With the holiday season right around the corner, festive hairstyles are likely at the top of your mind. But when it comes to holiday hairdos, it can be hard to strike a balance between comfortable enough to play with your little cousins and fancy enough to impress grandma. The answer? When in doubt, go for the classics. 

To help, here’s a handy little list of five timeless holiday hairstyles and the tools and supplies you’ll need to pull off each look. Plus, what you should use to encourage longer, more luscious locks.

1. Chignon 

There’s a reason the chignon has stood the test of time. This low, close to the neck bun stays put all day and gives you an effortlessly pulled together old-timey starlet look. And bonus points — it’s way easier to create than its elegant look suggests.

To pull off the perfect chignon, create a low ponytail at the base of your neck, and spritz it with a bit of hair foam to create extra hold. Form a loose loop with the pony, so the ends of your hair point up toward the hair tie, and secure the base of the loop with bobby pins. Wrap the ends of your hair around the hair tie and tuck into the base of the bun for a sleeker-looking and more secure hold.

2. Ballerina Bun

ballerina bun

We love pairing a simple ballerina bun with our most opulent special occasion dresses. Sleek and chic, the ballerina bun summons up the spirit of style icons like Audrey Hepburn, making this deceptively simple style the perfect holiday pick. 

To add volume to your ballerina bun, we like to start with a base of dry shampoo. Hold the shampoo 6 to 8 inches away from your head as you aim the nozzle at the roots, spraying evenly throughout your scalp. Let the shampoo dry for a minute or two, then finger-comb your strands to distribute it before gathering your hair into a ponytail at the crown. Wrap tight to create a bun, and secure the loose ends with bobby pins.

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3. High Pony

woman with high ponytail

There’s something so sweet about a high pony. It elevates a classic, transforming the everyday ponytail into a style statement. Accessorize this streamlined style with a velvet ribbon for extra holiday flair!

To craft the perfect high pony, slick back hair with a brush, smoothing out the tangles and twists. Doing so will ensure your pony lies perfectly flat for a polished look. Now, cinch hair up using a hair tie that’s lined to prevent stress and damage to your strands and pull the pony tight. Wrap a small segment of your hair around the hair tie to conceal, or finish off with your holiday-themed bow or clip of choice.

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4. Braided Bun

Braided bun

Braiding your bun is the perfect way to transform an easy-wearing hairstyle into something holiday-worthy. Braids lend any updo a touch of Old World charm that will make you feel like celebrating!

To create the braided bun of your dreams, begin by sectioning your hair in half, leaving two face-framing sections free and pulling the rest into a low pony close to the base of your neck. Twist the long pony into a simple braid of your choice, twisting it around itself to form a bun and tucking the end into your hair tie to hold. Braid the two front sections of hair and loop them around your head, wrapping them into the braided bun and securing everything with bobby pins. This also makes for a great protective style for natural hair — you can even combine it with twists and corn rows. 

5. Half-Up Crown Braid 

Half Up Crown Braid

All these updos are lovely, but what about holiday celebrations when you’d like your hair to hang down? A half-up hairstyle is a perfect way to add a touch of festive elegance to an easy, free-flowing look without losing the romance of loose hair.

For the perfect effortless half-up hairstyle, begin by slicking your strands with pure marula oil. The oil is packed with antioxidants, oleic acids, and omega fatty acids — perfect for taming flyaways and giving hair a glossy finish! 

Section out the two front parts of your hair to each side of your face and loosely braid them, fluffing out the sections with your fingers to increase definition. Twine the braids along the sides of your scalp, securing at the back with bobby pins. 

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