This holiday season, I’m sure your calendar is packed with holiday events. My calendar has included: work holiday parties, kiddie parties, pictures with Santa, Ugly Christmas Sweater parties. Next week, I’m prepping for New Year’s Eve bashes. I’m personally attending a New Year’s Eve Pajama Jam. My sister — who is living it up in her 20s — is booking a hotel for both day and evening plans. If you are living it up with a diverse set of activities (i.e. New Year’s Eve parties, brunch, and New Year’s Day shopping), then your hair needs to transition fluidly from day to night. I perused YouTube to find the best day-to-night holiday hairstyles so that I could share them with you.
Many times naturalistas don’t see the versatility in TWAs. In this video, Beauty by Lee shows that with a few tweaks you can create a polished look for your nighttime event. The key is to refresh your curls for your evening event with a refresher of your choice. Also, fluff you hair and go big! Finally, switch your daytime makeup and accessories for a more dramatic evening look.
Is your hair slightly longer than a TWA? Are you looking for a way to create a dramatic look with shorter tresses? India of MyNaturalSistas provides a great option for your holiday twist-n-curl. First, twist your hair and then add curl rods for a twist –no pun intended — on your traditional twist out. For a simple daytime look, untwist and with a pick, lift from the root– focusing on the top of our head to create a tapered shape. For a more dramatic look, separate the curls for bigger hair.
Are you worried about sweating your hair out as you dance the night away? Then try an updo. For shorter hair, you can add marley hair for a more attention-grabbing look. To achieve this look, first start on stretched hair. Pull your hair into a ponytail and lay your edges using a gel of your choice. With your hair in a bun, attach the marley hair using a ponytail holder. Toni of mynaturalsistas created a great tutorial for a New Year’s Eve look that will look great on New Year’s Day as well.
Are you looking for a twist — this time, a pun inteneded — on the tradtional marley bun? Then check out this tutorial I found in the YouTube archives. In this look, for the front swoop, you twist the marley hair in small twists and pin them down. With the remaining hair, you do two big twists and wrap around your bunned hair. The result is an intricate style that looks like you walked out of the salon.
I have to admit, my new favorite look for the holdays is wand curls. I recently wore this look to an ugly Christmas sweater party and it was a hit! You can wear them down or pin them up. And as the days progress, you can achieve bigger, fuller looks. You can also use the stretched hair to achieve new styles once your curls drop. MsVaughnTV recently did a great job explaining how to perfect wand curls. First, start with blow dried or stretched hair. Then go section by section with your curl wand, carefully wrapping your hair around the wand. (Don’t forget your protective glove!) After finishing your curls, use a setting spray. For a fuller look, you can either separate your curls or pick them out from the root. As a bonus, Vaughn provided makeup and outfit tips to round out your look.
So, there you have it! 5 looks that take you from day to night… covering every holiday occasion! What are your New Year’s Eve plans?