Holiday hairstyles require something a little extra special, making braids absolutely perfect. Not only are these braid styles bang on trend for the season, but they are also perfect for adding festive hair accessories to, giving you the opportunity to really put your own spin on each look.
The Reverse Braided Bun
The reverse braided bun looks as though it is quite a complicated style, making it perfect for special occasions, but it is actually quite an easy one to master.
However, to pull this look off, you will first need to teach yourself how to do a Dutch braid…
Great, now begin by flipping your head over, as you will need to work with the underside of your hair.
Then, follow these steps:
Take a small section of hair from the nape of your neck, and divide this into three sections
Begin with a regular braid, crossing the side strands underneath the middle, but then, once you go under the second time, add in an extra section of hair
Continue braiding your hair in the Dutch braid style, until you reach the tops of your ears
Tie off the braid with an elastic band
Sit back upright, and pull the rest of your hair up into a high ponytail, securing with an elastic band
As you are securing the elastic band, twist your hair around, so that it turns into a bun
Pin down any stray strands with some bobby pins, and then give your hair a spritz of hairspray
Want the braid to stand out a bit more?
Just gently tug at it from the sides, as this will make it larger and give it some extra volume and texture.
The Crown Braid
The crown braid is regal and elegant, making it perfect for a festive party. It does take some time to create, so do not rush this style, especially when doing it for the first few times.
Begin with hair that has not been washed for a few days.
Have you already washed your hair and want to create this look?
Run some dry shampoo through your hair, as this will give it the texture necessary for the style to hold together.
To begin with, part your hair down the center.
Prefer a side part?
That can work too, but make sure that you still part the back of your hair down the middle, as this will keep the braid even on both sides.
Give your hair a spray with some texture spray, just towards the ends.
Then, section your hair into two, on either side of your head.
Begin with the left side, and braid this into a classic three-strand braid, securing the end with an elastic band. Make sure that the elastic bands you use are clear. Repeat with the other side.
Take the braid on the left side of your head and twist it up over the top of your head, as far as it will reach. Use bobby pins to pin down the top section of the braid.
Do the same with the right braid, but cross this over the left one at the top, in a way that hides the ends of both braids.
Left with a lot of stray hairs?
Simply pin these down wherever necessary.
If you would like this look to be softer and slightly messier…
All you need to do is pull the braids apart a bit, once they are up on your head, to give them some extra volume. You could also pull a few pieces out from the side, so that they frame your face and give your crown a more romantic touch.
A Sleek and Elegant Braided Bun
This elegant braided bun does not take long at all to create, but will keep you looking polished and chic through the day.
Here are the steps that you need to follow:
Begin by tying your hair into a high ponytail, at the height where you want your bun to sit
Separate your ponytail into two sections, but horizontally rather than vertically
Take the top section and twist this into a bun, securing it with an elastic band, as well as some bobby pins if you need them
The next step is to braid the bottom section, but this is where you can get a little creative. While a standard three-strand braid is all you really need for this look, there is no reason why you cannot put together any other type of braid instead, as long as you will still be able to twist it up and around your bun
Once you have created your braid, secure it with an elastic band and then bring it up, wrapping it around your bun
Secure the braid with bobby pins, and then spray your hair with some hairspray to ensure that the style holds
You can always give this look, or any look, some extra sparkle by adding in a few festive accessories, or simply using colorful bobby pins.
A Voluminous Braided Bun
This braided bun is extremely similar to the style above, but, as you can see, this one has more volume and texture.
If you like the idea of a braided bun, it would be worth trying both styles out, as there will likely be one in particular that works especially well with your hair type and texture.
Ready to get started with this bun?
Here is what you need to do:
As above, tie your hair into a high ponytail, and divide this into two sections
Take the top section and braid it, either into a three-strand braid, a French braid or a Dutch braid
Secure the end with an elastic band, and pull at the sides slightly to give your braid more volume
Hold the braid to the side, and then wrap the bottom section of your hair into a bun
Wrap the braid around this, securing with bobby pins
The Waterfall Braid
The waterfall braid is one that you have likely seen on Instagram, as well in magazines, countless times.
Not yet been brave enough to try this style out for yourself?
The holidays are the perfect excuse to give this soft and feminine style a go.
Begin by applying some texturizing spray to your hair, as this will help the braid to grip together easier.
Now to start the waterfall braid…
Take a one to two inch section of hair from next to your parting, and divide this into three sections.
Begin weaving your braid across the back of your head.
After a couple of rounds, after you pick up a new top section, you need to drop it after crossing it over the middle section. Then, cross the bottom section over the section that you have just dropped, and begin the braiding process again.
Keep doing this until you have reached the back of your head, and then secure the braid with an elastic band.
Repeat these steps with the other side of your hair.
Once you are done, join the two braids together at the back of your head with an elastic band, before removing the two elastic bands that were previously securing the braids.
Finish this look with some hairspray.
A Voluminous Side Braid
If your hair is quite long and thick, a voluminous side braid will not only keep your hair out of the way, but it will highlight its natural texture and shape.
Nevertheless, you are still best applying a texturizing spray before you begin.
Then, follow these steps:
Clip up the front section of your hair, until about the crown of your head
Starting from just behind the clip, use a comb to tease your hair all the way back to your crown, giving your hair even more volume
Take a section of hair, from both sides of your head, that is about one and a half inches thick. Make sure that these sections are directly in line with your temples, and then begin a French braid
As you continue braiding your hair, gently pull the braid towards one side. By the time you are ending your braid, it should be falling over one shoulder
Secure the end of your braid with an elastic band, but then wrap a small section from the end of your braid around the band, so that it cannot be seen
To give your braid some extra volume, gently pull at it from the sides with your fingers
Remove the clip from the top of your head, and use a comb to gently tease this section
Softly comb it so that it blends in with the rest of your hair in the way that it falls over the front of your face
Another spray with the texturizing spray will help this style to hold for hours
The Braid-Wrapped Ponytail
A ponytail will always be a classic style, but the holidays are the perfect time to dress up your standard ponytail a bit, perhaps by wrapping a braid around it.
This style begins with pulling your hair up into a high ponytail, and tying it with an elastic band.
Then, take a section from the side of your ponytail and wrap this around the elastic band, so that the band is hidden.
With the ends of this section, begin creating a French braid. However, rather than working your way downwards, move diagonally down and around your ponytail, taking new sections of hair as you go along.
Secure the ends with an elastic band, and a spritz of hairspray for some extra hold.
A Braided Updo
This is another one of those braided styles that looks as though it took hours and hours to create, but is actually relatively simple.
As with all braided hairstyles, this one will hold better if your hair has not been washed for a couple of days.
Divide your hair into two, but horizontally rather than vertically, so that you have a top and bottom section. Then, divide each of those two sections into at least four sections each, securing each one with an elastic band.
Next, braid each section of hair, securing the ends of each braid with another elastic brand. The type of braid that you create is completely up to you, with different braid types having an effect on the texture and volume of the end result.
Now, twist each braid up into a bun, securing with bobby pins. As you continue on with each braid, you will find that the buns begin to overlap across each other, and this is absolutely fine, as this will give you the intricacy that you want for the final outcome.
Give your hair a spray with some hairspray once you are done, to hold everything in place.
Double Braided Buns
To many, this may seem like quite a quirky look, but this makes it perfect for a day of fun festivities. It is also one that holds quite well, which is ideal if you know that you are going to be on the go quite a bit.
Give your hair a spray with some texturizing spray, to give it a better hold.
Begin with a center parting, dividing your hair in two down the middle all the way. Tie these two sections of hair off with an elastic band, but make sure that you leave out two small sections of hair at the front
Braid both sections of hair, doing a standard three-strand braid, and then securing each end with an elastic band.
Twist each braid up into a bun, making sure that you pay extra attention to the exact placement of each bun, as you want them to be symmetrical. Once you are satisfied, secure each bun with an elastic band.
Take the two front sections of your hair that you left out earlier and twist these back towards your ears, before securing with a bobby pin on either side.
Finish the look with some hairspray.