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Winter vacation hairstyles: half-up hair vs ponytail

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Half-up hairstyle vs. ponytail

Whether you're off skiing or spending your vacation tucked up in front of a cozy log fire in the mountains, you still want your hair to look its best. Keeping it down can be tricky when the wind and snow have a tendency to get in your face and cause knots and damage, so here are two options for your winter break.

Half-up hair

The hairstyle: You're proud of your mid-length or long hair, and still want to show it off in the winter months. A half-up style is perfect! Don't worry about it looking perfect all day long: a slightly tousled style gives volume and depth to the hair.

The style: A half-up hairstyle is the best of both up and down, especially when it comes to winter months. The messy waves contrast perfectly with a more refined outfit, so why not try it for a dinner occasion teamed with a chic black sweater or suit jacket?

What the editors say: Both naturally curly and straight hair can pull off a half-up style, but with the latter you'll need to use texturizing spray to give body and waves to the hair so your look doesn't fall flat.

Ponytail

The hairstyle: A classic look, the ponytail has a multitude of variations, from low to high and super sleek to loose and laid back. For the winter, when you might be wearing wooly hats during the day, we recommend a low but secure ponytail that stays put whatever the weather.

The style: The ponytail can be sweet and simple or bold and sassy depending on the outfit. For evening wear, slick your ponytail back for a sophisticated edge that looks extra dramatic when worn with a low-backed top. For a daytime look, pull the pony over one shoulder and wear with a cute and cozy knitted hat.

What the editors say: Because tight elastics can damage your hair, we recommend you opt for a fabric tie, then ensure you won't lose control of your hair when whizzing down the slopes by securing the sides and underneath with a couple of bobby pins and a spritz of hair spray.

So which will it be this winter - half-up hair or ponytail?

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