Ways To Make Your Hair Pop This Festive Season

Verona White shares some stand-out hairstyles to consider this Christmas and New Year that will be remembered for all the right reasons

The holiday season is approaching and it’s time to start thinking about hairstyles that will make you stand out at the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.

If you have natural hair, there are plenty of glamorous  styles that celebrate the beauty of your natural texture. Here are  some stunning hairstyles for natural hair, as well as protective styles that will keep your hair healthy and strong.

WASH AND GO
The key to having natural hair when it is out is to embrace your curls, coils and kinks.  One popular style for natural hair is the ‘wash and go’. This involves washing your hair and making sure it has been treated with a moisturising conditioner, applying a leave-in conditioner or styling product, and allowing your hair to air dry – or using a diffuser if you have larger curls – to enhance its natural texture. The ‘wash and go’ is a low-maintenance style that allows your curls to shine and is perfect for a carefree look. You can include accessories to add a bit of sparkle to it or cornrows on one side.

AFRO STYLE
Another style for natural hair is the afro. I want to see more of this look because it is a great expression of our Columbus hair. Embracing your natural volume and texture, the afro is a bold and confident hairstyle that is sure to turn heads at any event. To form an afro, simply fluff out your hair with a pick or your fingers to create a full and voluminous look. You can also accessorise your afro with a festive headband or hairpins to add a touch of Christmas  spirit.

PROTECTIVE STYLES
BRAIDED UPDO: Now, let’s talk about protective styles for natural hair. If it is styled in the right way, it will protect your hair from damage and breakage. One popular protective style is the braided updo. This involves braiding your hair into intricate patterns and securing them into an updo. You can experiment with different braiding techniques – like cornrows, box braids, or Senegalese twists – to create a unique and eye-catching look. To add a touch of glamour, you can accessorise your braided updo with jewelled hairpins or a statement hairpiece. Make sure it is done by a professional, so the parts are nice and clean, and they are in a uniform style.

FAUX LOCS: Another stunning protective style for natural hair is the faux locs. This protective styling has become more popular because it is a low maintenance, and it has a stylish look to it. Faux locs are created by wrapping extensions around your natural hair to mimic the look of traditional locs. This style not only looks beautiful but also allows your hair to rest and grow without manipulation. Faux locs can be styled in various ways, from a simple updo to cascading waves, making it a versatile option for any holiday event. You can experiment with different colours.

CREATIVE PROTECTIVE STYLES
There are many other protective styles for natural hair, such as twists, bantu knots, and crochet braids. These styles not only protect your hair but also allow for versatility and creativity.

WIGS
Other popular protective hairstyle to consider are wigs. Why not try something different, like a wig that has some colour on the ends, or a fringe, or some nice wavy curls? Styling the hair to make it look more glamorous always brings attention and makes you look more beautiful.

CHILDREN’S BOOK ABOUT HAIR

Now that you have some fabulous hair ideas for the holiday season, let’s talk about The Hair Celebration book. This children’s book, written by me, celebrates the beauty and diversity of all hair types and promotes self-love, acceptance, and embracing one’s natural texture.

The book features colourful illustrations and a heart-warming story that will resonate with children of all ages. I was inspired to write the book because I have been styling children’s hair and realise that children will only learn if you teach them the right way.

I have styled afro/curly hair but delving into all hair types made me realise that every hair type has a care label.

I recently styled the lovely Lady Victoria Starmer’s hair for the Labour Party conference, and although the care label for her was different to afro hair, it was important to make her look amazing.

The Hair Celebration book encourages conversations about self-acceptance, diversity, and the importance of embracing what God has given to us all. It can be purchased on Amazon and at www.afrohairgrowthchallenge.co.uk 

Have a lovely Christmas and a blessed New Year, and remember Jesus is the reason for this season.  


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