NEW YORK (MainStreet) We all admire the celebrities on the red carpet modeling their sleek buns and flowing waves, but owning a few affordable items can make those hairstyles your own.
For those of us non-celebs, there's a good chance that every day we wear our hair the same, or at least similar to the way we did the day before. We do not have the luxury of getting daily blowouts by top-named stylists, or any stylist for that matter.
Speaking for myself, I'm lucky if I have enough time to do more than just brush my hair before running out the door. At least, that was before I realized that a lot of these styles do not require me to set aside three hours of free time while going broke. Just by browsing sites like YouTube or Pinterest, it became obvious to me that there are so many people out there with natural talent for hairstyling who post their own tutorials. Whether it's a video recording or a group of step-by-step pictures, most tutorials are descriptive, helpful and free of charge!
Before my tutorial obsession came about, I was proficient solely with a flat iron and could only afford a good haircut once every six months (that last part, sadly, is still true). I am proud to say that I have now mastered the sock bun and the French braid, and I did not have to break my bank account in order to do so.
The following is a list of five of the most popular trending hairstyles. These styles, as you will see, require only two to five hair products or items each, some of which are used so frequently (like a brush) that you may already own them.
1. Hairstyle: The Sock Bun
Items to own: a sock (color should be somewhat relative to your hair color), scissors, a hair tie, a brush, hairspray, bobby pins.
. We've all seen Kim K. wear her long, thick hair in that perfect bun, but the truth is you don't need to be a Kardashian to get this look. The "sock bun" is at the top of the charts these days when it comes to hairstyles because, aside from being gorgeous, it's not as difficult as it seems. For a great tutorial, check out this video:
2. Hairstyle: The Braided Headband
Items to own: a brush and small elastic hair ties.
. I know that all of you Pinterest fans out there dream about the hundreds of different kinds of braids that are posted on that platform. What some of you might not know is that the tutorials that accompany the pictures are usually very detailed. It may take some practice to reach perfection, but this quick video might just be enough to encourage you to give it a shot!
3. Hairstyle: Beach Waves
Items to own: a flat iron, and either gentle hold hair spray or sea salt spray (Not Your Mother's is a good, affordable brand that smells great!).
. Natural-looking beach waves are in style for all seasons and, fortunately, do not require a trip to the beach in order to get them. There are a lot of different variations to doing the style depending on hair type, but as long as you have a flat iron and some sea salt spray, this video will get you to where you want to be.
4. Hairstyle: Flat iron curls
Items to own: hairspray and a flat iron.
. Attention hair-savvy girls on a budget: it has been discovered that curls and waves can be made just as easily with flat irons as they can with curling irons. The money-saver here is that if the flat iron can curl and straighten, there is no need to purchase both. The flat iron should have thinner plates, around 1" to 1 ½" thick. This tutorial shows the proper way to hold the flat iron and how to twist the wrist in order to get a proper curl. As always with curls, hairspray is a must.
5. Hairstyle: The Tucked French Braid
Items to own: Hair elastic and bobby pins.
. French braids are timelessly classic, and they can be made suitable for both casual and elegant situations. The best part is that this style only requires two items in order to complete. If you do not know how to French braid your own hair, this style will take some practice but it's simple once the braid is mastered. If you already know how to French braid, all you need to do after completing the braid is to just secure the end of the braid with an elastic and roll it up, tucking and pinning it underneath the portion of the braid that is closest to your head. More detail can be seen in this video.
--Written by Ciara Larkin for MainStreet