Top 10 holiday hairstyles to try now

Top 10 holiday hairstyles to try now
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Top 10 holiday hairstyles to try now

1. The Braid-Wrapped Bun

Our go-to for holiday parties, this twisty topknot is chic and sophisticated, and can be created in seconds. Last-minute invite? No problem (and no need to run home and hit the showers -- braids are easiest to maneuver on day-old tresses). Just pull your hair back into a high ponytail, braid the tail, wrap it and pin.

2. The Tousled Bob

The key to this short hairstyle is its sultry, undone quality. And the easiest way to achieve a tousled look is with a texturizing spray. Spritz damp hair with your favorite spray, then scrunch or twist until you’ve created perfectly polished bed head. 

3. The Slick Down-Do

Heat up your straightening iron, because this holiday we’re throwing it back to hippie chic -- only now, we’re adding a hint of glamour. Think über-straight strands paired with totally of-the-moment (perhaps even glittery) holiday makeup.

And remember, there’s one beauty item you must have in your arsenal: a great heat-protection spray

4. The Deconstructed Bun

Thanks to its effortless, #iwokeuplikethis appeal, this tousled take on the topknot is ideal for a night of party-hopping or entertaining at home. To avoid looking overly undone, fight frizz by locking in your look with a weather-control hairspray.

5. The Retro Wave

With a deep side part and glossy curls, this down-do pretty much epitomizes old-Hollywood glamour. It’s a guaranteed winner for formal holiday affairs. To get the look: Start with a deep side part and dry hair. Then apply a generous helping of strong-hold mousse, and use the length of your fingers to pinch one-inch sections of hair perpendicularly down the length of your strands. Clip each pinch and spray with strong-hold hairspray to set the style.

6. The Modern Pixie

Perfect for ladies who are growing out a classic, super-short pixie, this smooth take on the usually spiky style is all about brushing your strands forward instead of up. To add edge, consider coloring your short coif a bright platinum shade, and to boost shine, apply a smoothing cream before drying.

7. The Wispy Side Braid

Great for girls who have a haircut that features lots of layers, this lopsided plait makes those shorter pieces -- the ones that will inevitably stick out -- feel suddenly purposeful.

8. The Romantic Chignon

Here’s proof that with a simple side part and a basic braid, you can turn a traditional bun into a mane masterpiece. To give your plaited strands some extra staying power, maximize grit with a texture putty.

9. The Embellished Ponytail

If you’re feeling a bit lazy about curling all of your hair, you’ll love this über-polished ponytail. Working with clean, freshly blown-dry strands, tie your hair into a low side pony, and then just twirl the ends. Pop in a glitzy headband to add some holiday sparkle. 

10. The Side Sweep

We’re constantly looking for ways to reinvent curly, down hairstyles. Our latest fave: sideswept, slightly deconstructed tendrils. The secret to curls that look polished but not pageant-like is working a touch of texturizing spray through curling-iron-swirled strands. 


By: The Beauty Experts at L'Oréal Paris
From decked-out updos to glamorous waves and chic braids, here are the hairstyles we can't wait to try this holiday season.

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