Just weeks ago, getting ready for a Tinder or dating-app date meant picking out a great outfit, doing your makeup to perfection, and possibly getting a blowout. However you used to prepare, the idea was to either match or exceed your date’s in-person physical expectations as they related to your profile images. But, a lot has changed in the last few weeks. So much so that it feels like our world has been turned on its head. Our natural need to socialize has been squandered by our new need to isolate, rendering our dating lives pretty much squashed… or are they?
Thankfully, this strange time of quarantine comes at a time of technological advancement. Being alone doesn’t mean what it used to, because we have our phone on us 24/7. Many people have taken to FaceTime to replace in-person dating, and it’s working out for them! They can date in PJ bottoms and nobody is the wiser; however, FaceTime Tinder dating doesn’t mean you should ignore your hair. In fact, there are hairstyles that really don’t work for FaceTime dating. A prime example would be the regular ponytail. If you were to pull your hair back in a centered ponytail, you risk looking like a lemur à la Ice Age.
Lucky for you, we’ve come up with some great FaceTime date looks. Who says you need a professional blow out to blow them away?
With FaceTime dates, it’s important to bring your hair to the front, so here’s a great do which lets you keep a ponytail while doing just that! To avoid looking like you’ve just gotten out of bed (even though we know that’s where you’ve been spending most of your time), straighten your hair with a styler and slick your flyaways back with some light hairspray. It’s a look that’s relaxed, yet polished.
When it comes to FaceTime dates, you’ll want to look like you put effort into your look, but not too much. That’s why we love a side-swept textured look! To achieve it, break your hair into medium sections and curl your hair with a medium thick curling iron. That way, you’ll ace giving yourself that ‘fresh off the beach look’ while you’re fresh off the couch. Toss all of your hair to one side and hold it in place with a strong finisher so it doesn’t move throughout the date.
Because larger hair compliments a FaceTime so well, large barrel waves with body are a great look for a FaceTime date. There are a couple of ways to achieve this. You can either curl your hair with a large-barrel curler, or blowdry your hair with a curl defining diffuser attached to your dryer. If you go the diffuser route, make sure you have some volumizing mousse to use while drying so that your waves stay in-tact. When done correctly, this look screams chill without seeming blasé about the date.
Again, when doing a ponytail for a FaceTime date, you must be careful. If the pony can’t be seen on the FaceTime video, your date might think that you’ve recently shaved your head, which is a look that only faces like Lupita Nyong'o’s can pull off. A high ponytail is a really cute way to wear your hair because the ponytail can be seen from the top and the sides. It also gives off some sexy I Dream of Jeannie nostalgia.
Tendrils are something we’ve resurrected from the early 2000s, and we’re pretty jazzed about it. They work on FaceTime dates because they frame your face without getting in the way. They meet somewhere at the intersection of effortless and fun, which is probably also where you want to meet your date. You can smooth out the look and separate your tendrils from flyaways by applying a drop of smoothing satin serum to your crown.
You’d be surprised how much personality lies within bouncy curls. If you’ve got curly hair already, it would be awesome to go with your natural look for a FaceTime date. You can manicure the curls by spritzing some shine mist to give your curls a refined shine. If you don’t have natural curls, we don’t recommend curling your hair so tightly as you might end up looking like a Shirley Temple wannabe; however, if you know that the look works for you, use a thin-barrel curler to get the perfect spirals!
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Though a bun seems like a simple and classic hairstyle, there are actually so many versatile ways to wear it. Especially now, while we are all adding weight to our faces with the mask, a style that keeps the hair back is crucial. Plus, it works with virtually any hair texture and length (provided that it is long enough to slip into an elastic) and pairs seamlessly with the scarves and blazers of fall fashion.