Need an excuse to take your hair out of that greasy-ass bun you've been wearing all month (...year)? Here’s a hot little tip for ya: Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching—and whether you’re celebrating with your partner or just chilling at home with takeout and wine, it’s basically the perfect time to play around with your hair (think: super-sleek ponytails, soft beach waves, chunky braids—you know the drill). So grab your hairspray, flat iron, or curling wand (remember those?!), and start scrolling to find the Valentine’s Day hairstyle that’s perfect for you and your vibe. Promise these looks are cute enough to even impress your Bumble date over FaceTime.
1. This Topknot Hairstyle for Valentine's Day
A tad more elevated than that half-up half-down look you've been wearing for years, this Valentine's Day topknot is all about the sleek, face-framing layers. Follow Shay Mitchell's lead and go for a super-shiny texture with the help of a lightweight hair oil or finishing spray.
2. This Curly Updo for Valentine's Day
Down to try this curly hairstyle for Valentine's Day? Slick your hair back and secure it at the top of your head with a cute scrunchie or elastic. Bonus points for recreating this red lip and glowy contour too.
3. These Side-Parted Waves for Valentine's Day
For proof that curling your hair doesn't have to mean super done-up curls, look towards these lowkey waves for Valentine's Day. Opt for a curling wand (it's easier to control than an iron) and gently comb out your waves and part 'em to the side.
4. This Scrunchie Hairstyle for Valentine's Day
Looking for a Valentine's Day hairstyle that's nice and easy? Grab your biggest, prettiest scrunchie and gently twist your hair into a knot at the nape of your neck. Pull out a few loose pieces in the front to finish off the look.
5. This High Ponytail for Valentine's Day
Grab a clip-in ponytail to add some easy length to your curls this Valentine's Day. Lay your baby hairs with an edge styler and pop on some pink lipstick to tie it all together.
6. These Double Braids for Valentine's Day
IMO, there's nothing sweeter than a pair of chunky braids for Valentine's Day. Pro tip: If your hair is on the finer side, spritz on some texturizing spray to add a little grit and hold before you start braiding.
7. This Sleek Braid for Valentine's Day
Slick your hair back and go for a long, low braid this Valentine's Day. It's basically the perfect hairstyle if you're trying to emphasize your makeup (I mean, how cute does it look with this neutral lip?).
8. This Bobby Pin Hairstyle for Valentine's Day
If you want to wear your hair down this Valentine's Day, you can't go wrong with this cute bobby pin hairstyle. Load up on shine-enhancing serums and slip on a few sparkly pins around your hairline. Easy, right?
9. These Flat-Iron Waves for Valentine's Day
If mastering flat-iron waves has always been on your list, Valentine's Day is the time to try it (I mean, what else are you really doing?). Grab some heat protectant, a straightener, and cue up a few YouTube tutorials to master this look.
10. This Romantic Bun for Valentine's Day
A cute option if you're going for something a bit more classically romantic, this Valentine's Day bun is made complete with a couple of loose tendrils. Don't forget to lock in your look with a lightweight, non-crunchy hairspray.
11. This Claw Clip Hairstyle for Valentine's Day
The easiest way to make this half-up style look intentional AF for Valentine's Day? Choose the right claw clip (i.e. not that boring black one you've had for 10+ years.) Might I suggest a pretty gold clip that stands out on its own?
12. This '70s Blowout for Valentine's Day
Ditch the sleek look this Valentine's Day and try out this big, voluminous blowout for a '70s-inspired vibe. BTW: If multi-tasking with a hairdryer and a round brush feels too complicated for you, try using a blow-dryer brush instead.
13. This Hair Clip Hairstyle for Valentine's Day
Presenting: the prettiest Valentine's Day hairstyle that looks like you put in way more effort than you actually did. Brush out your hair and run a curling wand through your ends, then secure your hair behind your ears with a glitzy hair clip.
14. This Sleek Lob for Valentine's Day
If you need a reason to cut your hair this Valentine's Day, why not consider this sleek little lob? Take cues from Vanessa Hudgens and part your hair right down the middle, finishing off the look with a shiny hair serum or oil.
15. This Low Bun for Valentine's Day
Is it just me or does this low bun basically scream "Valentine's Day hairstyle"? You can get as fancy or lowkey as you wish with this one, but I personally love the idea of leaving out a few face-framing pieces and softly curling them for good measure.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.