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. Not only do 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!
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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.) Click here for the video tutorial.
Not only is this timeless look insanely easy, but it works brilliantly on any hair type or texture (and was basically meant for second-, third-, or even fourth-day hair). What’s more, it actually gets softer and prettier as the day (or night) wears on.
A half-up look is perfect for those days when you want to wear your hair down but 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 see all season.) To nail the look, reach for some dry shampoo (this formula by Living Proof, $22, is everything) and then follow the tutorial.
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 for pulling off this look is to nix excess oil with a dry shampoo before pulling hair through multiple elastics—teasing and tugging strands to your liking.
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.
We love how understated and soft this half-up style is—especially when paired with loose billowy curls. After using a curling iron to create some bends and waves, all you’ll need is a brush and some pins to complete this no-fuss look.
Which of these twisted hairstyles would you try? Tell us below!