headband-with-messy-bunIn a perfect world, we’d all have hours before a holiday shindig to sweep our hair into the most gorgeous French twists this side of Joan Holloway. The reality, though, is that preparing for a fete typically requires a ton of dashing through the snow to get everything ready before the clock strikes party time. How to beat the blah-hair blues and achieve an updo that looks anything but simple? These super-easy ideas are the definition of very merry.

The Chignon Twist

Whoever decided that messy chignons were all the rage this year gets our endless gratitude. Not only is the bun insanely simple to create – you just gather your hair into a low ponytail, coil it into a bun and secure with pins – but it also looks endlessly elegant. This version adds a chic update; before pulling hair into the pony, twist the front sections to create a sleek accent.

The Self-Tied Ponytail

If you love updos but want to show off a little length, this classic is totally your cup of tea. Brush your tresses into a sleek ponytail, secure at the nape of your neck, and wrap a small section of hair around the band to hide any elastic. The result is simple but still completely wow worthy.

The Blinged-Out Topknot

What’s a holiday party without a little sparkle? This option relies on hair accessories to do the dazzling, so grab your favorite combs, headbands or gold-plated pins. After gathering your hair into a knot at the crown of your head, accent with all the bling you want. Just remember that messy topknots tend to fare best with attention-getting accessories while sleek versions call for something slightly more subtle.

The Braided Ribbon Bun

This super-festive ‘do is as easy as they come. Find your favorite ribbon – we like gold or silver, but the color is absolutely up to you – and secure a section into your hair by tying it tightly around the base. Braid as usual, and twist the braid into a bun near the center of your head, securing with hairpins. The weaving looks like it took hours, but you’ll be out the door in minutes flat.

Ready to say ’tis the season with some personalized ideas? Book an appointment with the holiday-hair gurus at Bella Vita.