6 Holiday Hairstyles That Are Downright Stunning—and Deceptively Easy
It's not difficult to come up with an elegant, party-ready look. Here, celebrity stylist Mark Townsend simplifies this season's prettiest styles.
To create this look, use a Sarah Potempa Half-Up ($9, ulta.com), a three-inch-long piece of flexible foam with a slit in the middle. Slide hair, an inch from the ends, into the slit, then roll the foam horizontally up to the nape. Secure the roll with bobby pins. The final touch? A glittery comb slid atop the roll. (Jennifer Behr comb shown here; for similar styles, go to jenniferbehr.com.)
Scrunch a texturizing spray (such as Philip B Maui Wowie Beach Spray; $25, amazon.com) all over clean, dry hair for a tousled look. Gather hair to one side and braid. Stylist Mark Townsend wove two thicker sections with one thinner one for a modern effect. Secure the end with an elastic; cover with a bow. (This one was made from fabric-store ribbon.)
Start with a naturally wavy texture (or create it with a curling iron) and sweep hair to the side. Secure in a ponytail holder. To embellish, Townsend broke a large, sparkly hair comb into pieces, then placed them in the model's hair and over the elastic. Need something sparkly? See our favorite picks here.
Center-part your hair and pull back a narrow section from each temple to the nape. Then, secure with an elastic hairband. Flip the tail inward, through the V formed by the two strands—Topsy Tail–style. Repeat directly below with two more pairs of strands; secure and flip each pair.
Pull hair into an elastic at the crown. Lay your thumb horizontally on the elastic. Loop a thin section of the tail over your thumb; anchor the section to the elastic with bobby pins. Wrap the rest of the tail around the loop to form a full bun. Pin in place.
Side-part and blow-dry freshly washed hair so that it's smooth. Add waves with an iron. (If you have natural loose waves, just air-dry.) Coat fingers with gel, then form twists with small sections of hair at each temple. Secure the twists at the back of the crown with two bobby pins.