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5 High-Volume Bouffants to Mimic This Holiday Season

While the usual low-slung pony is great for day-to-day, holiday party season provides the ideal opportunity to experiment with a different style. That’s why we’ve teamed up with one of our favorite sites, Beauty High. Each week, they’ll be sending over a few runway shots to inspire you to try something new for your upcoming festive fetes.

When it comes to holiday parties, it’s all about being bold. If you’re not going to jazz up your look with a vivid lipstick hue, take your hair to new heights—literally. We saw a variety of high-volume bouffants on the fall 2012 runways this past fashion week, and can’t wait to try out the look for ourselves. Plus, there’s no better time to try something new than a fun holiday gala! 

Below are some of our favorite takes on the sky-high looks, from full-on French twists to faux bobs. Find out how to get the look yourselves:


Derek Lam. (Photo: Imaxtree)

At Derek Lam, the inspiration was a “naughty school girl” and hairstylist Orlando Pita chose to give the old-fashioned bouffant a bit of a disheveled twist. Pita teased the hair all over for volume (yet left a sleek front side part), and styled the whole look into a messy French twist in the back.


Carolina Herrera. (Photo: Imaxtree)

The hair at Carolina Herrera was simple, yet chic. Again teasing was essential to achieve this much volume (and a lot of hairspray to maintain the height). To enhance the style, only a simple headband was placed near the front of the hairline.


Temperley London. (Photo: Imaxtree)

This style is of course a much-exaggerated bouffant, but we love it all the same. To make it work for real life, simply copy the middle parted front section. Then, tease your hair in the back for the same French twist, just with a new take.


Oscar de la Renta. (Photo: Imaxtree)

Oscar de la Renta’s faux bobs had plenty of volume and teasing, which was mainly due to the fact that the hair was pinned underneath itself to create the faux bob look. There was still quite a bit of teasing at the crown of the head for overall height, but you’ll notice that by pinning the hair underneath, a lot of the volume actually comes from the bottom. 


Anna Sui. (Photo: Imaxtree)

Anna Sui’s high-volume bouffant is a great example of the traditional French twist. This style works for any holiday party. Start by teasing the hair and then working it into place in the classic style.

For more runway-inspired hair ideas, check out these stories on Beauty High:

50 Gorgeous Holiday Hair Ideas from Pinterest 

Chanel Pre-Fall 2013 Took Hair to New Heights 

Anatomy of Runway Beauty Looks: 10 Fall 2012 Beauty Trend to Learn Now 

Be sure to check out the Beauty High and Birchbox Pinterest board for even more holiday hair inspiration.

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