Graduate Beauty: How to Wear Your Hair Under Your Cap
Graduating university can be an amazing, life-changing, and heavily photographed experience. The culmination of years of study and sacrifice, the occasion is generally marked with a ceremony in which you'll be expected to wear a traditional cap and gown. While there's not much you can do about the gown (except channel Professor McGonagall), you can put a personal twist on your hair. Not sure how? We got you.
Keep scrolling for five runway-inspired hairstyles that will look amazing under your cap.
Planning a big one the night before? You won't need clean hair to try this wet-look style from Salvatore Ferragamo's A/W 16 runway show. Smooth on a styling cream, comb in a side part, then slick everything back. Keep your bun or pony low and it won't mess with the cap.
Try: Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultime Satin Frizz Control Defrizz Cream ($10)
Trust Christian Dior to take Princess Leia-esque double buns and make them chic. A few things to remember if your down with this style; keep your part sharp, plait both buns for texture, and mist on a glossy hairspray to finish.
Try: Kardashian Beauty Pure Glitz Hairspray ($28)
Easy braids are a good go-to for graduation—they're guaranteed to survive any amount of gleeful cheering you throw at them. If you've read our how-to on easy braids and still can't hang, grab some texturising dust, and try these twists on for size instead. (Peep here for a similar tutorial.)
Try: Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Root Lift Backcomb Powder ($16)
This loosely plaited pony from Cedric Charlier's A/W 16 show is simple to recreate, but looks incredible under any kind of hat (including your graduation cap). The key to the polished finish is wrapping a piece of hair around the elastic and pinning in place.
Try: Lady Jayne Bobby Pins ($3)
Another low pony, another twisted strand situation—Prabal Gurung A/W 16 gave us all achievable hair goals with this stunning hairstyle. Blast hair with a texturising dry shampoo before you start for extra grip, as you'll need it to keep everything in place.
Try: Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo ($20)