When it comes to ways to style natural hair, the possibilities are endless. And when it comes to festive ways to elevate those coifs for the holidays, the assignment is downright fun. Before we look towards all the creative hair trends for 2022, take one more opportunity to play with some of our favorite 2021 hairstyles to end the year on a good hair note. For Christmas, New Year’s Eve and everything in between, here are seven natural hair looks to slay this holiday season.
1. Old Hollywood Body Wave
If you’re a fan of old Hollywood glam then take this throwback coif for a spin this season. The best part about this style is that you can achieve this look with your natural curls — heat free. Just be sure to keep an extra hold spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Extra Strong Hold, handy to make the look stick. The lightweight hairspray gives your ‘do some staying power without the crunchy feel.
2. All Over Metallic Pins
Barrettes are a fun and easy way to elevate your hairdo, and while they come in a variety of fun styles, the options aren’t limitless. Consider mixing and matching your barrettes with a bunch of pretty pins. It’s the perfect way to turn your favorite brooch into a whimsical hair accessory. Just be gentle with the application process if you’re adding pins to your real hair (as opposed to extensions) and you’ll be good to go.
3. 1920s Flapper BraidsWhen it comes to throwback styles for natural hair, finger waves will always have a place in our hearts. The ‘20s style can be done on any hair length, type or texture. For a twist on this vintage classic, mimic the wave pattern with micro cornrows. It’s an intricate style that takes true plaiting skills so head to a pro if braiding isn’t in your arsenal of grooming skills.
4. Malagasy Braids
Hairstyles that pay homage to African traditions will always be some of our most beloved natural hairstyles. Bantu knots and Fulani braids will never go out of style, but this holiday season, take Malagasy braids (from Madagascar) for a spin. The unique look of all over plaits with voluminous ends will have heads turning and fingers double tapping — you’ll be the talk of the festivities whether you attend IRL or virtually.
5. Knee-Length Side Braid
Even if you’re used to opting for short hairstyles, you may want to play with length for Christmas or New Year’s Eve. And if you’re going to play, then frolic unapologetically and go with an uber-long style. An exaggerated braid let’s you sport this ultra long hair trend without putting too much tension on your scalp and natural hair. Grab some bundles of braiding hair, the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel and put your braiding skills to work.
6. High Puff Ponytail
You can expect to see high puff ponytails all over your social feeds in 2022. You can start feeding their timelines with this tasty style now and rock it all the way through the ball drop. It’s not only easy to do, but you don’t need lots of skills or tools to complete this work of art on natural hair. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST It Volume Inject Mousse to give your puff some extra oomph to last you through the night. Then add pearls and jewel accents to the base to make it as festive as you want the next year to be.
7. Flat Twist Straight Backs
Whether you want waist-length ends or decide to tuck them into a chic chignon at the nape of your neck, straight back flat twists will look fantastic for any celebration you’re heading to this holiday season. Give the style some extra flair with swirling or zigzag parts, or up the ante on your twists with exaggerated baby hairs. Just grab your edge brush and your styling gel, and get ready to make it a very merry season for your edges.
Written by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Credit: Denae Keizs, IG/@dnakeys
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