12 Fabulous Ways to Style Natural Hair for Christmas and Beyond

For curl queens looking to up their festive mane game, we've got you covered.

With Christmas (and all the parties that come with it!) just around the corner, we’re sure you’ll be looking for seasonally-appropriate natural hair ideas.  Luckily for you, we’ve pulled together 12 gorgeous Christmas hairstyles for natural hair, to ensure you look your best.

Simply click through our gallery above, or scroll down to discover the mane looks we can’t get enough of. Warning: things are about to get very jazzy!

Disco Curls

Woman with long natural curls styled with a hair accessory, wearing all black and posing in the studio
Add some glitz to your curls with hair accessory. Credit: Instagram.com/chloeandisabel

If you ask us, Christmas is the best time to great creative with party hair accessories. We love how this curl queen has team her disco-perfect curls with some hair jewellery, and you really can’t go wrong if you do the same. Credit: @chloeandisabel

Editor’s tip: Want to make your natural coils really pop? Try using the TIGI Bed Head Foxy Curls Contour Cream, as it’ll help keep your mane moisturised, defined and frizz-free all day.

Natural Ponytail

Side profile of woman with naturally curly hair styled into a braided ponytail with faux bangs, wearing a red dress with statement earrings
This braided bun looks great with a pair of statement earrings! Credit: Instagram.com/curlbella

This easy and beautiful natural ponytail allows your curls to take centre stage, all without being in the way. Pair this elegant look with a statement earring and you’ll be seriously set for the night. Credit: @curlbella

Halo Braid

Woman with natural hair in halo braid
Credit: Rupert Laycock

All your festive activities are no match for this flawless, budge-proof updo. Rock this natural halo braid when you head to Winter Wonderland, hit the boxing day sales — really, anywhere that you don’t want to spend time worrying about your mane.

Box Braids

Close up of blogger freshlengths with small box braids swept to the side, wearing red lipstick and gold hoops
Protect your hair in the best way possible with this ‘do. Credit; Instagram.com/freshlengths

While we know it takes time to get this protective hairstyle done (depending on the size you go for), we can’t help thinking of what we’d give to rock ultra long box braids like this.

Just make sure to team this dazzling look with a bright red lip and you’ll spreading Christmas cheer in no time. Credit: @freshlengths

Up next: 14 winter hairstyles for black hair.

Bantu Knot Headband

woman with an afro styled into a bantu knot headband
Make your own headband out of bantu knots. Credit: Instagram.com/chiziduru

If you’re bored of regular bantu knots and are looking for a new way to wear them, this pretty bantu knot headband is the way to go. Adding detail around the hairline helps to open up the face and adding accessories will give it that extra festive touch. Credit: @chiziduru

Editor’s tip: Before you twist your locks into bantu knots, smooth a few drops of the Dove Advanced Hair Series Shine Revived Treatment through your hair. This will transform your strands, making them super shiny and ensuring your knots are neat and frizz-free.

Cuff Details

woman wearing a red off the shoulder top with an afro with metal hair cuff details
Get in on the metallic hair trend with some pretty cuffs. Credit: Instagram.com/freshlengths

For the styling beginners, we recommend taking things back to basics and letting your accessories do the talking. Metallic hair cuffs in rose gold, copper and silver tones are so in right now, and you can wear them however you like!

Make sure to get them in a colour that coordinates with your jewellery and outfit, for an effortlessly put-together vibe. Credit: @freshlengths

Glitter ‘fro

woman wearing a metal choker with her afro hair covered hair in multicoloured glitter and sequins
A sprinkle of glitter makes everything better. Credit: Instagram.com/glitternisti

Glitter is still a major Instagram favourite right now and it’s got to be the quickest way to give your ‘fro a festive flair. Keep it close to your scalp for a glitter roots festival look or go wild and cover your whole head. After all, there’s no such thing as too much glitter, right? Credit: @glitternisti

Editor’s tip: As much as we love glitter, it does have a tendency to go everywhere doesn’t it? Spritzing your hair with a spray (like the VO5 Fixing Spray For Glitter) means you can position the glitter exactly where you want it. Then you can be sure it’ll stay in place while you’re rocking around the Christmas tree!

Side Puff

street style photo of a woman wearing a leopard print dress holding a red bag with a side puff afro hairstyle
Side puffs are the sassiest of styles. Credit: Instagram.com/simplycyn

Need a look that’s sophisticated and elegant? Wearing your strands in a side puff looks ultra-classy, making it the ideal look for the office Christmas party or more formal affairs. Credit: @simplycyn


woman wearing a floral shirt with her natural hair up in a bun and covered in star shaped confetti
Put any leftover table confetti to good use with this glitzy glam look. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Has it long been your dream to shine brighter than a Christmas tree? Then listen closely, because you only need one thing to make it happen – lots of shimmering confetti! Luckily for us natural-haired ladies, the intricate shape of our curls and coils make it easy for confetti to stay in our tresses.

All you need to do is sprinkle on a handful of the stuff into your mane, and your party-ready ‘do is good to go! Star hair accessories are already making waves this Christmas, so try and find star shaped confetti if you can for a fashion touch.

The ‘Frohawk

Woman with naturally curly hair styled into a frohawk, wearing a silver necklace and blazer jacket on the set of an All Things Hair shoot
Ready to channel your inner rock girl? Try this hairstyle. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

If you want a cool and fresh-looking ‘do for your next Christmas party, try drawing inspiration from the swinging ’70s and work an edgy ‘frohawk this season.

But don’t worry, there’s no shaving or cutting of hair required to nail this pretty punk-inspired ‘do: just create 4 bubble ponytails on the top of your head and fluff out your afro to give the illusion of a sky-high mohawk.

The Party Pineapple

woman wearing a white cableknit jumper and black shirt with her natural hair up in a bun with a 1920s embellished headband accessory
Q: What do you get when you cross a Christmas tree with an apple? A pineapple! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Want to dress up your go-to pineapple hairstyle for all the fun festivities? Then crack open your treasure chest of hair accessories, because ’tis the season to get all glammed up!

All it takes to give your pineapple ‘do a dazzling new twist, is to add on an embellished headband (we love this 1920’s Gatsby inspired one), and watch as everyone turns to look at your impressive mane.

Editor’s tip: Remember to keep your pineapple nice and moisturised with a leave-in conditioner. The TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist comes in an easy spray bottle for on-the-go hydration and smells uh-mazing too, which is always a bonus.

Festive Twist-Outs

woman wearing black with her medium brown hair in twist out curls
Twist outs help to create defined, frizz-free curls. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Since Christmas is all about celebrating the good things in life, why not celebrate your natural hair texture and just how versatile it can be? And what better way to do so, than to show off your curls, by rocking a bouncy twist out?

But don’t worry if you’re unsure how to get the look, because our resident beauty vlogger MiniMarley12 will show you how to get the perfect twist with her easy video tutorial!


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