birchbox Blog.]
Easy: Classic Chignon with a Twist, à la Kate Middleton
This style works best on freshly washed hair—use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner for extra softness. After towel-drying, combine two pumps of a leave-in conditioner with two pumps of a texturizer and heat protectant like Number 4 Blow Dry Lotion in your hands. Rub together to emulsify, then work through hair. Blow dry using a paddle brush for extra smooth strands.
Once hair is completely dry, create a side part and pull hair into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. Secure with an elastic and spray entire head with a long-hold styler like Number 4 Mighty Hair Spray.
Roll hair towards the elastic, starting at the end of the ponytail, and fold inward to create one large roll. Secure the elastic with bobby pins. Spray all over with hairspray to hold. Then, fan hair out by spreading the roll to create a bun. Add additional bobby pins if necessary, and mist again with hairspray. Throw on a LBD and heels for instant chic!
Medium: Half-Up with Loose Half-Down Curls, à la Kristin Cavallari
Start by washing and conditioning hair with a [volumizing formula](product: 4801). Prep damp hair with a texturizer and heat protectant like Number 4’s Blow Dry Lotion, then use a round brush to blow dry. (For even more volume, add a pump of styling foam to the scalp).
First, the half-up portion: Use a comb to draw a line from the top of one ear around the back of your head to the other ear. Lift the section of hair up and gently tease strands to create volume. Pin this layer back with 10-20 bobby pins for secure hold, and spritz hairspray over the top to help set the look.
Now, half-down: Using a 1-inch curling iron, wrap ½-inch sections of hair around the iron, starting at mid-shaft and working to the ends. Set the look with hair spray and swipe on some red lipstick.
Hard: Crown Braid, à la Mary-Kate Olsen
[Editor’s note: this works best with long hair]
Start with clean hair. Spray evenly with Number 4’s hydrating, leave-in Super Comb Prep & Protect and comb through.
Apply one to two pumps of Number 4 Styling Foam by taking handfuls of hair and scrunching in the product. With your blow dryer on low heat and a diffuser attached, continue to scrunch hair in an upward motion to create natural-looking waves.
Once hair is dry, part down the middle and section into two large pieces on either side of your head, leaving a few face-framing strands hanging loose. Create two braids on each side, starting at the bottom of each ear. Secure the bottom of each braid with a bobby pin or clear elastic, then wrap up toward the crown of your head, overlapping them slightly. Secure the braids at the top of the head with bobby pins.
Wrap the remaining tendrils around your finger and spritz with hairspray to create soft waves. Lightly loosen a few strands of hair with a comb on each of the braids to create an effortlesslychic undone style and to conceal bobby pins.