10 holiday hairstyles, ideas and tips for the season
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — especially when it comes to your hair. Maybe you spend most of your time catching up around the family dinner table. Maybe you look forward all year to your best friend’s annual holiday party. Holiday parties of every kind serve as an excuse to step up your hairstyle and try something new, or at least a hairstyle that’s a little more over-the-top than usual. Think pretty braid hairstyles, cool ponytails, and long wavy hair.
How to Prepare Hair for Holiday Hairstyles
Healthy hair starts in the shower, since it’s difficult to create a gorgeous holiday hairstyle if your hair is dry, frizzy or suffering from serious hair breakage. So start off by washing it with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Try Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo and Conditioner, which deliver a blend of avocado, almond and olive oils to nourish and strengthen hair. It’s especially important during the harsh winter months.
Then, use dry shampoo to your advantage. If you’re going to put all of this hard work into your holiday hairstyle, you’d might as well make it last. Dry shampoo basically extends your hairstyle, allowing you to go two or three days between washes. Use a lightweight formula that absorbs excess oil but doesn’t leave behind residue, like Fructis Pure Clean Dry Shampoo. Plus, it works for every hair type. Apply it right at your roots and use your fingers to shake out the excess for a refreshed look.
Finally, repair your hair after a long night with . Think of them as your own little present to your hair, which has been braided and twisted and tucked in a million different ways during the holiday season. Plus, your hair could probably use the TLC, especially if you color-treat it or style it with hot tools on a regular basis. Try a hair mask like Whole Blends Repairing Mask Honey Treasures, which nourishes and restores moisture to over-worked hair. Or, if you’re busy with last-minute holiday shopping, a leave-in hair treatment like Fructis Damage Eraser Liquid Strength Treatment with Protein can repair hair in 1 use (*with shampoo, conditioner & leave-in treatment)
Cute Holiday Hairstyle Ideas
Glamorous Hollywood Curls
Curls are a good way to dress up your hair for a fancy party. Go big with curly hair this holiday season with a look that’s inspired by Hollywood glam. Start by washing your hair and adding Fructis Curl Construct Creation Mousse. Then, blow-dry your hair and brush it into a side part. Next, take a half-inch curling iron and curl all hair in 1-inch sections from ear height to the ends (leaving the hair on top of your head flat). Pin each section as you go. Once the curls have cooled, release them and use your fingers to pull them apart. Keep your curls in place for the night by misting them with Fructis Style Full Control Anti-Humidity Aerosol Hairspray before you leave the house.
Side French Braid
Braids are a timeless look — and they're also a simple way to dress hair up so that it stays in place while you dance the night away. For a glam holiday hair look, part your hair on one side, and braid your hair into one thick side plait. Pin it behind your ear. For the perfect final touch, use a large-barreled curling iron to curl the ends of your hair. Mist Fructis Frizz Guard Hair Spray all over to keep your hair looking smooth and soft all night long.
Another great use for a braid is to create a tight, sleek bun. If you want an updo for a holiday party this year but don't have time to go to the salon, simply pull your hair into a ponytail at the crown of your head, then braid the ponytail and secure the braid with an elastic band. Next, take the braid and wrap it into a bun, securing it with a few bobby pins. If you tend to experience frizzy and flyaway hairs while you navigate a party, use Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum in your hair before you pull it up into the first ponytail.
This beautiful bun is twisted to resemble a blooming rose, making it special enough for holiday hair. First, work Fructis Smooth Air Dry Cream through freshly washed hair. Air-drying gives your hair more texture, which will help this style stay put through your parties. Next, divide hair into three approximately equal sections – one at your crown and one on either side. Leave the rest of your hair secured in a ponytail at the nape of your neck. Twist the large section of hair at the nape of your neck into a bun, securing with pins as you go. Take the section of hair at your left ear and loosely pull it to the right, twisting it around the bun and securing with pins. Repeat on the right side, pulling and twisting that hair to the left. Divide the crown section in two and pull and twist each part in opposite directions around the bun, securing with pins. Finish by spraying the bun with Fructis Full Control Anti-Humidity Hairspray.
Curly Hair Updo
Going somewhere special? Just want to show off your skills for grandma? Either way, this curly updo is guaranteed to impress during the holidays. The key: Making sure your curls are defined. So, starting with damp hair, work Fructis Curl Shape Defining Spray through your hair, scrunching it in with your fingers. Then, let your hair air dry or use a hair diffuser. Loosely gather your hair into a simple bun, allowing a few stray strands to fall loose. Pull random curls out of the bun and pin them around it, hiding the elastic and giving it a fuller look. Finally, use your fingers to loosen up your hair even more for a romantic, windswept curly updo.
A ponytail totally works for a holiday hairstyle when you have this much hair texture and a cool twist. If you’re working with freshly washed hair, work Fructis Smooth Air Dry Cream through your hair and let it air dry. (And if your hair is already dry, just spray on Fructis Texture Tease Finishing Spray.) Next, separate two medium-sized sections of hair, one above each ear. Begin twisting one side back, pinning it at the nape of your neck. Repeat on the other side. Combine the two twists with the rest of your hair and secure it with a hair tie, creating a ponytail. Then, take a small section from the underside of the ponytail and wrap it around the base, concealing the hair tie. Use your fingers to gently mess up the hair at your crown, giving it extra hair volume.
Flowing Loose Waves
Classic hair waves work for any holiday occasion, whether it’s chilling out by a fire or doing a gift exchange with your BFFs. Start by working Fructis Smooth Blow Dry Cream through the lengths of your hair. Blow-dry hair it until it’s completely dry. Then, twist big sections of hair around a large-barreled curling iron, using your fingers to unwind and tousle them while they’re still hot (which will keep your hair from getting too curly).
Sleek Low Knot Bun
Why not switch up your hair color for the holidays? (Plus, you can ring in the New Year with a fresh shade.) A rich brunette like Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme in Light Golden Brown 63 (Brown Sugar) Hair Color has a warming effect on skin, and it looks especially pretty in this sleek, low knot bun. First, prep damp hair with Fructis Flat Iron Perfector. Blow dry it, and then straighten it using a flat iron. Pull your hair into a low ponytail, leaving loose a small section of hair at the bottom. Secure the ponytail with an elastic tie, but instead of pulling it through, leave it tucked in so it creates a loop. Take that small, loose section and wrap it around the base of your loop, pinning it in place underneath. To keep it in place all night, mist it with Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray.
Curly Half-Up Half-Down Bun
Curls don’t have to be so complicated. And, around the holidays, it’s better to spend time with the family than trying to create an intricate hairstyle. So keep it simple with this curly updo. Save yourself the work of washing your hair and start with second- or third-day hair. Then, spray Fructis Curl Renew Reactivating Milk Spray throughout the lengths of your hair, using your fingers to scrunch it in and reshape your curls. Gather a small section of hair at the very top of your head and secure it with a hair tie. Then, loosely twist it into a bun, allowing it to stay puffy, and pin it.
Polished Wavy Ponytail
Get ready for holiday drama, and we’re not talking about your family. If you’re a natural brunette, an inky black hair color is a subtle tweak that makes a huge difference. Pick a deep black hair color like Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color IN1 Dark Intense Indigo Hair Color with high shine for a show-stopping holiday hairstyle. First, apply Fructis Smooth Blow Dry Cream through the lengths of your hair. Blow dry, and then mist on Fructis Flat Iron Perfector. Straighten your hair and divide it into three sections, with one in the center and two on either side. Pull the center section into a ponytail and secure. Then, pull one side section over the ponytail and secure it. Repeat on the other side. Use your flat iron to create two or three bends in the ponytail, creating barely-there waves. Finish with a generous spray of Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray to keep hair frizz at a minimum.