Holiday Hair Inspiration
Akris Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

The holidays are a joyful and stressful time. Joyful due to families getting together and gifts being given. Stressful since families get together and gifts are given. It's an interesting dichotomy that leads many of us to love/loathe the holidays. So we decided to take one thing off of your sure-to-be-stuffed plate. Your hairstyles for all of the season's big events. Thankfully, recent runways are chock-full of holiday hair inspiration that'll work for any upcoming celebration.

Our guidelines? These hairdos need to be both functional and fabulous. To the first point, there's almost nothing worse during Thanksgiving dinner than having your loose locks sweep your plate while you're eating. Same goes for your Christmas or Hanukkah feast. While you could simply tie your hair back into a ponytail and be done with it, that's not exactly elevated. Especially if your clan or your friends tend to get dressed up for dinner.

We set our collective sights on hairstyles that make great impressions and are also relatively easy to accomplish. Because it's not like you have a glam team working backstage. From Ferragamo's sophisticated twist to Jean Paul Gaultier's haute half updo to the dynamic Dutch braids at Akris, these styles are sure to turn heads. There's even a simple and sleek option for those rocking short strands this season.

Keep reading to discover the best holiday hair inspiration recent runways have to offer. (Feel free to incorporate a little hair bling into the equation.) Select one for each holiday gathering you're slated to take part in for the rest of the year. You don't have to replicate the makeup looks that coincide with the 'dos. If you don't get through all of them, you can always save them for a future festive occasion.

Holiday Hair Inspiration
Christian Dior Spring 2021. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Wear a seasonally-appropriate patterned scarf as a headband with a loose, low bun to keep your locks out of your face.

Holiday Hair Inspiration
Edward Crutchley Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Leave a few strands out of a low ponytail. Then wrap those free strands around the ponytail to keep it in place.

Holiday Hair Inspiration
Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2019 Haute Couture. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

There's something very 90s, very Spice Girls about this half updo. And we mean that in the best possible way. Cover up the elastic with a few spare strands.

Holiday Hair Inspiration
Ottolinger Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

A Sade-inspired ponytail braid is always in style.

Holiday Hair Inspiration
Givenchy Fall 2022. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Short hair girls rejoice. Simply twist one side of your mane and pin it behind your ear.

Holiday Hair Inspiration
Akris Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Go Dutch and make the braids meet in the back.

Holiday Hair Inspiration
Ferragamo Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Begin with a ponytail, then twist your mane into an updo. Pull the tail part through the middle and leave it hanging for a more carefree finish.

Holiday Hair Inspiration
Hermes Spring 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Gather your braids into a low bun. Allow a couple out of the bun for a touch of contrast.

Holiday Hair Inspiration
Zimmermann Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Middle part your mane and gather your locks into a low ponytail. Tie it with a long black ribbon and you're good to go.

Holiday Hair Inspiration
Christian Dior Spring 2022 Haute Couture. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Wrap your locks into a high bun, but keep some strands free for texture.

Holiday Hair Inspiration
Elie Saab Fall 2022. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Simply tuck your hair into a messy twist at the nape of your neck. It's OK if a handful of locks fly free.

Holiday Hair Inspiration
Farhad Re Spring 2020 Haute Couture. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Start a braid and then turn it into a traditional ponytail. Go ahead and use bobby pins if you need help keeping the braided section together.

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