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Holiday hairstyle ideas: 10 braided looks to try

/ 12.22.2014
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During the holidays, braided hairstyles can come in especially useful because they can be worn anywhere and with anything. In honor of this impressive versatility, we've put together a gallery of ten gorgeous looks to see you through the last week of the year in style!

Small and mighty braids

A really easy way to add detail to any hairstyle is by adding a small braid or two into the mix. Whether you leave your hair down, put it all up, or go for a half-up 'do, a petite plait will help to create an understated, bohemian look.

Styling tip - To create an undone, wavy texture, spray dry hair with sea salt spray then pin it up in twists or braid it so that it sets in waves. Take it down after 20 minutes or so and shake your fingers through your hair.

Pretty, practical plaits

To keep your mane up and under control while you flit from gift-wrapping session to family dinner to drinks with friends, a braided bun or pony are both pretty yet practical options.

Styling tip - Prevent frizz and flyaways by misting your finished braided hairstyle with lashings of hairspray. It will seal your hair against any moisture in the air and give your updo long-lasting hold.

Smooth 'n' sleek

The most wonderful time of the year is probably the best time of the year to add a little extra sparkle to you look, so why not try an ultra-glossy hairstyle? Up, down, half-up... any braided style will look gorgeous with some extra shine.

Styling tip - Mist your hair with a high-shine finishing spray before braiding it to get a glossy look that catches the light in all the right places.

Which braided hairstyle will you try first?

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