The holiday season ushers in with a flurry of activity, from planning dinners and parties, to attending work functions, formal occasions and more. From Thanksgiving right through the New Year, this time of year drives a surge in Google, TikTok and YouTube searches as we all search to find just the right hair trend or hair hack for our upcoming occasion.
The Half Up/Half Down
Thanksgiving Day is a day of hustle bustle in the kitchen, so you need a perfect hairstyle that is functional as you travel, entertain or work away with family or friends together on that special day. A look that perfectly fits the bill especially with natural texture is a half-up half-down hairstyle. It’s little more than some of your hair worn up and out of the way in a half-up topknot with the rest looking tamed and fabulous. The key is to make sure you are using product to control frizz, enhance curls and amp up that lovely shine!
Alternatively if you want to keep things a little more casual, you can let your hair down and transition into another trendy hairstyle from the 2000s - the sweeping side part. Spotted on Megan Fox and Lindsay Lohan, this look keeps things simple: long layered hair, a clean side part and let your makeup, accessories and clothes do the talking!
Holiday Party Informal
The Hair Tinsel Trend Endures
Last November Katy Perry announced her Las Vegas residency dressed like Elvis with long, Cher-like flowing hair sparkling with hair tinsel extensions (link to product). Hair tinsel is a fun, casual trend that can allow you to really sparkle beneath holiday lights at any holiday gathering of friends.
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Elegant Braided Updo
In the classic Hollywood film White Christmas the Haynes sisters are seen in a variety of stunning holiday hairstyles and fashion throughout the film. If you want to bring a fun and retro holiday vibe to the party, this braided hair wreath channels the vibe of White Christmas and features mistletoe berries and a sprig in the back for whimsy.
Holiday Party Work Formal
Classic Hollywood Bombshell Hair
Celebrity hairdresser Chris Appleton is well known for giving the who’s who of Hollywood the kind of epic hair for the Red Carpet or editorial mags we all yearn for. He recently shared his technique for taking long, layered hair and amping it up into a classic Hollywood bombshell look so favored by starlets of the 90s. The trick is to have lots of layers and length, so after getting hair extensions for the job, cut perfectly by your stylist, you then work to build volume. A root volumizer spray and then Velcro rollers once the hair is dry gives the hair that kind of lived in waves that JLo often shows on Insta.
Ultra High Ponytail
Ponytails aren’t always just for casual occasions and more often than not you see celebrities walking the red carpet rocking a “power pony”. JLo recently shared a stunning vision for the season with a high tightly wrapped ponytail with natural makeup and a vibrant red lip. Trailing down the back, long balayage hair is just the thing for a formal occasion.
Want to wear it a little lower? Go for it! Keke Palmer wore a lower pony to the CFDA Fashion Awards just days ago, with piecey tendrils pulled out just by her ears for an elfin look.
The Sleek, Chic Topknot
When the occasion is very formal, nothing looks more stunning with just the right dress than a sleek, chic topknot. Pulling the hair up and away from the face, opens the face fully allowing you to really do your magic with makeup that is natural or bold. Last year to the CMA Awards, Katy Perry dazzled in a Vivienne Westwood dress with a strand of pearls and her dark hair pulled up in a super shiny top knot. Don’t have the density for it? Pair it with a ponytail and one of our Perfect Locks Hair Scrunchies! (link)
If you wanted to pull some of your hair down if you wanted something more 90s power executive than ballerina in Katy’s case, Gigi Hadid also wore a top knot this summer to the British Vogue summer party. The difference in her case was in a braided top knot with the front sections of her hair center parted and trailing down her face to frame it.
If you like this look but maybe want a little bit of a wave to the front piece, Kylie Jenner ALSO rocked the top knot this past summer.
Holiday Dinner Party
Similar to Thanksgiving, that special holiday dinner is a busy day of travel to see friends or family to get your feast on, or time in the kitchen getting ready for their arrival. Versatile but elegant hairstyles work well here and instead of the SAME style from Thanksgiving, go for this Y2K throwback trend: hair ribbons. With the 2000s era shaping fashion and hair trends since last year, Hailey Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo and Ariana Grande have all rocked the look that sees velvety ribbons added to their hair. Be it simply dressing up a ponytail as in Hailey’s cast above or Ariana’s case below, this look allows you to weave festive holiday bows right into your look. If you wanted some more whimsical, go for pleated braids and smaller bows that will look stunning.
New Year’s Eve
That ‘70s Glam
New Year’s Eve is an iconic moment every year. It’s a time to say goodbye to the year and step into a new one with fresh optimism, goals or resolve. What better way to look forward than rock a little bit of the past? Vanessa Hudgen’s channeled some 70’s chic with a look that is both formal and casual as the Disca Era was. Feathery, voluminous and shiny hair paired with sparkly aquamarine eyeshadow paired with a vintage dress are amazing way to ring in the year. The look is very Charlie’s Angels, the ultimate in girl power.