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Winter Hairstyles: 8 Styles For The Holiday Season

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Looking for the perfect collection of winter hairstyles? The holiday party season is officially in full swing! You’ve already got the outfit, the shoes, and the accessories and now all you need is the perfect hairstyle to make your holiday look complete. Whether you’re heading to an office party or going to a laid back dinner with friends, there’s a hairstyle on our list that’s just right for you.

Remember to let your outfit decide your hairstyle. If you are wearing sequins, or an embellished neckline, keep your hair effortless and style your hair up, out of your face. If your outfit is fairly simple, go for a more intricate style with your hair or leave it down. And, as with any look, make sure you are choosing a style that complements, not competes with- your outfit.

Natural hair care expert reveals 8 quick and easy winter hairstyles to help you navigate the holiday season:

Winter Hairstyles #1) Braided Party Bun: Add interest to a plain bun by integrating a braid into the look. This style is both elegant and sophisticated and is ideal for an outfit with a high neck or lots of detail. Begin by pulling hair into a high ponytail, smoothing strands with a paddle brush. Braid the ponytail to the end, leaving ends unsecured.  Twist the braid around the hair elastic, trying not to loosen the braid too much. Secure the braided bun with bobby pins. Finish by spraying hair with hairspray.

Winter Hairstyles #2) Embellished Hair: New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to sport a sparkly hair accessory, whether it is a headband, hairpin or clip. Or, to make it even easier (and cheaper too) use something out of your own jewelry box. To create an embellished up do, braid your hair and wrap a long necklace or chain around the braid before twisting it into a chignon, either at the nape of the neck or on the side.

Winter Hairstyles #3) Tousled Waves, classic waves: Gorgeous bouncy waves that sit on or below the shoulders are just as show stopping as a dressy up do but with less work involved. To get this soft texture, prep hair with a heat-styling spray and create curls using a large barrel curling iron or wand. Brush out the curls using your fingers and set with a shine finish hairspray. To open up your face, pin hair on one side behind the ear. Or for a slightly different version of the style, sweep hair to one side and pin at the nape of the neck with a bobby pin or two.

Winter Hairstyles #4) Messy bun: This look is undone, yet sophisticated, and just right for a more casual night out or dinner with family/friends. This look works best on day old hair but if your hair is clean, then spray it with dry shampoo first to create texture and grip. Begin by pulling hair into a loose ponytail, as high or as low as you’d like. The look is meant to be effortless so use your fingers instead of a brush or comb. Then separate hair in your ponytail into two or three sections and tease. Teasing gives you volume and creates the messy texture you need to pull this look off. Separate your teased hair into two sections and wrap the hair in opposite directions, as you would when creating a topknot. Instead of pinning your hair neatly in, secure your hair with a bobby pin about an inch from the bottom of your strands, leaving the ends to fray around your bun and create a messy effect. If the bun feels too tight, gently pull it apart with your hands or a fine comb.

Winter Hairstyles #5) Romantic French Twist: If you are hosting a dinner party, then this hair-do is spot on to play the role. It is sophisticated, elegant and easy to manage. It goes particularly well with sheath, shift or maxi dresses. Prep hair with dry texture spray or dry shampoo to create grip. Begin by teasing your hair a little to create volume and to help the style look less severe. Gather the top section of the hair from the crown together and twist to the side you’d like your French twist to go. Pin in place with bobby pins. Sweep your hair off to one side, just slightly off centre. With your other hand, slip a bobby pin in vertically, up from the bottom. Working from the bottom up, insert a row of bobby pins vertically, crisscrossing them to secure the hair. Gather hair in one hand and twist tightly, pulling up. Insert bobby pins horizontally into the base of the twist, intersecting with the vertical bobby pins to hold the style.  Tuck the ends of the twist into the French twist and pin with bobby pins. Spray with hairspray to hold the style.

Winter Hairstyles #6) Dutch Braid with a Low Messy Bun: This is an easy hairstyle to wear casually or dressed up, just right for a night out with friends or a casual get together at home. Start with a side part on the right hand side. Pick up a section of hair (leave a small section of hair at the hairline) and divide the hair into three smaller sections. Beginning at the top of the part, cross the back strand of hair under the middle, then cross the front strand under the middle, cross the back strand under the middle again, bringing in a section of hair to incorporate it into the braid. Next, cross the front strand under the middle and bring in another section. Repeat the last 2 steps two more times. Once the braid reaches the ear, continue braiding the hair down in a regular braid and tie off the ends with a clear elastic. Bring all the hair into a low ponytail and wrap an elastic band one time over the hair. Wrap the hair pulling it halfway through the band. Pin sections of the hair up to create a low messy bun.

Winter Hairstyles #7) Glamorous Bun:  A glamorous, graceful bun is a must for a dinner or office party. Start with dry hair that has been prepped with a primer product. Divide hair into top and bottom sections, and pin up the top section. Mist the bottom section with hairspray and divide it into three sections and pin up. Unclip the top section and backcomb from root to tip with a brush to build volume, then re-clip. Remove the clips from the bottom sections. Gather and smooth the hair into a low side ponytail. Twist hair into a bun and secure with bobby pins. Remove the clip from the top section and gently smooth hair with a brush, while maintaining the backcombed volume. Tuck the hair under into the bun and secure with bobby pins. Finish by misting with hairspray.

Winter Hairstyles #8) Textured Pony: The textured ponytail is the ideal way to look laid-back and trendy but with just enough polish and sophistication to be party ready. This ponytail works with your hair’s natural texture and is perfect for second day hair. To begin, pull hair into a high or mid ponytail, smoothing the front of the ponytail to keep a polished look. Next, spray the ends and mid length of hair with salt spray, scrunching it through your hands. With a teasing brush, take a small section of hair and, starting in the middle of the section, brush backwards towards your head. Repeat with the rest of your hair. If you’d like more texture, go through the ponytail with a curling iron to create more defined curls. Finish by grabbing a one-inch section of hair from the tail and wrap it around the elastic. Hold it in place by sticking a bobby pin through the elastic.

Now that you have a hairstyle in mind, it’s one more thing you can check off your holiday list!  It’s one less thing to think about to get you party ready for the season.

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