Winter is a bad time of the year for hair. If you live in a cold to moderate climate, chances are good that winter means hats which definitely wreak havoc on a great hairstyle. More than that, winter means frizz, static, wind, rain and snow all need to be considered when planning your hairstyle. Don’t worry though, easy winter hairstyles that are weather and hat friendly while remaining stylish are out there. You just have to know what you’re looking for. We’ve got you covered. Let’s take a look.
Waves are classic, romantic and perfect for any occasion and winter events need not be an exception. While we hear a lot about beachy waves in the summer time, winter waves can be every bit as beautiful. You’ll need to be a little more careful with the products you use to keep them looking good in a variety of weather conditions but that doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of extra work. To get lovely winter waves, you’ll need:
- Leave-in conditioner
- Medium sized butterfly clips
- Hair spray
- Smoothing serum
Step One: Wash your hair and towel dry until your hair is damp but not completely dry.
Step Two: Apply your mousse to your damp hair, working it through from root to tip.
Step Three: Add a small amount of your leave-in conditioner. This acts as an activator of sorts for your mousse.
Step Four: Separate your hair into three distinct sections. Secure two of those sections with your butterfly clips so you can work on the third section without the other two getting in the way.
Step Five: Blow dry each section individually and release the hair from the clips.
Step Six: Working a one inch section of hair at a time, apply a light misting of hairspray to your hair and curl it away from your face. You’re going to want to wrap your hair around the barrel of the curling iron instead of clamping it inside the iron so that you get a softer wave instead of a tight curl. Repeat this process until all of your hair has been curled. Just make sure you stick to one inch sections. It can take a while and you may be tempted to work bigger sections as you get close to the end but resist that temptation.
Step Seven: Apply a small amount of your smoothing serum to your fingers and gently work it through your hair. This will tame any frizziness and keep your waves looking beautiful.
The Dressed Up Low Pony Tail
Low pony tails are always a popular winter hairstyle but some women feel they’re just a bit too plain to be an appealing option. That doesn’t have to be the case. You can dress up your low pony tail to suit any occasion using accessories to make the style event appropriate. Going somewhere special? Choose a special accessory. Going somewhere formal? Choose an elegant, sophisticated accessory. Going somewhere a little more casual? Choose a fun, youthful accessory. The possibilities are endless. To do the perfect dressed up low pony tail, you’ll need:
- A comb
- Large pins
- Hair elastic
- Clean, hard bristle toothbrush
- Round brush
- Blow dryer
- Flat iron
- Event appropriate hair accessory
Step One: Use your comb to part your hair into a deep side part from the front of your hairline to the crown of your head.
Step Two: Take the front section of hair from your part and pin it up on the deeper side of the part (the section with more hair) using one of your large pins.
Step Three: Pull your hair back into a tight pony tail that rest just above the nape of your neck, making sure the section you pinned up in step two is still securely pinned in place.
Step Four: Apply a small amount of pomade to the hair you’ve pulled back into the pony tail (just the hair above the elastic, not the tail) and slick back your hair. You will not need to take your hair out of the elastic to do this.
Step Five: Using your hard bristled toothbrush (available at any drug or department store), smooth out the pomade and make sure it’s worked evenly throughout your hair.
Step Six: Release the hair you pinned up in step two and blow dry it forward and down over your forehead. Do this by placing your round brush below that unpinned section of hair, holding it out and taut. Hold your blow dryer over your brush with the hair between the brush and the dryer. Move the brush through your hair, pulling it forward and down over the side of your forehead. Move your dryer with your brush as you do this to make sure the heat is evenly distributed throughout the section of hair.
Step Seven: Smooth your freshly blow dried section of hair back into the pony tail. You can pin it in place if you need to.
Step Eight: Apply more pomade to the section of hair you’ve just added to the pony tail and smooth it out with the toothbrush.
Step Nine: Pull a small section of hair from the bottom of the pony tail and wrap it around the base of the tail to hide the elastic. You can secure this section with pins or just tuck the ends into the underside of the elastic.
Step Ten: Because this look needs to be sleek and polished, you’re going to take your flat iron and smooth out the ends of your pony tail in two inch sections. When you reach the end of a section, twist the iron under so the hair bends into a slight under curl.
Step Eleven: Take the hair accessory you’ve chosen and secure it in place. While the placement of your accessory is really up to you, I find accessories look best when placed to one side about halfway between your ear and the base of your pony tail.
The faux-bob is one of my favorite winter hairstyles because it’s simple, fuss free, works in all weather conditions, looks great with a hat and is still super stylish. You can dress it up for a formal event or dress it down for something more casual. It’s also a look you can do easily from the comfort of your home using products you probably already have – no scissors required. To do a faux-bob, you’ll need:
- A comb
- Two elastics
- Large bobby pins
- Hair spray
Step One: Use your comb to part your hair to the side from the front of your hairline to the crown of your head.
Step Two: Separate your hair into two sections and secure those sections at the nape of your neck with your hair elastics.
Step Three: Because this is a look that needs a little volume, you’re going to want to gently tease the hair at the nape of your neck. If you need to, you can remove the elastic from one pony tail, tease the hair a little and put the elastic back in, repeating the process with the other pony tail.
Step Four: Roll the ends of the pony tail up and under the hair above the elastic. Continue rolling until the bob is the length you’d like it to be. You can make your bob as long or short as you like depending on what length best suits your face shape.
Step Five: Secure the bob underneath using your large bobby pins. Use as many as you need to keep the bob in place.
Step Six: Finish up the look with a misting of hair spray.