It’s hard to believe that it’s already so near the end of 2012 that Christmas decorations, biscuits and cards have begun to fill the shops. As we approach the festive season, there is more to think about than what to buy for your loved ones. You’ll have to consider which parties you’ll attend and what you’ll wear. No outfit is complete without gorgeous party hair, either, so we’ve put together a list of quick and easy hairstyles to choose depending on the kind of party you’ll be going to.
Best for: Staff Christmas Party
Your Christmas staff do is one of the most fun times of the working year. You can finally let your hair down and really get to know your colleagues. This is particularly fun if you work in a large office and it’s hard to get to know everyone during the average working day.
Loose waves work well for a staff do as they can go easily from looking professional during your regular work hours, but they are also quite glamorous for an evening look. If you’re going straight from the office to the party, consider washing your hair in the morning, twisting it into a bun and letting it dry during the day, and then taking it out to reveal lots of lovely waves.
Best for: Formal Events
For formal events the dress you’re wearing often is the statement piece of your outfit, so choosing a simple hairstyle can leave all eyes focused where you want them to be. Low buns are just the ticket for a simple but glamorous hairstyle.
Tie your hair in a low ponytail and wrap it loosely around the tie. Pin it in place. A wide version at the base of your neck can be a nice twist on it, as can one that’s slightly off centre. You can also consider adding a vintage brooch to help keep your bun in place and add a bit of sparkle to your outfit.
Best for: A night out with friends
One thing that makes Christmas so lovely is that people you haven’t seen in a while suddenly seem to be around again, whether it’s because you’ve gone to the place where you grew up to celebrate with your family, or your friends have more time to get together. A night out on the town with your nearest and dearest is very likely going to happen so you’ll want to make the most of it.
You can give your hair a bit of oomph by turning a small section of it into a bow. Pull a section of your hair back, just below the crown of your head. Tie it back, and section it into two. Make loops with each section, and cross one over the other. Pin each section in place. Take another small section of hair and cover the pins.
Best For: Christmas with Family
Waking up on Christmas day, you’ll want a simple style, but one that looks chic in photographs. A plait hairband is a great option. It’s simple, quick, and looks great whether you leave your hair loose, or you tie it back. Starting with a small section from around your ear, start a plait and wind it around the top of your head. Pin it in place just near to your opposite ear.
Best for: Boxing Day
When the rush of Christmas day is over, the presents have been opened and the turkey has been eaten, you’ll probably be feeling lazy and won’t want to spend too much time doing your hair. A ballerina bun is perfect and easy style for a quiet and restful holiday. Simply make a high ponytail, twist it tightly and wrap it around until you make a bun shape. Secure it with a tie, a ribbon, or pins.
Bill Weston writes on a number of topics, including hair trends and styling and accessories like clip-in hair extensions.