black velvet hairbow clip

Holiday Hairstyles Finished with a Velvet Bow

The holiday season is just around the corner, and I’m thinking of holiday dinners and parties, along with what I am planning to wear. I feel like I have my dresses ready to wear, but I always struggle a little with what I should do with my hair. While I will often simply add volume to my hair then curl it with a hot iron, I do feel more comfortable with my hair pulled back from my face a little, probably because I always had my hair slicked back while growing up.

While I was growing up, I wore the same tightly slicked back hairstyle every day. It was a religiously required hairstyle that was very easy to do: A part down the middle with the hair combed straight down then rolled behind the ears and into a neat bun at the nape of the neck. It didn’t require a lot of thought or time, and it was always very neat. Once I was a teen, I would occasionally let my hair down while I was out with my friends as an act of rebellion, but I never spend a lot of time styling it. Because of that, I know I have less experience than most girls when it comes to styling my hair, but I did have the opportunity of learning from experienced hair stylists in New York City at the height of my modeling career with Major Models in New York.

black velvet hairbow clip by Kate Stoltz

I spent a significant amount of time over the past decade working with some of New York City’s finest hair stylists for test, campaign, print and video photoshoots. I regret not asking more questions about the specific techniques they used while doing my hair, but I learned a lot just by watching them in the dressing mirror. My hair got teased, pulled, rolled, steamed and tortured until every hair was in perfect position. Photographers understandably don’t want to edit wayward hairs, so the hairstylists work to make sure each hair is combed precisely. I don’t think I will ever come close to the perfection that these hairstylists accomplished in their work, but they do serve as major inspiration when I do my own hair.

One of the most valuable tricks I learned from these hairstylists was to tease my hair before I curled it or put it back into a ponytail. A good hair tease quickly boosts the volume of your hair, making it appear much fuller and vibrant than it really is. Another trick was to pay attention to how dirty your hair is. Having clean hair is important unless you are doing a style that might be a little messier and you’ll benefit from having a one day buildup. Start to pay attention to when you wash your hair and which styles work with the length of time you’ve gone since you washed it. It’ll save you a lot of time and frustration.

I have been finishing my hair with a velvet hair bow clip lately from the Kate Stoltz collection. The hair bows are individually made in the United States using couture sewing methods. Using sewing to finish the bows instead of glue ensures the bow doesn’t have unsightly glue that quickly loosens while it’s being worn. Couture sewing does take longer than glue, but I find it is well worth the extra time and money, resulting in a more expensive looking, precise hair bow that an adult would want to wear.

black velvet hairbow clip

The hair bows can be purchased embellished with Swarovski crystals. With over five different crystal colors, there’s a Swarovski crystal color to match everyone’s personality. (If you don’t see the color you want, send an email to and we’ll accommodate your request.)

kate stoltz velvet hair bow clip

Wearing a hair bow in your hair is a great way to finish your hair for a special Holiday event you’re attending. After the event, you can easily wear the bow with a t-shirt and jeans in an everyday setting. You’ll be sure to get compliments on your velvet hair accessory! What is your favorite way to style your hair with a hair bow? Let me know in the comments section.

XOXO, Kate Stoltz

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