It’s the most wonderful time of the year and with all the holiday parties in full swing, fabulous hair is a must. Unfortunately, fabulous holiday hair doesn’t just grow on trees. I love trying new hairstyles, but weekdays are just too hectic, and I often wear any kind of hat to hide my messy hair. Then on weekends when I go out with my husband and friends, I never have the time to really dress my hair up. It always looks the same–either curled or straight.
So this year I decided I would to try something different. I would look online and search for a new way to deck my hair for the holiday parties. I found a lot of gorgeous hairstyles and ideas. But there was only one problem…the hairstyles were all too complicated, too time consuming, and they never came out looking like the original pictures.
While I am no hairstylist, there are a few hairstyles I like to try on my daughters’ hair every day. My two favorites are side pony tails and braided top knots. So I decided it couldn’t be too hard to try these designs to create that perfect holiday hair for myself. The results turned out great.
The first look is the grown up version of the loose side ponytail.
Step 1: First I curl my hair with my secret weapon. The Wave Creator by Goody (keep it on a medium heat for more relaxed curls).
Step 2: I gather my hair to one side and make sure the pony tail is right below my ear. Then I wrap the elastic band around all my hair.
Step 3: To make the side ponytail loose, I grab the hair right above the elastic band and I gently pull a little to add volume right above the ponytail.
Step 4: Finally, add the perfect accessory (this is my favorite part!). This gold bow is from Anthropologie and was under $20.
My second look is the braided top knot.
Step 1: Make a very high ponytail. Don’t be afraid to go too high.
Step 3: Add a gorgeous headband to make the look complete. (Headband by Academy J)
I love going to handmade markets to find unique hair accessories for me and my daughters. But, if you don’t have the time for markets, you can always find great items on Etsy or just do it yourself. Other stores I love for accessories are H&M, Forever 21, and Anthropologie.
Here are some more hair tips:
1. It’s perfectly okay not to wash your hair every day. In fact, my hair curls better on the day after I wash it.
2. Don’t stress if, after you do the top knot or side ponytail, it looks a little messy. Sometimes a little messy makes it look effortless.
3. Make it a girls day. Call a friend and help each other with braids, curls, or an easy up do for a night out on the town. It’s a lot more fun, and you can have an extra helping hand.
Whatever you do this holiday season don’t be afraid to try a new way to deck your hair.
What new hairstyles have you tried this season and loved?