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Curly Hairstyles for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to glam up your look with some stunning curly hairstyles. Curly hair adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to your overall appearance. Whether you have natural curls or need a little help from hair tools, we've got you covered with some easy-to-create curly hairstyles for the holidays.

Classic Curls

Classic curly hairstyle on model

This timeless style suits any occasion during the holidays. To achieve classic curls, you can use a curling iron or hot rollers to create soft, bouncy curls. These curls exude a sense of sophistication and charm that's perfect for holiday parties and gatherings. 

To maintain the curls' shape throughout the day, apply a light-hold hairspray that will keep your hair looking fresh and elegant.

Messy Waves

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For a more relaxed, beachy look that's perfect for holiday parties, consider messy waves. These loose, carefree waves are effortlessly chic and ideal for those casual holiday gatherings with friends and family. 

You can achieve this look by using a curling wand to create loose waves in your hair. Finish it off with a texturizing spray to create a tousled effect, giving you that perfect, effortless appearance.

Sleek Curly Ponytail

long curly ponytail

If you're going for a modern and chic appearance, a high curly ponytail is the way to go. This style works well for formal holiday events or even a festive dinner out. 

To create this look, curl your hair with a curling iron, then gather it into a high ponytail. To add a touch of sophistication, wrap a small section of hair around the hair tie to hide it and secure it with a bobby pin. If you have a short hair but still want to achieve this look, consider using a curly hair extension.

Curly Updo

curly updo hairstyle

Elevate your holiday style with an elegant curly updo. This sophisticated hairstyle is ideal for formal events or elegant holiday dinners. To achieve this look, curl your hair and gather it into a low bun or chignon. Use bobby pins and hairpins to secure the updo in place, leaving some tendrils to frame your face and create a soft, romantic look.

Half-Up Half-Down Curls 

half up half down hairstyle

For those who want to showcase their beautiful curls while keeping their hair off their face, the half-up, half-down curls style is a perfect choice. This versatile style works well for various holiday occasions, from casual to formal. Curl your hair and secure the top half in a half-up style with a decorative clip or hair tie for a polished, put-together appearance.

Headband Curls

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Creating stunning curls without the use of heat is possible with the headband curls method. This no-heat, no-fuss approach is great for those who want to avoid damaging their hair. To achieve this look, simply place a headband over your hair and wrap sections of your hair around it. Leave it on for a few hours or overnight for natural, heat-free curls that are perfect for any holiday event.

Braided Curly Crown

braided curly crown hairstyle

Combine the beauty of braids with the elegance of curls with the braided curly crown hairstyle. This regal and sophisticated look is excellent for more formal holiday gatherings. To create this style, start by making Dutch braids on each side of your head, starting from the temples. Then, curl the remaining hair and secure the braids at the back for a look that's fit for a holiday queen.

Curly Fishtail Braid

curly fishtail braid

Transform your beautiful curls into an eye-catching fishtail braid. This style is both elegant and unique, making it ideal for standing out at holiday events. To achieve this look, divide your hair into two sections and fishtail braid it. After braiding, gently pull apart the braid to make it look thicker and fuller, adding to the overall allure of your holiday hairstyle.

Curly Side Swept

curly side swept hairstyle

Sweep your curly locks to one side for a sophisticated holiday appearance that's sure to impress. This style is versatile and works well for both formal and casual gatherings. To create it, curl your hair, then use bobby pins to secure it to one side. Finish it off with hairspray to keep the curls in place throughout your holiday celebration.

Vintage-Inspired Curls

vintage curly hairstyle

Embrace a retro look with vintage-inspired curls. This glamorous and timeless style is perfect for those who appreciate the classics. To achieve this look, use hot rollers or pin curls to create tight, defined curls. Then, gently brush out the curls to create a glamorous, old Hollywood style that's sure to make a statement at any holiday event.

Curly Hair Care Tips

Now that you've got some fantastic holiday curly hairstyles to choose from, let's discuss how to ensure your curly hair looks its best during the holiday season. To maintain healthy and beautiful curls, it's essential to incorporate proper hair care practices and styling techniques into your routine.


Keep your curls well-hydrated by using a high-quality conditioner and a leave-in conditioner. Hydrated hair is less prone to frizz and breakage, ensuring that your curls look healthy and vibrant throughout the holiday season.

Avoid Overstyling

While it's tempting to experiment with different curly hairstyles, be cautious not to overuse heat styling tools. Excessive heat can lead to hair damage, so try to limit your use of curling irons, straighteners, and other heated styling tools during the holidays.

Use Hair Serums

After styling, apply a hair serum to add shine and prevent frizz. A quality hair serum will keep your curls looking polished and elegant, ensuring they remain manageable and attractive throughout the holidays.

Regular Trims

Keep your curls in tip-top shape by scheduling regular trims with your hairstylist. Trimming your hair helps eliminate split ends and maintain its overall health and appearance. Well-maintained curls are essential for a stunning holiday hairstyle.

Curl-Enhancing Products

Invest in products specifically designed to enhance and define your natural curls. These products can help your curls stay in place longer, and they often contain ingredients that promote curl retention, keeping your hair looking fabulous throughout your holiday celebrations.

With the right care and styling, curly hairstyles can be a gorgeous addition to your holiday look. Whatever style you choose, these hairstyles will make you the star of any holiday gathering.

So, this holiday season, flaunt your natural curls or create them for a stunning, festive look that's sure to turn heads. Choose the perfect curly hairstyle that complements your personal style and the occasion, and celebrate the holidays in style and confidence.

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