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As the holiday season officially gets into full swing, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to top off your look. That’s right: We’re talking about finding the perfect holiday hairstyle. Oftentimes, you might think that the perfect holiday hairstyle is only attainable if you have long hair, but we’re here to fill you in on a little secret: Medium-length hair has got it going on, too! To give you a little inspo, we’ve rounded up some of the season’s best medium-length hairstyles to help you gear up for everything from your gift exchange with the girls to your office holiday party. Breakout the hair spray and bobby pins, then start planning your holiday hairstyle.
There’s no better way to embrace a classy vibe than by weaving a French braid along your hairline. Not only will it pull your hair away from your face for a gorgeous fuss-free look built to endure a night of celebrations, but it will also help showcase your holiday makeup, since your hair will be out of your face. Sounds like a win-win to us!
What you’ll need:
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Air-Blown Texture Mist
Hair tie or clip
Clear mini elastic
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Start with day-old hair. When it comes to creating a lasting braid, day-old hair can be your very best ally, since it often has more grip. You can also add texture to clean hair with the help of a hair texturizer.
Step 2: Part your hair in the middle. Split your hair into sections and secure one side with a clip or hair tie so that it won’t get in the way while you begin weaving the other side.
Step 3: Start at the nape of your neck. Split the side of hair that you’re working with into three even sections to begin your braid. But instead of traditionally weaving, opt for a more unique inside out braid that will give your crown massive oomph. For this side, you will want to tightly braid from the nape of your neck to up and around your forehead. Once you’ve completed your braid, secure it with a clear mini elastic.
Step 4: Braid the opposite side of hair. Switch it up this time. For this side, braid from your roots down around towards the nape of your neck and continuing the braid as close to your ends as possible.
Step 5: Pin your braids. With the excess braids that aren’t woven to your head, wrap them around and secure with bobby pins. For even more staying power, use a few spritzes of hairspray. And just like that you have a braided crown that’s fit for a princess!
Looking to embrace a little vintage grace this holiday season? Boy, have we got the medium-length hairstyle for you. From the teased bouffant all the way down to the finely-curled ends, this retro holiday hairstyle will be nothing short of a head-turner.
What you’ll need:
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse
Large barrel brush
L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold
Get the look by these simple steps:
Step 1: Use some hair mousse. When it comes to creating the appearance of volume, your best bet is to pump up your hair with a hair mousse to bring your bouffant to life.
Step 2: Blow-dry with a round brush. After evenly massaging the mousse through your hair, wrap your locks around a large barrel brush for instant lift. Pro tip: If you tend to have frizzy hair, use a boar bristle brush; not only can this help add volume, but the bristles can also help smooth the hair’s cuticle for a frizz-free finish.
Step 3: Separate your hair into sections. To create your half-up hairstyle, use the end of a long-tail comb to section your hair into top and bottom. Starting at the crown of the top section of your hair, gently tease in layers to help further poof up your retro medium-length hairstyle. Be sure to leave the very front section of hair untouched, as this will be the layer that conceals your beehive.
Step 3: Pin your bouffant. Once your hair is adequately teased, pin it back with a few bobby pins and brush the untouched layer of hair over the top.
Step 4: Grab a curling iron. To finish this hairstyle, curl and tousle the ends of your hair for an effortlessly chic '50s-esque style.
Step 5. Seal it in. After putting in that much work, you best believe you want to ensure your hairstyle stays put. So, grab a strong hold hair spray and set your look with an all-over spritz.
Who doesn’t love a good ponytail? Whether you want to rock it to the gym, to work, or to the holiday get-together that follows, a played-up ponytail could be just what you’re looking for this winter. Wondering how to up the ante of your go-to medium-length style? We’ve got you covered with this messy knotted ponytail that we’re sure you’ll be rocking all season long and into the months ahead.
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray
Step 1: Prep your hair. Messy hairstyles are made possible with either day-old hair or a bit of wave spray. If you’re washing your hair, spritz it with some wave spray while damp to help enhance your hair’s natural shape and texture and give it just enough grip to make the most of this stylishly disheveled look sans hot tools.
Step 2: Divide your pony. After you’ve secured your ponytail, divide it into two asymmetrical sections.
Step 3: Wrap it. Take the smaller section of your pony and wrap it in a knot around the base of your ponytail for a cool girl twist on this classic ‘do.
Step 4: Secure the ends. After you’ve wrapped the base, take the remaining ends of hair and pin them in place under the base of your ponytail.
Look, we get it, messy buns will always be a go-to. What if we told you there’s a new bun in town that’s just as worthy of favoritism? Enter: the perfect low bun. Known for its put-together appearance, this is a look that’s professionally chic without sacrificing an ounce of that messy bun comfort. Plus, it’ll work whether you have straight hair, wavy hair, or curly hair.
Step 1: Section your hair. Leaving the front section loose, pull the remaining hair back into a low pony with a clear elastic.
Step 2: Wrap the base. Split the pony into two uneven sections and wrap the smaller one around the base of your ponytail to cover the elastic.
Step 3: Tease it. Use a long-tail comb to tease the remaining portion of your ponytail to give it a little extra oomph before tucking it in underneath and securing with a bobby pin.
Step 4: Pin back the front. This is where your loose hair comes into play. Simply sweep and pin that front section of hair back under the bun.
Step 5: Fan it out. To give your low bun just enough character and class, gently tug at the sides for a fan-like effect.
Step 6. Add shine. Complete the style by giving your strands some shine. Use a shine spray to get the job done.
We’ve got even more holiday hairstyle tutorials coming your way. Next up, check out 3 Curly Hairstyles That Will Make Waves This Holiday Season.