During the winter season, most of us face some challenging times when it comes to our hair. Many of our winter hair complaints include dry and parched hair or flaky scalps. However, winter is one of the only seasons that allows us to keep our hairstyles for a longer time (We miss summer, but not the summer frizz!).
Unlike clothing, there are so many winter hairstyles we can transition from our warm weather hairstyle repertoire into our hairstyle lineup for the colder months, like half-up hairstyles, wavy hair and cool ombré hair colors. Here’s an inspiring lookbook to help you winterize your favorite hairstyles:
Winter Hair: Fabulous Winter-Friendly Hairstyle Ideas
1. Adorned Chignon
Want to add interest to any old hairstyle? Add in some pretty accessories. We’re really into the idea of using fake (or real!) plants in hairstyles for a whimsical look. To recreate this style, roll your hair into a chignon. Practice doing pin curls first, then layer several pincurls around the nape of your neck. Enhance this style by adding in some floral hair clips that you place right on top of your pin curls. We’d love to see this style with a flowy maxi dress for some serious forest fairy vibes.
2. Double Braided Bun
This is one of those winter ball hairstyles that looks super complicated and intricate, but is actually pretty easy to do. To make sure your hair can stick in this updo all night, start with hair that has been prepped with Bed Head By TIGI Totally Baked Meringue Styling Prep. It will help you get a little bit of texture and volume to help hold your style.
Take two sections of your hair from the nape of your neck (one larger than the other) to create your braids. Then, braid both sections of your hair and secure with a hair tie. Take the rest of your hair and create a bun. Lay the two braids over your hair like headbands, pinning in place as you go. Finish by tucking the tails of the braids under the bun. We know it has several steps, but ultimately it’s just two braids and a bun!
3. Simple Bun Updo
If all that braiding work isn’t your jam, try out a sleek bun instead. All you need to do for this style is pull your hair back into a tight ponytail, and create a slicked back bun. To slick down every little baby hair, use a boar bristle brush. It will help to capture all those little hairs and create a super smooth style. Finish off this look with a good mist of Dove Style+Care Strength and Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray. It will hold down your flyaways while also helping to keep your hair looking shiny and polished!
4. Baby Pompadour
We are all about retro-chic hairstyles and the 1950s was certainly on-point with some seriously awesome hair trends! To mix up your party look a bit, create this pompadour with a bun or even a ponytail. To create the pomp look, section off the front inch and a half to two inches of hair straight back from your forehead. To create some volume on fine hair, leave a section of hair at the front out, and tease the roots of the rest of the section. If you already have voluminous hair, use S Factor by TIGI Creamy Molding Wax to help mold your hair into the pomp style. Either way, brush all of the front section of hair back at an angle to get the cool pomp look and pin into place.
5. Funky Space Buns
For a chill take on winter ball hairstyles, try out space buns! All it takes, really, is creating two buns on the top of your head. You can make it more fun by adding in a wide zig zag part or creating your buns with hair doughnuts! It’s a sassy style that literally anyone can DIY. You can up the ante even further by adding in glitter roots or hair confetti.
6. Bow Bun
Bow buns are so girly and fun! You can easily create a bow bun with box braided hair or, you can create a bow bun on unbraided hair. Either way you do it this cute style will light up all of your winter formal photos! Just make sure that you bring some bobby pins in your bag in case any strands make their way out of this awesome hairstyle.
The gray hair trend is having a huge moment for the fall and winter season. If going full-on gray isn’t your cup of tea, there are other ways that you can hop on gray hair train. Consider muted gray lowlights or a gray ombré. To counteract brassiness, use Bed Head by TIGI Purple Toning Shampoo and follow up with your normal deep conditioning process.
8. Normcore Hairstyles
Complement minimalist fashion with a trendy hairstyle that also falls on the classy end of the spectrum. Case in point: Ballerina buns with a bit of texture and shag hairstyles. A big winter hair trend that also works is the easy breezy half-up hairstyle. On first or second-day hair, add a few waves to your hair for texture, then gather your top section into a ponytail or bun. Add a styling oil to add a touch of shine to your look.
9. Sleek Styles
During the colder months, most of us are laid-back when it comes to hairstyling. Simple hairstyles like updos are as far many of us will go. While updos are the perfect lazy girl hairstyles during the winter season, opt for sleek styles to make the look appear super neat and polished. (No one has to know you literally rolled out of the bed!) To create, smooth your hair into an updo of your choice (we’re loving low buns at the moment), then finish off your style with a shine spray.
10. Holiday Hair
This season, pair up velvet textures, and menswear-inspired suits with ultra feminine hairstyles. A simple style is this wavy hairstyle that can also work for your holiday festivities. To achieve this elegant yet understated winter hair look, use a hair wand to curl your face-framing tendrils away from your face. Then use some hairspray to add a flexible hold to your style.
11. Textured Play
Not only do we get excited to wear cold weather textures and fabrics like shearling, fur and wool. We’re also eager to pile on the texture in our hairstyles. To achieve the look, rough dry your hair after washing, then use a hair wand to create subtle waves. Alternatively you can create overnight waves by braiding your hair and releasing in the morning.
12. Short Crops
The key to getting a short crop during the winter season is to find a haircut that works with your lifestyle and personal style. If you know you will be wearing hats to keep your head warm or just as an accessory to complete your look, go for crops that are hat-friendly. Close crops like pixie or bob haircuts are ideal for the winter season. If you need a little inspiration on how to accessorize your hair, check out three of our favorite ways to jazz up our winter hairstyles.
How to Use Styling Gel to Nail Your Favorite Holiday Styles
1. Streamline your braids.
Rubbing a little bit of hair gel between your hands before you begin braiding your hair will stop those baby hairs from escaping—not to mention keep your braids streamlined and sleek. Try out a dab of TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel to add some shine to your strands.
2. Smooth out your celebrity-inspired top knot.
Don’t you just love a top knot?! This celebrity-inspired look has been everywhere these days from the red carpet to the streets of NYC. To rock this style, simply dab Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel onto your hair as you comb the front section of your hair. Then, gather it into a top knot for a slicked backed and on-trend look. Editors’ tip: applying the gel as you create the style will ensure that your look is sleek and flyaway-free.
3. Invest in a product that will give you some polish.
Run a small palmful of Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Curl Defining Gel Serum through all of your hair for a holiday party-ready style that has some texture and a little bit of shine. This is the easiest way to add some glam to your strands, which we especially love when we’re short on time.
Need more winter ball hairstyles to peruse? Check out these easy winter styles for long hair.