The holiday season is busy and stressful enough without the added addition of having to come up with a new hairstyle for every holiday party you attend. Sure, you can always go with your go-to high ponytail or leave your locks flowing freely, but where’s the fun in that? Updos are a fun, stylish way to change up your look as often as possible, while still staying true to your personal style. While many of the intricate braids and elegant buns you are familiar with may look extremely complicated, they are a lot more simple to accomplish than you would think. All of the updos on this list manage to be both gorgeous and simple, so whether you prefer something sleek and elegant or slightly more wild, these tutorials definitely won’t disappoint.

1. Soft Lace Braid

This gorgeous, soft french braid hangs delicately from one side of the head and is slightly pulled apart to keep the braid looking soft and simple. The unbraided portions hang in simple tendrils by the face, white the rest is encased in a simple, messy bun at the nape of the neck. This updo can be easily styled up or down with the right makeup and outfit combinations, which also makes it ideal for transforming from a day to night look.


2. Fluffy Holiday Updo

This sweet updo looks absolutely gorgeous when paired with a simple turtleneck and truly spectacular when worn with a saucy cocktail dress. Boundless little curls are showcased and styled with the help of a few great products and a few bobby pins. Elegant flat twists make up the back of this ‘do, but the front is all about the curls!


3. Holiday Twists

Created specifically with the holidays in mind, this sweet updo embodies everything great about the season. Extremely easy to put together and perfectly enhanced with the presence of a hair accessory or two, this updo is perfect for every occasion.


4. Short Hair Updo

Bad hair day, heading out to do some Christmas shopping, or attending a rockin’ party, this updo, which is perfect for those with shorter hair, is the perfect choice. Two simple twists on either side of the head lead to a simple, but adorable ponytail that can be transformed from casual to elegant at the drop of a bobby pin.


5. Double French Updo

This updo can be done with extensions or extremely long hair to make the bun in the back extra large, but it looks just as great on just about any length. Two loose french braids combine to create a stylish braided bun that is both super fun and really classy.


6. Easy Roll and Tuck Bun

This tuck and roll bun is reminiscent of old world beauty and elegance. The technique is super easy to complete and adding something simple as a pretty hairpin can completely change the mood of the entire hairstyle.


7. Goddess Crown Twist

Goddess braids tuck gorgeously around the entire head in a crown of braided glory, and while they are super easy to complete, the end result is anything but simple. The fashionista in this tutorial utilizes a cute pin to add a little bit of elegance and glamor to the look but even left alone, this goddess crown twist steals the show.


Jordyn Smith

Jordyn Smith

A city girl currently living it up in the south with my little family. I love baking, hoarding makeup, and daydreaming. If I'm not writing, I'm probably trying to think up weird pizza recipes or watching Property Brothers.