Fact: Figuring out the perfect hairstyle for a date night out with your S.O. is hard. While you don’t necessarily want to look like you spent several hours perfecting every glossy curl or frizz-free strand, you also don’t want to look like you just rolled out of bed either, making the whole getting ready process more than a little stressful. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d help take some of the stress out of the romance-filled holiday by rounding up some of our favorite date night-ready hairstyles to help inspire your own V-day look. Whether you’re going out on a first date, your millionth date, or just enjoying a fun night out with friends, these effortless hairstyles are bound to impress.
Eye-Catching Hair Clips
If you don’t feel like bothering with an updo, but still want a standout style, simply opt for a gilded hair clip (or five). You can use them to sweep your hair out of your face with a side part or to decorate your strands throughout for a fun, all-over statement.
Big, Voluminous Curls
Let’s face it: nothing is ever as beautiful as when you look and feel like yourself, which is why we’re all for utilizing your naturally curly or coily hair to create a big, bold look like this one from Amsterdam-based writer Nathalie Meertens.
Loose Waves With Natural Texture
When all else fails, you can never go wrong rocking perfectly undone waves finished with a little tousled, natural texture. If your hair doesn’t naturally dry this carefree and wavy, check out our tutorial on how to create the perfect S-waves with minimal effort.
We love how soft and romantic this half-up, half-down style is—especially when paired with a printed silk scrunchie. Allow a few face-framing pieces to fall out for an ultra-flattering effect.
This understated knot is at the top of our date night hair lust list and for good reason—it will work for literally every hair type. We love keeping the front sections of your hair loose for a soft, flattering finish.
Perfectly Undone Boho Braid
Far more romantic than your average ponytail, a long, loose boho braid is the perfect way to imbue your look with a subtle touch of seduction. Start the braid just above the nape of your neck and keep the rest of the style loose so that it feels both polished and effortless.
Sleek Side Twists
For those with super curly or coily hair, consider switching up your go-to look by twisting back just a few face-framing pieces to help keep the focus squarely on your beautiful features.