While a trip to the salon is always a nice treat, you don't have to carve a chunk of time out of your day -- or money out of your pocket -- to get a fabulous head of hair. These three DIY hairstyles, provided and detailed by experienced stylists, are simple enough to recreate in the comfort of your own bathroom and are suitable for women over the age of 50.
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This hairstyle is ideal for second day hair that's medium length, said celebrity hairstylist Vasken Demirjian. He says to start by brushing hair, which helps to loosen and prep it. "This daily brushing ritual is the most essential part of the second day style," he noted. "It stimulates the glands in the scalp to distribute the oils. This process tends to normalize an oily scalp as well as a dry one and subsequently enhances the overall appearance of the hair."
Vasken Demirjian; Celebrity Hairstylist; White Plains, New York
Once your hair is thoroughly brushed, section hair into top and bottom sections. "They don't have to be perfect, as loose sections are better," said Demirjian. The overall goal is to create an effortless updo.
Next, form a loose bun with your bottom section of hair. Secure the bun in place with bobby pins.
Gather the top section of hair into a ponytail just above the bun you created. Secure with an elastic.
"Wrap the ponytail loosely around the bun," said Demirjian. "Shorter hair can be pinned loosely into the bun." You can easily dress this look up with a headband or an ornate hair clip.
This gorgeous look is perfect for day or night.
If your hair has a bit of length, consider a romantic French twist, an upswept 'do that works on all hair textures and colors. It's perfect for the office, an evening dinner or a formal event. Start by brushing dry hair with a bristle boar brush to smooth hair and add shine.
Apply an anti-frizz serum evenly from root to tip to tame flyaways and give your hair additional shine.
Gather all of your hair at the back of your head. Pull it straight back and away from your head so that the length of your hair is parallel with the ground.
With your hair still outstretched backward, start rolling the ends into a loop and continue rolling until you meet your scalp.
Pin your hair into place with bobby pins. The amount of bobby pins required depends on the thickness and length of your hair.
With your brush, smooth any tendrils that escaped the twist and pin them down. Finish with an even application of medium-hold hairspray.
Nancy Monroy; Senior Colorist and Hairstylist; New York City
Très chic! Who says you can't get creative with short hair?
Mix up your everyday hairstyle by adding this simple bun to your hairstyle routine. "Start by teasing hair around the back of your head," said Nancy Monroy, a senior colorist and hairstylist at the Antonio Salon in NYC. "Lightly comb it out, but still leave it messy."
Gather your gently teased hair into a ponytail and secure with an elastic. The ponytail should sit near the middle of the back of your head.
Divide the ponytail into two sections. Twist one section all the way down to the end and then wrap around the base of your ponytail, said Monroy. Secure with bobby pins.
Repeat with your second section of hair and wrap around the base of the ponytail, this time in the opposite direction. Pin hair into place.
This effortless bun is just the thing to get you out of your hairstyle rut.
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