Holiday hairstyles are a necessity several times a year so it is always good to add a few to your repertoire. The following 51 pretty holiday hairstyle ideas will work on a variety of hair types, and many include styles to accentuate color treated hair. As trends and styles evolve and recirculate, new options are developed.
Choosing the right holiday hairstyles can take a while, but it starts with a few options that you like when you see them. There are hair ornaments, accessories and jewelry included in the following looks.
1. Glitter Gel Slick Down
Rather than smoothing down your hair with regular gel to give you the shape you want, using glitter gel (which you can even make on your own) means that you have a multidimensional holiday hairstyle. This would definitely be unexpected, but eye-catching.
2. Shades of Pink with Antler Comb
Pink is a color that tiptoes on the edges of other colors and can be really prismatic when combined with other shades of pink. This holiday hairstyle has a soft overall quality, and the several different shades of pink give the hairstyle a lot of dimension. The antler comb is a nice touch that is both whimsical and fun.
3. Silver and Pastel Blue Roses
One of the best holiday hairstyles, braided roses are a nice party hairstyle to go with, especially with multi-toned hair. The braids allow the colors to weave in and out and the roses can show off the shades beautifully. The colors are great and the roses are perfect making this a great quick holiday hairstyle to show off your hair color.
4. Glittering Halo Braid
Halo braids are beautiful anyway, but this glittering holiday hairstyle idea is a bright and sparkling option that would be great to include in your holiday looks. It appears easy to do, but the braid is tight and the edges perfectly laid, while the glitter enhances the braid.
5. Adorned Rainbow Hair
Rainbow hair is always in style, but the hair charms are a huge part of making this holiday hairstyle amazing. Accessorizing your hair doesn’t just mean color and hair ornaments, and hair jewelry is a great way to do it. These are all different charms for an interesting final look.
6. Arrow Cornrows with Hair Rings
Making appearances at holiday parties is all about the look, and this holiday hairstyle is well done with an edgy flair. The ring details in between the cornrows are very cool and elevate this holiday hairstyle.
7. Updated Side Braid
Side braids, especially the ones that hang down past the shoulder are chic and perfect holiday hairstyles thanks to the many different ways this style can be achieved. Here, by looping the hair through itself to create the look and the added benefit of equally weighted points down the braid mans, it will fall smoothly on the shoulder.
8. Tri-Bun Faux ‘Hawk
This holiday hairstyle just requires the right amount of pulling and twisting to create the buns. Once they are in and set in the center to create the faux hawk shape, this style will last through any party, making it the perfect holiday hairstyle. It can be easily dressed up or down for the type of party and location.
9. Swirling Braid and Rose
The articulation of this braid makes it a great holiday hairstyle idea for an updo that ends in a swirling rose styled bun at the nape of her neck. Once you get the particular braiding style down, you can do this look any number of ways.
10. Half-Up Fishtail Pigtails
This holiday hairstyle is easy to do if you can do a fishtail braid, or in this case – two. As a look it is interesting and casual and can even be done on short hair with the use of extensions.
11. Half-Up Flower Ponytail
In this holiday hairstyle, the low ponytail created by the half-up hairstyle is braided loosely and twisted into an interesting little flower bun that is sitting over the remains of her wavy hair. It is a fun and interesting look that has just the right amount of embellishment to consider this ‘do a great photo-ready Christmas hairstyle.
12. Glitter Center Part
Two tighter top knots create the illusion of height and a longer, slender neck on everyone. The color treatment shows through the twisted buns, but the best detail of this holiday hairstyle is the center part, adorned with glitter gel in whatever color you want shown here in pink and silver.
13. Open Ended Double Dutch Braids
Dutch braids are a fair staple for a great holiday hairstyle, but the twist in these is the ends, which are wrapped in hair to hide the bands and hang loose rather than continuing the braid. The look is cool but functional, a great choice for a Christmas hairstyle.
14. Balayage Blonde Waves
Wavy hair is a staple that can suit any holiday event, so as a holiday hairstyle the addition of a soft balayage treatment is just an elevation of the style. The style looks simple but elevated thanks to the softness created by the custom balayage treatment.
15. Fishtailed Low Pony
As for this holiday hairstyle, styled to be smooth yet textured, the low sitting ponytail has a slight curl to it, but the real volume and texture is attributed to the crown of the hair being fishtail braided and then tucked into the low ponytail.
16. Low Side Updo
Smooth layers braided into each other and pinned at the nape of the neck create a voluminous bun that will look great with nearly any outfit at any party for any holiday you could participate in. The side braid that is pinned into the bun is perfect to provide texture on top of that created by the bun, serving as a fantastic holiday hairstyle idea.
17. Pulled Dutch Braids
Dutch braids are a classic hairstyle that can be done on a variety of hair lengths and textures. For hair that features a detailed color treatment like the one pictured, the Dutch braids show off every color used to create this holiday hairstyle.
18. Sparkling Headband
Accessories work on several levels, not just for sparkle but structure and style. The headband will hold the hair in place with no problem, while looking great in each and every picture from all angles.
19. Braids Braided into Braids
Textures can be put into holiday hairstyles with processes as simple as braiding, but to braid one braid into another and another creates not only texture, but also weight. This will help keep the hair hanging where it should be, hanging down and ending in soft curls.
20. Pinned Hair
Even simple holiday hairstyles can be updated with the addition of just a few accessories and here we have a perfect example of that. The center of her pulled-back hair is adorned to give the simple style a new look that has a bit of edge and a bit of sparkle for the holidays.
21. Pierced Side Cornrow
Hair rings are really on trend and will continue to garner attention for a while to come. The effect of ‘pierced hair’ is easy to pull off with the right rings and braiding technique. These are sure conversation starters and unassuming hair accessories that will not weigh you down or cause tangles in the hair.
22. Cornrowed Half Up
Cornrowed hairstyles are a great look, but be careful with them as they can easily pull out your edges without the right maintenance. The half-up hairstyle is lush and beautiful and easy to wear once it is installed.
23. Messy Chic Top Knot
A messy top knot is the main goal of many a fashionista – the idea to look fabulously well put together but in a seemingly effortless way. This holiday hairstyle can require a few pins and a few tries achieve, but the final product is glorious, a perfect holiday hairstyle idea.
24. Silver Updo
Straight hair can be difficult to put up but when it is done right it can look both structured and carefree, which is the ultimate goal for most holiday hairstyles anyway. Here the silver hair is fabulously shiny and holds the updo very well.
25. Christmas Wavy Updo
Updos are always in style for the holidays, where parties and dinners and photos are involved. Strategically pinned hair has the perfect amount of body and the right shape to keep things sturdy and looking great.
26. Clouded Sunset Hair
The rich blue color is juxtaposed against the warm honey blonde, sunset colored hair. This pinned updo shows off the richness and interesting design of the two colors together and creates a chic overall holiday hairstyle that will awe everyone.
27. Wavy Ponytail
No matter what the starting holiday or Christmas hairstyle may be, many people have to put their hair up at one point or another through the day, but that doesn’t mean the style has to be boring. This is a quick yet cute holiday hairstyle that actually takes some effort to pull off, with perfectly appointed face-framing tendrils and a wavy ponytail.
28. Long Side Braid
A side braid can be the perfect easygoing holiday hairstyle idea to show off to family and friends, as well as your Instagram followers. This is an even better option for those with color treated hair as it will be easier to see variations and highlights in the color treatment.
29. Holiday Extensions
When adding in extensions, a style is always important to pull off the completed look. Here the holiday hairstyle includes a pinned braid that has the added benefit of accentuating the waves of her hair. If your hair is long enough to not require extensions, this can still be achieved with loose waves and a pinned down side braid.
30. Braided Pigtails
Pigtails are always in style, up down, braided and loose. Here the braided pigtails are pulled, feathering them to create another texture to the hair altogether. The lengths hanging in the front are face framing and provide another texture for a very cool and laid-back holiday hairstyle.
31. Loose Pinback with Tendrils
Soft browns offer a multidimensional and soft look to her hair. This holiday hairstyle is an easy pulled back and pinned ‘do with face-framing tendrils for an added chic touch. The benefit of the color treatment to her hair is how easily it is shown from all angles.
32. Thin Braid Crown
Thin braids are pulled back to decorate the crown, and are secured and accessorized by hair pins placed in the shape of a triangle. This is a great holiday hairstyle that is quick and easy to replicate and creates an overall easy-going look.
33. Metallic Pin Up
Pin up hairstyles will always have an element of glamour to them, but this holiday hairstyle, with the metallic and purple hair color really sits away from the rest. The added bonus of fun hair clips not only holds the hair in place, but also accessorizes it beautifully.
34. Twisted and Zig Zagged
The metallic and soft nude colors in this holiday hairstyle give it a sweet yet edgy look, along with the interesting way the hair is styled. For a holiday hairstyle that will stand out from the rest, this is the one to go with.
35. Pierced Hair
The novelty of hair accessories has never dissipated and likely never will. Here lavender and peach pastel hair is braided around, showing off the many faceted colors in the hair. The part that separates the bulk of the hair is accentuated by a cornrow accessorized by hair rings.
36. Curly Top Knot
Curled hair pulled up and pinned into a top knot like this shows off a more full looking bun that catches the light well thanks to the various directions the pinned hair takes. This looks beautiful on all hair colors and can even be replicated on shorter hair, as the curls will still create a full look.
37. Low Pinned Bun
Many different holiday hairstyles include a form of bunned-up hair because it is a guaranteed way to keep your hair looking beautiful without having to be constantly checked or maintained. Here the hair is also adorned and carefully pinned for a multidirectional look that shows off the highlights in her hair.
38. Violet and Sunshine
Sunshine yellow and violet purple hair is not a combination often seen together and it should be – it works beautifully together. This side-swept bun and bangs show off both colors, and her hair is adorned with diamond pins for accessories.
39. Christmas Eve Hair
Christmas hairstyles are infinite in number and style, but this modified set of milkmaid braids can be taken down for a wavy style later, or worn in this manner for an easy and structured look. This holiday hairstyle is perfect for wrapping presents, as it will prevent hair from getting in the way.
40. Tilted Holiday Updo
This is one of the holiday hairstyles designed with a tutorial available to follow along with. The adornments of pearls and flowers look fun and interesting, as well as the gravity defying pinned up style.
41. High-Low Ponytails
A simple ponytail, with a tiny braid incorporated, creates a holiday hairstyle that won’t fall into your face no matter what you are doing, and every hair is kept in place. The loose waves have volume and shine, and the overall look is clean and holiday ready.
42. Side-Swept Waves
A hairstyle that is side swept can be very difficult to keep the way it was styled. Here a cornrow along the side creates an appearance similar to an undercut. This holiday hairstyle is great for pictures from several different angles.
43. Hair Halo and Waves
Different color tips work beautifully in a braid that is wrapped around in a halo style that keeps the curled wavy lengths positioned exactly where they should be. The holiday hairstyle has lots of body, and the halo has a very angelic appearance, perfect for a Christmas hairstyle.
44. Combo Braided Updo
Combining braid types creates a multi-textured appearance that definitely catches attention. The side-swept Dutch braids merge into an infinity braid ponytail that transforms into a fishtail and ends in a curl.
45. Half-Up Dutch Braids
Dutch braids are easy to do and are an excellent updo choice. These are only done on the crown and come together to form a small bun just to complete the look. Though paired with wavy lengths in this photo, this holiday hairstyle idea would work on various lengths of hair.
46. French Braid Low Pony
Two French braids create a clean, pulled-back holiday hairstyle that ends in a low ponytail. The ponytail is slightly textured for volume, and the look is certain to keep the hair out of your face.
47. Voluminous Partial Updo
Winter weddings are definitely a time to pull out your favorite holiday hairstyles, and this pulled-back, tiered look features extensions for volume, curls, buns and more.
48. Flower Embellished Fishtail Braid
As for this holiday hairstyle, a fishtail braid is easy to adorn and these little flowers give the illusion of snowflakes in the braid. The longer the braid, the more flowers you can use, and the overall look is fantastic.
49. Side-Swept Updo
Putting your hair up is inevitability during the holidays; there is so much to do and we still want to keep the looks up right? So a quick and easy twist up on the side with the drop of a side-swept bang creates an effortless holiday hairstyle.
50. Holiday Buns
Space buns, pigtail buns and spice girl buns are all the same thing, but here these are very laid back and casual. This counts as an updo, but a casual and comfortable one that looks incredibly cute in pictures, and a gorgeous holiday hairstyle idea.
51. Silver Hair
Silver hair is great for every season, so Christmas hairstyles on grey and silver hair will always be festive and easy to elevate with hints of color or accessories. Here her hair is braided into a headband and a hanging fishtail.
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