During the hustle and bustle of holiday season, it's tempting to save time and throw on sweats, ditch your makeup, and just twist your hair up into a bun or a low-maintenance ponytail to run last-minute errands. But as the world is slowly exiting its holly jolly haze, why not indulge in the form of a new winter hairstyle idea? Now that you don't have to spend your evenings spreading good cheer (or wrapping presents), there's hopefully some time to play with your hair, especially with all of the 2019 trend predictions floating around.
That doesn't mean that your haircut or updo has to take hours on end, though. Take inspiration from Jennifer Lopez, who wore her signature bun with a few loose tendrils; or Vanessa Hudgens, who styled her chin-length bob in two fun ways. These styles aren't just pretty, though — they also serve as a way to try out new shampoos, conditioners, and styling products that can revive winter weather dullness and dryness. Which is a resolution that's definitely worth sticking to.
Ahead, see seven ponytails, blowouts, and bobs of all textures, along with tips from celebrity hairstylists like Kristin Ess and Takisha Sturdivant-Drew.
The Upgraded Top Knot
"Sometimes less is more, and because the dress was doing more. we decided to go for a clean snatched top knot, adding softness around the face with wispy pieces," celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton said in an Instagram post of Jennifer Lopez's hairstyle for the Second Act premiere on Dec. 12. To make sure your bun stays in place all night, try using a setting spray for hold.
A Chin-Length Bob, Two Ways
Believe it or not, but Vanessa Hudgens' look, for a day of press to promote Second Act on Dec. 14, was a wig. Sturdivant-Drew tells TZR that she used a TSD Extensions wavy wig from her own hair line, cutting the bangs and layers with a razor. A BaBylissPRO flat iron provided that million-wattage shine.
And for this wavy look with the same wig, Sturdivant-Drew spritzed Paul Mitchell's Extra Body Foam Spray at the root for lift, Aveda Air Control for hold, and Oribe's cult-classic texturizing spray for volume.
Long Wrapped Ponytail
At CNN Heroes on Dec. 9, Shay Mitchell slayed in a no-fuss low 'do that shone from the high heavens. An anti-frizz finishing spray is key for this look.
Blinged-Out Bobby Pins
Don't think that the sparkle has to stop just because the holidays are ending. Any time is the right time to wear shiny bobby pins, like the ones from Justine Marjan's collection with Kitsch. She accessorized Brittany Xavier's bob with the accessories (now sold out), after blowdrying her hair with Tresemme Keratin Smooth Serum and the GHD Air Blowdryer for a smooth finish. "Spray a toothbrush with Tresemme Micro Mist Hairspray and brush the side part forward, towards the face for a '60s faux bang," Marjan tells TZR. "Hold the hair down with hands, then use the edge of the eyebrow as a guide for placing the bobby pins."
Half-Up With A Claw Clip
To achieve a look like Paloma Elsesser's simple, chic style, apply R+Co High Dive Moisture and Shine Cream and blow dry hair nice and smooth," Rita Zito, a stylist at Eddie Arthur Salon, suggests. "With a tail comb, evenly make a part right above the ear to the center of the head, going slightly upwards and make a pony." Finish by using a brush with tighter bristles to grab hair to make it smooth and tight, and get all the small baby hairs around the hairline. Finish with Ouai Matte Pomade using a toothbrush and L'Oreal Elnette Hairspray, she says.
Nai'vasha Johnson, who's Yara Shahidi's go-to stylist, once told Refinery29 that to get maximum curl definition, she diffuses her client's hair — a trick that can work for all curl types and lengths. "Your curl should never, ever crush when you wash and go. I don't use a gel or anything that forms a crunchy, hard surface on her hair," she said. "I diffuse it on medium heat and make sure it's 100 percent dry."
"This style is a chic alternative to a basic low bun, and it shows more texture and depth of color," Kristin Ess, celebrity hairstylist, says of this look. "It was done on third-day hair, and I used my Style Reviving Dry Shampoo and French Pin to create this easy-to-do, yet stylish look."
The key with the French Pin, she says, is to “hook it” on the edge of the bun and then keep it close to your head as you slide it through versus just spearing the bun.
With reporting by Jessica DeFino