So you’ve got that Christmas work party coming up and you want to dress the part without looking costumey. Or perhaps you’re having the whole family over and you want to look as good as you know your food is going to taste.
Whatever the occasion, we’ve compiled some of the best festive hairstyles that you can easily do yourself to really catapult yourself into the jingly jolly holiday.
1: Tie it in a Bow
Everyone loves presents, right? Doesn’t it make perfect sense, then, to top off your beautiful outfit with a pretty bow – just like a present? Lady Gaga made the hair bow famous and for that we are truly grateful; so now we bring you the half-up hair bow, complete with dangling (hair) ribbons!
2: Triple Braided Bun
For a bun with a bang, all you really have to do is make three braids and knot them together. The result is a really beautiful ornate bun that looks fabulous but only takes a couple of minutes to achieve.
3: Fabric Maiden Braid
This hairstyle isn’t particularly groundbreaking, but combine it with a silver or red glittery ribbon and there you have yourself a simple yet effective hairstyle perfect for any Christmas party or dinner.
4: Rudolph Bun
This wouldn’t be a Christmas list without a bit of Rudolph. If your little darling loves the holiday season as much as the next one, perhaps she’d like to carry Rudolph around with her on the back of her head. It’s just too cute!
5: Poufy Mermaid Braid
What an ingenious combination: the trendy mermaid braid and the classic (and classy) Brigitte Bardot pouf! That touch of red that you get with the ribbon bow is more than enough to bring the holiday cheer – you don’t really want to distract too much from the stunning hairstyle itself.
6: Four-Strand Ribbon Braid
We love the four-strand braid because it looks nice and bulky; almost like a rope. The addition of a ribbon really jazzes it up, and if that ribbon is a Christmas color, then you’ve really hit the nail on the head. Once you’ve got the technique down, you can leave the braid as is, twist it up into a bun or start from the side of your head.
7: Holiday Bun
We don’t always have hours to spend on styling our hair, so if you want something that matches the season, looks intricate and delicate but is actually super quick and easy to achieve, then you have to try to this one. Add in any Christmassy accessory and you’re good to go.
8: Crown Rope Twist
What exactly makes this hairstyle so festive? The fact that it looks like the halo of an angel, of course! We prefer this rope-like version to the braided version because it’s quicker to do and, in our opinion, looks better.
9: Twisted Half-Up Halo
If you’re more into the elegant disheveled look then try this ridiculously (seriously!) easy twisted halo. You still get the angelic halo effect, but with more of a hippy/boho feel, and you don’t need super long hair for it, either. (Top tip: secure the headband with some bobby pins to keep it in place for a long night.)
10: Retro Side Sweep
11: Bow Braid
We just couldn’t resist slipping another bow style in here because it really is just so festive, and oh-so-feminine! You can thank The Hunger Games for this fantastic look. It’ll probably take some practicing (we’ve included a video tutorial for more detailed instructions) but it is most certainly worth the effort.
12: Waterfall Braid
The waterfall braid remains a firm favorite, and it’s actually pretty easy to do. If you want a more romantic, wispy effect, give the remaining hair some soft curls. zoepfeundmakeup