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20 Simple Holiday Party Hairstyles

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With Halloween securely in the rearview mirror, the holiday season -- and all that comes with it -- is absolutely here. Soon, every public landscape is sure to be draped in twinkly lights, shimmery evergreen trees, red cups from Starbucks, and metallic wrapping paper. Not to mention all the trappings of Thanksgiving, from pumpkin pies to Black Friday sale guides. 

One of the most beloved aspects of the season is, of course, getting together with loved ones, co-workers, and old friends to celebrate over delicious comfort food and merry-making cocktails. But for many of these occasions, dressing up isn't exactly optional.  

At the same time, it's natural to feel utterly rundown this time of year. After all, with daylight savings time over, the days feel much shorter -- and darker! -- and the list of regular life, not to mention seasonal chores and to-dos, can seem never-ending! Figuring out what to wear to a holiday get-together is an undertaking in and of itself. Forget about somehow figuring out a hairstyle that says "pulled-together, polished, and glamorous" yet takes pretty much no time to do. 

Thankfully, finding a holiday party-appropriate hairstyle that's as easy -- and quick! -- to do as it is stunning doesn't have to be a complete headache. From low ponytails to outrageously pretty braids that look far more complicated to achieve than they actually are, hair tutorials all over the Internet have harried, exhausted women covered during the festive season! 

Here are 20 simply beautiful holiday hairstyles that require minimal time -- and energy!


Retro Glamour

You'll channel a '40s starlet with this vintage style. 


Loose Waves

This loose waves look is equal parts simply stunning and laidback chic. 


Braided Updo

This festive look is fast and easy.


Tia Mowry's Heatless Blowout

In this "Quick Fix" tutorial, celeb mama Tia Mowry shows how to get fast and stunning curls for the holidays -- without heat or damage.


Mermaid Waves

An easy-to-master hand technique makes it possible to create gorgeous mermaid waves. (Bonus: This Twist Me Pretty tutorial comes complete with mermaid makeup, too.)


Knotted Updo for Short Hair

For short hair, this knotted updo is a pretty way to pull it together for a holiday party. 


Voluminous Ponytail 

Sometimes a ponytail really is all you have the energy for, but thankfully, this tutorial from Alex Gaboury takes it to the next level. 


Simple Updo 

With a hair tie and bobby pins, it's possible to create a gasp-worthy look in a matter of minutes. 


High, Textured Pony

When working with hair that's only gotten a dry shampooing lately -- and let's be real, many of us are -- it'll lend itself to this easy, stylish high pony from Rachel Vitullo


Sleek, Low Ponytail

This smooth, celebrity-inspired style from Claire Ashley is outrageously uncomplicated and beautiful. 


Glam Waves for Short Hair 

This curling technique is a quick way to get short hair looking uber-chic. 


'Knot for the Holidays' Updo

This beautifully pulled-together look from According to Chloe C works for a variety of hair textures. 


Beachy Waves

Take it from vlogger Dacey Cash: Having the right technique -- and tool -- makes for perfect beachy and party-ready waves.  


Faux Bob

Whether you're going to a Gatsby-themed holiday party or just looking to channel a Jazz Age look, this faux bob from Brittany Sarah is seriously fun. 

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