How to: Recreate Pinterest-Inspired Hairstyles

We’ve all seen the gorgeous hairstyles that flood our Pinterest feeds, many of us re-pinning them thinking, “I could never do this.”

The truth is, you can – and it’s a lot easier than you might think.

Next time you’re feeling like you want to stray from that messy bun, try one of these beginner styles (that look anything but beginner).

The French Bun


This first hairstyle is perfect for lazy days when the topknot isn’t cutting it, and even for immediate post-shower hair.

The first step is simply French braiding your hair from your roots to tips. If you don’t know how, you’ll catch on quickly. Simply take a top layer of your hair and divide it into three parts.

Then, braid the strands through one normal braid cycle, crossing the strands underneath.

Next, take more hair from the left and right sides of the braid and combine to their corresponding sections. Continue these steps until you run out of hair to add and then braid normally.

Once your braid is complete, tie it off and twist it up as if you were creating a topknot. Bobby pin the bun in place, and voila – the look is complete.


The Fishtail Half-Up


This style is a little more time consuming, so make sure you give yourself about 15 to 20 minutes if you plan to do this.

Start by brushing your hair and parting it the way you normally do. Then, take two small sections from either side of your face – these are the sections you will be fishtailing.

Fishtailing can seem daunting at first, but it isn’t much harder than any other braid. Divide the section of hair into two parts and then take a small strand from part one and cross it over to part two. Then, take a small section from part two and cross it over to part one. Continue doing this, making sure to keep the braid tight.

Do this for both of the sections you set aside. Then, take one of the fishtails and wrap it around the back of your head, pinning it right next to the roots of the opposite fishtail. Do the same for the other braid.

Leave the rest of your hair loose and flowing, or, for a pretty touch, curl the ends of the hair with a one-inch curling wand.


The Crown Braid


The final and most princess-inspired look of the three, this hairstyle looks salon professional and only takes about 10 minutes.

Begin by starting a braid at your part. This is a Dutch braid, which is just like a French braid, except that you braid under instead of over.

Braid down and around the scalp until you reach the opposite lower side. Then, continue normally and tie the braid off when you reach the end of the hair. Pin the braid around your head to meet the start of the braid. You’ll probably need quite a few bobby pins for this look, especially if you have thick, heavy hair.

Pull a few strands down to frame your face and curl to complete the look.