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 for the holidays.

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.


photo: Michelle Cleveland

High Ponytail

Achieving the look you want in winter isn’t always easy when you’re dealing with dry hair. Celebrity stylist Michelle Cleveland shared some tips and styles with us to protect hair from breakage and static. Cleveland says, "Try switching your daily conditioner to a repair treatment. I’m OBSESSED with Wella Fusionplex Intensive Repair Mask and the results I see on both myself and my clients. Even the most damaged hair is left feeling renewed, smooth, elastic, and resilient against breakage.” Sweep those rejuvenated locks into a high ponytail, that adds a flair of drama without much work.

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, 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.

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 your 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.

French Braid

Keep your natural hair protected and achieve the sleek style of French Braid without a lot of fuss with this easy hack from Keleigh from KayDee TV. Check out the 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

Featured photo: Lexie Barnhorn via Unsplash




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