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29 Holiday Hairstyles Perfect For Any Celebration

In search of the perfect holiday hairstyle for your celebrations this year? We’ve got you covered. From fun updos to sleek long locks, these styles are bound to make you the star of any holiday celebration.

After taking more than a year off from festive gatherings, we can’t wait for family and friend get-togethers to get into the holiday spirit. Whether you’re getting ready to host a Friendsgiving or going out caroling, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate this year. The only thing that will make this year even more memorable, is an amazing hairstyle to pair with your end-of-the-year festivities.

Whether you’re hoping to flaunt your naturally curly hair or channel your inner retro vixen, we’ve got the perfect hairstyles for you. We rounded up 29 holiday hairstyles that will pair perfectly with any of your yuletide festivities.

Kola Shobo @ksjpix

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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.

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Wrapped Chignon

If you love to hit the dance floor, you need an updo that will stay put all night long—and this wrapped chignon has got you covered. The wrapped and tucked sections of hair will ensure your ‘do doesn’t budge, no matter how hard you fist pump. Replace the tropical flowers with a sprig of holly to give your style a festive flare.

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Double Dutch Updo

Transforming regular Dutch braids into an updo is super simple. All you have to do is take the loose ends of your braids, wrap them around each other, tuck them into your braids, and secure them with a few bobby pins—a holiday hairstyle in three seconds flat.

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Simple Side-Braided Wavy Lob

The lob is a classic cut, and if you're rocking this trendy mid-length style, we have a holiday hairstyle that's perfect for you! Give your lob movement while keeping the shorter face-framing layers out of your eyes with this simple side-braided look. Get the Step-By-Step Side-Braided Wavy Lob Tutorial.

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Half-Up Bouffant

If you love all things vintage, the ‘60s-inspired bouffant is still totally wearable in 2021. Once you’ve finished styling, pop on a holiday-inspired accessory to really get into the spirit.

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Pinned Back

The easiest way to upgrade a basic half-up hairstyle? Hair accessories. Whether you opt for something simple or a geometric design, use a barrette or hair pin to add a bit of flair to your look.

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.

Barrette-Accented Braid

When you have to come up with a party hairstyle for every weekend in December, rely on hair accessories to turn your everyday braided hairstyles into statement-making styles—looking for an idea to get you started? We love this half-up braid with barrette accents.

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Braided Swirl Bun

Can’t decide between a braided updo and a classic chignon? Why choose one when you can have both! We love the way this look combines two classic styles.

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Bobby Pin Accented Messy Bun

The word updo usually conjures images of intricately crafted, sky-high hairstyles, but updos only have to be complicated if you want them to be. If you’re looking for an updo with a bit more of a casual vibe, look no further than this bobby pin-accented messy bun.

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Woven Scarf Updo

Silk scarf headbands were so last year. This holiday season, step up your hairstyling game by making your scarf actually a part of your hairstyle.

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Sleek Wrapped Ponytail

Prefer a more sleek style? Try this slicked-back power pony. Perfect for office parties or a New Years Eve out with your girls, pair this sleek wrapped ponytail with a bold red lip and a killer cat eye for the ultimate holiday look. Get the Step-By-Step Sleek Wrapped Ponytail Tutorial

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Face-Framing Knotted Bun

If you’re searching for an updo but love the way face-framing strands make your eyes pop, this wispy knotted bun is perfect for you. To begin, gather all of your hair at the top of your head in a loose ponytail. Pull a few face-framing sections from the front, sides, and back of your head. Then, use a bristle brush to smooth down the remaining hair and secure a ponytail at the crown of your head.

Take a small section of hair from the ponytail, twirl it around itself to form a knot, and secure the not to your head with a few bobby pins. Continue creating knots with small sections of the ponytail until you’ve completed your entire head. Use a texturizing paste, like L’Oréal Professionnel’s Tecni.Art Architexture Paste to give your face-framing strands a disheveled final look. Lock your look in place with Mizani’s Humidity Resistant Mist Hairspray.

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Textured Faux-Hawk

If you’ve always wanted to try a mohawk but can’t imagine taking clippers to your precious locks, this is the perfect style for you. To create this look, begin by applying a firm-hold pomade like Mizani’s Edge Control Taming Gel to your edges all over and brush through until they lay completely flat. Part your hair horizontally from ear to ear and secure a ponytail at the crown of your head.

Part your hair one more time horizontally and secure two more ponytails, one in the middle of your head and near the nape of your neck. When all three ponytails are secure, use a pick to fluff your hair for a voluminous final look.

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Soft Waves

Styling your hair for a holiday party doesn’t need to be an all-day event. If you’re searching for a low-effort look with a high payoff, opt for soft waves. Begin by applying a heat protectant like Redken Iron Shape 11 Thermal Holding Heat Protection Hairspray throughout your hair. This lightweight, thermal heat protection hairspray is perfect for use with flat irons and curling irons up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit to protect your hair, add shine, and reduce frizz.

Working with two-inch sections of hair at a time, use a flat iron to create waves. Once you’ve styled your entire head, run a wide-tooth comb throughout your hair to soften the waves and complete your look with a few spritzes of hairspray.

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Ribbon-Tied Braided Ponytail

When it comes to holiday hairstyles, you can’t go wrong with braids—and the intertwined ribbon in this braided ponytail makes it next-level festive.

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Soft Elongated Curls

Make your bouncy ringlets the star of the show with this soft, elongated curl updo created by Matrix artist Krystal McLeod. To begin, apply Matrix A Curl Can Dream Moisturizing Cream 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.

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Slicked Back Curls

This sleek in the front, curly in the back look is the perfect way to show off your texture (while keeping your strands away from your face as you dance the night away!). Beginning with damp hair, work a strong hold hair gel like Biolage Styling Gelée All Purpose Styling Gel through your hair and brush it straight back. This all-purpose, strong hold gel adds body, shine, and control. Secure your look with bobby pins and a few spritzes of hairspray.

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Sleek And Shiny

Your Christmas tree lights shouldn’t be all that glows this holiday season. If you want your pin-straight strands to look extra radiant throughout the night, use a hair serum like Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’Huile Original Hair Oil to add vibrant shine and smooth flyaways.

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Double-Rolled Ponytail

Evoke your inner princess with a double-rolled ponytail. This simple hairstyle is perfect when you're playing host this holiday season—as it keeps your hair out of your face and allows you to concentrate on the tasks at hand—like getting another glass of champagne. Get the Step-by-Step Double-Rolled Ponytail Tutorial

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If you’re going all out with glittery eye makeup, why not do the same for your hair? Add some glitter to your ‘do to give your strands a sparkly, iridescent finish.

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Halo Braid

Mistletoe or no mistletoe, you deserve a bit of romance this holiday season. If you’re looking for the perfect romantic updo to wear to your next holiday party, look no further than a halo braid. Begin your braid at the bottom left side of your nape, bringing the braid completely around your head until you return to the beginning. Tuck the remaining hair into the braid to create a seamless look and secure it with several bobby pins. Set your look with Redken Control Addict 28 Strong Hold Hairspray.

Kola Shobo @ksjpix

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

Sleek Side Retro Waves

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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Tied With A Bow

Like a perfectly wrapped gift, a hair bow adds the perfect finishing touch to any holiday party look.

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Clip-In Extensions

‘Tis the season for setting New Year’s resolutions! If one of your goals for 2022 is to grow your hair out, wear clip-in extensions to try longer hair a bit early.

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Deep Side Part

Whether you’re working with a pixie cut or longer strands, a deep side part is the perfect way to add instant, dramatic volume to your hair. If you want even more volume, use a root volumizer like Matrix Total Results High Amplify Wonder Boost Root Lifter. This product features a targeted applicator for extreme root lift or all-over volumizing effect.

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Side-Swept Hollywood Waves

Hollywood waves have long been a go-to for party season, and this side-swept look is no exception. If you're searching for a glam style that will turn heads, grab your curling iron and some hairspray and try this easy tutorial. Get the Step-By-Step Side-Swept Hollywood Waves Tutorial

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Flipped-Out Ends

Flipped-out ends have been one of the biggest hairstyle trends of 2021, so why not slay this ‘60s-inspired look to end the year on a high note? If you’re not sure how to achieve flipped-out ends, check out our guide.

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Classic Chignon

In a hurry but want to look polished? Try a classic chignon. It's slightly more sophisticated than a top knot, more pulled-together than a messy bun, but just as simple to style!

Get The Step-by-Step Chignon Tutorial

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