Dressing for holiday parties and get-togethers often is all about clothes and accessories, but a simple change to your hair is another way to add a festive touch.
While some looks can be tricky and require the expertise of a stylist, others are easy to achieve with hot rollers, a curling iron or a dab of the right hair product. Often it's just a matter of rethinking how you wear your hair.
If you usually wear your long hair down, consider a sleek ponytail, top knot or a braided bun. A retro wavy look is an option if your hair holds curl. A far side part can update any style.
“Know what your hair will do,” said Lannie Cook, hairstylist and makeup artist at Wilson Art Hair Gallery.
One option for long hair is a side braided bun, she said. Pull the hair into a low side ponytail and divide it into three sections. Braid each section, roll and pin into place. Add a crystal pin if you want a little bling.
“It's easy and anyone can do it,” she said, and the style works well for hair that's heavy or board straight.
She also suggests using hairpieces and inserts to give hair volume or bumps. How do you think celebrities get that big hair?
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Not every hairstyle has to be perfect either. A casual, messy bun or ponytail might not work on the red carpet, but it can look festive for a party, Cook said.
Whether it's a perfect look you're after or not, stylists say it's best to do a practice run before trotting out any new hairstyle. Cook and Andrea Lemonds, a stylist at Trichology Salon, said a little time in front of the mirror a day or two before the event can help work out any kinks.