12 Gorgeous Holiday Braid Styles You Can Do Yourself (PHOTOS)

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From black-tie affairs to low-key dinners with friends, the holiday season is brimming with excuses to rock a beautiful hairstyle. Not to mention that you'll want your tresses in tip-top shape for all of those selfies, usies, and family photos that will inevitably be snapped! Thankfully, stunning braid styles are not only one of the hottest hair trends right now, but one you can easily DIY!

We rounded up experts' prettiest styles, complete with details on how to replicate them with your own mane!

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Check them out, then tell us: Would you ever try a super-trendy, Frozen-inspired look like #10?  

 

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  • Front French

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    This chic look is one you can pull together in under 10 minutes. Check out beauty blogger Love Maegan's video tutorial for details.

  • Half-Up Woven Braid

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    Half-up styles are the best of both worlds, especially when you do the "down" part in voluminous pretty wavy curls. Check out Luxy Hair's tutorial on how to get this feminine, sweet style.

  • Spiral Braid

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    Hannah Shaner, expert blogger with Loxa Beauty, explains how to pull off this gorgeous spiral braid with an easy step-by-step tutorial.

  • Rope Braids

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    These pretty, princessy rope braids, described by Love Maegan, are simple ways to dress up your hairstyle without getting too involved! Plus, they can be worn with the hair up or down!

  • Dutch, or 'Five-Strand,' Braid

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    It may look complicated, but Abby at Twist Me Pretty explains how to do this more intricate "woven" or Dutch braid in an easy-to-follow video tutorial. 

  • Upside-Down Braid

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    If your speed tends to be a more relaxed chignon, but you want to take it up a notch for a holiday get-together, try this upside-down braid! To do, Shaner advises:

    Pull the top half of your hair up and secure it out of the way with an elastic. Flip your head over. Take a small piece of hair from the nape of your neck. Separate the section into three small pieces, then start French or Dutch braiding up toward the top of your head. When you've incorporated all the hair from the bottom half of your head, tie the braid with a clear elastic.

    Flip your head back upright, then gather all of your hair (including the braid) into a high pony. Wrap the ponytail into a top knot, then secure with spin pins or bobby pins. Hairspray and ... voila!

  • Under-Bun Braid

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    This upside-down French braid looks even more glam nestled under a stunning '60s-ish bun! You can check out Luxy Hair's tutorial for the DIY scoop.

  • Snake Braid

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    This eye-catching "zig-zag," snake braid, created by Love Maegan, can be worn loose and laidback for a more casual event or tighter for a more formal fete.

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  • Waterfall Braid

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    Go asymmetrical and romantic with a cascading partial french braid, otherwise known as a "waterfall braid." Love Maegan's tutorial covers how to do it in just under 5 minutes!

  • Elsa Braid

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    You may not be the biggest Frozen fan in the family, but that doesn't mean you can't get Queen Elsa's covetable style. This Disney video tutorial goes over all the ins and outs of the royal look!

  • Anna Braid

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    If Anna's coronation hair is more your cup of tea, check out this other Frozen-inspired braid style by senior stylist and braid guru Keri McBride from Andre Richard Salon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    To do, she suggests:

    Take a 2-inch vertical section from part line to slightly behind the ear. Clip back other hair to keep clean sectioning. Take a horizontal sub section at the top of previous sectioned hair. Split the sub section into three even strands. Take strand 3 (back strand) and bring it under strand 2 (middle strand), now bring strand 1 (front strand) under strand 3. Once you see the braid start to form slowly add hair from front to back in each section, added hair should be about 1/2 an inch thick. Continue braiding to the ends, finish with a small clear rubber band. Pinch outer woven pieces and fluff them out to create a fuller more undone braid.

  • Fishtail Braid

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    A fishtail braid can be glam or low-key, so it's the perfect pick for any holiday party you're invited to this year. Amber Larson, stylist with Mitch Stone Essentials, founded by LA celebrity hairstylist Mitch Stone, suggests:

    Start by putting a small amount of a quality serum, something like our Lustre Drops, throughout the hair for shine. Then, split the hair into two sections, and take a small piece of hair from beneath one side and bring it over to the other side. Pinch hair with your thumb and index finger for control. Continue this process -- taking a small piece of hair from beneath each section and weaving towards to the other side -- until the desired look is achieved. A light spritz of hairspray, such as our Set in Stone, and you're ready for the holiday festivities!

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