Do you need hairstyle inspiration this December? This is by far the busiest month in most of our social calendars and it can be tough to have the energy to do all that socializing, much less look fabulously fresh and on-trend while doing it. So we are making it easy for you. Whatever the event, we’ve got you covered with the perfect hairstyle to help you survive the holiday social season in style. These eight genius hair ideas will take you from the office holiday party to your family Christmas dinner in style. (Hairstyles courtesy of www.purewow.com
Theater Tickets: A Sleek Bun with Accessories
For an annual trip to see The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol, you’ll need something upscale that can be done in 10 minutes or less after work. First, take apart your topknot from the morning, split it into two separate buns and stack them on top of each other. Finish with a gold barrette or sparkling accessory underneath for a festive touch. It looks elegant and far more elaborate than it actually is.
New Year’s Eve Party: Cornrows or Pinned Twists
Tracee Ellis Ross (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Dancing all night long is no match for this neat protective hairstyle. The tight braids show off your highlighted, contoured cheekbones and protect your hair growth from damage. For this updo, try thick cornrows braided into a low bun. If your hair is fine, instead of braids, twist sections of your hair and pin them as you go.
Family Parties: A Low Ponytail with a Loose Velvet Bow
This super-simple style is classic and classy, plus it couldn’t be easier to do. This style is especially good for medium-length to longer hair. Simply gather hair into a low, loose ponytail and loosely tie it with a velvet ribbon in a jewel-tone colour for a wintry holiday look.
Your Office Holiday Party: A Low, Textured Updo
Margot Robbie (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
You spend all day with your coworkers, but now you need to pull off a hairstyle change in your office bathroom that makes you look impossibly chic and fresh. This style is astonishingly easy to do, and will set you up for a night of networking with upper management. First, loop your hair into a low, loose knot and pull out a few casual pieces in the front (avoid the ’90s-style tendrils). Then, use a flat iron to add a little bend to those front pieces so they gently frame your face.
Cocktails with the Girls: A Low Braided Knot
Jennifer Lawrence (Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
A low, braided knot is effortlessly chic yet not too fussy. If you want to take the fancy up a notch, wrap a skinny braid around and pin it in place to add some texture (bonus: this will help hide the elastic band). That’s precisely the minute detail only your best friends would appreciate.
Dinner Parties: A Loose, Rumpled Braid
Jessica Alba (Photo: Chris Delmas/Getty Images)
A slightly dishevelled braid keeps even the most formal dresses from feeling too stuffy, which is perfect for an intimate dinner at someone’s home. To create the look, braid as you normally would and use your fingers to lightly pull apart a few sections, fluffing it out.
The Neighborhood Drop-in Cookie Exchange: A Curled, High Ponytail
Jasmine Tookes (Photo: @jastookes/Instagram)
This look says festive but casual. It’s especially great if you’ve been busily doing Christmas shopping all day and ran out of time to wash your hair. Slick back second-day hair into a high ponytail. Then separate the ponytail into three even sections. Wind each section around a curling iron and let it cool. Break apart the curls by gently raking your fingers through your hair. The combination of sleek and curly is a genius disguise for oily roots and unkempt ends.
A Formal Charity Event: Sleek, Retro-Glamorous Waves
Alexa Chung (Photo: Fred Duval/Getty Images)
These retro ’50s red-carpet waves convey subtle elegance. Comb hair into a deep side part, curl hair into ringlets and then softly brush them out. Land the retro look with matte red lipstick and sparkly statement earrings.