I love the holidays: The food, time with family, white elephant parties… But, most of all, I love getting to wear sequin everything. Oh, and how could I forget bold makeup and an updo. As a natural girl, I know how versatile our hair is, but, admittedly, I'm a bit intimated by trying something new. (I've only just perfected my version of a top knot, which a friend had to teach me how to do.)
With that in mind, I thought about iconic hair figures that rock new dos all the time, yet keep it simple. Ladies like Lupita Nyong'o, Yara Shahidi, Tika Sumpter, and Zazie Beetz are queens of red carpet hair made simple. Now, I know that many of their red carpet looks are brought to life by celebrity stylists like Lacy Redway and Vernon François, but that doesn't mean their styles are unattainable—it can simply mean adding embellishments, trying a new part, or picking up a pack of braiding hair to install with a Youtuber as your guide to learn how to set a new ponytail. Here, I've compiled a list of twenty-five hairstyles to get your creativity flowing. Most of these can be done at home with a little trial and error—but if doing your hair isn't your thing, you can have a hairstylist lend a hand this holiday season.
The Faux Hawk
Teyonah Parris is always hair goals, and this voluminous faux hawk is no exception. For this look, all you'll need are bobby pins (a lot of them), edge control, and a pick to ensure you get the height you're looking for with this look.
Eris Baker stunned on the red carpet in this Josephine Baker-inspired headpiece over her cornrows. If you don't want to go full-on glam, try adding a pearl-encrusted headband.
Try A 90s Pony
Going natural doesn't mean you can't give your tresses a silk press. Tika Sumpter's 90s pony is worth switching it up.
Add Colorful Accessories
Many people think short hair means less versatility, but anyone that's rocked a cropped cut knows that isn't the case. Adding clips and colorful bobby pins is a way to change your hair in seconds.
Rihanna's crop over Bantu knots will make for a stunning holiday 'do. Using a product like Cantu's Shine + Sculpt Paste (it's the only things I use when putting my hair up) will help mold your knots in place while leaving them soft enough to let loose into waves post-event.
Hip-Grazing Box Braids
Box braids are the move year-round, and Beyoncé's hip-length braids are so good, they don't need to be styled.
Pearl-Encrusted Faux Locs
Lupita's pearl-encrusted faux locs remind us that accessories go beyond jewelry. Pearl bobby pins are relatively easy to find and offer a low maintenance approach to holiday hair.
A High Ponytail
Kiki Layne's pony has been on my list of things to do because it is so simple, yet glam. With a pack of one-dollar braiding hair and a few extra minutes, you'll have the perfect ponytail.
If only one side of your hair is cooperating before your big office party, don't panic—I've been there. Since clips are back, I recommend having a few sets on deck that are so pretty, no one will know you were having a hair-mergency.
The Sleek Top Knot
Celebrity stylist Rebecca Gross' curls are always laid without a baby hair or a spiral out of place. Her sleek top knot is an option for any natural hair type with the right gel and hair tools. Just be sure not to make your knot too tight in the name of beauty. I've done that, and my hair was so snatched I couldn't think.
Up next: Gorgeous holiday makeup looks to compliment these 'dos.