15 Time-Saving Natural Hairstyles, Perfect For The Holidays
The holiday season is all about delicious family dinners, gift lists, parties, and lots of quality time with friends and loved ones. But in the bustle of planning and doing everything for everyone else, it can be easy to let some things fall to the wayside — however, your hair does not have to be one of them.
The beauty of natural hair is that it's extremely versatile, and there are a plethora of styling options. So much so that it can even be hard to choose what style to go.
However, it's important to remember that cooler temperatures can leave your hair dry, especially if you are spending time indoors where the heat may be blasting. So you may want to skip heat styling this time of year and instead opt for a protective style to shield your hair from the frigid temps.
But if you're looking for something a little different (think undercuts, textured up-do's, or a bevy of braided options) we got you!
Keep reading to find the best natural hairstyles that will not only look great at your next holiday party, but also save you a hell of a lot of time.
Short hair? We care! Update your undercut like Danai Gurira with glitter or metallic dye for a look that is sure to put you in a holiday season vibe. If color and shine is a bit too much for you, an intricately designed undercut, without the color, looks incredible too.
Do It In Two
You don't have a lot of time and we get it. Gabrielle Union sported this easy-to-achieve two-braid style while out in New York City. Add kanekalon hair like Union for extra length.
Issa Rae is the queen of natural hairstyles with Felicia Leatherwood's gifted hands behind many of her epic looks. This elegant updo incorporates flat twists and crochet hair for a style that will have you in and out of the chair in less than three hours.
VIDEO: Why Bantu Knots Are the Style to Wear Year-Round
Box braids are an OG style you can never go wrong with. Depending on the size, box braids can take up to 12 hours to achieve. However, jumbo box braids are currently trending and the versatility of this look allows you to wear it in many different styles for a fresh look with a quarter of the usual install time. Jhené Aiko wore her jumbo box braids down for a performance, then placed them in a high bun during the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.
Oversized Butterfly Locs
If passion twists and goddess locs had a baby, it would be butterfly locs. This style is romantic, low maintenance and can easily be confused as your real hair. Actress Amandla Stenberg rocked platinum oversized butterfly locs in NYC. With just four to five locs, like the actress' own, this style is quick to achieve (and to take out).
Naturalistas — curl definition is not a must have. Somewhere in the curly conversation we've diverged off the path of having healthy hair to a focus on defining your curls. Lupita Nyong'o modern take on the French twist is showing us that natural hair looks great in all forms.
Curls To the Front
Put your curls on display by staging them front and center, like Yara Shahidi. If your hair is on the longer side, use bobby pins to shape and place your curls where you want them.
TWA With Big Style
Give some dimension to your teeny weeny afro with a deep part and a sleek side for chic style like Samira Wiley.
We give bantu knots a big yes for the holidays. Achieve Tika Sumpter's style by creating large sections in your hair, braiding, then wrapping each of the braids in small knots. For a two-in-one style, gently take down the hair once it's dry and discover a voluminous bantu knot-out.
Running late to the company holiday party? Then try this double bun style like Tracee Ellis Ross' character on Black-ish. Part your hair in half and place each portion in a bun — then let the party begin!
Braided Jumbo Ponytail
Actress Storm Reid takes her braided ponytail to the next level with a super cute feed-in braid, decorated with pretty hair accessories. She adds even more dimension to the style by wrapping a small braid at the base of her jumbo plait.
Sleek and Textured
,Show off your texture by slicking your hair into a low loose ponytail and letting your natural hair shine for an effortless look à la Yara Shahidi.
Who said headwraps are only for bedtime? Stylist June Ambrose illustrates that headwraps can amp up a look — and the color she's wearing is perfect for the holiday season.
When in doubt, add a twist like Taraji P. Henson! A twist-out looks great on natural hair and can add the additional volume and definition you crave
Get straight to the point with this simple braided style. Zendaya rocked 10 cornrows during London Fashion Week for a low maintenance look that still packs a punch.
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