Here at Mane Addicts HQ, our V-day mantra goes like this: Love is in the air, only if it’s also in your hair. Slightly uneven winged liner or a surprise wine stain on our outfit—we can handle. A snooze-worthy style or flat hair, we simply can’t bear. Ahead, four date night hair hacks that guarantee your most irresistible mane.
A FEW DAYS BEFORE:
Call your do-or-die stylist and/or colorist for some regular maintenance—a root touch-up or highlight refresh—or bid your comfort zone adieu to really throw your date a curveball. We’re not suggesting a unicorn color (although, if you’re in the mood to go mauve or any color for that matter, do you, boo!). But some extra-blonde balayage or dimension on your dark strands, maybe even a trim, will make it hard for your date to resist staring at your new ‘do. Don’t have the time or the funds to hit the salon? Fret not—the next best thing you can do is slather on Christophe Robin’s Shade Variation Care Nutritive Mask with Temporary Coloring to get a like-new hue right at home.
THE MORNING OF:
While you’re oil pulling your way to a brighter smile in the shower, jumpstart your strands with Fekkai Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo. The purifying cleanser will give way to a refreshed scalp and extra-polished hairstyle later in the day. Follow with a hair treatment or apply a leave-in to your ends when you hop out to up the gloss tenfold.
HOURS BEFORE THE DATE:
Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday and if your date night does too, scant getting-ready time could mean Kim Kardashian’s stress level when her $75K diamond earring fell into the ocean. When it’s crunch time, give yourself a speedy blow out by following DryBar founder Alli Webb’s step-by-step from her book, The Drybar Guide to Good Hair For All or fetch Sarah Potempa’s Beachwaver Pro Rotating Curling Iron to create quick, no-fuss curls.
ON YOUR DATE:
While you’re staring into bae’s (or potential bae) eyes, the world has stopped and so has every thought about your appearance. If you catch a glimpse of your mane later and don’t love what you see (flat or full-of-flyways), reach for the mini OUAI Texturizing Hairspray you stowed in your clutch. A few spritzes at the root, a lot of zhuzh, and you can get back to the gazing spree.