20 Trés Chic Holiday Hair Ideas for 2020

All the fancy (yet totally DIY-friendly!) looks you crave.

Holiday season is in session and there are endless chic holiday hair ideas for you to try. While there are tons of gorgeous looks you can whip into shape at the very last minute, why not use your spare time to plan out holiday hairstyles?

During the holiday party season, almost everyone wants to try out a brand new style. Just because the holidays might look a little different this year, you still have every right to look and feel your best! We’ve got some inspo for you to get you excited to try out some new styles for your holiday Zoom call or intimate at-home celebrations. Read on:

Holiday Hair Ideas: 20 Chic Looks to Consider This Season

1. Classic Bun

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Holiday hair ideas: Chic chignon. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

Buns are easy to turn into a glam holiday look. Gather your hair into a ponytail, then loop the ends into a bun. To maintain a cheerful shine for the holidays, spray Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Hairspray.

2. Textured Side Braid

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Holiday hair ideas: Edgy holiday hairstyle. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

Not one of your average holiday hairstyles, right? Take the risk with a hairstyle that is totally unexpected. To update the look for your holiday festivities, slide gilded bobby pins into the mix.

3. Braid Accessories

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Try a sparkly hairstyle to ring in the New Year!

Clips and embellished headbands are so passé; this season, it’s all about hair jewels. Rock the night away with a braid amped up with a pretty set of hair piercings or jewels.

4. Pull-Through Ponytail

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Try a unique style for the holidays.

If you want a standout hairstyle, then this one is definitely for you! Tip: Try to get hair ties that are clear or close to your hair color to add to the optical illusion of this style.

5. Voluminous Low Ponytail

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Give your low ponytail loads of volume.

Create a holiday low pony by giving it some volume. A little teasing and gentle backcombing will create the sophisticated style you’re after.

6. Voluminous Half-Updo

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Bring your half-updo do all the way to the top for a voluminous style.

This half-updo demands attention and helps give a slight “face lift” for a more intense look. Spray your style with a hairspray like Dove Style+Care Strength & Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray for flexible hold and you’re ready to have a holly jolly time!

7. Half-Updo Knot

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Give a half updo some spice with a knot style.

For those who don’t want a high half-updo, you can add some spice by creating a looser knot in the back.

8. Tousled Waves

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Give your hair some textured with a tousled style.

Tousled waves are always a go-to because they add the perfect amount of texture. If you want to create this style, we recommend styling hair in braids or rollers the night before so hair has more grit to it on the day-of.

9. French Twists

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French twists are a holiday classic.

More of a classic holiday hair ideas gal? Why not go for the chic and elegant French twist style?

10. Crown Braid

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Is there anything more festive than a crown braid?

The crown braid is undeniably a fan favorite—it’s the style less chosen since it takes a little more effort, but the end result is always worth it.

11. Deep Parted Afro

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Switch up your part to change your look in an instant. Photo credit: Roisin Murphy

Sometimes all you need to do is switch up your part and suddenly you’ve got a whole new ‘do! Deep side parts are a holiday classic because they take you out of your everyday look.

12. Unicorn Braid

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This braid is for the girls craving an edgier holiday style.

Looking for one of the more unique holiday hair ideas? The unicorn is the new, edgy braid on the scene, and is a cool way to switch up your look for the holidays.

13. Accent Braids

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Add multiple braids to your style for a boho feel.

One of our favorite holiday hair ideas, just add some accent braids to your style for a low-key—and last-minute-friendly!—’do.

14. Headband

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Take your look to the next level with a headband.

If you aren’t into creating a whole new style but still want to switch it up, add a glitzy headband to your look. It’s one of the simplest yet most effective holiday hair ideas.

15. Soft Bend

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Sometimes a simple soft bend in your hair is all you need.

Run your curler through your hair in larger sections and only for about 5 seconds to achieve some sultry soft bends in your style.

16. Bubble Half-Updo

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Take your half updo to the next level.

This is very similar to the pull-through pony, but with more mini sections to create a textured, bubble-like style. This is definitely one of the more complicated holiday hair ideas, but why not give yourself a fun challenge?

17. Sleek High Ponytail

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The higher and sleeker, the better.

Keep it sleek and simple. If you’re short on time then just create a high and smooth ponytail. Give it a fancy-feel by hiding the hair tie with a strip of your hair. Bonus points for a fancy New Year’s Eve outfit to match!

18. Voluminous Curls

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Give your curls a volume boost.

Bring on the curls! Achieve some serious volume by adding some Emerge Style Goals Gel and hair picking your curls to perfection.

19. Statement Hair Clip

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Sometimes all your style needs is a statement hair clip.

Not into complicated styles? Have fun by adding a statement hair clip instead!

20. Accent Braid

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Add an accent braid to any style for a fun twist.

For those who love to braid, try adding an accent French or Dutch braid to whatever look you choose.

Get inspired for the holidays! Have fun trying out all of these holiday hair ideas. It’s a perfect time to de-stress and have some fun getting creative with a new style.

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