#1 The wet look
If you’re a fan of this slicked back, high fashion mod look as seen on Kathy Chow and beloved by celebs and models alike, it’s actually really easy to recreate on your own and suits virtually all hair types and lengths.
Step 1: Start with freshly blow-dried hair that’s still very slightly damp to the touch. Using a rattail comb, make a side part (the deeper the side part, the more voluminous the crown) and comb hair down.
Step 2: Section your hair into parts and using your fingers or a fine comb, work pomade or hair mousse section by section into your hair, making sure to go from root to tip.
Step 3: Finish with sea salt spray for extra shine and texture, and hairspray for hold.
Photo: Kathy Chow/Instagram
#2 The voluminous half-up,half-down do
This look is perfect for those with medium to long hair like Korean actress Shin So Yul. You can wear this look either with textured hair or curly hair.
Step 1: Create texture in your hair by braiding your hair. You can alternate between doing a rope braid and an ordinary three strand braid. Next, grab a diffuser and diffuse the hair (braids) to create tousled waves.
Step 2: Tease your hair at the crown section before smoothing the hair to create a hair-up, half-down style.
Step 3: Grab some bobby pins and create an “x” to secure the half-up style. Finish everything off with some hairspray.
Photo: Shin So Yul/Instagram
#3 The peekaboo braid
Can’t decide whether to have your hair down or in braids? Get the best of both worlds with this Chinese actress Fan Bing Bing inspired hairstyle. Bonus: This effortless hairstyle works on all hair textures and can be done fast. We’re talking on the Uber ride before the party starts fast.
Step 1: If you have some time on your hands, you can achieve Fan Bing Bing’s silky straight locks by running a flat iron through your hair. Alternatively, you can use a round brush and blow-dryer to get the same straight and sleek look.
Step 2: Section and part your hair with a fine tooth comb. You want to start from the arch of your hairbrows. For added volume, part your hair on the opposite side of its natural part. If you usually part your hair on the left side of your head, for instance, part your hair on the right to give your hair an added boost.
Step 3: Now for the fun part! Grab a section from the side of your hair and create a dutch or French braid and secure that with bobby pins.
Photo: Fan Bing Bing/Instagram
#3 The messy topknot
There is always something romantic about letting your natural texture run wild and free. This relaxed topknot seen on Korean Instagram star Hyeji is a party look that doesn’t look like you’re trying too hard.
Step 1: Define your texture with curling iron or crimp your hair with a three barrel curler if you have straight hair.
Step 2: Apply styling products like the Phil Smith Big It Up! Thickening Volume Cream ($26) or the Sachajuan Dark Volume Powder ($40) to the roots and tease for more volume.
Step 3: Gather your hair in a high ponytail. Wrap your hair in a clockwise direction around your hair tie.
#4 Topped with braids
If you’re wearing your hair down this holiday season, elevate your holiday look with braids. This easy to nab look that Korean girl group member Yura is sporting doesn’t have to be perfect to replicate. The look looks best when the hair is a little undone.
Step 1: Spritz texturizing spray such as the BYRD Texturizing Surfspray ($28) or the OUAI Texturizing Hair Spray ($39) over clean and dry hair. Scrunch your hair to create the messy tousled look.
Step 2: Gather a small section of hair from each side of your head and create thin braids. Secure the ends with elastic hair ties.
#5 Sleek retro ponytail
This timeless ponytail hairstyle with a deep side part seen on South Korean singer Seohyun looks great for everyone and for any occasion. If you have thick and curly hair, you might want to smooth it out before beginning.
Step 1: Create a deep side part and pin the hair in place so it stays neat while you style.
Step 2: Tame unwanted flyaways by blow-drying your hair, following the direction of the ponytail, before securing the ponytail tight to the head with a hair tie.
Step 3: For that finishing touch, create a bend (c-curl) in the hair with a flat iron or curling iron.
Step 4: Finally, apply some smoothing serum or cream like the Percy & Reed Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish ($22) or the Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream ($52).
#6 Messy low braid
This versatile hairstyle worn by South Korean girl Girls’ Generation group member Taeyeon is perfect for a fancy or casual holiday party. The fuss-free look also keeps your hair out of your face which is great if you’re going to be sipping on cocktails.
Step 1: Create some volume by teasing your hair at the crown section
Step 2: Gather all of your hair into a low braid. Secure the end of the braid with a clear hair tie.
Step 3: Gently tug sections of the braid to get that perfectly dishevelled look.
#7 Low tousled ponytail
A low ponytail is a simple yet majorly pretty hairstyle. Korean model Holly looks chic and put together with her elegant do.
Step 1: Spritz some sea salt spray like the Verb Sea Spray ($24) or the Original & Mineral Surf Bomb Sea Salt Spray ($35) at the root to add some volume and texture to your hair.
Step 2: Curl your hair with a curling iron or wand if you have naturally straight hair.
Step 3: Gather all of your hair to form a loose ponytail and adjust the ponytail to make it as messy as you like.
Step 4: Top it all off by wrapping your ponytail with a few strands of hair around the elastic.
#9 Half bun (or the Hun)
If you’re looking for an alternative to the top knot, try the half bun that is seen on local actress Rebecca Lim. This trend is just as perfect for the daytime as it is for a formal gala.
Step 1: Separate the top section of your hair from the bottom half before creating a ponytail with the top section of your hair.
Step 2: Tug gently on the hair for a more loose and voluminous look.
Step 3: Tease the ponytail slightly and twist it around the base to form a bun.
Photo: Rebecca Lim/Instagram