5 simple hairstyles to try for the holidays

Want to pep up your step when attending holiday gatherings? A change of hairstyle is just what it takes to give you a new sense of festive confidence. These five simple hairstyles, all inspired by celebrity looks, are easy to do on your own, no professional stylist required. And best of all, each of these looks is tailor-made to hide flaws and illuminate your best features. With one of these elegant styles, you are sure to win compliments this season.

To enhance your features: try a Halo bun

Pulling hair up into a lush, high bun commands attention, giving eyes and cheekbones a gorgeous, youthful boost, says celebrity hairstylist Daniel Koye.

Have the look: Secure the hair in a high ponytail at the crown. Comb the hair into the tail, then take one-inch sections and wrap them around the base; pin in place. Repeat until all hair is placed in a large roller. Finish by gently pulling small sections for an “undone” look.

Close-up of actress Halle Berry
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To blur your wrinkles: try a twist

A twist in the back with loose tendrils in the front frames the face to emphasize beautiful facial features while drawing attention away from fine lines, says celebrity hairstylist Jackson Simmonds. And if any pieces fall in the night, the slightly undone style ensures it looks intentional.

Have the look: Make a center part, then comb the hair at the crown to add texture. Part the hair into two sections at the back and secure them in a low ponytail, leaving a 3 inch section of hair on each side at the front. Twist the two tails together to form a figure eight in the back; pin in place. Curl tendrils with a curling iron; fix with hairspray.

Actress Kristin Chenoweth at the Critics' Choice Awards
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To slim your face: try Light Waves

Loose waves that fall heavily on one side of the face focus diagonally, which “contours” the cheekbones and jawline for a chiseled, slimmer face, Koye says. “And accessorizing the hair on one side with a rhinestone-encrusted pin helps add punch and holiday sparkle to a shorter style.

Have the look: Create a deep side part, then loosely wrap 2-inch sections of hair around a 2-inch curling iron; comb with fingers. Tuck the hair behind the ear and secure it with a jeweled barrette.

Actress Michelle Williams holding the Screen Actors Guild award
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To elongate your neck: try a ruffled knot

According to hairstylist Brant Mayfield, who created this updo for actress Lisa Edelstein, a top knot pulls the eye vertically to give the neck a swan look. The style is so secure that it will stay put all night long.

Have the look: Pull hair into a high ponytail, leaving the bangs out; secure with a hair elastic. Divide the pony into four sections, twist each into a roll and pin at the base of the tail. Use fingers to gently tug on the curled sections to let the hair loose, then secure with hairspray.

Close-up of actress Lisa Edelstein at the Screen Actors Guild Awards
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To Thicken Your Hair: Try a Swoop

“The wave-like shape created by styling the bangs up and back from the root gives thinner hair a plumper look,” says Koye. And setting the rest of the hair in a low, curly sculpted pony also helps it look fuller in the back.

Have the look: Create a deep side part, then brush the bangs to the side, spray with hairspray and comb through the roots to create volume. Brush the bangs into place, creating a soft, wavy “swoop.” Pull the rest of the hair into a low pony; secure with a hair elastic. Wrap the tail around a 3-inch roll and let rest for 15 minutes before unrolling. Fix with hairspray.

Actress Charlize Theron at the Oscars
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These celebrity-inspired looks are worth trying out for yourself. Whatever your plans for the season, we think it’s the perfect time to try one of these simple hairstyles – they’re definitely worth celebrating!

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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