Gorgeous Hair Ideas for Holiday Party Season
The perfect party dress, the sexy heel, the red lip. An entrance-making holiday look involves a few moving parts. Here is a little inspiration for your mane–whether you bring to your stylist (or try on your own, you brave soul, you).
SHORT AND TOUSLED
Use a clip-less curling wand to frame loose waves around your face. (And keep curls crease-free while doing your makeup with our handy little trick.)
A SWEET SIDE BRAID
Pull back one side with a horizontal French braid to showcase your smoky eye.
A TEASED PONYTAIL
Make your pony a conversation starter by teasing, curling and adding about a half a can of hairspray.
A BRAIDED TOP KNOT
For a more traditional updo, take this pic to your local stylist. They’ll be able to braid around your ballerina bun.
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AN ADDED HEADBAND
Looking for a little something easier you can do at home? Enter the teased bun and the double headband.
A JEWELED HEADBAND
Even more pressed for time? Middle-part + low bun + jeweled headband = revelry ready.
A HIGH HALF-BUN
That trendy half-bun you’ve been eying? Now’s your time to shine.
A LOW HALF-BUN
But if you’re not ready to fully commit just yet, try a half-bun back on the crown of your head.
AN “ELSA” BRAID
Chunky side braids are dreamy wherever you are. (But a Parisian backdrop never hurts.)
A TIGHT CROWN BRAID
A Scandinavian-inspired crown never gets old.
A SLEEK CHIGNON
Nor does a sophisticated low bun.
AN ADDED BOW
No matter your age, a satin ribbon is basically instant holiday cheer.
AN ADDED BARRETTE
For a more mature look, use a vintage-inspired clip in a low twist.
AN ADDED SPRIG OF HOLLY
Really, any sprig from the garden. (“This is mistletoe? I had no idea!”)
A LOOSE HALF-BACK BRAID
This is another one of those styles you could perfect by watching hours of YouTube…or by just asking your stylist.
A SLICKED-BACK PIXIE
Go ’80s glam–in the very best way.
A VOLUMIZED POMPADOUR
For a little more height, tease the front section into a bouffant and set with hairspray.
A WRAPPED PONYTAIL
Disguise any elastic with a small braid.
A HALF-BACK FISHTAIL
Fishtails aren’t just for side braids.
A MESSY TWIST
Hey, curly ladies. Twist sections of hair in a somewhat haphazard way and secure with bobby pins. The result is surprisingly chic.