For all four holiday hairstyles, start with clean, prepped hair infused with extra moisture to defend against cold winter weather — important for all hair types, but especially damage-prone type 4b and 4c hair. Make sure to choose a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo or co-wash and opt for leave-in conditioner and/or hair butter that will continue to nourish and protect hair over time.
No. 1: The Forward Party Puff
We love this fun updo! Even though it looks really special, it’s so simple to do. Just comb hair up from the back of the neck — you can bend over and flip your head down to start if that helps — and gather it toward the front of the crown. Use hair combs and pins to secure the puff and tease out ends with your fingers.
You can also add extra moisture to hair ends if you want a little more definition and healthy, vibrant strands. Try Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Hair Smoothie to instantly transform dry, brittle natural curls with deep conditioning Cocoa and Shea Butters and Pro-vitamin B5.
No 2: The Asymmetric Updo
If you’ve been rocking goddess locs, you’ve got the makings of a gorgeous holiday hairstyle! This half-up, half-down look feels so pretty and romantic — the trick is to make sure that your locs are looking fierce and flawless, not frizzy (which can happen easily if you’re not careful).
Start by treating your natural locs to a deep conditioner, to impart serious moisture — because hydrated hair is happy, healthy hair. Coco Creme Velvet Cream Hair Mask is a great choice and smells amazing while it works its magic. Then simply pull your locs up on one side and toward the back of the crown and secure with pins to achieve a dramatic asymmetric look.
Pro tip: to make sure your locs are party-ready, make sure you have a bottle of Pracaxi Nectar Frizz Tamer at the ready to tame flyaways and fight frizz. Simply rub a small amount between your hands and lightly palm roll to smooth things out.
No. 3: The High-Volume Afro
If you’ve got medium to long natural hair and want to amp up your look, there’s no better way to do it than with a super high-volume afro. Achieving this look is all about adding fullness and texture by gently stretching out locks, all while taming frizz and protecting hair against damage and breakage. So make sure to start with an ultra-nourishing formula like Pracaxi Wash N’ Go Leave-In. This quick treatment cleans, softens and moisturizes natural curly hair while adding bounce and shine — exactly what you want for this holiday hairstyle.
Once hair is clean, dry and prepped, flip your head over and start combing from the bottom up. Continue all around your head to create fullness everywhere. Then stand up straight and use an afro pick to add volume at the crown. Voila — your amped up Afro is ready to party!
No. 4: The Festive Fro
If you have shorter natural curls or prefer to opt for a more classic look, a perfectly coiffed Afro is the way to go. A little less dramatic than the high-volume eversion, but equally party-ready, this holiday hairstyle is one of our all-time favorites. The key here is to make sure that your hair looks super healthy and behaves the way you want — so start with clean, co-washed and deep conditioned tresses. Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner and Styling Butter are great choices because they strengthen and add shine all while detangling hair so your fingers can do the combing.
You’ll want to begin the day before by two-strand twisting hair in sections, all over your head. Then create bantu knots and head to bed to let hair set. The next morning, undo the knots, spritz on some extra moisture with Hair Milk Original Leave-In Conditioner, and use a wide comb or pick to create definition and help to shape your festive fro!