5 Go-To Hairstyles Every Melbourne Girl Knows
Melbourne is unquestionably known for the inimitable sense of style shared by its population. The city has long been regarded as a fashion hot spot (if not the hot spot—an idea fiercely contested by rival Sydney, obvs), and beauty-wise it's a similar story. If Sydney is all about beachy tousled waves, Melbourne is more into adding a little polish. A red lip here, a flick of liquid liner there. Even purposely dishevelled hairstyles always seem to look styled that way (on purpose, that is). What better city to look to for easy styles that take minimal effort but appear otherwise? Keep scrolling for five go-to 'dos that every Melbourne girl knows as modelled by our favourite influencers.
Even if you have trouble wrangling a hot tong to create regular waves, this primped pony is a cinch to pull together. Promise. Mist hair with heat protectant spray (try Bumble and bumble's Prep Spray, $32), then wrap two-inch sections around an inch-wide tong, winding away from your face. Let cool, pull into a loose-ish pony and secure. Wrap a small section of hair around the elastic to cover it, and spritz with hairspray to finish.
A look also modelled by Whitney Port on her wedding day, the pony-bun hybrid is simple and unfussy but still glamorous. It works best with straight hair so blowdry hair smooth to start, then comb everything back into a pony. As you wrap the elastic around your hair (as you would with a normal ponytail), pull half the "tail" out into a bun shape and continue to secure. A light dose of gloss spray like Ghd's Final Shine Spray ($20) is a nice touch.
Think of the side flip as the boyfriend jeans of hairstyles—it's kinda casual and "didn't try", but deceptively sexy. To get the look you don't need much more than some dry shampoo blasted at the roots (for lift), a touch of texturising spray on the ends and an innate sense of which side to flip to. (If you don't have that last part down pat, we can help.)
A playground favourite, this look made a comeback with everything else '90s—just check Brooke Hogan's skinny black choker for proof. We love it styled with a teensy bun perched atop tousled lengths, but a ponytail works too. (Gigi Hadid has been making a case for both lately.) Either way, texture is key. Again, you'll want to keep dry shampoo and texturising spray (like O&M Surf Bomb, $40) nearby.
Chic and never out-of-place, the low bun works from brunch to beach, bar and beyond. (FYI, there aren't too many hairstyles that can, which makes this one all the more special.) You'll want to concentrate on smoothing your hair from the roots to mid-lengths (a polish like Intelligent Nutrients Styling Pomade, $33, will help), but don't worry much about the ends—they'll be tied up anyway. A few bobby pins criss-crossed at the nape of your neck for extra security will hold everything in place.