Holiday parties are one of the reasons I love this time of year. Maybe it’s the holiday music, the comfort food, or the spiked eggnog that brings out the happy in all of us. Whether your fellow-party goers are friends, family, or co-workers, occasions like these are a great excuse to go glam. Holiday parties are one of the few times a year that it’s completely appropriate to pull out that sequin covered dress or sparkly stilettos. They are also one of the only times that most adults get a reason to rock an up-do or other formal hair style. While this fun and great, it’s also precisely why some of us don’t even know where to start.
As much as I’d love to have my hair professionally done for special occasions like holiday parties, it’s usually hard to make that happen. This means that by doing it on my own, I need not only inspiration and help deciding on a do, but also a step-by-step instruction guide on how to create it.
It’s times like these that I turn to Pinterest. Pinterest is a huge source of inspiration and ideas for up-dos and DIY hair styles. The Ovation Pinterest page of course has several hair related boards, but one in particular is great if you’re looking for hair tutorials. We’ve put together a board of “Hair How-Tos” that include classy, formal hairstyles, perfect for occasions like a holiday party, but are easy enough to do at home on your own and in under an hour. Whether you’re looking to wear your hair down, up, or somewhere in-between our board includes ideas that are sure to make your decision and holiday party hair prep a bit easier.
Here are some of my favorites from our Hair How To Board –
Vintage Waves – The vintage wave look is definitely a popular one and is a great way to curl your hair in maybe a different way than you normally do. Because it is a different curl, I recommend a trial run, just so you know that it works on your hair type. By the time your holiday parties come around, you’ll be able to pull it off in no time. Vintage waves works really well with cocktail attire and vintage accessories making it a brilliant look for winter parties.
Mini Twisted Buns – The best part about the mini bun look is that there is no exact way to create them. I personally like the fact that that the style is intended to look a bit messy, meaning you can mess it up and pull it off all at the same time! It’s great for hair of all types and lengths and is the easiest of the styles mentioned.
Braided Halo – For longer hair styles, the braided halo is a beautiful style for dressy occasions. There are several ways to create the halo, but each is classy, polished and hip. Braids in any form are trendy so if your hair isn’t long enough for a halo, you can always wrap a braid around a bun or add braided strands to an elegant ponytail.
No-Tease Bouffant – This bouffant tutorial is one of my favorites on Pinterest because I love any tip to help add volume without hair teasing. This voluminous bouffant looks pretty as it’s shown on our board (worn half down), but also would look great with a ponytail or bun.
Another way to take your hair from “everyday” to “holiday” is to add a festive hair accessory. A shiny or sparkly headpiece, headband or decorated bobby pins adds holiday cheer and makes whatever style you choose more sophisticated. If the above dos aren’t for you, check out the entire board and Ovation Pinterest page for additional ideas, inspiration and just plain pretty hair!
Good luck, have fun and happy holidays!