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4 Holiday Hairstyles Perfect For Any Celebration

Women with perfect holiday hairstyles

This time of year is usually filled with parties, Friendsgivings, and family get-togethers to get into the holiday spirit. The holiday season may look a little different this year, with small gatherings and Zoom parties taking place of your usual festivities, but there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate. While your holiday outfits may not get as much attention as they have in past years, a killer hairstyle is bound to make you the talk of any celebration, whether in person or over the internet. We’ve teamed up with Matrix artists Selina McManus and Krystal McLeod to bring you four holiday hairstyles perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re hoping to flaunt your naturally curly hair or channel your inner retro vixen, we’ve got the perfect hairstyles for you.

Kola Shobo @ksjpix

Photo credit: Kola Shobo @ksjpix and Keli Hampton @kelijenee

Bouncy Half Up Pony

This look created by McManus is perfect for anyone who wants to flaunt their long locks for the holidays. To begin, apply Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator Multi Benefit Spray on clean, damp hair and blow dry your strands until smooth. Section your hair from ear to ear, and secure the front section with a hairclip. Next, take a section from behind the ear across to the other side and secure with an elastic creating a ponytail. Unclip the front section and spray with Matrix Total Results High Amplify Proforma Hairspray to create volume, and gather the section into a ponytail in front of the first ponytail to create a waterfall effect.

Take a small section from underneath the front ponytail and spray with High Amplify Proforma Hairspray to keep smooth. Wrap the section around the base of the ponytail and pin in place to hide the elastic. Then, use a 1 ½ inch curling iron to create beach waves from mid-lengths to ends throughout your entire head. Once you’ve created beach waves throughout your entire head, finish your look with a spritz of Matrix Total Results Miss Mess Dry Finishing Spray or Matrix Style Link Texture Builder Messy Finishing Spray for added texture and movement.


Kola Shobo @ksjpix

Photo credit: Kola Shobo @ksjpix and Keli Hampton @kelijenee

Curly Glam Updo

In search of a sophisticated way to show off your natural texture? Look no further than this curly glam updo created by McManus. To begin, apply Matrix Total Results Curl Please Contouring Lotion on clean, damp hair and use a diffuser to dry your hair. Next, create a circle part around your head’s crown area, leaving some hair loose at the front and on the sides. Then, backcomb the base of the section to create volume. Spray the section with Matrix Total Results Miss Mess Dry Finishing Spray or Matrix Style Link Texture Builder Messy Finishing Spray for added hold, gather into a ponytail, and secure with a hair elastic.

Then, divide the ponytail into three sections. Twist each section toward the base of the ponytail and secure with several bobby pins. Divide the bottom section into three segments and repeat the previous steps, twisting each segment toward the base and securing with several bobby pins. Repeat the previous steps with the side, and front section of hair, until all of your hair is twisted and secured. Once you’ve completed the style, finish your look with a few sprays of Matrix Total Results High Amplify Proforma Hairspray and hair accessories. We love the way pearl bobby pins complement this look.


@kristengallo_ @kmcleoddd

Photo credit: @kristengallo_ and @kmcleoddd

Soft Elongated Curls

Make your bouncy ringlets the star of the show with this soft, elongated curl updo. To begin, apply Matrix Total Results Curl Please Contouring Lotion throughout clean, damp hair to provide lightweight moisture. Then, apply Matrix Total Results Curl Please Super Defrizzer Gel in small sections. Working with one section at a time, hold the section at the base and twist to define your curls. Repeat throughout your entire head. Next, use a diffuser to dry your curls completely. Once hair is dry, add a cute headband and pin curls by locking pins in an “X” formation.


Kola Shobo @ksjpix

Photo credit: Kola Shobo @ksjpix and Keli Hampton @kelijenee

Sleek Side Retro Waves

Channel your inner old Hollywood vixen with this sleek side retro waves style. For this look, begin with freshly washed and dried hair. Create a deep side part on the right or left side of your head, then part your hair from ear to ear and clip the front sections out of the way. Then, part the remaining back section horizontally across the occipital bone and secure the top section with a hair clip.

Prep the remaining section of hair with Matrix Total Results Mega Sleek Iron Tamer to protect your hair from heat. Then, wrap a one-inch section around a 1-inch curling around, twisting in a clockwise motion around the rod. Continue curling one-inch sections of hair, working your way throughout the sectioned off segments until you’ve completed your entire head. Allow each section to cool and drop before spraying with Matrix Total Results High Amplify Proforma Hairspray for added hold and volume. Use a Denman brush to brush your curls out gently until they resemble soft waves. Clip the smaller side of your part with two holiday-worthy hair clips, and set your look with High Amplify Proforma Hairspray.


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