Gorgeous Holiday Hair Ideas to Steal From the Red Carpet
Fabulous is the only adjective we will accept when it comes to our holiday hairstyles. Seriously, Hollywood-level glamour is a prerequisite as we bounce from party to party this season. We're constantly pinning looks from the red carpet to our inspiration board. Blake Lively's classic waves will impress for Thanksgiving with the parents, while Rihanna's upgraded chignon is the look we're going to wear at the New Year's Eve ball. Now, we just have to figure out the lipstick situation . . . red or vampy?
If your dress has an interesting detail in the back, show off every minute element with a high ponytail. To copy Gabrielle Union's version, slick hair up right at the crown and add a pony piece with blunt ends.
Yes, you can style your short pixie cut for the holiday party. Even with two inches of hair, Kate Mara manages to rock multiple looks. Take her example and use a pomade to tease your bangs upward for that boyish undercut style.
Put the ponytail holder down! Before you sweep your strands up into a classic pony, consider ways to make the lazy-girl style more glamorous. Cara Delevingne's version added a bit of retro romance with a bang that mimics finger waves.
Faux bobs are always a staple on the red carpet, but you can wear the look IRL, too. The key is to keep it sleek à la Allison Williams. Use a styling serum to tame flyaways and clip the curls just under the chin. Everyone will think you splurged on a new haircut for 2016.
Messy meets modern is the ideal recipe for a party chignon. Create texture in your hair by using dry shampoo just before you add bobby pins. Then, pull out a few tendrils that frame your face. The final touch? A pair of embellished earrings and a bright red lipstick (because who doesn't want to mimic Taylor Swift?).
Chrissy Teigen has mastered the art of the sexy, high ponytail. You can get a similar texture by spritzing your strands with a dry texturizing spray before breaking out the hot tools. Tease roots to get the loose look supermodels swear by.
Warning: this gorgeous tiered style is for the advanced beauty junkie. If you do attempt to re-create Jessica Chastain's braid, use a high-shine serum to keep all the flyaways at bay. This look is best reserved for women who don't have any layers.
We can't count how many times we've searched "half-up hairstyles" on Pinterest, hoping to get this exact look from Keira Knightley. For your festive fete, use a medium-sized wand to curl strands in different directions. This will create a tousled, touchable look your guests will envy (#hairgoals).
Dress up your natural hair for the holidays. To get this loose texture, gently blow-dry your hair. You want to stretch your strands without getting them too straight. Wrap the sections around a large-barrel curling iron to get the relaxed waves seen on Solange Knowles.
We often turn to vintage beauty styles for inspiration during the holidays. Sideswept Hollywood waves is our number-one pick for family dinners, especially if we're meeting the parents for the first time. Steal Blake Lively's look by wrapping hair around a one-inch curling iron and brushing the curls into perfect S-shaped waves.
We often ask the gods to be reincarnated with Kate Beckinsale's perfect curls (we've totally given up on hair like hers for this lifetime). To get a similar style, set your hair in pin curls overnight. Hot rollers are also an option if you've only got 30 minutes to spare before cocktail hour begins.
Everything at the holidays is better with a bow — dresses, presents, and your hair. Even if you haven't worn a ribbon since fourth-grade picture day, there is a way to make it look modern and grown up. Try wrapping a velvet strip around a sleek ponytail just like Gwyneth Paltrow.
What separates a work chignon from an after-five updo? Height. Tease and back-comb strands from hairline to crown to get the sky-grazing style spotted on Carey Mulligan.
We couldn't wait until our wedding days to try out a veil (and neither could Lily Collins apparently). Add netting to any formal hairstyle to dial up the drama. Bright lipstick and sleek fringe is totally optional.
When a fishtail doesn't seem formal enough, turn to this twisted plait from Sienna Miller. It's just two french braids running back toward the nape that end in a chic chignon. We recommend this cool-but-casual style for your Friendsgiving brunch.
Georgia May Jagger
Feel like your basic waves are too boring for a party? Add a few flowers to upgrade your style. Georgia May Jagger pinned in vibrant blue buds for this particular red carpet appearance.
It's every beauty girl's biggest dilemma: braids or a ponytail? Maria Menounos wore both at the same time, and we highly recommend the look for your office celebration. Start by cornrowing hair from temple to temple. Then gather the ends and the remainder of hair into a low ponytail. An ear cuff is an extra (but optional) edgy element.
Supersize your beauty look with an oversize topknot this holiday season. You can add layers of extensions and even clip-in bangs to re-create Rihanna's look. But keep in mind you might just knock over the mistletoe hanging in the doorway if you go too tall.
Want hair like Jessica Alba before your holiday party? Schedule a blowout at the nearest styling station (just kidding). You can get this voluminous look at home, too, by drying your strands with a round brush. As the final step, roughen up the look with a shot of dry shampoo at the roots.
Taraji P. Henson
The half-bun hairstyle was first popularized in gym locker rooms, but you can also make the look more polished. Taraji P. Henson paired her version with small cornrows to give it a more fashion-forward finish.
Middle part? Check. Sleek strands? Got it. A heavy dose of highlighter? Of course. You should take notes from Kendall Jenner's red carpet appearance for your next after-work event. The secret to getting straight hair that doesn't look limp is the product. Use a pea-sized amount of shine serum once hair is completely done as a gloss.
Jennifer Lopez's tight topknot won't get ruined by the scarves, earmuffs, or hats you had to pile on to survive the cold commute. Use gel and an old toothbrush to manage every tiny strand around the hairline.
To get Kate Middleton's classic chignon, wind your hair around the nape and pin randomly. The duchess has a team of people to perfect this look. You'll have to make do with two mirrors and a trusty friend.
Rooney's avant-garde updo is actually super easy — just gather your hair into a ponytail, then twist until it folds in on itself. Secure your twist to the crown of your head with pretty gold thread for a festive touch.
Even if you've committed to a chic bob, you can still rock an updo this season. Cate created an edgy french twist using half of her mane, tucking it underneath the remaining strands. The resulting look is a much classier take on a mohawk — pretty in the front, party in the back.