Look Head-to-Toe Preppy: Your Hair How-To

We took a page from The Preppy Handbook to bring you a guide to prim-and-proper hairstyles. Check it out.

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The Low Side Pony
Squeaky-clean hair is best for this look, so start by washing your hair. Then, blow-dry it using a large round brush—which should leave your ends flipped-under to perfection. Once dry, add a bit of shine serum—concentrating more on your ends than your roots. Then, create a side part. Final step? Sweep your hair into a low pony. You’ll want to secure it behind the ear on the same side as your side part. The result? A look that’s sleek on top, soft on bottom, perfectly preppy—and looks great with large shades.

The Headband
Get set to channel Blair Waldorf in an unexpected headband this spring. Options run the gamut, from skinny to velvet to patent to wrap—and each works wonders for achieving the look of late. To get it right, start with clean hair—pin-straight or loosely curled. Then, part your hair on the side, and tuck your hair behind your ears. Your headband should serve to keep it there, so put it on next—sitting it an inch from your hairline. Have bangs? Feel free to leave them free, or sweep them to the side to create a softer look.

The Middle Part
Fuss-free hair complements the new preppy clothes like no other—so, remember: Less effort is more. (In other words? Don’t color it, don’t tease it and don’t get a complicated cut.) If you were born with thick, straight, shiny hair (Lucky you!), let it dry naturally and part it down the middle. If your hair has a lot of curl or texture, fake the look by relying on a blowout or straightener.