Holiday Hairstyles: My Roundup of the Hottest Looks

My favorite holiday hairstyles, updos and much more

Unless you are someone who loves to play around with her hair and is very good at it, I'm a big advocate for making an appointment at your hair salon and getting a professional blow-out or updo for a holiday or New Year's party. Why? Trying to mimic a look you're after at home is a pain in the butt. Hiring someone who can see the back of your head is worth the $50 the typical visit costs.

These hairstyles should inspire you to pick the perfect look for your holiday party. In this gallery, I rundown this year's 15 hottest hairstyles for the holidays. From big, bouncy waves, to casual updos and ponytails, I've got the looks to inspire you to stand out this holiday season.

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Try an Updo: From Casual to Formal

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Updos for holiday parties are a great way to show off a gorgeous neckline or an amazing pair of earrings. This holiday hair gallery features all sorts of updos. From messy 'dos, to formal upsweeps to hair accessorized with headbands and barrettes, you'll find your ideal holiday hair style.

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Wear It Down

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If you have great hair, why hide it in an updo for your holiday party? Instead, change up your look. If you have straight hair, curl it for the party. If you let your wavy hair dry naturally usually for the office, try flat ironing it for the party. Even women with short hair can dress up their looks.

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Pinned-Back Styles

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Pinned back styles are super cool for parties. You can do braids, a ponytail, a jeweled barrette and so much more.

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If you have short hair, there are many options to dress up for the holidays. Try a statement necklace or earrings. Pearls are gorgeous, jeweled barrettes, too. Either do up your lips or your eyes, never both. Get inspired with these 15 short holiday hairstyles. More »

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Wear It Long and Wavy

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Just adding curl to otherwise boring hair can glam up the holidays. If you have long hair, all you need is a curling iron to get most of these looks. Wrapping hair around the barrel of a curling iron also works on curly hair, it sort of tames it. 

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Actress Minnie Driver at the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, January 16, 2005. Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

Consider pinning up your hair into a fake bob. This casual look is super cool, just make sure to keep a few tendrils and consider curling your hair first. These styles look best when hair is curled. More »

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Super Formal Hairstyles for Black Tie Affairs

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If you have to go all out for a formal occasion, consider these gorgeous formal hairstyles.

Remember to pair your fabulous hairstyle with gorgeous makeup. Play up either the eyes or the mouth, but never both. Either do a ruby red lipstick and simple eye makeup or opt for a smokey eyes with a light lip. Go all out with a statement necklace or earrings.

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My Favorite Casual Updos

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Few holiday parties require a trip to the salon. You don't want to look like you're showing up at your wedding when choosing a perfect holiday hairstyle. These casual, but super sexy, updos are perfect holiday hair. Check out these individual options: