Festive holidays are a time to let loose, have fun, and be merry. And what better occasion to upgrade your look with a stylish and flattering hairstyle? It doesn’t matter whether you are in your 50s or 60s, playing around with different looks is a great chance to discover new ways to enhance your beauty at Christmas and beyond.
Don’t let your age or the texture of your hair stop you from being fabulous, just because you’re a busy woman doesn’t mean you can’t take time off to rock that special style. So, bring on the cheer with hairstyle inspirations that harmonize with your unique and more mature personality.
The Best Party Hairstyles Ideas
To figure out how to elevate your hair game this Christmas, take inspiration from the fashion catwalks and switch up your usual go-to look for something chic and elegant like Bardot-inspired chignons, half-up styles with tousled body and volume at the crown and braids.
Here are some suggestions for you to look both chic and flirtatious.
- The Half-Up Half-Down hairstyle
The half-up half-down hairstyle is a classic and elegant choice for a party. It’s easy to do and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. To achieve this hairstyle, start by curling your hair with a curling iron. Yes, a styling tool could be your secret magic wand to achieve that professional look, just make sure to practise a bit with it before delving into the style you hope to rock. The earlier you start using it, the better. Don’t worry, you can find plenty of tutorials online that will allow you to master it.
Once you’ve created your fabulous wavy locks, take the top section of your hair and twist it, securing it with bobby pins at the back of your head. Make sure to leave some face-framing pieces of hair loose for a softer look to channel your inner French goddess!
- The Messy Bun
The messy bun is a chic and effortless hairstyle that is perfect for a party. It’s also a great choice for women with thinning hair as it adds volume and texture. Start by teasing the crown of your head to add volume. Then, gather your hair into a high ponytail and twist it into a bun, securing it with bobby pins. Pull out some face-framing pieces of hair for a softer look. Finish off with a light hairspray in case you need to hold the bun in place.
- The Side Braid
The side braid is a fun and flirty hairstyle that might work well if you want to catch someone’s attention during a party or you’re a bit nervous and need something to play with. To achieve this look, use a good hair serum and a flat iron to get rid of any frizz, then take a small section of hair from one side of your head and braid it, securing it with a Christmassy hair bow at the end. Pull the braid to loosen it and create a fuller look and finish it off with a hair glitter spray.
- The Low Chignon
The “o-so-chic” low chignon is a notably simpler updo that’s been around for ages and is currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Sleek and sophisticated, it’s the right hairstyle if you have thinning hair as it creates volume and texture and you want to look put together effortlessly. To sport this hairstyle you need to gather your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck, twist it around in a counter-clockwise circle and secure it with an elastic (better if a satin or velvet ribbon). Et voilà!
- The Hollywood Waves
Vintage waves are still a popular option and few hairstyles can compete with the glamour of those sleek, retro curls that were made famous by movie stars like Veronica Lake and Rita Hayworth. The difference between this look and your standard curly blow-dry is that the waves run in one continuous line.
There are two methods to create the look – the pin curl method and the styling tool method. The latter is quicker and easier. To achieve this glamorous hairstyle, you need a curling iron and an anti-frizz cream to run through your mid-lengths. Then simply separate your hair from the crown to the back of the ear and start twisting it over the barrel of the wand. Once finished, lightly brush through your hair to form soft waves, using your hands to help form crests. Be sure to curl everything in the same direction and make a clean parting on one side.
Hair extensions for bold festive hairstyles
Sometimes hairstyles need a bit of help to look gorgeous, too. To add length and volume, we suggest investing in hair extensions. The clip-in options are very easy to manage: they are less damaging to your natural hair and are much easier to remove when you want to change up your look. They’re also a good trick if you’re looking for a temporary solution or want to experiment with a new style without commitment.
If you like the idea, you can even add a toupet to make your chignon stand out. And how about adding unusual colours to your locks? During the festive season, you can dare a bit more and play around with a couple of fun shades like pink or lavender.
Find the perfect hair bows
Holiday hairstyles are not complete without hair clips, headbands, pins or even hair gems. The options are both cheerful and endless. Bows and ribbons, in particular, are the biggest hair accessory trend of 2023 and not just an accessory for girls.
According to Harper Bazaars, they have become a staple on the red carpets and catwalks with Versace and Vivetta leading the way in showcasing this trend. Sported by celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman, Gwen Stefani and Julianne Moore they can definitely help add new life to a tried-and-true favourite and can be incorporated into almost any style, from a simple knot around a ponytail or bun to a full-blown ribbon braid.
To achieve a cool and grown-up look with bows, however, choosing a discreet one (preferably in velvet) is the trick to avoid the doll look. Hairstylists also recommend giving the hair a polished and shiny finish using a flat iron to smooth the strands will create a salon-quality result.
Whether you’re gearing up for a glamorous holiday party or a cosy gathering with loved ones, these hairstyles will add the perfect touch of sparkle to your ensemble. From sleek and sophisticated updos to cascading curls adorned with festive hair accessories, there’s a standout style for every occasion. Embrace the spirit of celebration and get ready to shine with these party looks that are guaranteed to steal the spotlight.