25 Holiday Braid Styles That Will Instantly Upgrade a Basic Look

25 Holiday Braid Styles That Will Instantly Upgrade a Basic Look
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We’ve eaten the turkey and scored all the discounts in stores and that means December is finally here. If you didn’t believe it before, one thing is for sure, It’s officially the holiday season. Say goodbye to weekends plopped on the couch with no agenda. This month just seems to be the busiest month of the year.

Between gift-shopping, family gatherings and holiday soirees, you’re almost guaranteed to have special occasions and events popping up on your calendar left and right. And if there’s a place you have to be, you obviously have to look the part. Instead of hitting a blow-dry bar to perfect your tresses before heading to your special event, dare to try a new style you can re-create at home.

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Since braids are sure to spice up any look, we rounded up holiday-appropriate looks you can re-create no matter your hair type, texture or length. From updos to tousled styles and everything in between, here are some fierce braids and braided styles you can rock with ease.

Hair scarves aren’t just for tying around your ponies. Weave your favorite scarf into any braided style like this one.

Make two pigtail plaits grown-up by adding a beanie and curls.

Color dimension is sure to make your braids pop. Adding a temporary color like this one adds a festive touch during the holiday season.

Looking for something unique this season? You’ll look runway ready sporting this slicked-back pony-and-braid combo.

Braided styles like this one are a good option if you’re looking for a protective style this winter.

We love the hair rings on this center braid style.

Braids aren’t just for long strands. Sweep shoulder-length strands to the side and curl the loose pieces for a whimsical but effortless look.

This traditional French braid style is bringing back the ’90s with a modern twist.

A fishtail-braid–and–bow combo is sure to catch eyes at a holiday soiree.

A no-fuss winter style, this myriad of braids will ensure your hair stays intact throughout the night.

Add some glitz to any cornrow style to make it party-ready.

Varying braid sizes adds dimension to this super-chic milkmaid look.

This adorned peekaboo braid pairs perfectly with a leather jacket.

This Rapunzel-length pony is so fierce, you’ll feel like a celeb yourself rocking this style.

Neon braids? Yes, please!

These face-framing mini braids bring your wash-and-go to a new level.

This braided style is all about the baby hairs.

Weave a ribbon through your favorite braided style and finish with a bow at the bottom. It doesn’t get more ladylike than that.

Glitter parts are definitely holiday appropriate.

This twisted braid into a tousled chignon is perfect for a formal event.

Make your strands appear thicker with the mega-braid ponytail.

When you’re in a pinch, this twisted style with a topknot will have you party-ready in no time.

No need for a basic part when you can add a braid down the center of your style.

Slick hair back and keep braids in a neat bun for this bohemian style.

Upgrade a basic bun with this trio of braids in the back that makes this everyday look oh-so edgy.