Holiday Hairstyles: 3 Ways To Wear Gold In Your Hair

You can be a golden girl with one of these glimmery holiday party looks.

1. Gold Glitter Hair

I love glitter. What I don’t love about glitter is it gets EVERYWHERE. Luckily, I found a way to marry my love for all things sparkly with my love for beauty products.


For this look I used a handful of brushes from bdellium tools.

First I scooped out two pea-size amounts of MAC Mixing Medium Shine: one to use with the bronze MAC Glitter and one for the gold.

Step 1: Apply MAC Glitter in Reflects Bronze with the tapered blending brush. Apply Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #12 at the hairline with the same brush to add density. Dust MAC Glitter in Gold over the area using the duet fiber powder blending brush.

Step 2: Apply a layer of Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #11 at the hairline with the tapered blending brush.

Step 3: Blend out with the duet fiber foundation brush.

Step 4: To add dimension, apply Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #11 and #12 with the spoolie brush, combing it through the hair.

You can really play with this look. If you want to go all out, get a crazy updo and apply to the entire front hairline.

NOTE: This effect is VERY subtle on lighter hair. If you want a flashier look and have light hair, I suggest the looks below.

2. Gold DIY Twig Pins

This one is both creative and frugal for all you DIY girls out there. All you need is some gold spray paint ($5 to $7 at any art store), some twigs (free!), some Krazy Glue or hot glue, and some bobby pins--which you probably already have. Combs instead of bobby pins would work for this, too.

Step 1: Gather your gold spray paint, Krazy Glue (I suggest hot glue), various twigs, and bobby pins.

Step 2: Spray the twigs with gold paint, wait to dry.

Step 3: Round up your dried golden twigs, glue, and bobby pins.

Step 4: Adhere the bobby pin to the twig with glue.

Step 5: Pin in place, and you’re all done! How's that for a quick DIY?

3. Gold Leaf Hair

You’ve probably caught a glimpse of some seriously gilded hair on the runways of fashion shows over the years, and even more recently on pop star Rita Ora. Here’s an easy way to incorporate gold leaf into your hair.

You'll want to make sure your hands are dry and clean throughout this process--you’ll probably have to get up to wash your hands a few times during application.

First, apply a generous amount of hair wax to the area you want to gold leaf.

Then use a flat makeup brush to lift the gold leaf from the sheet in bits and press them on to the waxed hair. I found it easiest to apply the leaf delicately with one finger, and then tapping it down with the end of my makeup brush. Try to touch the gold leaf as little as possible, as it LOVES to grab onto anything and be free. (Although funnily enough, it was fairly difficult to get off my hair when I wanted to remove it.)

Always work in sections. I found going from the top to the bottom of the line I created worked best. Focus on tiny bits at a time and you’ll get there.

  • What do you guys think of these little hair projects? Would you try them?
  • Are you going to try a DIY and glue some golden foliage to some hair pins or combs?