Chasing after young kids doesn’t mean you have to forgo the fun of getting glammed up for the holiday season. Between the hustle and bustle of wrangling your little elves, you might not have a lot of time to get gussied up, but there are some quick and simple ways to dress up your tresses. Here are a few of our favorite easy updos that glam you up for the holidays.

Rope Braid Crown

Easier and quicker than a regular braid, this Rope Braid Crown updo from Missy Sue is going to give your coif a ton of attention! Delicate rope braids are made around the head to form a crown that really kicks up your holiday 'do effortlessly.

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Easy Twisted Updo

While this style looks like something out of a magazine, it's actually just a lot of twisting and a few bobby pins! Abby Smith from Twist Me Pretty uses several elastics to secure and twist locks across the head and then finishes off this look that's fit for a queen, effortlessly. 

Modern French Twist

The french twist is a classic for a reason: it's timeless and elegant and perfect for the holidays! This simple tutorial from Alex Gaboury takes what was once thought of as a difficult 'do to a simple style that any mama can pull off. Cheers!

Quick Messy Updo

You had us at messy!  This trendy look is actually just a ton of twisting and bobby pinning and can be pulled off in just five minutes. Lainey Marie Beauty gives a simple tutorial on her YouTube channel on this style that's perfect for holiday get-togethers, date night and any other fancy event.

Easy Triple Braided Updo

There's nothing more frustrating than not being able to whip up an updo on your own, and that's why we love this Easy Triple Braided style from The Effortless Chic. Three simple braids and then wrapped around each other to create this million-dollar look and works just as good at a holiday soiree as it does on the playground.

French Braid Updo

Double French braids come together in a gorgeous 'do in this style from Annies Forget Me Knots. If you can French Braid, this style can be yours this holiday, not to mention also make you look like a rockstar when you pull it off on your daughter's hair, too!

photo: Tony Odisho

Hair Bow

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with a festive bow? Professional stylist, Tony Odisho, shares a cute and easy way to dress up your hair for the holidays by turning it into a bow. You can get all the easy steps to creating this look and the tools used here.

Twisted Holiday Pin-Up

This twisted pin-up is a great holiday updo for natural hair that keeps it protected and looks amazing. Check out the full tutorial here.

Low Side Bun

As Maegan Tintari of love Maegan explains, a messy and casual bun can get a sleek new holiday twist simply with the addition of a glitter hairpin or barrette. This beautiful look takes minimal effort and will give just the right amount of mom glam. Check out the full tutorial here.

French Braid

Sure, you wear french braid's often but not like this! Rather than learn an entirely new style for the holidays, use this simple tutorial from SweetHearts Hair that involves a little extra oomph to take your braids from drab to fab this Christmas.

Faux Hawk

Keep your natural hair protected and festive with this twisted Faux Hawk from Keleigh from KayDeeTV. You can watch the full tutorial video to get this look here.

Retro Bouffant

Give your hair a retro lift with this easy updo from Hair and Makeup By Steph. Get all the easy steps here.

Twisted Half Up-Do

A half up-do is a great way to let your tresses down while still keeping them out of your face because who are we kidding––you're still a mom that’s going to be chasing a toddler at that holiday party. Add some waves, simple twist and a pretty hairpin to take that basic mom hairdo to party mode. Get easy to follow instructions for this look from blogger Tessa Rayanne here.

Tousled Chignon

Tame your curly tresses with a sleek, but simple chignon. As Girl With Curves' Tanesha Awasthi describes, simply gather your hair to the side like your making a side ponytail then pull it halfway through an elastic hair tie and twist the tie back over to form a messy bun. Check out the full tutorial here.

photo: Tony Odisho

Elegant Updo

For that grown-ups-only party when you finally score a sitter, you might want to a more elegant look, but with kids demanding your attention while you get ready, you need something that doesn’t take hours to achieve. Stylist Tony Odisho’s Elegant Updo gives your hair that gorgeous look with very little effort. Check out the tutorial here.

Top Bun

Swap out that basic mom bun for something a little more dramatic by sweeping your hair up on top of your head. Avoid those stray, static hairs when you pull your hair up by maintaining your hair’s natural oils to keep it nourished. Stylist Michelle Cleveland suggests, "Using a detangling brush such as “WETBRUSH” comb through your hair, evenly disbursing that scalp oil from roots to ends. The natural oils will help protect the hair from breakage. Next, reach for a dry shampoo and be sure to spray only at the root area, massaging it in with the pads of your fingertips to ensure complete absorption of oils only at the scalp.”

—Shahrzad Warkentin & Karly Wood

 

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