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26 Incredible Hairstyles You Can Learn In 10 Steps Or Less

No matter what your hair type.

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BuzzFeed Life asked Jeff Chastain, hairstylist and owner of Jeff Chastain Parlor salon, to teach us some fresh hairstyles for shoulder-length hair.

Here are the tools you’ll need:

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For these hairstyles, we worked with products from Parlor by Jeff Chastain, exclusively sold at Birchbox.

1. Reworkable Hold Paste, for flyaways, curls, or short hairs that need extra hold.
2. Texturizing Finishing Spray, for lightweight hold that still lets hair move.
3. Detangling Leave-In Conditioner, especially good hair for dry hair that needs extra moisture. This was applied to hair before the styling.
4. Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray, for beach wave texture without stickiness or dryness.
5. Smoothing Blowout Spray, for smooth, frizz-free hair when you’re using a blow dryer. This was applied to hair before it was blown dry.
6. Mini hair elastics, for cinching smaller sections of hair. Depending on your hair type and the style you’re doing, you can also use regular hair elastics.
7. Bobby pins, to pin back smaller sections of hair.
8. Tail comb, for making cleanly sectioned parts of hair.
9. Teasing brush, to tease the hair for extra volume.
10. Hair clips, to temporarily hold sections of hair.

Note: We used hair elastics and bobby pins that didn’t match the models’ hair in these tutorials so the techniques would be more visible. At home, using elastics and bobby pins that match your hair will make them less noticeable.

1. Flower Braid

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What You’ll Need:
- Mini hair elastics
- Bobby pins
- Sea salt spray

Step 1: Grab a one-inch section of hair from each side of your head just above your ears and twist them back to the center of your head. Secure with a mini hair elastic.
Step 2: Using hair underneath the elastic, braid a two-inch section of hair and secure with another elastic.
Step 3: Wrap the braid around the base of itself until it forms a flower shape, then use bobby pins to secure in place.
Step 4 (Optional): Use sea salt spray on the rest of your hair to give it a beach-y texture.

2. A Crown For Curls

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What You’ll Need:
- Bobby pins
- Mini hair elastics
- Tail comb
- Hair clips

Step 1: Using a tail comb, create a front section of hair all the way around your head from ear to ear. Clip back the rest of your hair to keep it out of the way for now.
Step 2: Beginning at one side of your head, French-braid the front section of hair along the hairline.
Step 3: Continue the French braid, adding more hair to each strand as you go.
Step 4: Once the braid is at your ear, continue with a traditional three-strand braid to the end of the hair.
Step 5: Secure the braid with a mini hair elastic at the bottom.
Step 6: Make the braid a bit thicker by gently tugging apart each strand so the weave isn’t too tight.
Step 7: Lift the braid up and over your head, flush against the French-braided section, until the end of the braid reaches the opposite ear. See the GIF below for a more detailed view on this.
Step 8: Pin back any extra hair in the front that wasn’t woven into the French braid. This piece can be used to cover up the end of the braid if your hair isn’t long enough to reach the opposite side of your head.
Step 9: Unclip the rest of your hair and tousle it forward.
Step 10: If you need to secure any parts of the braid, use a bobby pin to do so.

Here’s how to lift the braid up and over your head (from Step 7):

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Just lift, wrap, and pin in place.

3. Braided Bun

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What You’ll Need:
- Bobby pins
- Mini hair elastics

Step 1: Gather your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck and secure it with an elastic.
Step 2: Braid the ponytail into a three-strand braid.
Step 3: Secure the end of the braid with a mini hair elastic.
Step 4: Wrap the braid around the base of the ponytail until it forms a bun. Pin the braided bun in place with as many bobby pins as you need.

4. Twist ‘n’ Pin

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What You’ll Need:
- Bobby pins
- Reworkable hold paste

Step 1: Use a pea-size amount of reworkable hold paste in your fingertips to slick down any major cowlicks.
Step 2: Start with a two-inch section of hair, twisting the section around itself into a tight coil.
Step 3: Once the coil is tight enough that the twist naturally forms a small bun, continue wrapping the bun up and toward your head. Pin the bun in place. See the GIF below for closer look at this technique.
Step 4: Continue steps 2-3 until all of your hair is pinned up.

Just to clarify, here’s what to do:

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It’s as easy as that!

5. Half-Up Hair Wrap

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What You’ll Need:
- Mini hair elastics
- Bobby pins
- Teasing brush
- Hairspray

Step 1: Prep your roots by spraying hairspray for volume and hold.
Step 2: Use a teasing brush to tease hair from the front of your hairline to the crown of your head. Tease one-inch sections at a time, brushing from the mid-shaft to the root to create more volume.
Step 3: Create a half-up ponytail with the top half of hair, securing with an elastic.
Step 4: Grab a one-inch section of hair directly underneath the elastic of the half-up ponytail.
Step 5: Wrap the loose one-inch section of hair around the half-ponytail to conceal the elastic.
Step 6: Pin the ends of the wrapped hair underneath the elastic.

6. Piled-Up Pony

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What You’ll Need:
- Hair elastics
- Bobby pins

Step 1: Gather your hair into a high ponytail, leaving out your bangs or the front pieces of hair. Secure the ponytail with an elastic.
Step 2: Use bobby pins to pin any stray curls or flyaways down toward the ponytail.
Step 3: Tousle your bangs or the front pieces of hair to frame your face.
Step 4: Tousle your ponytail to place your hair exactly the way you want!

7. The Braided Half-Up

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What You’ll Need:
- Mini hair elastics
- Bobby pins
- Hair clip

Step 1: At the front of your face, use your fingers to create a two-inch section of hair on the left. Braid the section.
Step 2: Secure the left braid with a mini hair elastic.
Step 3: Repeat Steps 1 and 2 on the right side of your head.
Step 4: For the look of a thicker braid, gently tug apart each braid using your finger tips.
Step 5: Section off the top of your hair and put it in a hair clip to keep it out of the way for now.
Step 6: Bring both braids around to the back of your head and secure them together with a mini hair elastic in the center of your head.
Step 7: Take down the top section of hair and secure it into a half-up ponytail with a mini hair elastic at about the same spot as the elastic holding the braids together.
Step 8: Secure a bobby pin into the top elastic and thread it through the bottom elastic on the braids, then push it through to secure both elastics flat on the head.

8. Shorty on the Side

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What You’ll Need:
- Tail comb
- Mini hair elastics

Step 1: Use your tail comb to create a deep side part in your hair.
Step 2: Grab a two-inch section of hair on the same side as the part and begin braiding your hair about one inch above your ear. This should be a traditional three-strand braid. Continue braiding until about one inch from the ends of your hair.
Step 3: Secure the braid with a mini hair elastic.
Step 4: For a thicker braid, gently tug apart each part of the braid with your fingertips.

9. Bangin’ Braid

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What You’ll Need:
- Tail comb
- Mini hair elastics
- Bobby pins
- Hair clips

Step 1: Using a tail comb, part the front section of your hair into a triangle with clean, straight parts. Hold the rest of your hair away from your face by clipping it back with hair clips.
Step 2: Begin braiding the bangs section with three passes of a French braid before continuing with a traditional three-strand braid. See the GIF below for more clarification on this technique.
Step 3: Continue down the bangs until you reach the temple area, then secure with a mini hair elastic.
Step 4: Use a bobby pin to pin the braid back into the hairline. Pull the clips off of the loose hair and tousle hair to cover the elastic and pin in the front.

To make sure your hair is tightly woven, keep your fingers as close to your roots and hairline as possible while braiding.

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If you have any flyaways, you can keep them in the braid with reworkable hold paste.

10. Loose Braid

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What You’ll Need:
- Teasing brush
- Mini hair elastic
- Hair clip
- Texturizing finishing spray

Step 1: Create a section of hair that is the width of your eyebrows and the depth from your hairline to the crown of your head.
Step 2: Using your teasing brush, hold up the section of hair and tease by gently brushing down on the left side, then brushing down on the right side, then alternating side to side until you have volume.
Step 3: Braid the section, loosely holding each piece so the braid isn’t too tight.
Step 4: Secure the braid with a mini hair elastic at the bottom.
Step 5: Apply texturizing finishing spray to all of the hair not in the braid. Use your hands to scrunch the hair for even more texture.
Step 6: Fix any stray hairs and you’re done!

11. A Dressed-Up Pony

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What You’ll Need:
- Bobby pins
- Mini hair elastics
- Sea salt spray

Step 1: Gather your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck, leaving about one inch of hair underneath out of the ponytail. Secure with an elastic.
Step 2: Create a three-strand braid with the one-inch section of hair underneath the ponytail and secure the end of the braid with a mini hair elastic.
Step 3: Gently tug apart the braid with your fingertips to get a thicker look.
Step 4: Wrap the braid around the base of the ponytail so the elastic is completely covered.
Step 5: Pin the braid in place.
Step 6: Use sea salt spray on your ponytail for extra texture.

12. Half French Twist

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What You’ll Need:
- Mini hair elastics
- Bobby pins

Step 1: Gather the top quarter section of your hair into a small ponytail and secure with a mini hair elastic.
Step 2: Grab a two-inch section from either side of your head and pull backward.
Step 3: Loosely secure both pieces together with an elastic to create a second small ponytail.
Step 4: Twist the ends of the second small ponytail until the twist becomes hard.
Step 5: Keep twisting until the hair above the elastic is also a hard, taut twist. Use a bobby pin to secure the twist flat on your head, then continue pinning to keep the entire length of the twist in place.

13. Frohawk

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What You’ll Need:
- Hair clips
- Bobby pins
- Mini hair elastics
- Hairspray

Step 1: Use hair clips to create four sections of hair down the center of your head.
Step 2: Replace each hair clip with a hair elastic for a permanent hold.
Step 3: Smooth down any stray pieces of hair with bobby pins.
Step 4: Use your fingertips to rough up each section of hair until it looks like one continuous mohawk.

14. The Mini Bun

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What You’ll Need:
- Tail comb
- Mini hair elastics
- Bobby pins

Step 1: Using your tail comb, create a part on the left and right side to make one large section at the top of your head. If you want to get extra ~fancy~ you can make zigzag parts instead by pushing the tail comb backwards from left to right (in the shape of a zigzag) instead of just going straight back.
Step 2: Secure the section with a mini hair elastic close to the root.
Step 3: Hold up the section and tightly twist it around itself.
Step 4: Roll the section down into a bun and secure it to your head with a bobby pin.

15. The New Topsy Tail

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What You’ll Need:
- Mini hair elastics
- Bobby pins

Step 1: Gather a section of hair on the top of your head, about the width of the space between the arches of your eyebrows. Loosely secure the section at the back of your head with a mini hair elastic. This will be your first ponytail.
Step 2: About two inches lower than the first ponytail, gather a two-inch section of hair from both sides of your head together at the back. Secure them together with an elastic so that this second ponytail sits on top of the first.
Step 3: Repeat Step 2 to create a third ponytail.
Step 4: Repeat Step 2 to create a fourth ponytail.
Step 5: Grab the first ponytail and remove the end from underneath the other three ponytails. Create a small space in the hair above the elastic, then push the ponytail up and through the space, creating a topsy tail. Do this on all four ponytails.
Step 6: Grab a half-inch section from the bottom of the first ponytail. Wrap the section around the base of the ponytail to hide the elastic. Pin the hair in place so the ponytail sits flat on your head.

16. The Fun Bun

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What You’ll Need:
- Hair elastics
- Bobby pins

Step 1: Gather all of your hair into a ponytail at the front of your head as close to your hairline as possible. Secure the ponytail with an elastic.
Step 2: Use a second elastic on the ponytail about two inches up from the ends. This will help keep your hair in place for the next step.
Step 3: Roll the second elastic back toward the first elastic to create a large bun. Use bobby pins to secure the bun in place.
Step 4: If you have any other curls or flyaways, tuck them into the bun with bobby pins.

17. Triple-Threat Braid

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What You’ll Need:
- Bobby pins
- Tail comb
- Hair clips

Step 1: Part your hair to one side. Using your tail comb, create a section perpendicular to the part all the way down to the hairline behind your ear. Clip back the rest of your hair to keep it out of the way for now.
Step 2: At the top of the section you just created, take a smaller one-inch section and begin a three-strand braid all the way down the hair.
Step 3: Using your tail comb, tease the end of the braid to secure it without an elastic. Vigorously comb from the ends of your hair up to the end of the braid until there’s enough tension that the braid won’t unravel.
Step 4: Make another one-inch section of hair next to the first braid and braid all the way down to the end. Tease the end of the braid with the tail comb.
Step 5: Repeat Step 4 with a third, final section of hair.
Step 6: Pull all three small braids together and back behind your ear and pin in place.
Step 7: Add a second bobby pin to create an “X” shape, which will help keep the braids extra secure.
Step 8: Unclip the rest of your hair and drape it over the ends of the braids to hide your bobby pins and make the hairstyle look seamless.

18. 10-Minute Fancy Updo

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What You’ll Need:
- Mini hair elastics
- Bobby pins
- Hair clips
- Hairspray

Step 1: Separate your hair into four sections: face-framing pieces in the front, one section on each side from your ear to your temple, and the rest of your hair in the back.
Step 2: Separate the largest section of hair in the back into two more sections: top and bottom. Clip the top section up to keep it out of the way for now. Secure the bottom section into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck with a mini hair elastic, then put another elastic about two inches from the bottom of the ponytail.
Step 3: Roll the ponytail up into a bun and secure with a bobby pin at the nape of your neck.
Step 4: Take the clip out of the top section of hair and smooth it back and down. Loosely secure it into a half-up ponytail with a mini elastic.
Step 5: Twist the tail of the ponytail into its base and pin the twist down above the bun. See the GIF below for a closer look at this technique.
Step 6: Braid the section of hair on the left and secure the braid with an elastic at the end. For a thicker look, gently tug the braid apart from top to bottom.
Step 7: Wrap the braid around the back of the head and secure with a bobby pin just above the bun.
Step 8: Repeat Step 6 on the right side.
Step 9: Repeat Step 7 on the right side.
Step 10: Use hairspray to secure the style in the back and fix any face-framing pieces in the front to fall however you’d like.

Here’s a detailed look of Step 5 for this hairstyle:

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You can pin any stray ends from the ponytail underneath the bun to hide them.

19. Chic Chignon

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What You’ll Need:
- Bobby pins
- Mini hair elastics
- Tail comb
- Hairspray (optional)

Step 1: Use your tail comb to create a front section of hair about one half-inch back from your hairline, wrapping around the whole head from ear to ear. Leave the hair down for now.
Step 2: Secure the back section of hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck with a mini hair elastic.
Step 3: Use another hair elastic on the ponytail about one inch up from the ends. This will help keep all of the hair in one clean section for the next step.
Step 4: Roll the bottom of the ponytail up to the top elastic to create a bun, then secure the bun to your head with bobby pins.
Step 5: Leaving out a one-inch piece on either side of your head, pin the front section back and down into the bun.
Step 6: Wrap each front piece across the back of the head and pin on the opposite side, pushing the bobby pins into the bun.
Step 7 (Optional): Finish with hairspray to hold the style in place.

20. French Hawk

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What You’ll Need:
- Bobby pins
- Mini hair elastics
- Texturizing finishing spray
- Tail comb

Step 1: With your tail comb, separate out a two-inch wide section of hair at the top of your head in the center. It should start at your hairline and end at the crown of your head.
Step 2: Beginning at your hair line, separate your section of hair into three smaller sections to start your French braid.
Step 3: Continue to French-braid the entire section, picking up pieces to add to your braid as you go.
Step 4: Once your braid reaches the end of the section of hair you created, secure the end of the braid with a mini hair elastic.
Step 5: Bobby pin the hair elastic down to your head. For an extra secure hold, push the bobby pin through the elastic before pushing into your hair.
Step 6: On your loose hair, spray texturizing finishing spray to add body.

21. Secret Braid

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What You’ll Need:
- Teasing brush
- Hair clip

Step 1: Create a section of hair on one side of your head from two inches above your ear down to the nape of your neck. Use a hair clip to hold the rest of your hair away from this section.
Step 2: Braid this section of hair.
Step 3: Instead of securing with an elastic at the bottom of the braid, use a teasing brush to create enough grit to hold the braid. Brush from the bottom of the hair section up to where the braid ends until the hair is teased enough that the braid will hold.
Step 4: Gently tug apart each section of the braid with your fingertips. This will make the braid look fuller, but it should not be so harsh that it undoes the braid.
Step 5: Rub the braid between your fingertips from the bottom to the top to give it extra grit.
Step 6: Unclip the rest of your hair and partially cover your new braid with the loose hair so that the braid is a secret!

22. Beach Braids

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What You’ll Need:
- Tail comb
- Sea salt spray

Step 1: Part your hair in the middle. Using your tail comb, section off a front piece of hair in the middle, about two inches wide. Keep this section separate from the rest of your hair for now.
Step 2: Use your tail comb again to create a one-inch square section of hair on the left side of your part. Begin a three-strand braid on this section.
Step 3: Instead of using mini hair elastics, cinch the end of the braid by using your tail comb to tease up the ends. Firmly comb up from the ends of your hair to the end of your braid until there is enough tension in your hair to hold the braid in place.
Step 4: Repeat Step 3 on the right side of your head.
Step 5: Spray sea salt spray in the loose hair and use your fingers to scrunch the product into your hair.
Step 6: Part the front section of hair down the middle and style the pieces into the rest of your hair.

23. Tucked Up

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What You’ll Need:
- Mini hair elastics
- Bobby pins

Step 1: Take a one-inch section of hair from each side of your head and gather them together in the back, loosely securing them with a mini hair elastic. This section will act as an anchor for Steps 2–4. Underneath that section, gather the top half of your hair into a half-up ponytail.
Step 2: Beginning on the right side of your head, take a one-inch section of hair and roll it up, over the top anchor of hair, and tuck it underneath the anchor. Secure it with a bobby pin.
Step 3: Repeat Step 2 with another one-inch section of hair, continuing until all of your hair is secured up.
Step 4: Use bobby pins to tuck away any stray hairs or cowlicks.

24. Triple Bun

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What You’ll Need:
- Bobby pins
- Mini hair elastics

Step 1: Separate your hair into three evenly sized low ponytails at the nape of your neck. Secure the base of the ponytails with mini hair elastics.
Step 2: Use another mini hair elastic about two inches up from the ends of your hair on each ponytail. This will help keep the hair together and in place for the next step.
Step 3: Starting with the ponytail in the center, roll the bottom elastic up to the first elastic to create a bun. Pin the bun in place at the base of the ponytail.
Step 4: Repeat Step 3 on the left ponytail.
Step 5: Repeat Step 3 on the right ponytail.

25. The Crisscross

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What You’ll Need:
- Bobby pins
- Texturizing finishing spray
- Tail comb
- Hair clips

Step 1: Use texturizing finishing spray at your roots for a gritty texture that will help hold your hairstyle in place.
Step 2: With your tail comb, section out a one-inch section of hair at the front of your hairline and clip out of the way.
Step 3: Take a small, half-inch section of hair from the right side of your head by your temple and pull it around the back of your head. Pin it on the left side of your head with the bobby pin pointing straight down.
Step 4: Repeat Step 3 on the left side of your head.
Step 5: Continue Steps 3 and 4, alternating from left to right and working your way down the back of your head.
Step 6: As you continue pinning, cover up each previous pin with a new half-inch section of hair.
Step 7 (Optional): Use texturizing finishing spray on your loose hair for added texture.
Step 8: Once you’ve finished the crisscross in the back, split the front section into two pieces wherever you naturally part your hair and pin each piece back.

26. Wrap-Around Braids

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What You’ll Need:
- Mini hair elastics
- Bobby pins
- Reworkable hold paste

Step 1: Split your hair into four sections: top, bottom, left, and right. Pin the bottom section up into a bun at the nape of your neck. Take the top section straight back and down, pinning underneath the bun.
Step 2: Starting with the right section, braid the hair and secure with an elastic at the bottom.
Step 3: Wrap the braid around the back of your head and pin to the opposite side of the bun. See the GIF below for more details on how to do this.
Step 4: Repeat Step 2 on the left side.
Step 5: Repeat Step 3 on the left side.
Step 6 (Optional): Using a pea-size amount of reworkable hold paste in your fingertips, smooth down any sections of frizz or flyaways.

And here’s what this technique actually looks like:

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Simple.

Lead Hairstylist: Jeff Chastain
Assistant Hairstylists: Bukky Ojeifo and Koni Bennett
Makeup Artists: Yana Markevich and Maya Calhoun
Models:
Alison Caporimo
Charlie Cooper
Megan Elliott
Nikki Jackson
Jessica Mendes
Conz Preti
Sami Promisloff
Megan Rodriguez
Erica Smith
Cristina Tudino
Jamie Urso

Special thanks to Birchbox for providing hair and makeup services.
Services were provided to BuzzFeed Life free of charge.

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