Ornament Updo – Subtle Christmas Hairstyle

Video Tutorial: Ornament Updo - A Subtle Christmas Hairstyle

This post is part of my 12 Braids of Christmas series – be sure to check out all the festive styles in this series!

While tacky and over the top Christmas styles are fun to do sometimes (like seriously, soooo fun!), they aren’t for everyone and they certainly aren’t for all occasions.  Sometimes you want an elegant and beautiful style for your holiday events.  Today’s Ornament Updo is perfect if that’s what you’re looking for! 

This Ornament Updo is the perfect subtle Christmas hairstyle.  It’s so subtle that you really could wear it year round.  It’s also perfect for all ages!  From little girls to teens to moms, this easy updo is perfect for those holiday parties where you need to look more formal (or just anytime you don’t want a ribbon Christmas tree braided in your hair 😉 ) 

Supplies you’ll need: hairbrush, a couple hair elastics, bobby pins, and hairspray 

Time: 7-10 minutes

Skill Level:  Easy

Step 1.  Start by brushing the hair out and parting it in the middle or slightly off to one side. 

Step 2.  Pick up a section of hair from the front on the left side and begin doing a French braid  (detailed French braid tutorial here).  Take your French braid straight back (not angled down at all) so that the braid sits only a couple of inches below your part line – stop adding hair in once you get to the middle of the center of the head.  Continue braiding out a 3 strand braid and then secure with an elastic.

Step 3.  Repeat step 2 on the right side of the head.

Step 4.  Take the end of the braid from the left side of the head and loop it to form the right outer edge of your ornament, coil the end up and pin in place with bobby pins.

Step 5.  Take the end of the braid from the right side and loop it to form the left outer edge of your ornament, then take the very end of the braid and tuck it up so that it sits in the center of your ornament.  Pin in place with bobby pins. 

Step 6.  Finish with hairsprays, smooth any hairs that are sticking out. 

Video Tutorial: Ornament Updo - A Subtle Christmas Hairstyle


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I hope you will give this beautiful Ornament Updo a try!  It’s a festive Christmas hairstyle without being over the top.  I love it! 

When you try it – I’d love to see how it turns out for you.  You can share it on my Facebook page, tag me in your photo on Instagram @hair_by_lori or use the hashtag #HBLOrnamentUpdo –  if you use the hashtag, it might end up featured here on my page.  Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see!

Thanks so much for reading!  I hope you’ll come back soon!

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