Face it: it’s never too early to start thinking about holiday party hairstyles. And while we love all things glittery and gorgeous, don’t try to talk yourself into an over-the-top hair accessory if it’s just not your thing. And when it comes to gorgeous hairstyles perfect for partying the night away, we turn to braids—and when we need braidspiration, we turn to the red carpet. So RSVP to that party and check out this roundup of the best celebrity braids guaranteed to inspire your holiday hair this year.
Lupita Nyong’o‘s milkmaid braid is definitely one updo we can get behind. Because the hairstyle is totally season-less, you can amp up the holiday spirit (without going overboard, of course) with glittery makeup or even red eyeshadow similar to Lupita.
It’s ironic that the holiday season, which is supposed to be all, you know, thankful and joyous, also happens to be one of the most stressful times of the entire year. So how about you take all the pressure of your beauty routine and go for an undone, purposefully laid-back and relaxed braid like Drew Barrymore? Don’t forget to pancake the look out before you’re done braiding—that’s key!
Accessorize messy French braided pigtails with pearl accents like Rita Ora. The red lip and silver shadow isn’t a bad idea, either—it’s wintery and beautiful without being too obviously inspired by the holiday.
Skip the headband completely (you’re going to take if off in 30 minutes anway) add a French braid along your hairline for a fantastically modern look. Model Constance Jablonski paired her plait with loose waves, but you can rock yours with curls or pin-straight locks!
Create a deep side-art and and a precise braid to the other side to fake an edgy under-cut like girl about town (and our all-time red hair inspiration) Lydia Hearst.
Wrap a three strand braid around a high ballerina bun like Kate Winslet to add texture to your look.
Ruby Rose‘s look is the perfect braided hairstyle to try if you have short hair. Part your pixie or bob on the side and then create two French braids, working your way back. Complete the look with lots of earrings and a groomed brows.
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