I love the holidays: The food, time with family, white elephant parties… But, most of all, I love getting to wear sequin everything. Oh, and how could I forget bold makeup and an updo. As a natural girl, I know how versatile our hair is, but, admittedly, I’m a bit intimated by trying something new. (I’ve only just perfected my version of a top knot, which a friend had to teach me how to do.)
With that in mind, I thought about iconic hair figures that rock new dos all the time, yet keep it simple. Ladies like Lupita Nyong’o, Yara Shahidi, Tika Sumpter, and Zazie Beetz are queens of red carpet hair made simple. Now, I know that many of their red carpet looks are brought to life by celebrity stylists like Lacy Redway and Vernon François, but that doesn’t mean their styles are unattainable—it can simply mean adding embellishments, trying a new part, or picking up a pack of braiding hair to install with a Youtuber as your guide to learn how to set a new ponytail. Here, I’ve compiled a list of twenty-five hairstyles to get your creativity flowing. Most of these can be done at home with a little trial and error—but if doing your hair isn’t your thing, you can have a hairstylist lend a hand this holiday season.
Teyonah Parris is always hair goals, and this voluminous faux hawk is no exception. For this look, all you’ll need are bobby pins (a lot of them), edge control, and a pick to ensure you get the height you’re looking for with this look.