Whether you have short hair that can't make it into an updo, are rocking extensions this winter, or are a real life rainbow unicorn, we have the curly party hairstyle that will help you turn heads when you walk into your next function. You can quickly tell with just one look that our editors had fun with these holiday hairstyles, and so will you.



leslie short hair updo

Leslie

What inspired your holiday hair?

90's R&B singers and girl bands. Plus my hair's short so I was trying to figure out a way to still do an updo with my short hair.

Tell us about your hair style

The hairstyle was second day hair, and we twisted the back up and secured it with some bobby pins. The ends of the hair were left loose, since I have short hair that's all it took to put my hair up. We used gold bobby pins along the hairline as accessories, and that stayed put! So if I wanted to leave it in for the next day I probably could have.

leslie short hair updo

What's one hair trend you've been loving?

I'm always fighting myself not to go pixie, and I've been seeing a lot of cute pixies lately. I've created a Pinterest board to keep me busy instead of cutting it.

april victory roll braids

April

What inspired your holiday hair?

My holiday hair was inspired by '40s pinup queens! It's kind of a box braid take on victory rolls, with a little twist and LOTS of pinning.



Tell us about your hair style

Mommy always asks me to get my hair out of my face, so I thought 'Let's see just how out it can get!'.

april victory roll braids



What's one hair or makeup trend you've been loving?

I'll always be a sucker for rainbow hair. It belies my usual 'too goth to function' aesthetic, but I do find myself drawn to the 'so obnoxious it's perfect' kinds of looks.

Who is your beauty icon, and what do you love about them?

I have too many icons to count, but Shrinkle of Sugarpill comes to mind most immediately for this look. I want to be EXTRA extra, and she always looks so day-glo perfect!

cristina curly updo

Cristina

What inspired your holiday hair?

Honestly all I could think of was space buns, but since I've already tried two buns I decided I should shake things up with… three buns. This look is just 3 buns going down the back of my head, forming a fauxhawk.

Describe your holiday beauty philosophy.

I think of it as a time to try out looks I don't have the time and patience to do in my day-to-day life. If I could stick little star freckles to my cheeks every morning before work I absolutely would, but given my time constraints, a swipe of mascara and lip balm usually has to suffice.

cristina curly updo

Tell us about your hair style

I wanted my curls to show, so instead of twisting the hair into traditional buns, we just gathered the hair into three ponytails, one on the top of my head, one at the back, and one near the base of my neck. Then the hair was pinned loosely with a bunch of bobby pins.

Who is your beauty icon, and what do you love about them?

@iconaccidental on Instagram. She is unapologetically fierce and doesn't play it safe. I aspire to own my look as well as she does, even if that means something different from one week to the next.

gerilyn rainbow unicorn braids

Gerilyn

What inspired your holiday hair?

The longing for Springtime is the inspiration behind my hairstyle. Bright, punchy colors and fresh floral sprigs give me a sense of happiness, especially in the wintertime when things seem bleak and gloomy. This look livens me up and I love it!

Tell us about your hairstyle

As my obsession with box braids grows, so does my desire to experiment with super fun, bright colors. It is also fun to learn how to box braid; I installed these rainbow-unicorn box braids myself, with a little help from my mom who also has never braided hair. Although I was a bit apprehensive about the bold color, I knew that once I started installing the very first lime green braid, I was locked in. It is one of the wildest choices I have made, aside from shaving my head in 2003.

gerilyn rainbow unicorn braids

Who is your beauty icon, and what do you love about them?

Nina Simone. EVERYTHING. Do I need to go into detail? I mean, goodness... she's perfection. Her heart was the only accessory she ever needed. However, she did have that iconic cat eye, and I do love that.

What's one trend you've been loving?

Don't slap my hands, but you know what I'm going to say.... BRAIDS :)

alexandra long wavy extensions

Alexandra

What inspired your holiday hair?

Vanessa Simmons inspired my holiday hair. Since I have a sew-in with wavy extensions I wanted to amp up the volume and create a voluminous curly hairstyle.

Describe your holiday beauty philosophy.

The holiday season is usually the best time to be a lil extra. So I'm all for being extra glamorous, sparkly, bold and fabulous. Why not? I do like to switch up my look and get glam, that's always the fun part seeing yourself transform and embrace a new side of myself I don't always see.

alexandra long wavy extensions

Tell us about your hair style!

My hairstyle was a part down the middle with big soft curls. To keep the curls defined my hairstylist, Christina, curled my hair, used a light hairspray and then pin-curled them until the very last before the shoot.

What's one trend you've been loving?

I'm loving the undefined, fluffy, fringe curly hairstyles on women such as Tracee Ellis Ross.



What hairstyle are you partying in this holiday season?

Photos by @dahliadanda for NaturallyCurly