How to Create a Festive Updo for Natural Hair

A fun hairstyle that'll take you from your desk to cocktails.

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What do you do when you realize at the eleventh hour that it’s the night before—no, not Christmas—your office holiday party? Panic? Yes. Is this the best solution? No. Here’s why: ‘Tis the season for transitional outfits and last-minute office holiday party hairstyles you can create in no time, like a festive updo. First things first: Find an outfit than can easily work for a day at the office and for cocktails. Second, find a office-friendly hairstyle, or one you can create at your desk five minutes before clocking out… or find one that can do both, like the look we’re about to show you below.

During the holiday season, the Christmas tree isn’t the only thing worth trimming. This is also the time to play around with hair accessories like glitzy headbands to adorn your hair for the occasion. Whether it be an updo, a low bun or a curly hairstyle, you can use accessories to add a festive and glamorous touch to any hairdo you like. Here’s a cute and simple way to create a office party appropriate holiday hairstyle right at your desk:

How to Give Your Natural Hair a Festive Twist


Pick Your Accessory.

Pick out a chic holiday hair accessory. If you’re creating this style at home, or have some product stashed in your desk, use a styling oil to help you add some shine to your hair before creating your festive updo. Opt for product like Suave Professionals Moroccan Oil Infusion Styling Oil that works to condition hair as it adds luster.

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Create a High Ponytail.

Use a brush, like Nexxus Ibiza OC7 Oval Flat Hair Brushto smoothen out any flyways and to help distribute the oils throughout the base of your hair. If creating this look on curly or wavy hair, avoid brushing out the ends if you want to keep your curls or waves intact. Gather your hair into a high ponytail and secure with a hair elastic.

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Wear Headband.

Slide your headband over your head and position a few inches behind your hairline.

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Create Volume.

Use your hands to fluff your curls and add volume.

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Final Festive Look.

If you have some hairspray like Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Non-Aerosol Hairspray on hand, use it to give your festive updo a strong hold and body without the crunch.

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There you have it! Be sure to check out our holiday hair posts for more festive inspiration for the party season.

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