Thanksgiving is a ~big~ deal in the Gwynn house. We’re talkin’…BIG. It’s J’s favorite holiday of all time, so when we got married, I had to sign a contract to host Turkey Day every year. I kid, I kid…sortof. 😉 We’re now the resident Thanksgiving house for family + friends alike, and we take so much pride in that. Come one, come all – it’s a full-on gratitude party. The day starts off with an *epic* football game in the backyard; J plans teams literally months in advance (and had winning team trophies ordered online well before Halloween 2018). This year’s Thanksgiving plans got altered quite a bit thanks to Miss Olivia, since she came early AND runs the show now. But in general, the day is one of raucous fun for fall. Folks are instructed to bring comfy football clothes and CAN change for dinner if they’d like – but oftentimes, we all end up in leggings + eye black, sitting around the Thanksgiving table. For Turkey Day in general, I was never one to want to dress up too much – cos ain’t nobody got time for tight clothes when you’re stuffed on stuffing + cranberry sauce. But I always want to still be chic + presentable…even after whooping some butts on the football field. 😉 (Girlfriend scored the first touchdown last year, so let it be known, she’s got game).
I’m so stoked to be teaming up with my friends at Goody to share two of my favorite holiday hairstyles for the season! Whether you’re dressing up or down, heading home or going out, these are both *easy peasy* (really!) and versatile enough to go from breaking bread to Black Friday shopping, or from Friendsgiving to the football field.
First thing’s first, we’ve got a *super* easy up-do to keep things chic + polished. Because ain’t nobody got time for holiday hairstyles that take an hour to do and only work on Pinteret! 😉 It only requires two things: Goody spin pins (a favorite of mine for YEARS!), + your fave Goody headscarf! That’s right…no hair tie necessary. Spin pins are so easy on your hair, since they don’t cause creasing or put unnecessary stress on your locks – no breakage! Sidenote: ICYMI, Goody recently came out with new hairties – the Ouchless Forever ties – that legit stay in place all. day. long. without leaving creases or breaks in your hair, and they’re unreal. I know calling hairties “unreal” might sound dramatic, but until you try ’em yourself, no judgment. 😉 Highly recommend! OK moving on…
For this style, I recommend first spraying a little bit of texturizing spray in your second-day hair, to ensure that your hair sticks to itself relatively well for better hold. Here’s my fave texturizer!
Gather your hair all together at the back of your head. However far down/high up your hold it is where your bun will be located, so choose accordingly! If I’m in a hurry and gather at the nape of my neck, I end up looking like George Washington – so I’d recommend going higher rather than lower, unless you’ve got v long locks and/or extensions to really get a fuller-looking chignon twist. 😉
Using one hand to hold the base of the ponytail, hold the ponytail end with your opposite hand and begin twisting.
Once you’ve twisted the entire ponytail, continue twisting so that it begins curling up on itself. Then, wrap the twisted ponytail around itself into a bun at the back of your head.
Secure with Goody spin pins! These are *so* easy to use. Spin the first pin at the bottom of the bun, spinning upwards, making sure to catch any loose hairs or ends along the way. Spin the second going top-down, ensuring the same.
VOILA. You’ve got yo’self a spun bun! 😉 If you have a ton of hair and/or want extra security, throw some Goody bobby pins in there to keep any crazy hairs at bay.
Final step: Add a Goody headscarf! I lovelovelove this pretty velvet scarf – it works on your hair, but also as a neckscarf, etc. Bonus points for matching your lipstick to your headband, since that’s extra and the best holidays are EXTRA. 😉
This second look has been my own jam lately! It takes a wee bit more #coordination, but gets an A+ for keeping hair off your face while still being pretty + feminine. The ultimate functional holiday look! AND, bonus points since it lasts overnight; I slept in mine and was able to wake up the next day, curls still in tact, with just a quick touch-up with hairspray to de-frizz any flyaways.
Fun fact: You should actually be swapping out your hairbrush for a new one every 6 MONTHS. Your brush collects build up from different hair products, dust, and other not-so-fun stuff that can cause bacterial growth…that you’re then brushing back into your hair. Raise yo’ hand if you’re officially grossed out by your middle school brush and vow to buy a new one ASAP? 😉
Step 1: Section off two equal-sized pieces of hair at the front of your face – one from either side.
Step 2: Twist each sectioned piece towards the back of your head. TIP: Instead of twisting the same way I twisted for the first look, separate the sectioned piece into two smaller sections that you wrap around each other. It forms a thicker, more prominent twisted look, adding a bit more texture/dimension to the style!
Step 3: Secure the two twisted sections together at the back of your head using a Goody elastic. If you’re using colored elastics, flip the ponytail around itself to just cover up the color, if you don’t want that showing in the finished look.
Step 4: Repeat Steps 1-3 with the next few sections at the front of your face. I did this twice, since I wanted it to feel more like a down-do than an up-do, and wanted more prominent curls at the bottom. But, feel free to add a third or fourth row of twists if you have more/thicker hair!
Step 5: Touch up your curls! VOILA.
I’m feelin’ ho-ho-holiday ready now…bring on the pumpkin pie, peeps. 😉 Highly recommend popping by the hair aisle on your next Target run, since every store has different Goody goodies in stock! It’s like a surprise every time, and everything is such an affordable little luxury to pick up…my kinda treat yo’self. 😉
What are your favorite holiday hairstyles? Have you picked up new Goody accessories lately?
Let me know in a comment down below, wouldja? And friendly reminder to throw out that 6th grade hairbrush. Treat yo’self to a new one. They’re, like, $5. You deserve it. 😉