This might sound blasphemous, but spring hairstyles have a tendency to fall flat — in more ways than one. Yes, the looks we saw on the spring runways were ethereal and effortless, but some of them were too ethereal and too effortless to excite us. And, after the Arendelle-esque winter we had, we're more than ready for anything and everything that will wake us up from this nightmarish cold. That's why we're so obsessed with the trio of fragrances from the perfume house that epitomizes spring: Marc Jacobs Daisy. To welcome the new season with beautiful hair to match, we teamed up with hairstylist Clay Nielsen to create three spring-perfect hairstyles inspired by the floral, feminine notes of Marc Jacobs Daisy, Daisy Eau So Fresh, and Daisy Dream. Ahead, we share how to wear bubbly peekaboo braids; whimsical waterfall knots; and a romantic, tousled updo. All three have the wonderful combination of simple and stunning that's sure to put the spring back into your
The Look: Technicolor Peekaboo
By this point, we've seen every iteration of the classic three-strand braid — low ponytails, pigtails, rolled into buns — so braids sound like a total been-there-done-that look. But, this minimalist take on the eternally chic style, inspired by the original Daisy fragrance, is fresh and playful. Naturally, you can skip the colored extensions, but hey, we're getting into the spring spirit. To get this look, start with a slick middle part. Then, create another part two inches away and flip your hair over — this is where you'll start your first plait. Take a small section of hair by your temple, and make a loose three-strand braid. Flip your hair back over to reveal your center part in order to "hide" the braid. Then, create another plait slightly lower, starting at ear-height. Finally, make a third braid by the nape of your neck. The bases of the braids should create an invisible diagonal line along the side of your head. Now, just do the same on the other side. A three-strand braid is an easy, no-fail style that anyone can do, but if you're feeling adventurous, a fishtail plait works just as well. While our model here has pretty long hair, women with shorter hair can work this style, too. Nielsen suggests keeping the base of the braids all at the same height since the farther you move from the center part, the less hair you can incorporate into the braid.
The Look: The Waterfall Knot From the front, this looks like a casual, everyday hairstyle — a simple down 'do. But, take a closer peek at this Daisy Eau So Fresh-inspired style, and you'll see that it's an elegant and whimsical knotted waterfall "braid" that gives real braiding a serious run for its money.
First, create a deep side-part. If you have straight hair, you'll want to add some bend with a 1-inch curling iron. Spritz a light-hold hairspray all over, then curl your hair starting from the middle of the hair shaft. Nielsen suggests alternating directions when curling so you get a natural-looking pattern. Hold your hair around the iron for just a few seconds — you're aiming for slight waves, not full-fledged pageant curls.
Once you're done curling, break 'em up with your fingers, and spritz on a texturizing spray for grit and hold. Then, take two small sections of hair from behind your ear right by your temple, and cross them over each other to make a knot. Maneuver the two pieces of hair so that one section hangs down — hence the moniker "waterfall" — and clip the other piece to keep the knot from unwinding. Clamp a straightener right over the center of the knot, then blast it with a shot of extra-firm-hold hairspray. This'll keep the knot in place so it doesn't unravel during the day. Release the section you clipped, grab another section of hair, and form another knot. Keep going until you reach the back of your head. After clipping the final section of hair, repeat the knotting process on the other side. Once you reach the back again, unclip the first completed section in order to secure the two pieces together with a clear elastic. For a more undone look, Nielsen suggests a few shots of texturizing spray, aiming the nozzle upward instead of downward to create fake flyaway pieces. Finally, tuck a few sprigs of baby's breath into the center of the knots, and breathe easy. If your strands aren't long enough to knot, you can get a similar wraparound look by spritzing texturizing spray and then twisting your hair from the temple to the back of your head.
The Look: Swept Up There's nothing chic about getting caught in a wind tunnel when you turn a corner on the street, but this light and ethereal look inspired by Daisy Dream might say otherwise. And, bonus points for not needing to fix your hair if you do get caught in the wind. Starting with damp hair, add a generous mist of light hairspray all over — this'll add tons of grit without that dreaded crunch. Flip your strands over and rough dry with your hands for volume and texture. Then, curl sections with a 2-inch iron, alternating the direction of the curls. After shaking them out, gather just the hair from the crown to the nape of your neck into a loose, high bun in the center of your head, and secure it with a few U-pins. Don't worry about any pieces that fall out — you want them to in this case. Then, take the remaining section of hair by the front of your head and pin pieces back loosely into the bun. Leave a few face-framing strands out for a more windswept look. Short-haired gals can play with the placement of the bun, suggests Nielsen. Try a low bun by the nape of the neck. Once you get the look down, change it up by shifting the bun to the left or right. Now, who else is ready for spring?