The winter holiday season brings with it thoughts of splendor, glamour, beauty, and renewal. We find the most beautiful dresses and outfits for parties, spend hours getting our makeup just-so, even have a long, luxurious bathing ritual (I do, anyway). But then when it comes to our hair, we’re stumped. We want something that won’t overpower our clothes, but we want it to look stylish as well. We want something out of the ordinary – our day-to-day look just won’t do. And we really want to do it ourselves, because after buying the new dresses, the glittery body lotion, and the pricey mascara and falsies (not to mention all the holiday gifts!), we don’t have much left over to pay a stylist. Here’s a list of easy ideas and updos for dressing up your holiday hair without breaking the bank and will take mere minutes out of your busy primping schedule.
1. Most updos require a bare minimum of tools. Ponytail elastics, bobby pins, gel or spray, and curling iron (completely optional). If your hair is dull or you want a little extra glitz, a shine spray (not serum) will also be necessary.
2. Updos are easiest to work on completely clean, still-wet-from the shower hair, although some people prefer day-old hair. Experiment a bit to discover which works best for your hair type and texture.
3. If your dress/outfit is brilliant and intricate, go with a simple updo. If your dress is simple, you can go with a more complicated look. Don’t have a complicated hair look and outfit – it will be too much.
A variety of updos can be done either simply or intricately – your choice. You may choose to add jeweled accessories or wispy tendrils or curls to enliven the look, or sleek your hair all back into the updo.
1. French twist. The French twist is a stylish classic. Pull all your hair back at your nape and begin to twist, working your hair in and under and pinning as you go. When you get to the top, pin the tail in as well, for a simply sleek look. For a more complex style, leave the tail out and curl into tiny curls, spraying for further hold.
2. The two-strand twisted crown (partner needed). Part your hair as you ordinarily would and apply gel. Begin the two strand twist (work like a french braid, with two strands instead of three) on one side of your head. Work around to the middle of the back of your head, then continue to twist all the way to the ends. Have a friend hold your hair, since it will likely untwist if you just let it go or band it. Repeat on the other side. Cross the two twists over in the back, and pin each to the opposite sides of your head, for a crown appearance (the left twist pinned to the right side, the right twist pinned to the left side). Jeweled bobby pins may be added for extra oomph, or shine spray for a simple gleam.
3. Half-up-half down styles have rocked the runways for the past several seasons and translate well to the “real ways.” If your hair is long, short, or anything in between, you can do this style as well. On freshly washed hair, apply a styling cream or lotion. Flat iron or curl your hair, as desired. Pull back the top half of your hair from just above each ear and secure with an elastic band. Put your finger in the middle of the hair band, near your scalp, and poke a “hole” through the banded hair. From the bottom, pull the tail up through the band and let fall freely. Then, if your hair is straightened, add a bit of shine serum and smooth down your hair. If curly, fluff, add a spritz of hairspray, and finish with a spritz of shine spray.