Want to put some pep in your step as you attend holiday gatherings? A change in hairstyle is just the thing to bring you a festive new sense of confidence. These five simple hairstyles, all of which are inspired by celebrity looks, are easy to achieve on your own, no professional stylist required. And even better, each one of these looks is tailored to hide flaws and illuminate your most beautiful features. With one of these elegant styles, you’ll definitely be winning compliments this season.
To Lift Your Features: Try a Halo Bun
Pulling hair into a bountiful, sky-high bun directs focus up, giving eyes and cheekbones a beautiful and youthful boost, says celebrity hairstylist Daniel Koye.
Get the Look: Secure hair into a high ponytail at the crown. Back-comb hair in the tail, then take one inch sections and wrap around the base; pin in place. Repeat until all hair is placed in a large roll. Finish by gently tugging on small sections throughout for an “undone” look.
To Blur Your Wrinkles: Try a Twist
A twist in back with loose tendrils in front frames the face to put focus on gorgeous facial features while pulling attention away from fine lines, says celebrity hairstylist Jackson Simmonds. And if pieces fall out through the night, the slightly undone style ensures it appears intentional.
Get The Look: Make a center part, then back-comb hair at the crown to add texture. Split hair into two sections in back and secure each into a low ponytail, leaving a 3 inch section of hair out on each side in front. Twist the two tails together to form a figure-eight in back; pin in place. Curl tendrils with a curling iron; set with hair spray.
To Slim Your Face: Try Light Waves
Loose waves that fall heavily to one side of the face direct focus diagonally, which “contours” the cheekbones and jawline for a chiseled, slimmer-looking face, says Koye. “And accessorizing hair on one side with a rhinestone-encrusted pin helps add oomph and holiday sparkle to a shorter style.”
Get the Look: Create a deep side part, then loosely wrap 2 inch sections of hair around a 2 inch curling iron; comb through with fingers. Tuck hair behind the ear and pin in place with a jeweled barrette.
To Elongate Your Neck: Try a Tousled Knot
A piecey topknot pulls the eye vertically to give the neck a swanlike look, says hairstylist Brant Mayfield, who created this updo for actress Lisa Edelstein. The style is so secure, it will stay in place all night.
Get the Look: Pull hair into a high ponytail, leaving bangs out; secure with a hair tie. Split the pony into four sections, twirl each into a roll, and pin at the tail’s base. Use fingers to gently tug on rolled sections to fan out hair, then set with hair spray.
To Thicken Your Hair: Try a Swoop
“The wave-like shape created by styling bangs up and back from the root provides thinner hair with a plumper look,” says Koye. And securing the rest of hair into a sculpted low, curled pony helps it appear fuller in back as well.
Get the Look: Create a deep side part, then brush bangs to the side, spritz them with hair spray, and back-comb at the roots to create volume. Brush bangs into place, creating a soft, wavy “swoop.” Pull the rest of hair into a low pony; secure with a hair tie. Wrap the tail around a 3 inch roller and let sit for 15 minutes before unrolling. Set with hair spray.
These celebrity-inspired looks are worth trying out for yourself. No matter what your plans are for the season, we think it’s a perfect time to try one of these simple hairstyles — they’re definitely worth celebrating!
A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.