Tips on How to Achieve Chic, Sleek and Easy Looks for the Everyday Gal

Braids, ponytails and down the middle (center) parts is what 2017/2018 is rocking in the hair department. There are variations of each style that are perfect for daytime and weekend appearances. Whether you have naturally straight, curly or wavy hair, these styles are sure to complete any look.

Begin your day with moisturizing your entire body. Our skin is the largest organ humans have. It is the body’s first line of defense. Part of your daily routine should always be to moisturize your skin.

You should do this every night before bed and every morning when you wake up. There are all types of creams and lotions out there. Just make sure to go with hypoallergenic products. No one wants to sport a rash and all its symptoms.
Coconut oil is a great alternative to nourish the body. It’s cheap, natural and will give your skin all the nutrients it needs. A little goes a long way. Start by taking about a teaspoon of the oil. The oil is solid, looks like wax. Melt the oil in the palms of your hands by rubbing your hands together.
There should be enough for you to apply to your body and face that won’t leave an “oily” residue. When you add lotions, creams, or oils to your skin, it acts as another layer that protects it. The more hydrated your skin is, the healthier it is for you and your body. Best to take care of it daily.

Once you have moisturized it is time to get ready for the day. If you woke up a little late and don’t have enough time to do your hair but it needs to be done, have no fear. There are simple styles that you can do on the go.


A ponytail is always a go to. Spice it up by taking a strand from under the ponytail and wrap it around the hair tie. Take a pin and secure the end.

If you have a ribbon, instead of using your own hair, wrap the ribbon around the hair tie. Start with the middle of the ribbon. Make sure that both ends of the ribbon are behind the ponytail and make a knot.

If you don’t have a bobby pin on hand. Put your hair into a high ponytail. This look is great if you wake up late but still want to look chic. You could just leave it like that. But if you have thick hair, I recommend that you take the ponytail and loosely braid it to the ends. Gently pull on each strand to attain more volume.


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Braids are great for the girl on the go. The traditional three-strand braid can save you a good ten minutes if you are running late. To accomplish the look, separate your hair into three strands.
Take the strands and interweave them. Continue with the technique till you reach the end. Tie with a thin elastic band and out the door, you go.
A popular trend seems to be the side braid. You would start at either the right or left side of your head and continue till you reach the desired length. If you braid on both ends you can meet the two braids at the center integrating them and continue down.

Another variation of this look is to tie the combined braid at the base of the neck. This hairdo is great for the office or Sunday brunch.

For the ladies who have more times on their hands. The fishtail is another great braid you can do. You begin with two strands that cross over one another. It should start out looking like a downward V.

As you continue, take smaller strands from each side and incorporate it to the original strands and repeat the process. For a more relaxed look. Start the braid from the side, going around the base of the head, and let it rest on the opposite shoulder.

Sleek look

A sleek look that you can rock, is parting your hair down the middle and straighten it. So unassuming and lustrous. If you have naturally wavy hair you could forgo the straightener and touch up some loose ends with a curling iron. This look transitions beautifully from day to night. 

The messy bun
For ladies with thinner hair, it can be difficult to get the look. Start off by putting your hair in a high ponytail. Start teasing your hair till you get the volume you want.

Then loosely wrap the ponytail around the hair tie, take the end and tuck it under the bun you created and pin it. Use hairspray to complete the look.

The chignon is a classic look that can be done in seconds. Take your hair and make it into a knot at the nape. Secure the bun with bobby pins. Use hairspray to keep any flyaway hair in place.

Putting half of your hair up is another common look that does not take up time. To make it more elaborate, try taking a large strand in the middle and teasing it. Use hairspray to hold. Twist a large section of hair from both sides to meet in the middle. Pin all together and smooth out any frizzies.

Parting your hair
If you don’t have the time or the patience for hair ties and bobby pins, play with what you got. Simply parting your hair down the middle and adding a little product will go well in today’s bohemian culture.
Try parting your hair on different sides. For a little more texture without any heat. Add some mouse to your hair and crunch. Let air dry.

For beach waves, put your hair into a loose bun after the shower. Leave it in for half an hour or at least until it dries. Let down hair and boom. Effortless waves.

With all these different styles, you can add accessories to kick it up a notch. Flowers, ribbons, and even costume jewelry can turn any dull do into a must do.

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Author Bio: Sally Mitchell began her career as a makeup artist, and after receiving a diploma in Clinical Dermatology decided to combine her passions for makeup artistry and skincare becoming a licensed beauty professional. Now she shares useful skin care and beauty tips with readers of the blog.

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