'Tis the season for all things glam, from festive makeup to over-the-top party dresses. For my fellow WOC, it's time to go the extra mile with styling your natural curls by trying gorgeous holiday hairstyles for natural hair that are guaranteed to command a room.
When you're stuck in a style rut or getting ready in a pinch, it may be tempting to go for the usual twistouts, bantu knots, and simple wash and go hairstyles you're accustomed to rocking on the daily. As fool-proof as these looks are, there's no better time to test out funky holiday ideas for curly hair. Going all out with accessories galore, a massive updo, or fully pressed out strands will definitely turn some heads. But sometimes you just can't be bothered with the dozens of products, tedious details, and time that goes into transforming your tresses into a stunning 'do.
Luckily, there are plenty of quick and easy holiday hairstyles to get naturalistas camera ready in a flash. A little twisting, braiding, and slicking of the strands may be in order, but you can nail your party hair in minutes if you pay close attention to any of these vloggers' tutorials.
1. Side Swept Curly Fro
If you're in need of a last minute 'do that puts your luscious curls on full display, try pushing your locks to one side of your head for a dramatic look. With just a quick rolling back and tucking of one side of your curls, you can achieve this chic hairstyle in under five minutes. Just check out Happy Curl Happy Girl's first tutorial on how to do the low maintenance style in her full easy holiday hair video.
2. Twisted Curly Faux Hawk
Letting your curls flourish in a trendy faux hawk will definitely set you apart from the crowd. By adding a few flat twists going from the bottom to the top of your head, you can up the ante on what would be an average faux hawk. Just keep in mind that you may have to wash your hair prior, and let it dry in overnight bantu knots to get the most out of your curls in the morning. If you're not an avid twister, this quick style may take you a little more time, but the end result is definitely worth it.
3. Low Twisted Bun
Though Alicia James' hair Tutorial shows viewers how to tackle a low twisted bun with blown out locks, you can keep your strands in their natural, coiled state if you wish. Using a combination of flat and two-strand twists worked back from the crown, simply gather your hair in a low side bun for an elegant holiday masterpiece. Just fast forward to the third and final how-to in her video if you don't believe how quickly you can nail this look.
4. Braided Crown
This Grecian inspired hair transformation may have been intended for a bride-to-be, but that doesn't mean it isn't suitable for holiday partygoers. The Love Your Tresses tutorial actually uses Kanekalon braiding hair to achieve the look in a few short minutes. All it takes is a single part down the middle of your head and a pack of Kanekalon hair formed into a braid to attach to your own hair using a twist tie. Style #3, beginning at the 4:12 mark in the video, gives simple step-by-step instructions.
5. Faux Bun
Just like a braided crown, you can fake a voluminous bun with ease. Simply pull clean, moisturized hair into a low mini bun or knot. Next, attach a braided pack of Kanekalon weave to the knot using a hair tie. Wrap the braid around clockwise until it is formed into a low bun and secure it with bobby pins. Accenting your head with hair jewelry will add an extra touch of holiday glitz.
6. Puff With Curly Bangs
Naturally Sunny's how-to plays with texture in all the right ways using a combination of natural coils and wand curls. Begin by separating out the hair you'll want to use for your bang. Gather the remainder of your fro into a top knot or bun— the messier, the better! Finish the look by using a curling wand or iron to style the bang left out in the beginning. And Voilà!
7. Twisted Pin-Up
The term "glam" and fancy updos are pretty much synonymous. Carib Beauty's holiday tutorial gets the look down pat in just under five minutes. Piecing together a mix of flat and two strand twists, this brown beauty shows you how to create a masterful pinup without picking up a single styling tool. Don't forget to accessorize once you're finished! Reindeer antler headbands and the like can take your look to new heights!
8. Upside Down Flat Twisted Bun
Standard twisting styles are nothing new. But an upside twist is something you don't see everyday. If styling isn't really your forte, you may want to practice in the days leading up to your holiday party. Once you've mastered the technique, creating an upside down, twisted messy bun on your big day will be easy as pie. If you're not sure where to begin, check out Zen Indian's tutorial at the 3:19 mark. If you just so happen to be a braiding wiz, try an upside down braid in place of a flat twist to really show off your skills.
9. Braided Center Bow
Fool your friends and family into thinking you're a master stylist by trying a literal hair bow for your holiday look. You'd think the difficulty meter would ring off of the charts with this one, but Babilon Kay's hair bow tutorial makes it look effortless on blown out hair. She even adds a braided center for extra flair. Don't believe it can be be done in less than 10 minutes, watch how it's perfected below.
10. Retro Pompadour
Become a retro bombshell by testing out KayDee TV's pompadour this holiday season. It's a skillful combination of twists of varying sizes and braiding techniques. The master of the style herself says she completed the look in about five minutes. May the force be with you as you hope to achieve the same results.
11. Low Crescent Bun
Hair vlogger MsRosieVelt thinks of this style as a low, moon-shaped bun. All it takes is pinning back your hair with bobby pins and tucking your hanging strands up and over into a rounded shape across the back of your head. It sounds complex, but it's really easy peasy. Throwing in a few decorations like blingy hair accessories and faux Poinsettias will really spice up your 'do.
You may be dressed to the nines and your makeup may be on point, but it's going to take a hair makeover to really get your holiday glam turned to the maximum. With these quick and easy hair tutorials, there's no way all eyes won't be on you come party time.