Holiday party hair ideas: 12 Celebrity hairdos to inspire your festive-ready look
We've already sorted out your gifting needs—from the best advent calendars to collect this year to the most stunning holiday beauty collections to cop—but what about your festive-ready look for the slew of parties you have this season?
Whether medium-length locks or a layered lob, these celebrity hairdos are your best bet to aceing a party-ready hairdo. Take your pick from braided buns (Saoirse Ronan and Alexa Chung) to dreamy waves (Brie Larson and Emma Stone)—here's all the A-lister-approved hairstyles you can rock for a festive occasion:
Alexa Chung's twisted low bun
The perfect example of a minimum effort/maximum effect hairstyle, Alexa's ‘do may be described as ‘Right Royal Wedding Hair', but it's still perfect for your office Christmas party.
Start with tonged waves, then build height by backcombing the hair from the crown to the nape and up to the ears, to give texture for the hair grips to anchor in. After backcombing, section the hair into three and twist each into low buns. Leave out face-framing strands in the front or pin them back for a sleeker look.
Keke Palmer's ‘60s deep side part complete with barrette
Keke Palmer has us feeling the ‘60s hair nostalgia we couldn't have anticipated. Start by straightening the hair so that it is all uniform, but at the very ends, kink the flat iron upwards to create that classic '60s turn-up in the hair. Then, create your side part (the deeper the better). Add volume by gently teasing at the crown of the head, and smooth the top layer over. Finally, secure your sparkly jewelled barrette to complete the look.
Rosie Huntington Whitley's sleek low bun
To elevate any outfit, opt for Rosie Huntington Whiteley's sleek low bun. Start with a middle part, then smooth the hair down to the nape of the neck and secure with a hair elastic. At this point, instead of twisting the hair into a regular bun, backcomb the length of the hair lightly and smooth over the top layers, then pull the hair through a hair elastic as if tying a ponytail but stop halfway through. This way, you'll have a loop, which you can then adjust until it is shaped as you desire it. To finish the look, take the remaining tail of hair left out of the loop and wrap it around the base of the loop to conceal the hair elastic and pin it all in place.
Hailey Beiber's polished ponytail
Embody Old Hollywood glamour like Hailey Beiber with a super-high, super-polished pony. Start by curling all the hair under at the ends to make it all cohesive, then pull all the hair into a high ponytail. Before securing the elastic, use a fine-toothed comb to smoothen the hair and hairspray to flatten flyaways. When all sleek and shiny, secure the ponytail with a hair elastic. An optional step is to then wrap a small section of hair around the base of the ponytail to conceal the hair elastic.
Top tip: Use hair extensions for more volume in your high pony!
Saoirse Ronan's braided halo
Replicate Saoirse's undone boho braid by doing a messy French braid along the hairline. If you're feeling especially festive, consider weaving golden hair tinsel into the braid for extra sparkle. Then, either leave the rest of your hair down, or pull it back into a low ponytail or bun.
Lily James' accessorised updo
Showing us yet another way to wear a bun, Lily James decorates hers with an adorable pin and bow. To get the look, start by adding texture to the hair either by tonging it to create waves or leaving it in a braid for a few hours. Then, section out some face-framing strands and bring all the hair up into a loose, unstructured top knot. Secure with a hair elastic and a few hair grips, then employ the use of your snazzy statement hairpin. If your hair is on the shorter side like Lily's is, twist the bottom layer up and secure with a cute bow clip.
Margot Robbie's half-done braids
An effortless (but still very cool) take on holiday hair, Margot Robbie nails the perfect Christmas-in-summer-weather look with this one. The look is an homage to her on-screen persona, '60s sweetheart Sharon Tate. The easiest look to recreate, simply part four even sections at the hairline, then braid each section halfway down the face and leave hanging free. If you're worried it will unravel, apply some mousse to the dampened sections for extra hold.
Lucy Boynton's feminine-fresh waves
Not sure how to make your bob work for a party? Take a leaf out of Lucy Boynton's book and try this ultra-girly hairstyle on your own. Layer mousse and anti-frizz cream to smooth out flyaways and make hair a tad softer. Then, add texture by curling small locks of hair with a 1 ¼ inch curling iron and tease it out with fingers. Pull two small sections of hair from the temples back with an elastic and secure with a velvet ribbon.
Amber Heard's French Chignon into rope braid
This is the freshest take on a French twist we've seen! A regular rope braid involves splitting the hair into two, then first twisting both strands in a clockwise direction and (here's the confusing part) secondly, crossing the lower strand over the upper strand as you go. It's a little confusing but once you get the hang of it, it's a cute, easy braid to do.
The struggles come in once you try to make it French—to replicate Amber Heard's style, first part the hair to the side, then start with two small sections around ear level. Begin twisting and crossing the sections, but this time add hair as you go, working down the shaft of the hair. Once you run out of hair to add, continue braiding it like normal. If you're still at a loss, this video sums up how it's done rather well.
Brie Larson's brushed waves
Go back to basics with Brie Larson's take on the messy, tousled lob. Lightly tonged waves, a deep side part and a little flyaway taming and you have an easy, go-to party look.
FKA Twigs' messy half-up romantic curls
To dress down your slinky party dress, recreate Twigs' relaxed half-updo. Starting by using a thin-barrelled curling iron, curl small sections all over the head to recreate the hair texture. Section away the front third of the hair, and pin back the rest. Voila!
Emma Stone's dreamy crown
Emma Stone's star-studded look is what you can go for if you're looking to up the ante with your usual wavy 'do. Pro hairstylist Mara Roszak aced this regal style with a few easy steps that you can also achieve. Start with dabbing styling oil on the ends of the hair and blowing it with a brush for a gleaming finish. Then, use a 1 ¼-inch barrel curling iron to create an "S" wave on each section of hair, moving it up and down for softer curls. A spritz of shimmer spray helps give it that glimmering, festive finish, along with a sparkling headpiece on the crown of the head (angled to the back).
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