Though boho braids and mermaid waves speak to our summer selves, come the cooler months of winter, we speak the language of twists and twirls. These styles have a hint of romance and fancy (which make them perfect for winter festivities and date nights alike); they can also help disguise pesky winter hair woes like static, frizz, and dryness (thanks, cold temperatures, and high-heat furnaces). Another plus? If you’re trying to grow out that summer color, pretty twists, and tucks can help conceal jarring roots while simultaneously adding some cool-girl edge to your current winter hair routine.
Keep scrolling for our favorite twisted looks for winter!
The Upgraded Chignon
We’re suckers for a classic chignon, and this modern version has us weak at the knees. When twisting and pinning, use a loose grip to create a billowy and voluminous effect. (Psst! Resist the urge to re-pin any fly-aways—they’ll add a luxe, romantic effect.) Check out all the different variations on this classic style.
If full-on milkmaid braids are intimidating, try twisting the front pieces of your hair into overlapping sections. It keeps your hair out of your face and scores points for being unexpected.
The Twisted-Flower Bun
A half-up look is perfect for those days when you want to wear your hair down, but you are battling grown-out roots, frizz, or some second-day hair grime. (Not to mention that this twisted-flower bun is one of the cutest things we’ve seen all season.) To nail the look, reach for some dry shampoo (Living Proof's Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo ($25) is everything) and then follow the tutorial.
The Twisted Bun
Part-bun, part-twist, this fresh spin on the classic style is perfect for just about any winter festivity—hot chocolate and hot toddies, alike.
The Knotted Twist
Perfect for those mornings when a shampoo loses out to the warm beckoning of your sheets, this super-lax (yet adorable) knotted and twisted style can disguise bedhead when it’s looking more off-putting than off-duty. The key to pulling off this look is to nix excess oil with dry shampoo before pulling hair through multiple elastics—teasing and tugging strands to your liking.
The Khaleesi-Inspired Twist
Always a font of inspiration, Daenerys Targaryen (and real-life actress Emilia Clarke) can do no wrong when it comes to her beauty game. Between her virtually poreless skin, impeccable brows, and that hair, the British beauty is a true triple threat who has redefined #hairgoals. Thus, this Khaleesi-inspired twist is all we’ll be wearing this holiday season.
The Half-Up Twist
A quick braid is always a fairly easy hair solution. Now imagine that it could be even easier: hello, the twisted braid. Divide your ponytail into sections and twist them individually, then twist them around one another for a differently-textured take on the classic braid