11 Holiday Hairstyles That Look Gorgeous on Everyone

Peek-a-boo waves? Asymmetric bobs? The season's most-wanted hairstyles are as flattering as they are fresh!

The Fishtail Braid

emmy rossum

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Sweeten any party look with a mussed-up plait like Emmy Rossum’s. Have short layers that can’t be braided? Secure ‘em off your face with equally adorable barrettes or bobby pins.

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Peek-a-boo Waves

january jones

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1940’s femme fatale Veronica Lake was famous for sculpted waves that virtually obscured her right eye. The insanely glamorous style—worn here by January Jones—begs for a vintage dress and retro adornments like cocktail rings and cluster-style earrings.

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Undone Ombre

jessica alba

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Partying with the cool kids? Ask your colorist for bleached ends like Jessica Alba’s and style your hair in full-on curls. The lioness-inspired look is an ideal complement to minimalist silhouettes, plunging necklines and anything leather.

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Over-the-Shoulder Waves

carrie underwood

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Party hair generally falls into the category of “updo” or “long and loose.” Carrie Underwood suggests a pleasing third option: voluminous waves pinned behind one ear so they cascade over the shoulder. (This look is especially stunning with a strapless dress!)

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The Asymmetric Bob

nicole richie

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Rihanna. Marion Cotillard. Ashley Olsen. All three stars have embraced this edgy cut—one of the coolest to emerge in 2013. But our favorite proponent of uneven hair has to be Nicole Richie, who added stunning washes of color to make the style even more avant-garde. Tip: To pull off this look, you’ll need super-straight strands, which usually means a blow dryer and a flatiron, but trust us, it’ll be worth it for the compliments.

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Tapered Bangs

kelly rowland

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Spotlight your evening eye makeup with airy, razor-cut bangs that taper toward your ears, à la Kelly Rowland.

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Sideswept Pixie

maggie gyllenhaal

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Want to update your short ‘do for a big night out? Work a dab of pomade through damp hair and blow dry using only your hands. Make a deep side part, curl sections across the crown and gently comb out curls with your fingers.

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Red Carpet Bedhead

sandra bullock

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To recreate Sandra Bullock’s sexy, every-which-way waves, start with shiny, freshly washed hair and grab a curling iron. Targeting the lower half of your hair, wrap the barrel around sections without clamping, gently dragging the tool down as you work. (It’s the perfect fix for a dress that’s feeling a bit too fussy.)

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The Tousled Updo

anna gunn

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In Hollywood, shellacked chignons and stiff twists have been displaced by loose, touchable updos like Anna Gunn’s—great news for those of us who want to party the night away without stressing over stray strands!

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Flapper-Style Curls

christina hendricks

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It’s practically impossible to be a wallflower with a hairstyle this fun! Christina Hendricks’ speakeasy-era curls come courtesy of classic hot rollers, positioned only on the lower two-thirds of her hair.

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The Glossy Blowout

claire danes

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Embellished necklines and intricate prints call for sleek, no-frills hair that’s gloriously shiny, like Claire Danes’ shoulder-length locks.

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