This post is part of my 12 Braids of Christmas series – be sure to check out all the festive styles in this series!
When I first started doing Christmas tree hairstyles – I loved that you could do a hairstyle that would be considered tacky under normal circumstances but because it’s the holidays, tacky = cool! However, as I kept thinking of different techniques and braids that you could do to make a Christmas tree in the hair, I came to a fantastic realization: Christmas hairstyles could be beautiful too!!
I came up with this Pin Curl Christmas Tree Updo and fell in love. It looks so graceful and beautiful, but it’s still a fun way to wear a festive hairstyle! This hairstyle is perfect for all ages. I first did it on my (then) 2 year old Grace and it was just darling. Updos on little girls always make me melt, they look so sweet in them. Today I’m teaching the hairstyle on my 9 year old, Hope – so it can be worn on older girls too. I haven’t yet done it on myself, but I will definitely be doing so this holiday season. Its a style that moms and daughters alike can wear – it’s the subtle Christmas tree ‘do that you have to try!
Let’s get to how to do the Pin Curl Christmas Tree Updo!
Time: 10 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
Step 2. Create a series of ponytails shaped in a triangle to create the rough shape of your Christmas tree. Step 1 was your first ponytail, then you will create a sort of row with 2, then a row with 3.
Pick up a section of hair on either side of her head – from by the face going back and stopping a couple of inches from the center of the back of her head. Doing this on both sides will leave some hair hanging in the center. Use that hair to make another ponytail, it will be the middle one in the bottom row, so pull it down low and pick up some hair from below where your middle two ponytails are sitting. Now take the from the rest of the hair that isn’t in a ponytail, divide it the center of the head and secure it into two more ponytails – again just watch to make sure you are making a rough triangle shape.
Step 3. Take your curling iron or wand and curl all the hair in the top ponytail. If you don’t like to use heat on the hair, you can skip this – but it does help the hair to hold it’s shape a little easier as you pin it. Take and coil the hair up so that the curl lays flat, covering the hair elastic. Make sure the ends of the hair from the ponytail are tucked under. Now pin around the edges of it so that the pin curl stays. Adding hairspray here may help you if you’re having any trouble.
Step 4. Repeat Step 3 on the remaining ponytails, ensuring that you are keeping the triangular Christmas Tree shape as you go along.
Step 5. Adjust the hair as needed, adding any additional bobby pins then finish with hairspray. You may choose to add a pretty hair pin to the top like a star at the top of a tree – though it’s pretty without it too!
I’ve tried adding decorations throughout the style but it didn’t come out very well, in my opinion. I think that this is one that is best enjoyed for it’s simple beauty!
I hope that you’ll give this pretty Pin Curl Christmas Tree Updo a try! If you try it and want to share, I’d love to see how it turns out for you! You can share it on my Facebook page, tag me in your photo on Instagram @hair_by_lori or use the hashtag #HBLPinCurlChristmasTree – if you use the hashtag, it might end up featured here on my page. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see!
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