BreakingModern — New Year parties are around the corner. To wow friends and family during the holidays, I’ve compiled five hairstyles that are sure to stun.
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The 1940s, in my opinion, is the most timeless and classically beautiful decade when it comes to style. Soft, retro waves are gorgeous any time of the year, but are especially fitting during the holiday season. This hairstyle will be sure to add some va-va-va-voom to any party.
Styling tip: Deep red lips are synonymous with Hollywood glamour, so a matte crimson shade would pair gorgeously. Try a velveteen-sleeved dress (either in forest green or black) to radiate a chic holiday vibe. Finish the look off with a simple gold necklace and earring set if you want to blend vintage and modern, or a pearl set to stay true to the 1940s look.
Video: Holiday Half UpDo with Tousled Waves!
What are the holidays without a bit of kitsch? Ugly sweaters are in and endearingly tacky accessories are a beloved holiday tradition. Inspired by the flirty, bouncy and playful hair of Zooey Deschanel, this half-up, half-down look is a whole lot of fun. It’s both casual and suitable for an evening occasion; this style is effortlessly adorable.
Styling idea: Since this hairstyle isn’t too rigidly formal, it can be dressed up or down. It would pair well with cheesy holiday garb, like a heinously fantastic sweater, or a charming dress with a 1950s silhouette. Just make sure to wear dancing shoes — this hairstyle is too fun not to boogie around in.
The Elegant Braid
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Undoubtedly, the pop culture phenom for little girls has been the Disney hit Frozen, especially the stunning Queen Elsa whose beautiful braid is her trademark. This Elsa-inspired braid is likely to become my new go-to hairdo — I’ll never want to let it go.
Styling idea: Again, drawing inspiration from the Queen herself, a white or pale blue dress with a sweetheart neckline would complement the hairstyle perfectly. Adding a bit of shimmer will give a pretty, icy feel — try dangly crystal earrings, or glittery silver heels.
The Ballerina Bun
Video: Sleek High Bun Hair Tutorial
One of the most quintessential holiday classics is The Nutcracker. Channel your inner ballerina with a sleek, high bun, as a dancer would wear in a performance of the show. This simple, elegant updo is suitable for formal events throughout the year, but has a certain panache during the New Year.
Styling idea: To once more mimic the grace of a ballerina, try a dress with a tulle, tea-length skirt and a cinched bustier top. Add some shine and sophistication with ribbon accents — around the waist of the skirt as a belt, or perhaps around the bun itself.
The Faux Bob
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“New Year, New Me” is a saying uttered far too often at the dawn of another annum. For those who want to make a change in the new year, but are not quite sure if they’re ready to commit, there is the option of the faux-bob. This updo has gained popularity in the past few years as it has the ability to create a dramatic change to your hair’s appearance, without any lock-chopping.
Styling idea: Shoulder-skimming bobs allow you to show off the most elegant part of the body: the décolletage. With a low-cut or boatneck shirt and a pair of bold, dangly earrings, your faux-bob updo will look its best.
For BMod, I’m Justine Crawford.
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