If you’re anything like us, you’ve bookmarked your favorite red carpet hair moments from the entire year, waiting for the perfect dressy moment to give yourself an A-list ‘do. While you *almost* went for it at your bestie’s fall wedding, you ultimately stuck to your tried and true hair hacks. Well, if all the new sequined pieces in your closet are any indication, any event after Thanksgiving is the perfect time to channel those extra-special occasion hairstyles, from Blake Lively’s lauded Cannes braid, to an updo as chic as Jennifer Lawrence’s Mockingjay hair to Jessica Biel’s unfurling Oscars waves. Just carve out some prep time ahead of your holiday parties and these 20 ‘dos are certain to look as memorable on YOU as they were on the stars.


1. Cara Delevingne: Take tousled curls to the next level with a dramatic side part, a style that you can set in mere seconds. Consider this the perfect look for rocking one serious statement earring, a side-heavy look that could be easily balanced by brushed out brows. (via Huffington Post)

2. Jessica Biel: Tame your waterfall of curls by sweeping a smooth section of hair from the top of your head up and over your unfurled tresses. Pin the hair in place with an eye-catching hair clip that will make your ‘do stunning from 360 degrees. (via Beauty Notes)

3. Sandra Bullock: Go glam with Old Hollywood-inspired curls that fall like a dream down one side of your head (get ready for constant over-the-shoulder selfies). Keep things timeless with a silver smokey eye and rhinestone ear cuffs for that “dripping in jewels” look. (via E! Online)

4. Kerry Washington: Get full-on goddess locks with a half-up ‘do that gently corrals loose, long curls from behind. Put your best face forward with your tresses pulled away, whether that includes fluttering falsies, flawless contouring or a statement lip… or all three. (via Rachel Church)

5. Lily Collins: Mix waves with blown-out barrel curls to get a vintage-style look that was made for a bob and suited for almost any outfit, from floor-length gowns to posh pant suits. Bring this pinup style into 2014 with modern makeup including a bold brow, sharply lined eyes and a vampy lip (basically, leave the cat eye for another day). (via Just Jared)

6. Beyoncé: The do-no-wrong hairdo? Slick, crimpy curls parted straight down the middle. On a bob, it’s a modern-day masterpiece; on longer tresses, its a boho-feeling style that even remains ***Flawless underneath a winter hat. Let the sparkle shine through your kinked tresses with glitzy drop earrings. (via Fashion Bomb Daily)

7. Kristen Wiig: Opt for an effortlessly elegant hairstyle with perfectly undone waves side-swept across your face to amp up the bedhead-inspired texture even more. To balance your rumpled tresses, keep your face fresh with dewy skin, a nude lip and minimal, delicate jewelry. (via Harper’s Bazaar)

8. Giuliana Rancic: This is how you can make waves without ’em! Give yourself a blowout with just a hint of curl at the ends to add the slightest volume to your polished locks. Let your hair do all the shining — stick with small studs and a bling-free neckline for maximum impact. (via Celeb Mafia)


9. Blake Lively: A rope braid might be the easiest way to impress with a plait. Once your locks are twisted into place, gently pull each segment apart to roughen up your look — an ashy smokey eye will help round that out. Pair with a glossy rose-tinted lip to keep it feminine. (via PopSugar)

10. Emma Stone: Ace this messy side braid using a ton of texturizing product to get your strands prepped for knotting, plaiting or any twists and turns you want to take it in. Keep your makeup palette pink, from eyes to cheeks to lips, and stray from accessories — your wispy strands should be front and center. (via Fashionista)

11. Amanda Seyfried: For when your dramatic side part isn’t dramatic enough: Add thin inside-out braids to either side of your head to create an intricate look that fans out into sweeping curls. How amazing would this style look with tinsel strands incorporated into each braid? (via Fashion N Style)

12. Maria Menounos: A waterfall-style French braid looks heavenly when it’s loosely pulled back into a messy bun. Keep the boho-chic look feeling carefree by separating thin tendrils all around your perfectly bronzed face finished with a shimmery pink lip. (via Latest Hairstyles)

13. Claire Danes: From the angular part in front to the fishtail braided bun in back, this look is an all-around work of art. Bring the attention up top with an embellished neckline or statement piece that sits on your collarbone, and keep it there with just-as eye-catching earrings and a bold lip. (via Glo Extensions)


14. Jessica Alba: Finger waves get the makeover of their lives with this glamorous updo that’s rolled and tucked to retro perfection. Keep the look timeless with a brown smokey eye and slightly frosted nude lips for just a pinch of shimmer — your statement earrings can take care of the rest. (via Nina.be)

15. Kristen Stewart: The best the ’80s have to offer is right here in this super slicked-back pixie that, like most of today’s popular ‘dos, is slightly messy. Keep things sultry by shaping your brows and smudging on a smokey eye. Opt for a more neutral lip shade like dusty rose instead of bright red to keep it classy. (via Kstwart News)

16. Nicole Richie: Embrace hair bumps with this gorgeously undone updo that turns up the volume and silhouette of the traditional ballerina bun. Contrast this edgy take on a pomp with teeny tiny jewels that make the entire look dainty and delicate. (via The Gloss)

17. Jennifer Lawrence: This is how to do an updo without coming off stuffy. Backcomb to add texture to this rounded style, pinned back at the neck for a finish as easy as the slightly curled bangs pulled down in front. Dress it up with loads of mascara, a cotton candy lip and earrings that crawl up the ear lobes in the classiest possible way. (via Tom and Lorenzo)

18. Amy Adams: Rock wet hair (or seemingly so) with a tight-tressed bun that’s as posh as chignons get. Add extra shine with product for dimension — just don’t forget to fill in your brows and finish with a plum lip to keep the entire look oil slick. (via Metro UK)

19. Sarah Hyland: When it doubt, top knot it. Pull out your sock bun to give this updo more breadth to the style, along with bushy-as-they-get brows and a coffee-colored lip for that always-in-the-sun look. (via Glamour)

20. Olivia Wilde: Mod meets ultimate glamor with this updo that bumps up your hair to the next level. Curls unfurl in both the front and back, where they’re gracefully pinned one on top of the other. Add to the flirty vibe with a classic cat eye and peachy matte lip. (via PopSugar)

Which celebs are inspiring your holiday hair look? Tell us in the comments below.