15 Festive Hairstyles To Slay At Any Holiday Party

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It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year—and whether you’re hosting a Friendsmas or getting together with coworkers, holiday party season is in full swing. If you’re dressing to impress and perfecting your makeup, your hairstyle should be equally as stunning. 

Searching for inspiration? Whether you’re looking for an easy updo, an elegant braid, or a way to show off your natural curls, these are the holiday party hairstyles you need to slay at any event. 

The Best Holiday Party Hairstyles To Try Now

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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. 

Good hair day by @makeupbynkc.

Sleek High Ponytail

If your holiday party theme is simple yet elegant, you can’t go wrong with a sleek high ponytail. To maintain a  frizz-free look throughout the night, use a hairspray like Matrix Total Results High Amplify Anti-Frizz Hairspray

Good hair day by @alexandralee1016.

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.  

Good hair day by @yd.beauty_.

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. 

Good hair day by @jordy.brechkoff.

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 Pureology Hydrate Shine Max Serum to add vibrant shine and smooth flyaways. 

Good hair day by @monarchhairco.


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. 

Good hair day by @alexandralee1016.

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. 

Good hair day by @jamiedanahairstylist.

Tied With A Bow

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

Good hair day by @hairjunkie.jas.

Half-Up Bouffant

If you love all things vintage, the ‘60s-inspired bouffant is still totally wearable in 2019. Once you’ve finished styling, pop on a holiday-inspired accessory to really get into the spirit. 

Good hair day by @isaac4mayor.

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.

Good hair day by @liz.colors.

Flipped Out Ends

Flipped out ends have been one of the biggest hairstyle trends of 2019, 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

Good hair day by @taryn_petrella.

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. 

Good hair day by @chrisweberhair.

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 looks. Looking for an idea to get you started? We love this half-up braid with barrette accents. 

Good hair day by @lexiesciortino.

Clip In Extensions

‘Tis the season for setting New Year’s resolutions! If one of your goals for 2020 is to grow your hair out, wear clip-in extensions to try longer hair a bit early. 

Good hair day by @lumopiste.

Half-Up Ponytail

If you wait until the last possible second to get ready, opt for a party-ready hairstyle that’s foolproof like a half-up ponytail. Simply gather the top half of your hair into a high ponytail. Then,  use a hair elastic and a few spritzes of high-hold hairspray like Redken Control Addict 28 Strong Hold Hairspray to hold your look in place. 

Interested in more holiday hairstyle ideas? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you. 

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