You probs don’t need me to remind you, but I’m going to anyway—the holidays are mad stressful. Between making sure you check everyone off your list and running through grocery store aisles to get the ingredients for your signature chocolate chip cookies, you might forget the most important thing of all: what the hell you’re going to do with your hair for all these virtual parties.
Since you have enough to worry about this holiday season, I’m going to take this one thing off your plate. I pulled together the 17 best holiday hair looks from IG, including inspo-worthy braids and effortless beachy waves. Let’s just say everyone on the Zoom call is going to be hella jealous when you show up with one of these Christmas hairstyles.
1. These braided double buns for Christmas
You don't need to take out your box braids in order to switch things up. Part your hair down the middle, twirl your braids into a tight spiral bun, and secure them with a ton of black bobby pins.
2. This natural hair blowout for Christmas
How dope is this look? To get a smooth finish that doesn't fall flat, blow dry your hair straight and then work a lightweight hair cream throughout. Then, give yourself a twist-out. When you wake up in the AM, you'll have a slightly textured look that's full of body and movement.
3. This pearl headband for Christmas
I mean, sure, you could throw on a basic black headband, but do you really want to look like everyone else at the party? Didn't think so. Show up and show out with this pearl headband. Smooth your hair with a flexible hair gel and then slide on the headband to complete the look.
4. This halo braid for Christmas
Give off major angelic vibes this holiday season with this dope halo braid with gold string. Don’t forget to secure your bun with a few bobby pins and spritz on a hairspray to keep everything in place.
5. This wet-hair look for Christmas
In case you were on the fence about trying the wet-hair look, consider this your sign—yes, you one hundred percent should. It’s a perfectly chic look for any holiday occasion. All you need to do is work a gel cream through slightly damp hair and spritz on a glossing spray to finish.
6. This waterfall braid for Christmas
You probably see waterfall braids all over your IG feed, and that’s for a damn good reason—they’re suuuuuper pretty. Like, who wouldn’t want to rock this style 24/7? Instead of securing your braid with a hair clip or a bobby pin, hold it in place with a hair ribbon to finish off the look.
7. These beach waves for Christmas
I’m super into beach waves, and you should be too. They’re cute without being too try hard and they work on all hair lengths. Spritz on a sea salt spray, curl your hair with an iron, and then rake your fingers through—you’ll be left with perfectly tousled beach waves.
8. This classic braid for Christmas
Listen, you don’t have to go crazy with your holiday hairstyle this year. Sometimes, a simple, classic braid is all you need. Not only is it easy to execute, but it also looks really freakin’ cute. Don’t forget to slick your hair back with a non-crunchy hair gel.
9. These waves with bedazzled hair pins for Christmas
In case you were wondering, no, hair clips aren’t going anywhere this season. And TBH, I don’t want them to leave, considering they instantly level up any hair look. Curl your hair with a wand to get some waves, then pin in three to four clips on the side of your head.
10. This half-up, half-down look for Christmas
After “What are you wearing tonight?” the most common text in my phone before a night out is, “Wait, should I wear my hair up or down?” Instead of going back and forth with your group text on what looks better with your outfit, do both. A half-up, half-half down look is super chic and won’t take you hours to pull together. Before you head out, spritz on a flexible-hold hairspray to keep your holiday hairstyle in place.
11. This high ponytail for Christmas
High school cheerleader, but make it fashion. Take a cue from Kehlani’s book and try out a snatched high ponytail at your holiday party this year. Swirl your edges into a cute design with a non-flaky edge control gel.
12. This modern lob for Christmas
Sure, it might feel like you don’t have a ton of styling options when you’re working with a lob, but it’s actually beyond easy to switch up a shorter haircut for the holidays. Go for an off-center part, bump the ends with a flat iron, snap on a clip, and boom—you’re good to go.
13. This topknot bun for Christmas
Forget that slick, ballerina-style updo and give off major cool-girl vibes with a slightly messy bun. Work a texturizing spray through your hair to give your bun some volume. Remember: You want your holiday hairstyle to look relatively intentional.
14. This fishtail braid for Christmas
A fishtail braid is the perfect holiday hairstyle. Not only does it look like you put in a ton of effort, but it’ll also stand out in the sea of Bachelor-esque waves. Haven’t mastered the fishtail just yet? No prob, this easy tutorial will walk you through it.
15. This pearl clip for Christmas
Instead of wearing pearls around your neck or on your ears this season, switch things up and wear them in your hair. A cute pearl clip is an easy statement hair accessory that’ll make your ponytail look 10x better.
16. This teased ponytail for Christmas
Give your ponytail some extra oomph by teasing it up—I’m talking volume on volume on volume. Spritz in a sea-salt spray and scrunch your hair for a textured, piece-y look that’s holiday-season-approved.
17. These side-swept curls for Christmas
If you feel like your curls fall a little flat throughout winter, try combing your hair into a deep side part for instant depth and dimension. There’s no such thing as too extra during the holidays, IMO.