The Most Inspiring Hairstyles for Mothers and Daughters
Too many women get bored when it comes to styling their hair, which is why a little creative inspiration can go a long way.
Whether it’s a weekly occurrence or something that only happens around prom season, creating different hairstyles can be a lot of fun — especially if you turn it into a mother-daughter bonding experience. In no time, your once-dull hair is sure to pop when you test out one of these trendy hairstyles this year.
Twisty Bohemian Updo
You'll need some hair elastics and bobby pins to achieve this gorgeous style. While this YouTube video starts with a twisty bohemian updo, it also shares two other braids that are perfect for short, medium or long hair.
None of these styles are too complicated or time-consuming to create, making them ideal for moms and daughters to test out together.
This braid is gorgeous for a day of activity, whether it's going to ballet class or even just a day of shopping. All you'll need are some hair elastics and a clip.
Moms and daughters can watch this handy video together and do their own braids or help each other to master this cute look. It’s the perfect choice for hair that hasn't been freshly shampooed on those days when you want to look stylish without revealing you have split ends.
Twisted Rope Braid
This super chic hairstyle looks great on longer hair. While it takes a bit longer than some of the other styles featured here, moms can help their daughters to achieve this look and then play the model themselves, or just do their own braids.
All you need is a hair tie, but bobby pins can help if you have any loose pieces that need pinning at the end.
Front Row Braid
Do you love wearing your hair out but feel like it is getting a bit boring? Or perhaps mom wants to cover up some roots that need a refresh?
This is a fun technique that doesn't take a lot of time or much skill. It’s a perfect style for short, medium and long hair. Simply use a little hairspray or styling paste to keep the front row braid in place.
This fun braid gives mothers and daughters the look of royalty.
Simply divide your hair into two parts, braid and then wrap both braids around the head to form a halo. This video shows three different ways to recreate this look.
Double Dutch Braid
Also known as reverse French braids, double Dutch braids have been trending lately — maybe because Kim Kardashian has worn them a time or two.
This look is an adorable back-to-school look for daughters, while it also gives moms that youthful glow. Simply part your hair down the middle, and follow these easy steps.
If you were a mermaid, this is how you would braid your hair (and it’s certainly a perfect look for a mermaid costume).
Of course, it’s also gorgeous in everyday wear, and all you need is a hair tie and possibly a bobby pin or two to complete the look.
Messy Top Knot Bun
Mom and daughter can both look fashion-forward with a messy top knot bun that suggests you've just come from a workout class together. This is a great style for hair that isn't freshly shampooed since it can easily be tied up and maintained. A hair tie and some bobby pins are all you need.
If your hair is very frizzy or curly, try blow-drying or straightening it before following this easy video guide.
For moms and daughters with medium to long hair, this style is both flattering and super simple to create.
This video shows you how to create a stylish messy top knot that’s perfect for when you’re rushing out the door in the morning.
’90s-Inspired Top Knot With Waves
Take the top knot to the next level by adding some waves. This look is casual enough to wear for school and weekend lunch dates, but stylish and fashionable enough to stand out at parties or concerts.
The video suggests using the VS Sassoon Straight & Curl Brilliance tool, but any straightening iron or curling tongs will achieve the waves. Simply secure the plaits and bun with a hair tie or scrunchie and some bobby pins.
You don't need long, mermaid hair to achieve this beachy, summer-fresh look. This video tutorial takes only five minutes, and it can make hair look thicker and bigger than it naturally is.
It’s a fun look for daily wear, or you could glam it up with some fancy hair clips or bows.
Curls for Short Hair
You'll need a flat iron for this style, but as long as you handle it carefully, it's a safe and ideal tool for so many hairstyles. Chloe gives a thorough guide on how to prepare your hair and then style it with the irons to achieve lush curls.
Whatever your age, curls are glamorous, flattering and fun to both create and to wear.
Curly Ponytail With Twists
The beauty of this look is that it takes a classic style — the ponytail— and makes it worthy of a night out on the town.
Moms and daughters with naturally curly, wavy hair will love this look. But if your hair is naturally straight, just use a curling tong or straightening irons to create the glam, loose curls.
Simple Looped Side Ponytail
Don’t worry. This isn't the ’80s-era frizzed up, permed version you’re thinking of. In fact, this style’s so trendy, it’s easy to imagine J.Lo and her daughter getting away with matching versions.
Plus, it's chic on medium and long hair, straight or curly.
Moms and daughters can definitely both rock a stylish ponytail, whether going to work, school, parties or prom.
This tutorial is suited to long hair, but medium-length hair can take cues and still master a volumized, wrapped ponytail that is even casual enough to wear for morning soccer practice.
Yes, pigtails can come off as a bit childish.
But, like the wrapped ponytail, adding this simple technique can add a lot of volume to the style — taking it quickly to the next level.
Easy Crimped Hair
The crimped hairstyle comes in and out of fashion, but if it's done well, you can wear it to add extra volume and a fun texture to your hair.
Daughters might want to crimp their whole head of hair for a dramatic mermaid look, while moms could try to crimp only the upper layer or narrow panels of hair for a subtle effect.
Slicked Back Hairstyle
This is an easy, sleek style that can be adapted for short, medium or long hair. You'll need a comb, some hair paste or styling gel or foam, and a setting spray.
A gentle spritz of hairspray should hold this gorgeous look in place all day. There's nothing complex or challenging about this great video tutorial.
Styles to Hide Dirty Hair
Oops, have you been relying on dry shampoo or were just too busy to shampoo your hair yesterday? Don't worry, this great video gives some fantastic ideas on how to style your hair so that it disguises it. A loose plait, a bun secured with a cute ribbon, a volumized half-updo with some twists? Easy.
You'll need a hairdryer, some hair ties and any clips or ribbons you want to add. The video recommends some VS Sassoon tools, but any curling tong, straighteners or dryers will work.
Big, Volumized Hair
Thin, dry locks? Moms and daughters both experience this issue. Maybe your hair is naturally frizzy and prone to breakage, or maybe you've colored or overstyled it.
Don't worry because this fun video shows you how to take dry, lank locks and turn them into a volumized look that screams STYLISH.
Heatless Curls Overnight
If moms and daughters don’t have heating tools or they just don’t want to use them for fear of damage to their hair, this is a fail-safe way to achieve curls overnight. It’s a fun way to spend some time together preparing before bed, too.
This guide shows how the style can be achieved by all straight hair types. You can use hairspray or dry shampoo to secure the knots around the hair. You'll need some gentle, snag-free hair ties to secure the knots in place, but don't use pins or ties with metal pieces to avoid discomfort or damage to the hair and scalp. Because the prep time can take up to an hour, it can be fun to do this while you're watching TV or listening to your favorite music.
There are so many styles here that are great for both moms and daughters. You can master these by yourself, but like most things, it’s always more fun with someone else to give you some help and to pass you the tongs or the hair ties as you go along.
So, what style will you try first?