It's party season all year round, but our calendars get especially full when the holidays roll around.
Christmas party season has arrived – and at the worst possible time for your wallet. After last week's 'just popping in for tights' turned into a €200 shopping spree and this week's Secret Santa did a number on your bottom line, you have two options: politely decline all fun party invites, or go, but spend zero euro on the prep.
Here's the plan: repeat your favourite LBD, dig up those party heels and cancel your salon appointment. A little texture spray and a few well-placed clips or a satin bow is all you need to add some festive flair to your hair without leaving your bathroom, and more importantly, without spending a single cent.
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To get your wheels turning, we scrolled through the Instagrams of celebrity stylists for head-turning hairstyles fit for every occasion. Whether you're getting ready for a fancy ball or a low-key house party with your friends, these party hairstyles will do you from now to New Year's Eve, and every party in between.
Old HOLLYWOOD CURLS
The best way to achieve, old Hollywood curls are with a brushed-out curl set as celeb stylist Gregory Russel did so beautifully on Lily Collins. This classic style works on every occasion.
Give off major angelic vibes this festive season with this stunning halo braid with gold string. Don’t forget to secure your bun with a few hair clips and spritz on some hairspray to keep everything in place.
a slight bouffant
Instead of slicking your hair down all the way, stop at the crown and add a slight bouffant just because. Wood mentioned he used John Frieda products to master this look, and we're imagining some of this Frizz Ease Extra Strength Hair Serum was used.
Between Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts and the fact you still have to work even though it's Christmas, it can be hard to find time to wash your hair. Luckily, wet hair is still very much in for 2020. Forget the hair gel and set your strands with the cool setting on your hairdryer. You'll easily achieve the hairstyle as seen here on Jenna Dewan.
Here's a life hack: Save your gift ribbons. Why? They look just as good in your hair—especially velvet ones. Wood chose a classic middle-part pony that he accentuated with a black velvet ribbon. Chic.
Give your topknot extra feels with curly tendrils. This picturesque style is perfect for any party.
Lupita's pearl-encrusted faux locs remind us that accessories go beyond jewellery. Pearl bobby pins are relatively easy to find and offer a low maintenance approach to holiday hair.
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A big birthday shoutout to one of the realest @jourdandunn . It's been a pleasure watching you grow up in this business. You haven't changed from the 17 year old girl I met backstage , never got jaded and let this business get the best of you. I know your def turning up somewhere today ! See you soon for round 2. ❤️you Jay! And thanks for letting me live out my #donnasummer 's dream! #HairByLacyRedway
The bigger the curls the better the party? Could be a stretch. But what's not a stretch are these sky-high, Diana Ross–inspired ringlets on supermodel Jourdan Dunn.
Pins and updos just go together and are especially appropriate for a party. Lucy Hale's loose updo coupled with these metallic bobby pins makes this simple style look so avant-garde.
It is a common objective every Christmas to devise new and innovative ways to coat the body in sparkles. Sequin skirts in the office, dangling earrings for the gym – whatever! You must do everything it takes to shimmer all month long. Now, tinsel hair is back to help you sparkle through the festivities.
A MODERN LOB
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Sure, it might feel like you don’t have a ton of styling options when you’re working with a lob, but it’s actually beyond easy to switch up a shorter haircut for the holidays. Go for an off-centre part, bump the ends with a straightener, snap on a clip, and boom—you’re good to go.
The POM-POM Pony
Pulling the hair back can seem a bit unimaginative, but with style like this, you won't have to worry about being too simplistic.
hALF UP, HALF DOWN
After “What are you wearing tonight?” the most common text in my phone before a night out is “Wait, should I wear my hair up or down?” Instead of going back and forth with your group chat on what looks better with your outfit, do both. A half-up, half-half down look is super chic and won’t take you hours to pull together. Before you head out, spritz on a flexible-hold hairspray to keep your holiday hairstyle in place.
I'M WITH THE (HEAD)BAND
The 2019 headband has had a makeover and it is oversized and kind of padded. It's like upholstery for your hair if that makes sense. Red is a clear front runner, but black and nude are also making their rounds (you can wear any colour you like, though. See the gorgeous Elnaz, Tanaz and Gonaz above for inspo).
Highschool cheerleader, but make it fashion. Take a cue from Jorja Smith’s book and try out a snatched high ponytail at your Christmas party this year. Leave an extra strand hair out from your pony which you can braid and wrap around to give it an elevated feel.
jUST CLIP IT
Nothing says holiday hair more than bejewelled snowflake hair accessories. Celebrity stylist Kristin Ess took Lauren Conrad's curls to another level when she adorned them with clips from Jennifer Behr and Lelet NY.
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