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A beautiful and low-maintenance hairstyle is a practical choice for busy women who still want to look and feel attractive.
While some may associate functionality with boring, a simple haircut can still be on-trend and effortlessly stylish.
Easy to style and always cute, these gorgeous and modern hairstyles will minimize your effort and time while still allowing you to look fabulous and feel confident in your appearance.
For visual inspiration, let’s explore some of the best low-maintenance haircuts that still look absolutely gorgeous and on-trend.
Stylish and Easy Women’s Haircuts
For a versatile and low-maintenance hairstyle, the long bob is a cute and feminine look that can take you from work to happy hour without a hitch. A hit during the Jazz Age, we can almost guarantee it won’t go out of fashion anytime soon – especially when celebrities like Emma Stone and Taylor Swift continue to wear it in the spotlight.
A shoulder-length cut, the long bob features longer hair in the front, shorter in the back and involves layers that add an extra touch of volume, making it an excellent choice for women with thin hair. You can keep it simple or add bangs into the mix to spice things up.
When it comes to styling, a long bob looks good both straight and curly, so you can use a curling wand or straightener to shape it into place. Either way, don’t forget to use heat protectant spray to avoid long-term damage.
For an irresistible ‘70s vibe reminiscent of Brigitte Bardot or Farrah Fawcett, look no further than the ever-dependable curtain bangs. The style involves a wispy fringe parted in the middle, which perfectly frames the face.
Unlike straight bangs, curtain bangs work well with any hair type and are easy to grow out. Even better, they give you a shaggy, sexy look. If you think Dakota Johnson’s hair looks effortlessly cool even when she’s caught by paparazzi, giving this style a try is an absolute must.
If you’re looking for a short style that highlights your facial features, the pixie cut is your best bet. Beloved by the likes of Halle Berry and Charlize Theron, the cut became mainstream during the ‘50s as a symbol of women’s independence. As a popular style in the ‘90s, it will give you a rebel look and works great with an oval or heart-shaped face.
Much like a stylish men’s haircut, this look boasts short hair on the sides and back, with longer layers on top. You can use pomade to add texture and a touch of hair spray to make sure your that locks stay in place throughout the day.
Long Layered Hair
For women who prefer a more romantic look, long layered hair provides endless styling options. As the hairstyle features layers cut at different lengths throughout the hair, you’ll have heaps of volume to play with.
You can wear your hair straight or curly, as well as experiment with head accessories, messy braids, and stylish buns. If you use a volumizing mousse, your hair will stay in place for much longer. On the same note, don’t forget to apply hairspray for extra shine!
A short afro enables you to celebrate your natural hair in style. All you need to do is keep your locks short to create a textured look. From there, you can shape the hair using your fingers or accessorize it with headbands or scarves.
The hairstyle first became popular during the Black Power movement in the ‘60s and ‘70s. It’s still going strong, with celebrities and influencers whole-heartedly embracing this minimalistic yet stunning ‘do.
The middle part is a classic for a reason: it’s a no-fuss, flattering hairstyle. It balances out your facial features, making it the perfect choice for women with a round or square face.
As the name suggests, the middle part involves parting the hair in the center of the head. That’s… pretty much it. You can use a styling brush to create a more defined parting, while a headband or barrette will provide a stylish finish. Variations aside, the middle part is a classic and works for all types of hair, including straight, wavy, or curly.
Whether you have long or short hair, this parted style can also help you look younger and trendier. Gen Z favors the look over the side part, which has become strongly associated with millennials.
Black women have always worn braids, as the style keeps hair damage and breakage to a minimum. However, braids have been considerably more ubiquitous in recent years, with celebrities like Rihanna and Zendaya often rocking them on the red carpet.
Braids come in many shapes and forms, with box braids, cornrows, and Senegalese twists particularly popular. You can add hair extensions for longer and fuller locks, as well as hair jewelry to dress them up.
While braids won’t compromise your hair in any way and are easy to maintain, you need to moisturize your scalp regularly to prevent flakiness. Stylists recommend wearing braids for a maximum of 8 weeks. Doing it longer could end up damaging your hairline.
Blunt Textured Cut
A blunt textured cut comes with a whole lot of attitude. This makes it well-suited for women who want to stand out from the crowd. The style features a blunt cut with textured ends that create a disheveled look. It’s chic and attractive.
Emilia Clarke and Jennifer Lawrence have rocked a blunt textured cut in the past, proving that you don’t have to sacrifice femininity for practicality. This look makes your face looks slimmer, which is always a plus.
An elegant updo doesn’t have to be exclusive to fancy weddings or galas. It can bring a casual outfit to the next level when you’re out brunching with the girls.
To create the perfect updo, arm yourself with bobby pins and start with clean, dry hair. From there, use a comb to section your hair, then gather it at the nape of your neck or the top of your head. Secure it with a hair elastic and use the bobby pins to lock down rebellious locks.
If you are heading to a formal event, however, you can accessorize the updo with a headband or floral crown for a touch of pizzas. Or, you can liberate a few strands and use a curling iron to create loose waves. A healthy whiff of strong-hold hairspray and you’re good to go!
Medium Length Curls
Medium-length curls give you a carefree, playful look. If your hair is naturally curly, all you need to do is attach a diffuser to your blow drier for a tousled finish. Otherwise, a curling iron or hot rollers can help you achieve a similar effect.
Do you prefer heatless curls? You’ll find countless options to try on social media platforms like Instagram.
The robe method is one of the most effective. After washing and drying your hair, wind your hair around a robe belt, securing the ends with a scrunchie. Keep it like this overnight and you’ll wake up with gorgeous curls that can last for days.
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