With a to-do list full of holiday parties, family functions, and tons of shopping, your hair may be the last thing you’re thinking about. But when it’s time to celebrate you’ll want to look your best, and that includes having a fabulous holiday hairstyle to match your fabulous mood.
Whether you’re looking for a style that’s quick but stunning or something super festive for your fringe, there are plenty of holiday hairstyles that are perfect for your seasonal debut. From trendy Christmas tree hair to classic voluminous curls, we’re sharing 15 festive hairstyles to try that are sure to bring a bit of joy to your holiday world.
1. Christmas Tree Hair
Nothing says the holidays like a full head of Christmas tree hair. While you may not want to wear this look every day, it’s perfect for any of your more exciting seasonal festivities, like an ugly sweater party. To get this tinseled look, use your hair to create a tall beehive, then top things off with a color gloss that matches your hair color,like the L’Oréal Paris Le Color Gloss One Step In-Shower Toning Gloss. Adorn your hair “tree” with colorful barrettes and other hair accessories to resemble decorative ornaments and lights.
2. Side-Swept Fishtail Braid
If you’re looking for a whimsical and romantic holiday look, a side-swept fishtail braid will surely meet your standards. To create this hairstyle, you want to add texture and grip to your hair with a touch of hair putty like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty then pull your hair around one side of your head and divide it into two even sections. Start with one-half of your hair to create the first weave of your fishtail braid. Grab a small section of hair from the outside of that section and cross it over to the other section of hair. Repeat until you reach your ends, switching sides as you go, and secure with a clear elastic.
3. Silk Press Blowout
This style is the perfect sleek and face-framing holiday look. Start with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Weightless Blow Dry Primer to protect your hair from heat damage. Blow dry your hair with a blow dryer and round brush, then grab your flat iron. Starting as close to the root as possible, slowly flat iron your hair all the way to the ends.
4. Braided Crown
A braided crown makes for a classy and sophisticated holiday hairstyle that’s perfect for dinners, parties, and beyond. This chic hairstyle pulls hair off of your face in a gorgeous French braid that will allow you to dance the night away without fear that your crown will fall.
To get the look, part your hair down the middle, and pick one side to start on. Split that side into three parts and start weaving it into a Dutch braid that goes up and around your head. Once you reach your ends, secure them with a small clear elastic and pin it. Repeat this on the other side of your head to create a complete crown and hide the ends beneath your first braid. Add extra bobby pins for staying power and your royal look is ready.
5. Waterfall Braid
This year, try stepping up your Christmas hair game with a creative waterfall braid. Perfect for medium or long hair, this unique weaving technique offers a stylish change of pace for your mane. To create this type of braid, start by putting your French braid skills to use. Begin weaving your braid in that style, but after each link of the braid, release the left strand and grab a new piece of hair to replace it. Keep braiding and releasing until you’ve created a cascading waterfall effect around your head. Once finished, secure the end of the braid with an elastic and hide it under a layer of your hair.
6. Old Hollywood Waves
Nothing says sophisticated like soft, sleek waves for the holidays. Create a side part, then apply some heat protectant. Take two-inch sections of hair and start curling, and make sure to clip your curls with a hair pin as you go to really set them. After your hair cools, take out the pins and gently brush out your curls. When you’re done, spray your hair with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold, Light Hairspray Unscented.
7. Chignon With Glitzy Headband
The classic chignon will always add a romantic touch to your holiday look. A gorgeous variation of the traditional bun, this hairstyle sits at the nape of the neck for a sleek and stylish look, and it’s actually quite simple to do at home. Create a low ponytail, then grab all of your hair and make a loop with your ponytail. Secure with bobby pins and tuck in any stray strands to create a neat finish. Top it off with a glitzy headband to take your Christmas style to the next level.
8. Straight Back Cornrows
Cornrows are low maintenance and easy to adorn, which is especially great when you want to add a hair accessory during the holidays. To get this style, use the end of a rat-tail comb to part your hair in rows from your forehead to the nape of your neck. Divide the first row into 3 small sections, then start braiding. As you go down your head, add a small section of hair to the cornrow. Repeat the process until each row is braided.
9. Natural Curls
While you may think you need to go above and beyond with your holiday styling, you can never go wrong during any season with gorgeous natural curls. This look highlights the simplicity of the season and your natural texture. The key to nailing this style is to start with freshly washed and conditioned hair. We recommend using the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Moisture Push Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Moisture Seal Conditioner. Once your hair is clean, apply a curling mousse to damp strands, scrunch, and go. For a long-lasting style, use the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Super Curls Cream Leave-In to keep your curls smooth, hydrated, and locked in place all day long.
10. Sleek Ponytail
For a holiday look that looks polished, a sleek ponytail is what you need. It’s incredibly easy to create and flatters all hair textures for the ultimate universal style. To get the style, grab a dime-sized amount of hair pomade and work it evenly through your hair. Brush your hair toward the middle of your head and secure with a hair elastic. Finish up with a mist of hairspray to seal the deal.
11. Twisted UpdoMake your hair the center of attention this Christmas season with a twisted updo. All you need to create this look are bobby pins, a hair elastic, and a hairspray like the L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold, Light Hairspray Unscented. Start by dividing your hair into three sections, keeping the two front sections small while the back should consist of most of your hair. Roll the back section of your hair into a bun and secure it with pins. Take one of the front sections of hair and twist it around itself and do the same on the other side. Then, wrap each twisted section around your bun and pin it into place.
12. Slicked-Back Hair
A simple but glamorous slick back is a perfect holiday style for those who want an out of the way hairdo. Comb your hair towards the back of your head, then apply a strong gel like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Mega Gel to your strands. Comb your hair straight back again, adding more gel until you feel like your strands are slicked down. Add a jeweled hair clip for added drama.
13. Finger Waves
No matter your hair length, this vintage style is the ultimate A-list holiday look. Also known as finger curls, finger waves are a method of setting the hair into curls that sit closely on top of the head. With a few styling products and bobby pins, this glamorous look is easy to sweep to the side. Saturate your hair with a gel or mousse, then take a comb and a one inch section of hair. Push the comb backward to create a small, raised wave. Secure the hair beneath that wave with a long hair clip, and continue making waves down the entire side of your head, then switch to the other side. Let your hair air dry then remove the clips.
14. Sleek Braided Ponytail
One of the reasons why we love ponytail hairstyles so much is that they’re so easy to create, and a sleek braided ponytail ponytail is the perfect go-to for when you want to look put together but don’t have much time to spare. Take the L'Oreal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty and slick back your hair with a paddle brush, then grab a hair tie and put your hair into a low ponytail. Take some extensions or braiding hair and loop the hair bundle around the ponytail you created with your hair. Start braiding the braiding hair into your natural hair, going down until all of the hair is braided.
15. Modern Crimp
This ‘90s throwback style feels new again, and it works on all lengths and textures. Start by spraying your dry hair with the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Heat Slayer Pre-Iron Spray Leave-In. Section your hair, then take your crimping tool and open and press the plates of the iron horizontally across your hair, and hold for five to ten seconds. Repeat this process all over your head, then spritz with the L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold, Light Hairspray Unscented immediately after styling.
Edited by: Témi Adebowale, Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Production Assistant: Jason Parigian, Digital Tech: Sam Kang, Photo Assistant: Hannah Lewis-Lopes, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi, Wardrobe Stylist: Melina Kemph, Wardrobe Assistant: Kayla Martinez, Prop Stylist: Katrina Rozeville, Prop Assistant: Zach Molina, Model: Avery McMahon
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