Holiday parties are probably the best part of the winter season (don’t @ me—it’s true!). But trying to figure out what to do with your hair? Um, yeah, I consider that not so fun. So to avoid the inevitable freakout leading up to the season (which, uh, been there), I went ahead and pulled together the best holiday hair looks from Instagram, including inspo-worthy braids, accessorised bobs, and so much more. Let’s just say that if you’re trying to stunt on your coworkers at this year’s work holiday party, you definitely want to try out one of the below hairstyles.
#1: Classic Braid
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.
#2: Waves With Bedazzled Hair Pins
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.
#3: Half Up, Half Down
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.
#4: High Ponytail
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.
#5: Modern Lob
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.
#6: Topknot Bun
Forget that slick, ballerina-style updo and give off major cool-girl vibes with a slightly messy bun. Work a texturising spray through your hair to give your bun some volume. Remember: You want your holiday hairstyle to look relatively intentional.
#7: Fishtail Braid
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.
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.
#9: Teased Ponytail
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.
#10: Sideswept Curls
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.