Holiday Hairstyles for Long Hair: Glam Waves Tutorial

(Jingle Bell) Rock the night away with some romantic waves.

If you’re a gal that loves to really get dolled up for the season and are looking for holiday hairstyles for long hair to match, look no further than this glamorous and wavy hairstyle. Right up the alley of both glam gals and casual partiers alike, this is the perfect long hairstyle for an evening of holiday cheer, a Christmas/Hanukkah dinner with your significant other or just painting the town mistletoe-red with an intimate, socially-distanced group. The holidays might be looking a bit different this year, but one thing remains the same: It’s never a bad idea to get in some festive looks and toast to surviving a crazy year indeed! What’s more? Creating this glamorous hairstyle shouldn’t take you any longer than 20 minutes, and with the right products, is a style that will last you throughout the entire night.

Ready to try one of the best holiday hairstyles for long hair? Check out this glam waves tutorial, as well as a party-ready collection of holiday hairstyles for long hair to get inspired:

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Nothing feels quite as romantic as a wavy look for an evening out.

Step 1: Apply heat protectant.

Detangle clean hair with a paddle brush, then prep with a heat guard, like TIGI Copyright Custom Create Heat Protection Spray, to protect your hair while creating your waves.

Step 2: Section hair.

Part hair at the center of your crown (from ear to ear) to divide into two sections, then clip your top section away.

Step 3: Curl.

Prep hair with a mousse, such as Suave Extra Hold Shaping Mousse, to create a good base for your waves. Next, starting at the back, from mid-length to ends, curl a two-inch vertical section of hair using a hair wand. As you wrap the hair around the wand, twist the hair, hold for a few seconds and then release. When you get to the front, part hair down the center or create a deep side part for a sexier look and continue the same hair curling process you did at the back.

Step 4: Finger-comb.

To make this look flawless and natural, use your fingers to separate the curl. Gently glide your fingers through the spirals to soften up the look and pull your curls apart for a fuller effect.

holiday hairstyles for long hair blonde waves
A pearl accessory provides a festive final touch.

Step 5: Apply holding spray.

To finish your look, set your hair in place with a shine spray, such as Bed Head by TIGI Masterpiece Shine Hairspray, to create a polished effect. Accessorize with a pearl or jeweled barrette as a gleaming, on-trend final touch, and get ready to deck the halls!

1. Waterfall Braid

holiday hairstyles for long hair waterfall braid
Try this unique braid for the holidays.

This waterfall braid looks complicated but is actually super easy to create! Follow this easy waterfall braid tutorial and nail this look just in time for the holidays.

2. Voluminous Ponytail

holiday hairstyles for long hair voluminous ponytail
Add some volume to a classic low ponytail.

Grab your teasing comb and create this voluminous ponytail in minutes. A look like this has major impact which is ideal for any virtual festivities you have planned for this year.

3. Sparkly Clip

holiday hairstyles for long hair sparkly clip
Add some sparkle to your ‘do.

When in doubt add some sparkle! Grab a sparkly clip and pull your hair back to show off your holiday-appropriate makeup.

4. Mini French Braid

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Think your favorite sporty style — but mini! Photo credit: Craig Alexander

Let your strands air dry and add a mini French braid for some easy texture!

5. Hidden Braid

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This hidden braid will add some depth to your style.

Alternatively, you can opt for a hidden braid that peeks out from a simple blowout.

6. Side Braid

holiday hairstyles for long hair side braid
Try this twist on a classic braid.

Looking for more virtual party hairstyles for the holidays? Pull your braid over your shoulder to make sure it makes a statement.

7. Pop-Up Braid

holiday hairstyles for long hair pop up braid
Try this 3D braid.

A 3D braid is just another way to reference a classic dutch braid. Follow this easy tutorial to learn how to create this style!

8. Marley Braids

holiday hairstyles for long hair Marley braids
Switch up your protective style for the holidays.

Switch up your protective style just in time for the holidays.

9. Low Bun

holiday hairstyles for long hair low bun
Pull your hair back into a low knot.

Looking for a style that’s both chic and ideal for a marathon of holiday preparations? This low bun is both elegant and practical!

10. Flirty Ponytail

holiday hairstyles for long hair high ponytail
It’s flirty and easy at the same time!

The high ponytail is flirty and easy at the same time. Wrap a small section of hair around the base of your pony for a holiday-appropriate twist.

11. Half-Up

holiday hairstyles for long hair half up
Simple yet chic.

You can’t go wrong with a simple half-up style.

12. Twisted Back

holiday hairstyles for long hair half up
Twist your strands back into this easy style.

Twist two sections of hair back into a half-up style for a slightly fancier alternative to the previous style.

13. Tucked Back

holiday hairstyles for long hair half back
Tuck and go!

If you are low on time but want a style that still looks fancy, try tucking your hair behind your ear and using a bobby pin to secure those strands in place.

14. French Braid

holiday hairstyles for long hair French braid
It’s a classic for a reason.

This classic style is appropriate for every occasion!

15. Flower Crown

holiday hairstyles for long hair flower crown
This updated flower crown is perfect for a holiday party, virtual or otherwise.

Consider a bohemian vibe and add some flowers to your style.

16. Crimped Updo

holiday hairstyles for long hair crimped updo
Challenge yourself with a whole new texture.

Start off with a crimped texture to give this look some edge. Then cross and pin sections of hair until you reach the nape of your neck to create this unique style.

17. Brushed Waves

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Comb your curls for an updated retro look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Brush through your classic curls to transform them into a retro style.

18. Classic Blowout

holiday hairstyles for long hair classic blowout
When in doubt, grab your blow dryer!

Grab your blow dryer and opt for a classic blowout for all of your holiday festivities.

19. Twisted Updo

holiday hairstyles for long hair faux hawk
Gather your hair into this chic style.

Opt for both volume and elegance with this chic twisted updo.

20. Pull-Through Ponytail

holiday hairstyles for long hair braided ponytail
Try this voluminous look!

Ready to try your hand at something new? Learn how to create a pull-through braid and create this super voluminous style.

Cheers to surviving 2020, and may you get all you wish for—and all the fab hair days—in the coming year!

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