Four new ways to deck out your ‘do for a holiday party or New Year's Eve bash.

By Lisa DeSantis
December 07, 2015

Lend extra luster to your locks this holiday season with a touch of gold. Gilded strands are unexpected yet sophisticated. Here, four ways to deck out your ‘do—from simple shimmer to a more show-stopping look—for your holiday party or New Year's Eve bash.

Gilded Spritz

The easiest way to dress up your tresses is with a metallic hair spray, such as Joico Gold Dust Shimmer Spray ($6; This is a great option if you want less noticeable glimmer—your strands will sparkle subtly when they catch the light. Hold the can eight to ten inches away from your hair and spray generously throughout. For extra shine, direct the product in one place, or spray evenly on ends for an ombré effect.

DIY Gold Leaf Hair Art

Spotted at the Dries Van Noten SS’16 runway show and on Rita Ora at the Met Gala, gold-flecked hair is officially having a moment. To DIY the look, pick up gold leaf from your local craft supply store (we like Speedball Mona Lisa Composition Gold Leaf, $10; and tear it into pieces. Next, apply a small amount of mousse (such as Suave Professionals Natural Infusion Leave-In Foam, $8 at directly where you want to create the design. You could create an intricate look and craft the leaf into a pattern (above) or opt for a simple pop of metallic by applying it down the middle of your part (below). Press the leaf onto your hair and hold in place for about 30 seconds. When you let go, a gorgeous, glitter-y design will be left behind on your strands.

Once it hardens, the leaf will stay put (sans flaking!) until your next shower. To remove, break it up with a fine-toothed comb and shampoo as usual.

Temporary Hair Tattoos

If you're not up for the DIY approach, try a metallic hair tattoo (we like Scünci Hair and Body Tattoos, $5; Like temporary body tattoos, hair tattoos adhere to strands until you wash them off. To apply, place the tattoo—printed side down—onto a chunk of dry hair and firmly press a damp cotton ball over the top. After about 30 seconds, remove the backing. Voila—insta-glam! When you’re ready to remove the tattoo, use your fingers to scrub strands with shampoo in the shower.

Part Bling

This option is more like a true hair accessory, but it results in a similar look as painting gold leaf down your part. Fittingly, it's called "part art." To apply, create your desired part, then press the strip down the middle until it’s clinging tightly to your strands. A gripping material on the bottom side allows the piece to stay attached to your hair without bobby pins or clips. Simply peel it up to adjust or remove. A pretty (and affordable) pick: Mia Gold Triangles Part Art ($8,
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