It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, isn’t it? France is so beautiful this time of year, I love it. They decorate the cities with lights strewn in between the buildings. They have Christmas markets almost everywhere and of course all the stores are decorated as well. It’s so festive!
I want to get in the spirit too! To be honest, I’ve had this stinkin’ gnarly cold for a week that I can’t kick and it’s killing me. I can’t afford to be sick, I’ve got things to do!! So today I thought I’d round up a bunch of beautiful buns you can easily do that will be perfect for your next holiday party while I dream about actually wearing makeup someday (it’s been a while…). They are easy & quick and most of them can be done on dirty hair. Yep, that’s my kind of style!
Kate Middleton Braided Bun
This might look more intricate, but it’s actually simple. All you need to know is how to French braid. And how to tease your hair, but I have a tutorial for that here. You can even add a pretty bow or fun holiday hair piece that would make this extra festive. But in all reality, who doesn’t want to look like Kate Middleton? Or at the very least have her hair. You can find the whole tutorial here.
Poofy Bun for Fine Hair
I have rather thick hair and I know a lot of people can’t relate to that. But back when Christie was writing here she had a few awesome tutorials for fine, thin, short hair! You can style it how you want it! Actually, in a lot of ways I think it might be easier. You can check out Christie’s full tutorial here.
Triple Twisted Buns
Back when I cut my hair short last year (WWWHHHHHYYYY???) I was able to try a bunch of short hair styles. It was fun for a while, but I really miss my super long hair. Someone talk me out of cutting my hair if I ever say that again! This one is three twisted buns in the back for a pretty up-do! It’s easy to do, just twist and pin, and oh so pretty! Here is the full tutorial.
Messy Side Bun
See, the thing about styles like this is that they look a lot more intimidating than they really are. But the best thing about purposefully messy styles is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. You could totally mess it up and just say it’s your version of a particular style! I think this look would be absolutely perfect for a holiday party. Add a pretty flower or something & you’re good to go! Here is the full tutorial with a video!
Messy Top Knot for Short Hair
I did a post a while back, like a year and a half ago actually (wow, time flies!) with some great top knots to try. It was a big hit here & on Pinterest and the biggest hit of them all was the ‘messy top knot.’ I think it’s a style we’ve all been wearing for ages — we’re just excited for it to officially be a hairstyle now! So when I chopped my hair, I knew I had to include the shorties in the whole messy top knot business. I mean, every girl should have a 5 second hair-do in her repertoire! I have a video tutorial for it and everything!
The Headband Bun
This is the easiest of them all. All you need is a pretty headband and maybe some bobby pins. Put the headband on top of your hair, take all the hair in the back, roll it up and tuck it into the headband. BAM. That’s it. You could also wear a regular headband and just place a cute half-headband on top of that for style. I’m not sure you’ll need it, but I have a tutorial for it with a video! It was pretty popular on my YouTube Channel!
Pretty Chic Updo
This is honestly one of my all-time favorites. I mean, I’m all about messy & right-out-the-door kind of styles, but this one is very classy & chic. Very Audrey Hepburn. It takes a little more skill as far as pinning goes, but other than that, it’s still pretty easy. If you need some help with how to use bobby pins, here’s a tutorial. Also you can find the play-by-play for this one here.
Double Rope Braid Bun
Isn’t this one pretty? I love this one! It reminds me of Julia Robert’s hair in a scene in Notting Hill. (Just watched that movie, still love it.) If you know how to rope braid, it’s simple. If you don’t know how to rope braid, teach yourself, it’s really simple. If you can’t French braid, you’ll be able to rope braid since you’re only managing two pieces instead of three. I have the tutorial for this style with a video riiiiight here! 🙂
I love anything I can do on dirty hair, because, let’s be honest, my hair is just a little dirty most of the time. But nothing a little dry shampoo can’t fix! This hairstyle was done on dirty hair, but with the dry shampoo for volume and to help with the teasing and braiding the rest of it, they’ll never know! I think it’s really pretty, I hope you do too! Here’s the tutorial for it.
You really can’t go wrong with the ballerina bun! It’s so beautiful and chic. You do need one of those bun maker things which you can find at Target or Sally’s, some bobby pins & hair pins and that’s it! There’s two ways to go about doing it, and I have them for you right here. You can also add a French braid up the back — like the first photo in this post – to add a little umph to this style.
This is basically just a bunch of tease and a low bun. We’re gonna call it a chignon because that’s more fancy, but you get the idea. It’s super easy and I walk you through it right here. You could add a fancy headband or twist your bangs back in one of these fun ways. Or curl your bangs a little for a fancier look. So many options!
Lauren Conrad Braided Bun
Lastly but most certainly not least, the LC braided bun. This one is an oldie but goodie. I had seen a picture of Lauren with a pretty pulled-back bun. This was the best way I could find how to do it all the while staying within my ‘easy for everyone’ guidelines. I have a step-by-step for you here, but it’s as easy as pulling it to the side, creating a simple braid, wrapping that into a bun, and finishing by wrapping the front hair around the bun. See, told you!
So out of all 12 of these looks, there has got to be at least one that inspires you to try it this holiday season! I’m sure you have a party or two to go to — go ahead and give one a try!
But just curious, if you have a holiday party to attend, do you usually like to try something new or stick to what you’ve always known?