Thanksgiving Holiday Hairstyle Guide

Alyssa François | 11 November 2017

How to gobble your way through Thanksgiving with a cute hairstyle to match.

There are some of us that use the Thanksgiving holiday as reason to wear fuss-free hairstyles and super roomy clothing (more room for food!). That’s totally okay, but while a mussed-up updo serves as the most perfect transitional Thanksgiving holiday hairstyle (meaning: from the dining table to the couch because, food coma), a hairstyle that has just a little bit more thought is ideal for Thanksgiving outings like meeting the parents, formal holiday dinner, or even a chic friendsgiving event. This holiday season we’ve got you covered with a guide to hairstyles that’ll work for just about any Thanksgiving holiday event on your agenda this year.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hairstyle Ideas

Thanksgiving Holiday Hairstyle ponytail updo
Thanksgiving Holiday Hairstyle: Simple ponytail with a modern twist. Photo credit:

1. Thanksgiving Dinner with Family

There’s nothing like being home for the holidays, and we’re sure our parents are happy to have us around to help with the last-minute touches in the kitchen. For this occasion, the ideal hairstyle is one that is practical. Try one of our festive low bun hair ideas for a stylish way to keep your hair out of your face while whipping it up the turkey in the kitchen, or try this modern twist on the traditional low ponytail, as seen above. Accessorize your ponytail with metallic hair ties for a stylish touch and be sure to spray TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray throughout your hair to lock your style in place.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hairstyle wavy hair
Thanksgiving Holiday Hairstyle: Gorgeous waves that’ll take you from dinner to after party. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

2. Friendsgiving Hairstyle Ideas

A chic dinner followed by burning some calories with a bit of laughter during karaoke sounds like a lot of fun to us. Consider a hairstyle that allows you to let loose and enjoy the holiday from dinner to after-party. Opt for a wavy hairstyle that we think is the perfect transitional style. It works well for dinner and for when you’re in the spotlight singing Christmas carols at karaoke over dessert and drinks.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hairstyle winter hairstyles
Thanksgiving Holiday Hairstyle: Try a fun yet pratical hairstyle to suit outdoor events.

3. Thanksgiving Day Parade

How you plan to style your hair for a Thanksgiving Day Parade all balls down to the weather conditions. Is it hot or cold? Rainy or snowy? Make sure that you have several practical hairstyle options on-hand. Consider, wearing a straight hairstyle that works well with a hat, should you need one. If it’s all clear skies just let your hair hang, do it’s own thing, and embrace your texture as you cheer on the majorettes.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hairstyle top knot
Thanksgiving Holiday Hairstyle: A top knot hairstyle always saves the day. Photo credit:

4. Meeting the Parents

If you’re meeting your special someone’s parents this Thanksgiving, remember first impressions are everything. Rule of thumb: Stay true to who you are with a few upgrades. In general, you don’t want to pick out an outfit or a hairstyle that you don’t feel comfortable in. Remember to please yourself first. Opt for a hairstyle that isn’t overly stuffy, like a modern top knot hairstyle. Steer clear from the messy version of the look and go for sleek and polished. Try our ballerina bun tutorial and use a finishing spray to pile on the shine.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hairstyle wet hair trend
Thanksgiving Holiday Hairstyle: Try an understated version of the wet hair look for date night.Photo credit:

5. Date Night

Dinner for two is even more romantic during the holiday season. If fine dining with your loved one on Thanksgiving is on your agenda, try a sleek hairstyle that screams fancy but not overly done. Recreate the wet hair trend with a look that isn’t too elaborate for a simple dinner with your beau. Apply TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Firm Control Gel onto your hair to smooth it back. Go easy with the application to keep it on the slightly wet end of the spectrum. Save the super wet look for your New Years Eve parties.



Thanksgiving Holiday Hairstyle half-up ponytail
Thanksgiving Holiday Hairstyle: Bring on the game with a loose half-up ponytail

6. Football Game

While it may be holiday season, it’s also game season. If your Thanksgiving includes stuffing your face with hot dogs and fries, sipping a cold brew while rooting for the best team to win, opt for a hairstyle that’s comfy while not sacrificing style. A half-up hairstyle is a stylish and relaxed option that’ll will effortlessly keep your hair out of your face. To create, try our half-up hairstyle tutorial and apply some mousse, like TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Touchable Bounce Mousse, that’ll help you to add some serious volume to your hair.


Loved these Thanksgiving holiday hairstyle ideas? Get a head start on Christmas with these festive braided hairstyles.