3 Pretty Party Hairstyles
“I try to make all of my styles wearable and flattering. They can be everyday or something special, both pretty and easy,” says Kate Bryan, 26, the Raleigh, North Carolina, hairstylist who is the creator of The Small Things Blog. Started in early 2011, the blog has grown into a destination for 300,000 readers monthly, who come for Bryan’s down-to-earth voice and—most especially—her wildly popular hair tutorials. “I think women are just grateful that someone shows them how to do the basics,” says Bryan, who began doing her videos to give customers hairstyling tips. “I want women to feel good; I know what it’s like to have a bad hair day. And I have found that my tutorials have helped.” As for the styles she creates (and has been since middle school: “I thought everyone spent 25 to 30 minutes on their hair as an 11-year-old!”), her focus, she says, “is on not making them overly complicated, breaking them down into very easy, small steps so they are achievable.” Take a look at the three she created (and models in this story) for us.
The Half-Up Twist Hairstyle
This simple style works with straight, curly, or wavy hair that’s chin-length or longer. “It’s easy, quick, and not very involved: Just twist it and go. But it looks more interesting than just putting your hair half up,” says Bryan.
Click here for the step-by-step Half-Up Twist Hairstyle how-tos.
The Side French-Braid Updo
“Braids all around your face can look severe, but this is a way to work in a braid in a pretty, softer way,” says Bryan. Hair with a bit of a wave—whether natural or made with a large-barrel curling iron—lends itself to this style, but it also works for straight hair. And don’t be put off by the French braid aspect: Even a beginner can pull this off.
Click here for the step-by-step Side French-Braid Updo how-tos.
The Side Updo With a Twist
If this teased-and-tucked do had a motto, it would be “Go big or go home.” Starting off with hair that you’ve given texture and fluffiness to by teasing it works for a look that’s deliberately a bit messy. “This very flattering style is the most formal of the three—it’s supposed to look like you’ve put a ton of time into it—but it’s not complex, because it’s broken down into easy steps. And it shouldn’t look perfect,” says Bryan. Which, she points out, is an advantage: “Since it’s supposed to be messy, you can’t mess it up!”
Click here for the step-by-step Side Updo With a Twist how-tos.