Thanksgiving Glam: 7 Party-Ready Medium Hairstyles for Thick Hair

It's Thanksgiving. You want to look nice, but not get your hair in your food. We get that.

The Thanksgiving long weekend is upon us, and it’s time to start figuring out what you’re going to wear, how you’ll style your hair, how to save enough room for pie… or how to still look stylish way after you’ve gobbled down that turkey! Whether you’re visiting family, having Friendsgiving drinks with your besties or are hitting the town, we love how medium hairstyles for thick hair can be worn so many different ways during the holidays. Casual updos, braids, low buns—really, what’s not to love?

We think you should plan your hair and outfit with the meal in mind. Are you going out to eat? Having a Friendsgiving party? Or hanging out with family at home? Once you decide how dressy (or couch-casual!) the occasion is, the easier it is to figure out how to style around it.

Read on to see a list of our favorite medium hairstyles for thick hair sure to get you appropriately glam for your Thanksgiving weekend:

1. Updo with a Headband

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Rock a ponytail/headband combo for a casual yet chic look this Thanksgiving. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

For a formal occasion, try out this festival updo that basically involves a chic pineapple-style high pony with a fun headband. Simply place your curly hair into a ponytail, secure it with an elastic and place a headband a few inches behind your hairline.  Gorgeous, right? For more details on this look, check out our festive updo tutorial.

2. Slight Wave

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Add a subtle wave to your hair this holiday season. Photo credit:

To get smooth hair with lots of body and volume, prep your hair with some hot rollers. The larger the roller, the less curl you will get. To get mostly straight but still bouncy hair, use the biggest rollers you can find!

Always remember to use a heat protectant before heat styling your hair, though, to avoid that crunchy look and feel: We like spritzing TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray to help protect our hair before we apply any heat to our strands.

3. Pinned-Back Bangs

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Pinback those bangs for an easy look that’ll get your hair out of your eyes.

For a two-minute style that will keep long bangs out of your face, just pin them back. When dealing with longer bangs (or a front section of hair), pin them back between your ear and hairline. This ensures you’ll get a lot of volume as well as a sweet 1950s vibe. For more volume, you can lightly tease the hair beforehand.

4. Fishtail Braid

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A side fishtail braid is both super charming and easy to recreate.

We love fishtail braids because they are so much more intricate-looking than standard braids, but are just as easy. You can follow this tutorial to learn how to fishtail braid curly hair. We also have a tutorial for fishtail braiding straight hair, if you’re so inclined.

5. Statement Bobby Pin on Medium Hairstyles for Thick Hair

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A subtle bobby pin is a gorgeous addition to your this Thanksgiving. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Bobby pin hairstyles are a lot of fun and so easy to create! They might look a bit too fussy for a formal family dinner though, so we suggest toning it down with a few select pins instead of a whole set. We like this look because it uses two subtly placed large bobby pins instead of several smaller ones.

6. Glamorous Big Curls

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Part hair in the middle for a bit of a tousled look.

Get your glam on with these voluminous curls. Using a one-inch curling iron is the perfect size to get defined curls that still look nice and big. After curling your hair, let the curls cool down before tousling with your fingers. You can always lightly backcomb areas to get more volume too. Set your style with TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray.

7. Vintage Waves on Medium Hairstyles

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Go retro this Thanksgiving with vintage waves.

Add some extra texture to your hair by creating vintage waves this holiday season. We love how these kinds of medium hairstyles for thick hair work on straight or curly locks and can be created simply with a large-barrel curling iron. Before you start, use Bed Head by TIGI Queen Beach Salt-Infused Texture Spray to add some texture once dried.

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