15 Awesome Thanksgiving Hairstyles That Are Beyond Easy to Recreate
I may be in the minority here, but IMHO, Halloween is kinda overrated. Like, as soon as fall weather hits, there’s nothing I look forward to more than throwing my cat ears to the back of my closet and prepping for my personal favorite holiday: Thanksgiving. Trust me when I say Thanksgiving is the ideal time to flex your beauty game, ’cause even if your clothes are black, gray, and totally boring, your hair and makeup don’t have to be. And if that doesn’t convince you, then maybe the fact that I scrolled through Instagram to find the prettiest Thanksgiving hairstyles of all damn time will.
Ahead, 15 hairstyles for every length, color, and texture that you’ll want to wear all season long. BRB while I queue up Mariah Carey’s Christmas album.
1 Slicked-Back Thanksgiving Hairstyle
Elevate your Thanksgiving hairstyle à la Tessa Thompson and add ribbon accents to your high ponytail. Twist on a clear elastic every two to three inches down your ponytail, then lock your updo into place with a soft-hold hairspray. Wanna get extra festive? Match your ribbons to your nail polish for an unexpected surprise.
2 Chignon Thanksgiving Hairstyle
If you prefer an updo for your Thanksgiving hairstyle, you’ll love this low chignon with ’90s-inspired tendrils. To recreate Camila Morrone’s sleek look, smooth on a shiny hair serum, and don’t be afraid to add soft bends or face-framing layers with a flat iron.
3 Bantu Knot Thanksgiving Hairstyle
Meet the cutest lil protective Thanksgiving hairstyle of all time. The most important steps for recreating this look? Detangling your hair with an ultra-hydrating cream and sectioning it off into manageable pieces. Use the two-strand twist method to wrap your hair into knots and smooth your baby hairs with edge control.
4 Blown-Out Thanksgiving Hairstyle
Score a supermodel-worthy blowout with this simple Thanksgiving hairstyle, which, fun fact, you can recreate with three products: heat protectant, a large round brush, and a blow dryer. Use a concentrator nozzle and dry your hair in small sections—then add some volume by lifting the round brush at your roots. This look is all about body and movement, so put down that crunchy hairspray and spritz on a sleek finishing spray.
5 Curtain Bang Thanksgiving Hairstyle
This Thanksgiving hairstyle is great for a lived-in, perfectly imperfect look. Mist a volumizing spray throughout dry hair to get extra bounce and body, and then go in with a curling wand for more volume and texture. And your French-girl fringe needs TLC too, so don’t forget to blow it out, add a center part, and set the look with a light-hold hairspray.
6 Wavy Thanksgiving Hairstyle
Just because you’re celebrating Thanksgiving in sweater weather doesn’t mean your hairstyle can’t lean a bit more ~tropical~. Play up your hair with a texture spray—or if you’re after more-defined beach waves, use a curling iron. There’s no wrong way to recreate this look, so don’t be afraid to have fun with it.
7 Polished Half-Up Thanksgiving Hairstyle
It’s the classic debate: Should I wear my hair up or down? Meet yourself halfway with this sleek and shiny half-up hairstyle for Thanksgiving. Skip your grandma’s pearls and wear a fun pearl-adorned barrette to finish it all off. BTW: A lightweight hair oil is a hundred percent essential for this look.
8 Curly Thanksgiving Hairstyle
Fully embrace your natural hair with this easy-to-recreate Thanksgiving hairstyle. If you have looser curls or deep waves, smooth on a curl-enhancing cream to add a little definition to your hair.
Got a tighter curl pattern? Use a twist-out foam and good ol’ flexi rods for heatless texture. Remember: If you sleep with flexi rods in your hair, your style will last way longer. Just don’t forget to grab a satin wrap and a silk pillowcase to further protect your hair.
9 Sleek and Shiny Thanksgiving Hairstyle
For a Thanksgiving hairstyle that even Blair Waldorf would approve of, throw on a knotted or embellished headband. After misting on a heat protectant and shine spray, clamp a 1.25-inch ceramic flat iron around your dry hair. Leave out a few face-framing layers for a super-effortless vibe.
10 Super-Bouncy Thanksgiving Hairstyle
Look and feel like a Victoria’s Secret Angel with this long and loose Thanksgiving hairstyle. Roll the top layers of your hair around extra-large velcro rollers for plenty of volume, then curl the rest of your hair with a curling iron. Once your hair cools, use a detangling brush to loosen up your waves and lock it all in with a flexible hold hairspray. And, yes, you’ll definitely be having a full-on photo shoot before you even sit down for dinner.
11 Bejeweled Cornrows Thanksgiving Hairstyle
Add some excitement to your Thanksgiving hairstyle by upgrading your classic cornrows with these cute-AF hair rings. The unexpected embellishment in your protective style means that you can skip the statement jewelry and let your natural hair do all the work. Before you start braiding, make sure your baby hairs are laid with edge control—and don’t forget to moisturize your scalp ahead of time with a non-greasy conditioner.
12 Braided Ponytail Thanksgiving Hairstyle
IDK what’s cuter: Gigi Hadid’s powder-blue eyeshadow or her braided ponytail. Perfect this Thanksgiving hairstyle with two or three pumps of a wave-enhancing foam for moisture and texture. After parting your hair, leave out a few layers and loosely braid it to the side.
13 Sporty Braided Thanksgiving Hairstyle
Want something low-key and casual for your Thanksgiving hairstyle? These low-maintenance braids will keep your hair out of your face but still look ridiculously cute. After braiding your hair, secure your ends with tiny hair elastics and use a firm toothbrush to slick down your edges with a non-flaky gel. Oh, and don’t forget about moisturizing your scalp—a nice Vitamin E oil should do the trick.
14 Waist-Length Thanksgiving Hairstyle
Leave it to Kim Kardashian to serve up the ~sexiest~ Thanksgiving hairstyle. It’s all about the #inches for this look, so try out some clip-in extensions to get waist-length waves. And, yes, recreating this hairstyle on Friday night is totally encouraged.
15 Textured High-Ponytail Thanksgiving Hairstyle
Pro tip: Recreate this Thanksgiving hairstyle with second-day hair—it’ll give your hair some grit and volume. After misting your hair with a volumizing spray, blow-dry it upside down, then blast a little dry shampoo at your roots for extra texture. Pull your hair up into a high ponytail and secure with a silk hair tie or no-crease scrunchie.