It’s fun to experiment with cool new hairstyles all year round, but during the holidays it always seems like the pressure is turned way up to look especially chic and unique. And while runways—Alice + Olivia, Rodarte, Naeem Khan and Jason Wu in particular—provide plenty of drool-worthy inspiration for said hairdos, what we see there doesn’t exactly seem attainable most of the time. Enter Braids, Buns, and Twists! Step-by-Step Tutorials for 82 Fabulous Hairstyles ($12.19; Chronicle Books), a fun new book by Christina Butcher, founder of the Sydney, Australia–based blog Hair Romance.
Not only does Butcher’s tome provide dozens of covetable styles ready for rocking day to day or at a special event, but the way she breaks the steps down make the looks actually seem possible. Split into chapters for ponytails; braids; buns, knots, and twists; and bouffants, you’ll find everything from a topsy-turvy flipped pony to a heart-shaped braid and a figure-eight bun. Better yet, Butcher breaks down the level of difficulty, accessories required and whether a friend is needed to assist. Get ready to play with some plaits!