Love is in the Hair… Braids, Buns, and Valentines

As the creator of the blog Hair Romance and the author of Braids, Buns, and Twists!, today’s guest blogger Christina Butcher is a true hair & beauty expert. (See her wedding hairstyle roundup here!) Christina is sharing one of her favorite looks from her book here today that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day. Thanks Christina!

Hair Romance

Valentine’s Day is always an exciting date at Hair Romance. This heart braid is the perfect style for this romantic time of year. It’s also a perfect fit with my philosophy of loving your hair.


I first tried this style on the back of my head and loved it. Moving the heart to the side of my head changes this into a cool hair accessory that is really wearable. I had to include it in my book Buns, Braids & Twists! as it’s one of my favorite styles.

Wear your heart in your hair this Valentine’s Day with this easy heart braid hairstyle tutorial.


Half-Up Heart Braid


Medium to long


Yes, but you can do this in your own hair with practice.

Your hair forms the focus in this hairstyle, so no adornments are needed.

1. Brush your hair and section off the top half of your hair. Split into two equal sections.

2. Braid each section using the basic braid technique and secure the ends with small clear elastics.

3. Loop the left-hand braid up and around to form the top of the heart. Pin in place with bobby pins.

4. Repeat with the right-hand braid, coiling it around to form the top of the heart. Use bobby pins to secure it in place.

5. You can either finish in a ponytail by removing the elastics from the ends of each braid and securing them together with an elastic band, or by folding the tails of each braid up to form the point of the heart. Tuck in any loose ends and pin in place with bobby pins.

Heart Braids Tutorial

Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Christina Butcher
Author of Braids, Buns, and Twists!

Guinevere de la Mare

Guinevere de la Mare is a writer and editor based in San Francisco. She was the senior community manager at Chronicle Books from 2009-2014.

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