We are smack dab in the middle of the most wonderful time of the year, which means the stockings are hung and the lights are strung, eggnog and hot chocolate are our go-to drinks, and—last but certainly not least—our social calendars are overflowing with festive get-togethers and swanky celebrations. While you might already have your outfits all planned out, coming up with a party-ready hairstyle that’s equal parts elegant and effortless can often be a bit trickier. Whether you’re headed to an ugly sweater soiree or a black tie bash, we’ve got you covered with chic (and easy) holiday hair inspiration.
Retro Half Updo
Take a page from the ’60s with a hairstyle that emulates the decade’s chic and sultry vibes. With loose curls and plenty of volume, this particular ‘do is ideal for a laidback celebration, elegant evening out, or anything in between. Even better, this half updo is a cinch to create—as Allure writes, the hardest part about this style will be crafting that bump of volume along the crown. A few rugged pushes with a teasing comb (don’t be overly delicate) right at the crown should do the trick. Then, smooth the rest of your hair up and over before gathering the top layer into a small cluster and securing. Add in soft curls with a large barrel curling iron where needed.
Short and Sassy Curls
When you have a short style, it can seem like your options are a bit limited when it comes to actually “doing” your hair. After all, top knots, sleek ponytails, and classic chignons are pretty much off the table. But, if you’re one of the gals out there rockin’ a fierce bob, fear not—curls are always a chic choice, no matter length or occasion. For soft, beachy waves, The Scene recommends starting with a thin flat iron (around one inch). Then, working in small sections, use the flat iron to curl each piece, alternately wrapping towards and away from your face so all your curls don’t look the same. To ensure the curls aren’t too tight (and to avoid looking like Shirley Temple) stretch each curl while it’s still warm by gently pulling down on the section. After your hair is completely curled and cooled, finish by running a teeny amount of pomade through your style to cre
ate extra volume and texture.
Modern French Twist
A simple yet polished hairstyle, the French twist makes for the ideal finishing touch to any formal look. With hair pulled back and away from the face, you can show off the stunning details of your holiday dress or statement jewelry. For a modern take on this classic hairdo, Woman’s Day suggests starting with dry shampoo to absorb any excess oil and add a bit of texture. Then, pin the hair into three sections—top, middle, and bottom. Take the middle section and twist it up, securing the hair with bobby pins. From there, grab the bottom section and repeat the twist, pinning the hair into the middle section. Finally, grab the top section and pull it over the middle and bottom sections, give it a twist and secure with pins. Give the entire style a spritz of hairspray for all-night hold.