When you're on vacation, especially in beautiful Barcelona, you want to spend at little time as possible on your hair, and as much time as possible exploring the breathtaking sights, soaking up the culture, or indulging in the local cuisine. It goes without saying that you also want your hair to be on its A-game for the Instagram photos you capture while enjoying all of the above.
Situated on Costa Brava, Barcelona is full of life, with a thriving culture of art, world-class restaurants, and of course, breathtaking beaches that stretch all the way to the French border.
Our beautiful friend Josie was recently lucky enough to go on her own getaway to Barcelona, and shares her top three hairstyles that not only do the scenery justice, but take only a few minutes, so you can spend less time curling, and more time twirling under the Spanish sun.
View Josie's travel diary and hair tutorials below—she's added her 220g Dirty Blonde Luxy Hair extensions for added length and volume to these looks.
Hairstyle 1: Voluminous hair with loose curls
You can never go wrong with classic curls, elevated with Luxy Hair extensions for beautiful volume. This hairstyle is perfect for those days spent strolling Las Ramblas street, watching street performers and immersing yourself the human heartbeat of this magnificent city.
Start off by clipping in your Luxy Hair extensions, which are what's going to take this hairstyle to the next level. Since Josie has thicker hair, she stacks her wefts on top of each other to create more volume at the bottom, but feel free to disperse the wefts around your head as you see fit.
With a 1" to 1 1/2" curling wand, start curling your hair with the extensions. To ensure that your hair blends seamlessly with the extensions, incorporate some of your natural hair in with the Luxies, curling them together. Leave about 2 inches off the end so that the curl has a more beachy vibe, keeping the hair wrapped around the curling wand for about 5 seconds (more if you have thicker or coarse hair).
Before setting your hair free, hold the curl in your hand and let it cool down. This will help the curl set and make it more bouncy, ensuring that it holds during your days exploring.
Continue this process until all your hair is curled. Then, once all the curls have cooled down, rake your fingers through your hair, loosening up and breaking up the curls.
Give your hair a quick, gentle brush, add a spritz of hairspray, and you're good to go!
Hairstyle 2: twisted ponytail
A twist on the humble ponytail (pun intended), this travel hairstyle is perfect for a romantic barefoot stroll on Barceloneta Beach with the warm, salty air.
If you're wearing Luxies for this hairstyle (which we recommend you should!), take out any wefts toward the front of your head.
Pull out a few bang pieces that will frame your face once you've finished the hairstyle. Then, take a 1 1/2 inch section of hair and begin creating a French twist.
Split the section into two then twist the hair twice. Continue twisting the strand, adding a bit of hair to the bottom half everytime you twist.
Once you've reached your ear, finish off by twisting the strand normally until the bottom. Either tie off the end with a hair tie or with a clip, to keep the twists secure.
Repeat steps 2 – 4, then pancake the twists, pulling at them slightly to create more volume and romance. Once you have both twists complete, clip them together at the front of your face while you work on the ponytail. (Yes, you will look like you have a twisted beard for a second, but it's all part of the fun!)
Gather the rest of your hair into a ponytail, then carefully add each twist into the ponytail and tie the whole thing off.
Since you're on vacation, you can spice this style up with a headscarf or even some flowers to go along with the local culture's vibe. Bellisima!
Hairstyle 3: Voluminous double side braid
While Barcelona is filled with shopping and good eats, it is also home to Mt. Tibidabo, featured in one of our favorite films, Vicky Christina Barcelona. With your hair out of your face and ready for a hike, bask in the views from the top of this mountain and be sure to visit the Temple of the Sacred Heart while you're there.
Create a deep side part, then start Dutch braiding your hair, slowly working in the hair from the other side of your head as your braid.
Once you reach the nape of your neck and all loose pieces have been incorporated into the braid, you're going to Fishtail braid the rest of the hair. Instead of crossing each strand over, however, cross the strand under, to continue the pattern of the Dutch braid for a seamless transition.
Tie off the ends, pancake the braid, and enjoy your day out in beautiful Barcelona!
Whether you're visiting Barcelona or someplace else, we hope we've inspired you with these travel hairstyles. Be sure to share your travel stories with us and your hairstyle recreations by tagging #luxyhair on Instagram. Happy travels!