Whether you’re snuggling up with your special someone this Valentine’s Day or heading out for a Galentine’s date with your besties, there are so many ways to celebrate the holiday of love. And, if you’re anything like us, you’ll agree that putting together a romance-inspired look is one of the best parts of Valentine’s Day—from your outfit to your makeup, accessories, and, of course, your hairstyle.
We’ve got you covered if you’re searching for a Valentine’s Day hairstyle that embraces your romantic side. Here are 35 of our favorite Valentine’s Day hair ideas that you’re bound to fall in love with.
What Should I Do With My Hair on Valentine’s Day?
There are so many ways to style your hair for this lovey-dovey holiday, but the right look will depend on the vibe you’re going for.
You might be looking for a sultry, sexy hairstyle to seriously impress at a candlelit dinner, or maybe you’re feeling a cute, flirty hairdo for a cozy night at home watching cheesy rom-coms. If you ask us, the best way to nail down the perfect V-Day look is to browse as many options as possible and see what inspires you. Keep scrolling for 35 Valentine’s Day hairstyle ideas that will have you looking the part, from simple half-up heart hairstyles to more intricate updos and braided styles.
35 Valentine’s Day Hairstyles To Embrace Your Inner Romantic
Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like a bouquet of roses. While this delicate, rose-inspired hairstyle looks complicated, it’s actually easier to recreate than you think (once you get the technique down). Each rosette is basically just a pancaked braid coiled up to create a rose-like shape. To create an updo like this one, you’ll need to create smaller rosettes first at the nape of your neck. Pin them in place using bobby pins, then wrap larger, looser rosettes around them using bigger sections of hair and secure everything in place.
There are so many creative heart hairstyles you can try this V-Day, like this gorgeous half-up hairdo. Although you may be able to pull off the look at home—with a skilled hand and a lot of bobby pins—we suggest showing this one to your stylist for the best result. This way, you can enjoy your plans knowing your heart-shaped style will look picture-perfect all night long.
Adding a flower crown to loose waves is one of the easiest ways to give your Valentine’s Day look a playful, bohemian vibe. Just follow the step-by-step instructions in this flower crown tutorial, and voilà: You’ll have ultra-romantic locks that are guaranteed to be a hit, no matter your plans. Don’t forget to lock in your style with a couple of spritzes of Redken Control Hairspray.
Soft Texture With Accessories
Embrace your natural texture this Valentine’s Day with a festive wind-swept style. To keep your tendrils touchably soft, apply Mizani 25 Miracle Milk to damp hair and comb through. Next, create a deep side part and add a chic accessory to complete the look. These pearl-studded clips definitely give us romantic vibes.
Incorporating the moon and stars into your hairstyle is a cute and unexpected way to elevate your Valentine’s Day look. This style keeps it simple with a low, loose chignon and a string of gilded stars.
Ballerina Heart Bun
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this heart-shaped ballerina bun is totally speaking our love language. Pull your strands back into a sleek bun, then use a bobby pin to tuck the top of your bun down into its base to create the top of the heart. Next, gently fan out the sides and bottom to create a soft V-shape.
Half-Up Heart Bun
A half-up hairstyle with a heart-shaped bun allows your locks to flow freely over your shoulders. This look is created using the same technique as the heart-shaped ballerina bun but using only the top half of your hair. We suggest using a texturizing spray like Shu Uemura Art of Hair’s Wata Wave Texture Spray for an “I just returned from my tropical honeymoon” effect.
Sleek Low Ponytail
It’s hard to go wrong with a classic, sleek low ponytail. Begin by applying a dry shampoo (like Biolage Professional All-In-One Intense Dry Shampoo with Rice Starch) to your roots, then create a sharp middle part with a fine-tooth comb. Gather your hair at the nape of your neck to form a low ponytail and secure with an elastic. Smooth down any frizz or flyaways with a hair gel or shine serum, then complete the look with a high-hold hairspray, like L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Infinium 4 High-Hold Hairspray.
Pink is often associated with love and romance, so it's the perfect hue to try on for size this Valentine’s Day. For a color that’s not so obvious, try peekaboo color, which goes on the bottom layer of your hair. Every time your hair moves, your chosen pink shade will “peek” through for a sweet surprise.
Chignon With Flowers
Try this formal chignon hairstyle if your V-Day plans include a fancy dinner. Once your chignon is complete, we suggest adding flower accessories or clips (instead of a classic barrette) for a romantic touch.
Sparkly Bubble Braids
Bubble braids can instantly elevate your hairstyle, and they’re so easy to achieve. All you need to do is add spaced-out elastics down the length of each pigtail, then gently pull each section of hair apart to fluff out your “bubbles.” Finally, try spritzing a bit of shimmer onto your bubbles to take your fairytale look to the next level.
This silky, voluminous ‘do is a classic Valentine’s Day hairstyle. Plus, the bombshell look is versatile enough to rock no matter what your V-Day plans are. For tips on how to nail your at-home blowout, review our step-by-step bouncy blowout guide or watch the tutorial above.
Elevate your usual ponytail look this Valentine’s Day by incorporating glamorous hair accessories throughout your mane. Opt for a few matching pieces, like the sophisticated pearls shown above, or try an oversized embellished barrette to really make a statement.
Love Heart Hairstyle
This heart ‘do uses two knot-buns that are then secured together to create a heart-shaped silhouette. To replicate the style’s beachy texture, spritz a bit of Kérastase Soleil Huile Sirene Hair Oil Mist onto your strands and scrunch before styling.
Double Bun Updo
The double bun updo is perfect for keeping your strands out of your face this V-Day. Begin by sectioning your hair in two down the middle, then create two loose buns on either side, at whatever height you prefer. Pin your buns in place with the help of a buildable texture spray like Pureology Style + Protect Texture Finishing Spray, and you’re ready for date night!
Complement your date night-ready red lip and smokey eye combo with glossy, glam waves. This hairstyle will give you that sleek, polished look reminiscent of your favorite Hollywood starlet. Create your waves using a 1.25-inch curling iron, then finish with Redken’s Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force. This lightweight formula hydrates and detangles your strands, smooths frizz, and helps protect your hair from heat damage.
These twisted cornrows are an ideal Valentine’s Day hairstyle for anyone who wants to show off hydrated, bouncy curls. This flattering hairstyle strikes the perfect balance between a sleek style in the front and natural texture that frames your face.
Halo braids are the ultimate romantic hairstyle for Valentine’s Day. To create the look, we recommend checking out our tutorial on how to create a halo braid. And don’t forget a texturizing product, like Matrix Overachiever 3-in-1, to provide texture, grip, and lasting hold.
Half-Up Zipper Braid
This variation of the half-up hairstyle is another winning Valentine’s Day look. Weave a narrow braid along the midline of your head where your center part usually sits, then slick back the sides and secure with an elastic.
Oversized Double Barrettes
Keep things simple this Valentine’s Day with a couple of adorable oversized barrettes. After styling your hair with loose waves, sweep half your hair back and secure it with a barrette (or two) for a five-minute date night look.
If fun and flirty is your Valentine’s Day vibe, try flipped-out ends. To create a flawless flip, grab your L'Oréal Professionnel Steampod Hair Straightener + Curling Iron and apply a few spritzes of heat protectant to your locks, like Redken Iron Shape 11 Thermal Holding Heat Protection Hairspray. Before you begin styling, we suggest brushing up on your technique with this guide to creating flipped-out ends like a pro.
Sleek, All-Down ‘Do
A sleek, all-down ‘do is the epitome of elegance and effortlessness. Create some soft, Old Hollywood-inspired waves, then slick your hair back behind your ears with hair gel. A stylish barrette or hairpin adds another romantic element to keep it all in place.
Speaking of retro-inspired hair, wet-look finger waves are a stunning style for Valentine’s Day. All you’ll need to create this hairstyle is a strong-hold hair gel—like Matrix Controller Gel—and a little patience to make this classic look yours. Newbies may want to check out our wet-look hairstyle guide before attempting this vintage technique for the first time.
Rosette Half Updo
This rosette half updo is everything you’d want from a Valentine’s Day hairstyle. And, like the rosette updo, it’s less complicated than it looks. To create the rose shape, simply pancake a traditional three-strand braid and twist it to form the shape of a rose. If you’re having difficulty mastering a rosette on your own, look to your stylist for guidance.
Laid-Back Low Bun
Anyone spending Valentine’s Day curled up on the couch can opt for a laid-back low bun. The face-framing strands give an effortless, undone appearance that’s still chic and romantic.
If one rosette won’t cut it for you this Valentine’s Day, consider a multi-rosette half updo instead. Once your rosettes are complete, weave a strand of artificial leaves around them for an extra romantic touch.
This Valentine’s Day hairstyle gives serious fairytale princess vibes. Rather than adding small floral accents to your locks, this hairstyle places entire rosebuds throughout your strands. Start by creating a loose updo, then incorporate flowers throughout.
This Valentine’s Day, you can have butterflies in your stomach and in your hair. Try incorporating these youthful accents into any Valentine’s Day hairstyle. The best part about butterfly clips (besides ‘90s nostalgia) is that there’s no right or wrong way to wear them.
Good news: Your V-Day braid doesn’t need to be overly complex to make a statement. This voluminous fishtail braid is all you’ll need to stand out. The baby’s breath incorporated throughout is optional, but if you ask us, it’s a gorgeous addition to this dainty hairstyle.
Low Fishtail With Scarf
Here’s another fishtail braid that will effortlessly flatter any V-Day look. Simply pull your hair back into a low ponytail and create a fishtail braid before securing it with an elastic. To complete the hairstyle, wrap a red or pink scarf around the base of your braid and tie it in place.
Sometimes, you can’t be bothered to fuss with your date night hairstyle, or you simply run out of time—it happens to the best of us. For last-minute plans, pull your hair back with a heart-shaped clip, and your look will be instantly V-Day ready.
Boho Twisted Half Updo
Curly girls can embrace their natural texture this Valentine’s Day with a bohemian-inspired, twisted, half-up style. To further define your curls, make sure you're using a hair care system made for your texture. (We love Matrix’s A Curl Can Dream collection.)
Twisted Half-Up Crown
Recreate this simple yet chic hairstyle by gathering face-framing strands and separating them into two separate sections on either side of your head. Next, twist each section and secure them back (a few inches back from the top of your head) with bobby pins.
Get creative this Valentine’s Day with a side braid that’s part French braid, part fishtail. This holiday hairstyle is casual enough for daytime celebrations yet glam enough for elegant date nights.
Clip-In Extensions With Loose Waves
Another classic Valentine’s Day hairstyle that never lets us down is extra-long, loose waves. But you don’t need naturally long locks to pull this look off—just reach for some clip-in extensions, a curling wand, and heat protectant.
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