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Woman styling friend's hair with ribbons

Valentine's Day is here, and since it falls on a school day and is not a national holiday, there will be that inevitable day of dressing down. For those happily in love, there will be the color coordinating and cute matching outfits, but for the rest of us out there who are happily single, there is still a way to get in on the fun. Even if you do have your plus one for all the parties, you can still use these hairstyles to add some pizzazz to your usual laid back curly hairstyles.

Braided Ribbon Headband

To do this style you will need a rat tailed comb, thin ribbons and clear elastics.

Section off a 1.5 inch portion of hair at the front by parting it from ear to ear. Split that section into two by parting down the middle of your head. Take a small piece at the beginning of each section near the part and tie a ribbon around that section.

Then take that section, and the ribbon, and proceed to cornrow or flat twist it like normal. Continue to braid or flat twist until the very end, then secure the end with a clear elastic band. Do the same to the other side.

There are several options for your ends:

  • Use a thin hair band to secure them together at the back of your head under your hair.
  • Use bobby pins to secure the ends under your hair if they are not long enough to join at the back.
  • Lift the hair at the crown of the head and then secure the braids together or use bobby pins. Release the hair at the crown to create the effect that the ends are simply being lost in the hair.

Ribbon Ponytail

To create this curly hairstyle, all you need is a seamless hair tie, a medium width ribbon in Valentine's day colors (red, white or pink) that is at least 10 inches longer than the normal length of your ponytail, a clear elastic band and some bobby pins.

Using your favorite styling products, secure your hair into a neat ponytail. Tie your ribbon at the base of your ponytail securely. Proceed to braid or twist your hair. Stop braiding or twisting 2 to 3 inches before the end of your hair and use a clear elastic band to prevent your hair from unraveling. You can take the ends of the ribbon and tie it in a cute bow, or you can take the entire braid and wrap it around the base of your ponytail using your bobby pins to create a colorful bun.

Heart Ponytail

To create this curly hairstyle all you will need is a seamless hair tie, a medium width ribbon in valentine's day colors (red, white or pink) that is at least 10 inches longer than the normal length of your ponytail, clear elastic band and bobby pins.

Secure your hair into a neat high ponytail. Tie the ribbon around the base of the ponytail and braid or twist the end of the ponytail with the ribbon until the braided section is around 7 inches long. Then secure the end with a clear elastic to prevent the braid or twist from unraveling and tie the loose ends of the ribbon into a bow.

Hold the secured end against your end about four inches from the base of your ponytail and secure it in place using bobby pins. Then take each braided section and arrange them so that they form a heart shape and secure them as you go along using bobby pins.

Ribbon Bun

To do this style you will need at least two hair ties, an old sock (preferably the same color as your hair), a thin ribbon and a large, curved plastic needle from an arts and crafts store.

Secure your hair into a neat ponytail and take a sock and wrap it around the base of the ponytail. Fan the hair out around it then take a thin hair band and place it over the hair and sock to create a bun. Rearrange the hair if the sock is still visible. Tuck the loose ends under the bun.

Thread your plastic needle with the thin ribbon and starting at the back of your head thread the needle under the bun and out into the center over the bun and back under the bun. Continue to do this until you go all the way around the bun. Tie the loose ends into a ribbon or tuck them under the bun. You can control how close together the ribbon will be by making the places where the needle enters the underside of the bun closer together or further apart.

For added interest, you can add another ribbon of another color or width. Also, make sure that you are careful not to scratch your scalp.

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Final Thoughts

With a little ribbon and patience, you can have hair to die for and get in the spirit of things even without a significant other.  So have a happy V-day and remember its true meaning — endless chocolate and a free pass to pig out on sweets!

 

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