Oh, the holidays. That magical time of year where we string up lights on the tree, greet our friends and family with hugs and treats and enjoy our favorite dessert, fruitcake. Just kidding about the fruitcake.
Holidays are also the time of year when everyone has a party. Whether it’s a holiday office luncheon, a family Christmas gathering, or a New Year’s bash, the chances are—you’ve got parties to attend. As your Yes To Stylista, I’m here to bring you a couple new holiday hairstyles that can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the occasion.
For both styles, I began with the Yes To Carrots Scalp Relief Shampoo & Conditioner. I live in Idaho and our desert climate does a lot of drying damage to my scalp and hair during the winter months, so this is my go-to regimen when my hair is feeling a little itchy and like it needs to be refreshed. After the shower, I always use the Yes To Carrots Leave-In Conditioner to make sure I’m sealing in that moisture and preventing my ends from drying out.
First, let’s discuss the low side-ponytail. For the holidays, my easiest hair trick is to add an accessory. Whether it’s a headband, a jeweled bobby pin, a flower, or a bow—accessories are sure to brighten even the simplest of hairstyles. For look number one, I paired a low side-ponytail with a bright and sparkly red-bow headband. For fun, I made the low side-ponytail a topsy tail by tugging on my ponytail to loosen it, creating a little gap right above the ponytail holder, and pulling the ponytail through it, creating that favorite throw-back hairstyle that adds a little pop to any simple pony.
For Holiday style number two, I’m going back to my go-to, the twist and pin. This is the same style (just higher) that I did for my wedding day. But—this style also has a fun twist, a Dutch braid up the back. To do this style, I began by curling my hair with an overnight method I refer to as the “Friar Tuck,” though, you can curl your hair any way you prefer. After it was curled, I flipped my head upside down, Dutch braided (like a French braid only with the hair going under instead of over) the bottom half of my hair, tied that off with a small clear elastic, and then gathered all my hair in a ponytail at the top of my head. I began pinning pieces (three for the top half and three for the bottom half), until I had twisted and pinned all the pieces of the ponytail. I added a couple extra bobby pins to pin the loose ends and to make it look a little more full. I finished the look with a bright red bow to add that holiday flair. To tame some of the fly-aways that the hairspray doesn’t catch, I smoothed some Yes To Carrots Anti-Frizz Serum between my fingers and touched up the pieces that wouldn’t stay down. I finished the whole look with a veil of hairspray and a bright green scarf to really get me into that Christmas spirit.
These two styles can be dressed up or down as you like. If you don’t want to add a bow, try a flower or a sparkly clip. If you don’t get it right the first time, play around. This second hairstyle always looks different when I do it, and that’s the fun part. Happy Holidays!
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