Great Holiday Hairstyles to Try

This winter, hair inspiration is coming straight from the runways. From low-knots to major braids, these looks will make you turn heads at every occasion of the season!

By Allison Ramirez

October 25, 2011 2:00 PM
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Embellished Headband

Channel 1970s glam, and spice up even the simplest party dress by parting pin-straight hair down the middle and wearing a shimmery, lacy headband to a festive event, like your city’s tree lighting ceremony.

Bouffant Bun

Haven’t washed your hair this week? We know: Life gets hectic over the holidays. Luckily, all you need is a round brush, some shine serum, and a spritz of hairspray to tame fly-aways and you’ll be the belle of the ball once again. This sleek bun is perfect if you’re running late to a Friday night dinner party.

Tousled Side-Bangs

Tuck a section of hair behind one ear – and maybe even rock the one-earring trend – and blow-dry the rest to the other side for this easy but dramatic ’do. Messy side-swept bangs work best a few days after you’ve washed because they’ll stay in place longer, which means you can sport the side-bangs two nights in a row ... so get your social calendar in order!

Casual French Twist

This easy-to-do chignon is girly and pretty. Pros: It’s great for a low-back dress, it takes under five minutes to complete, and it’ll still look good if you get caught in the rain. Cons: It won’t take long for your BFF to rush to a mirror and steal your look!

Multiple-Braid Bun

Here at Marie Claire, we go ga-ga for braids! Although this hairstyle takes some time (and a lot of skill), we’re loving the crown-to-ear fishtail plaits that end in one big (can we call it a low-knot?) bun. A swanky Christmas party would be the perfect place to rock this hair.

'80s Crimp

If your hair is looking a little drab (maybe you’re overdue for your quarterly cut), go crimp crazy and be the envy of your friends at the annual gift exchange. All the girls will be asking you to do their hair for the next group outing!

Elegant Knot

Another take on the classic chignon: This bouffant is very Jackie O-esque, and we love it paired with a statement necklace and an A-line dress for the big office party!

Top-Knot Braids

More braids! More buns! Pull your hair back tight, stack two braids on top of your head, and you’ll be a modern-day Princess Leia. Paired with a cat-eye and bright lips, this look is perfect if you’re spending the holidays in warmer climates. Your neck will stay cool, you won’t have to worry about frizz, and you will look fresh all night long.

Windswept Beach Hair

For beautiful, au naturel hair in the dead of winter, spritz in a texturizing spray, blowdry locks upside down, and braid in a couple casual fishtails. Haven’t been to the beach in months? No problem! Sweep a little bronzer onto your cheekbones, and you’re good to go.

Va-Va-Volume!

A little curling, a lot of teasing, and voila! Nothing says sexy like big, voluminous hair. Save this show-stopping ’do for New Year’s Eve and play up the sex appeal with dangly earrings and a chic body-con dress.
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