We’re suffering from decision fatigue. Each day starts with the pressure of choosing an outfit (slacks or LBD). Then, we have to make tough choices like what to drink (tea vs. coffee). And don’t even get us started on work-related decisions (so much email…). So when it comes to hair, we’re all about taking the easy way out, which means a ponytail or an easy air-dried style.
As you can imagine, that can get real boring, real quick. So, we’ve browsed YouTube tutorials, Pinterest inspo boards, and our Instagram save s for hair ideas that won’t take up too much mental energy. We’ve been archiving these selfie-worthy styles for the last month, collecting a variety of looks that fit with different lengths and textures. Make some space on your phone’s camera roll, because you’ll need to save these photos for later.
Ahead, check out 31 hair looks to try in December.
Margot Robbie has proven that she can make any hairstyle look good, but we’re partial to this half-up, half-down look that puts her facial features front and center.
Celebrities are loving pink hair, so why not join the bold trend and add some pastel flair to your strands?
If you’re not yet ready to dive into bright colors, just amp up your brunette this winter with a shade like toasted chestnut. This look simply enhances your natural brown color with the help of a red-tinted gloss, as seen here.
What are the holidays without red bows? But instead of placing it on the Christmas tree, sneak one on your ponytail, à la Kate Middleton, to create the perfect festive look.
Speaking of the holidays, now is the perfect time to start accessorizing with sparkly pins and clips. This stars and snowflakes combination done on Lauren Conrad by stylist Kristin Ess can’t go unnoticed. Trust us, it took us awhile to stop staring.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match accents, even on your updos: ‘Tis the season for flashy and fabulous hair.
Same applies to shorter strands. Why wear one pin when you can steal the show with six? Hairstylist Sunnie Brook used Jennifer Behr hair pins to create this look on Carly Rae Jepsen.
Change up your pigtail braids by splitting them into two, then divide them again into two more. It’ll add lots of dimension while providing a fun remix to a classic style.
Give your curls edge by adding a cornrow on one side. As celebrity hairstylist Lacy Redway says, “It’s all in the details.”
You can never go wrong with a voluminous updo — especially when you’re running from party to party. Simply use a teasing brush and some hairspray to build up body on your ponytail.
And if you want to add more pizzazz to your ponytail, just sweep some glitter around the base. Hairstylist Amber Fairlie used her hands to dab it on and water-soluble glitter from an arts and crafts store.
Jump on 2019 haircut trends early and go shorter with a blunt bob. “Ask your stylist for a straight bob in line with your jawline, shorter at the back, longer at the front, an inch or two below your ears,” stylist Sergio Pattirane told Refinery29.
For those days when your hair feels like it’s drowning in product, but you don’t have time to wash it, just slick back the strands on top with a soft brush and some pomade for hold, then let the rest of your hair sit behind your ears.
If you want it to be more of a wet hair look, forget the hair gel and set your strands with the cool setting on your blowdryer. You’ll easily achieve the hairstyle as seen here on Jenna Dewan.
Play up your braids by channeling Zenon (yes, the girl of the 21st century) and put them into space buns. It’s a fun look that will ignite your inner tween.
Looking to get a new cut for your curls? Go for a mohawk look that shifts your hair into the center and slick down your side strands for an eye-catching transformation like this one.
Don’t be discouraged if you feel like you’ve run out of options in styling your short hair. The possibilities are endless, and something as simple as making a side braid much bigger makes all the difference.
Sometimes you just want to wrap your hair up and go about your day. We get it — and so does Kehlani. Make the most of your hair day off by layering on deep conditioner and leaving it on under your wrap.
We found the dreamiest hair trend sweeping Brazil: illuminated brunette, or as they call it in Portuguese, morenas iluminadas. It’s the perfect way to give your brunette hair a glow up.
You don’t have to be in grade school to rock pigtails. Don’t believe us? Lana Condor looked gorgeous when she wore it to speak at an event.
Form some dimension on your Afro by adding a puff on top of your slicked back hair, like done here by hair guru Vernon François.
Braids can be a part of your hairstyle, but it doesn’t have to be all of your hairstyle. Create a braid bridge like this one for a subtle uniqueness.
We just added Emma Stone’s “wispy buns” — as named by hairstylist Mara Roszak — to our holiday hair inspo board.
We recommend you watch the Netflix film Nappily Ever After when you get the chance, but FYI: you’ll be tempted to chop off your hair. And there’s nothing wrong with that if you do. It’s a low-maintenance look that will never get in the way of your selfies.
Want to approach bold hair colors in a unique way? Just dye your ends! And the best part? Once you’re over it, you can easily cut it off.
Sure, this looks hard, but hear us out. Whether it’s just adding gold accents or adding in braids as part of the style, it’s all up to you.
Light ends and dark roots always look chic — always.
Apply that same mindset if you have box braids. You can have your hair go from dark to light as worn by Destiny Taylor.
Pull your hair into a tousled bun for a romantic, selfie-worthy look that won’t take you long to achieve.
Trust in a sleek ponytail that can be teased for a touch of drama.
Welcome the winter season with Daenerys Targaryen-inspired platinum hair. And while you’re at it, catch up on Game of Thrones before it’s back in April.
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