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Swept Away: 15+ Fresh, Romantic Hairstyles

Looking for a romantic ‘do for Valentine’s Day? Dramatic or casual, here are a few fresh ideas just in time for the season of love — and for every type of hair! Check them out in the slideshow below.


  • Sweet Upsweep 1 of 17
    Sweet Upsweep
    Haphazardly gathered hair in a touseled topknot. (Photograph by Carlyle Routh. Styling by Tara Williams)
    From weddingbells.ca
  • Slick Knotted Do 2 of 17
    Slick Knotted Do
    This topknot is rolled and then wrapped horizontally, while the nape knot is coiled and wrapped vertically.
    From Essence via The American Parlor
  • Stud Point Top Knot 3 of 17
    Stud Point Top Knot
    A stud pointed hairband accompanies a cute little top knot.
    From zipia.net
  • Retro Wave Back Sweep 4 of 17
    Retro Wave Back Sweep
    Ultra romantic, this retro finger wave do comes with a simple back upsweep.
    From s3.amazonaws.com
  • ’40s-inspired Twist 5 of 17
    '40s-inspired Twist
    Retro love with a cool black scarf band.
    From Jennifer Behr
  • Short Ribbon Do 6 of 17
    Short Ribbon Do
    Even short hair can look swept back with the help of a hairband.
    Leather wire hairband from zipia.net
  • Short Twisty-ties 7 of 17
    Short Twisty-ties
    Another short swept back look from Jason Wu (NY Fashion Week).
    From NY Times
  • Add a Bow 8 of 17
    Add a Bow
    Look super cute with this bow from zipia.net
  • Side Chignon 9 of 17
    Side Chignon
    A beautiful version of this tutorial.
    From All This Happiness
  • Braided Beauty 10 of 17
    Braided Beauty
    A cool way to add interest to a classic ballerina bun. (Photograph by Carlyle Routh. Styling by Tara Williams.)
    From weddingbells.ca
  • Asymmetrical Wrap 11 of 17
    Asymmetrical Wrap
    A stunning shortie fall (with a comb attachment) with a stunning brow-grazing bang.
    From Essence via The American Parlor
  • Side Braid 12 of 17
    Side Braid
    Plaits and braids give locks an ethereal, heaven-sent vibe.
    From Bride To Be
    Photo credit: Corrie Bond, Hair and make-up: Emma Haddock using Chanel
  • The Pony Loop 13 of 17
    The Pony Loop
    This easy back ponytail is tres tres romantique!
    From Son Jung Wan, Bellasugar, source Getty Images
  • Sunkist Curls 14 of 17
    Sunkist Curls
    This isn't swept, but we're swept away by these sunkist curls from the catwalk at the Spring 2012 NY Fashion Show. From Band of Outsiders.
    Via nytimes.com
  • Double Chignons 15 of 17
    Double Chignons
    One in the front, one in the back makes this look super dramatic. (Photograph by Carlyle Routh. Styling by Tara Williams)
    From weddingbells.ca
  • Sleek Pony Tail 16 of 17
    Sleek Pony Tail
    A classic pony tail is a simple and elegant romantic look. (Photograph by Carlyle Routh. Styling by Tara Williams)
    From weddingbells.ca
  • 5-minute Ponytail 17 of 17
    5-minute Ponytail
    This gorgeous ponytail is easier than you think! Check out this video tutorial here!
    Image via Everything Fabulous

Jan is the co-founder of Poppytalk, a blog about the beautiful, the decayed and the handmade and Poppytalk Handmade, an online curated marketplace. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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