It’s undeniable—Michelle Obama has an effortless grace. We admire the former FLOTUS for many reasons, and her style is most certainly one of them. Since there are so many times we wanted Michelle Obama’s hair to be ours, we put together her prettiest presidential styles for your cliffnotes to a new level of chic—think of it as “stately chic.” Here’s your ultimate guide to Michelle Obama’s hair looks, from casual chignon to classic volume and polished waves, because #44 #4ever.
Blown Out Lob
This lob haircut is styled so it’s neither too flat or too poufy—it’s all around voluminous perfection. Think of this style as refined bounce, it’s touchable but not messy in any way, so basically #goals.
Your Chignon is Calling
Answering a landline while sporting an effortless chignon might be the epitome of chic. It is the grown version of the cellphone-messy bun combination that rules my daily life. Obama proves that the chignon can elevate your presence—tie your hair back and be that lady.
Parting hair far off to the side gives Michelle a heightened appearance of bangs—which is a great trick anyone with some layers can pull off. This look proves how versatile styling can dramatically change your appearance—it’s like she has an entirely different cut because of the way her waves fall.
Windblown and Tousled
This is a very FLOTUS take on windblown—it shows her hair can move but it’s still not out of place. How does she look so perfect all the time…? To copy this look, straighten hair but don’t go crazy with hairspray—try using a surf spray to add texture, body and most importantly—movement—instead.
Face-framing color, no matter how subtle, can brighten up your whole face. The former first lady is literally glowing in this picture, and our eye immediately goes to her subtle honey highlights.
Keep it Straight
Never underestimate the power of the part. Switching it up is an easy way to refresh your look—which is key if you have to keep it conservative on the daily.
Whether you want to look like you’re going to the ball—or you’re actually going to the ball— this is the up-do for you. Hair is pulled all the way back and every strand is in place, it’s the paragon of classic.
Not every occasion calls for an inauguration-worthy up-style, which is why we love this sleek take on evening. With hair tucked behind her ears (work those earrings, yas) and a high dose of gloss, Mrs. Obama looks like she’s ready to dance the night away.
Let it Shine
Michelle Obama has mastered the art of shiny hair. Regardless of style or occasion, take a page from her book and make sure locks are getting the hydration they need.
All About the Bob
During her first term in the White House, Michelle was as known as much for her trademark bob as she was sustainable initiatives. This timeless cut gives us major FLOTUS vibes, and we love the way she adds her own spin with accented feathering.
To the Left
Aside from giving us feels, this photo gives us bangspo. Swipe your shortest layer across your forehand from your side part and tuck. Tip - don’t forget the shine spray!
A piece-y back-style lets your texture do its thing, while you control the shape.
Give us the glam, Michelle. Our fave FLOTUS stuns in this Hollywood-starlet inspired style—with the ultimate leading man.
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