Cool-Girl Hairstyles To Copy Right Now

by Stephanie Montes

From Friday night’s cocktail hour to Sunday morning brunch, spruce up your uninspired do with our ultra-cool hair ideas. Look low-key and effortless like a streetstyle photographer’s muse without the crazy prep time. This roundup is just what you need to get out of your snooze-fest hair rut.

Get inspired by our favorite hair looks at the moment.

Photo: Vanessa Jackman

The Haphazard Fishtail

In the true essence of a cool-girl, don't try to hard. Grab a section of hair, small or large and start fishtail braiding. Don't worry about positioning or thickness. You can even rough it up a bit with a bristled brush.

Learn how to do a fishtail braid.

Photo: Vanessa Jackman

The Faux Bob

If you have long hair, you might want to test-drive a bob without the long term commitment. This is how to do it: part the front of your hair the way you normally would and work in a texturizing spray. Tease hair at the ends and spritz with extra-hold hairspray. Begin rolling hair inwards to the nape of the neck and pin, pin, pin. Add a minimal accessory for that extra cool-girl effect.

Photo: Vanessa Jackman

The Over-Under Headband

Talk about a big-impact style with minimal effort. Work a shine pomade into hair and section into three parts. Comb the middle section straight back and position headband, keeping sides out. Pull remaining sections over headband a pin under top layers. Keep hair straight for a sleek and modern look.

Photo: Vanessa Jackman

The Comb-Back

Remember those flexible comb headbands from the 90's? From what we can see, they're having a moment. For second day hair, slide back a headband in your hair color and tie the rest in a mid-level ponytail. Keep hair out of your face by spritzing with a shiny finishing spray.

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The Sectioned Pony

Is your plain pony lacking major inspiration? Tie hair at the nape of the neck and continue tying in even increments until you reach the end. Puff up your sections by gently tugging on all sides. We encourage flyways here, so don't worry about topping off with any products.

Photo: Vanessa Jackman