There is something extra, tucked within the holiday season that begs for taking extra measures in putting together our signature looks, regardless of whether we’re preparing to go to “just another day at same-old” work or to run errands. Dressing for the holidays is just as nice when you’re doing it to perform your required duties as a class mom for your daughter’s class party as it is to do, when you help serve hot meals to displaced holiday celebrants through a local community effort. It could even be a killing designer find that you strategically selected for accompanying your significant other to an important holiday happening. Dressing for the holidays is certainly a major aspect of “representing”–but it doesn’t cover everything. There are accessioning issues to be detailed, and most everyone knows to include belts, scarves, belts, necklaces, wrist-wear like bangles and cute fringy flair, earrings and a sizeable array of holiday-specific ornamentation for accessorizing-up holiday hair. Got it all covered? Check. Have you left something out? Check again.
Don’t Forget Your Holiday Hair
One of the most commonly neglected personal aspects that are eligible for being targeted for holiday up-fixing is in how we style our hair. It is a prevalent oversight among women everywhere, to finish off our efforts to achieve the holiday look by mindlessly “doing” our typical, go-to hairstyle, and we’re off. The head area is respectfully the most prominent and first area that others notice about us, and yet we tend to resort to sameness when it comes to how we arrange our hair most of the time–and even during the holidays. Often, women cite lack of time or opportunity along with a list of more prominent holiday responsibilities as the reason for the lack of attention to glam up their hair with some holiday ambience. The good news is that there are more than a couple of easy and fast ways in which any woman can give her hair a little extra something for the holidays.
Holiday Hair Suggestions for Everyone
You may have been tempted to toss a rather generic Santa hat into your shopping cart on a few shopping expeditions, envisioning the ease by which you could cover your head–along with a sub-par hairstyling effort–and all at the same time. STOP! With these easy hacks, you can leave that Santa Hat on the shelf for the next holiday hopeful to buy. You’re going to have holiday hair this year, and be thankful that you did!
The Classic Ballerina Bun–Revisited for the Holidays
Somewhat inspired by the hairstyle in which a Breakfast at Tiffany’s Audrey Hepburn rocked every scene, this bun is simpler but every bit as lovely. Start with clean hair that is straight, and distribute your hair by running your fingers through it. For a volumizing effect, add hair-gripping texture by spraying a little dry shampoo in the key areas where staying volume is most needed.
- Gather your hair sort of loosely into a high ponytail and secure with clear elastic. Leave bangs to hang freely. Keeping a side part is fine.
- Pull out a small section of hair from either side of the ponytail. Twist these and clip out of the way.
- Working in sections, take manageably-sized sections of hair and form into an under-roll, securing each securely with hidden pins as you go. When completed, you will have fashioned a full looking bun effect.
- Unclip the two previously separated sections and separate. Twist each one and bring it across the bun’s base–visibly, and secure with pins.
- Rock this do with some smallish holiday dangling earrings.
The Elegant Roll-Up for the Holidays
Available through Ulta, the Sarahpotempa Half-Up ($9,) provides you the foundation upon which this style is formed. This piece of flexible foam measures 3 inches in length, with a slit in the middle:
- Gather the ends of your hair together, behind your head.
- Slide the ends of all gathered hair (about one inch total,) into the center slit.
- With the foam positioned horizontally, carefully roll the foam upwards, stopping at the nape of your neck.
- Secure with bobby pins.
Finish off with a large hair comb, embellished with a delicate sprig of holly, mistletoe or another seasonal representation.