How to Create a Gorgeous Vintage Updo for the Holidays

8 Materials
30 Minutes

Here’s a new, easy vintage holiday updo that is great if you have lots of hair! If you don’t have lots of hair, then I’ll give you a hack to make up for that.

You’re going to love this Christmas hairstyle because there is absolutely no teasing or back-combing involved.

So, what gives this updo its lift? Follow along and find out what the magic is!

Tools and materials:

  • Hair extensions (optional)
  • Curling iron
  • Hair pins
  • Hairbrush
  • Ponytail holder
  • Chignon form or fishnet stockings and stuffing
  • Hairspray
  • Hair accessory
Adding extra curl to the hair

1. Add extra curl to your hair

If your hair needs a bit of extra curl before you start styling this holiday hairstyle, curl the ends with a curling iron and then roll it up and pin.

The size of the rolls really doesn’t matter much at this stage.

Brushing hair

2. Brush out your curls

Once your curls have cooled down, take out the pins and give it a quick brush through.

Adding hair

3. Add hair if you need it

If you need more hair than you have for this holiday hairstyle, simply curl your hair extension the same way you did your own hair!

Starting vintage updo

4. Start your updo

Bring all of your up to the top of your head and secure it with a ponytail holder.

No-tease hack

5. Here’s the no-tease hack

Since you’re not going to do any teasing or back-combing, you need a filler to give you that bump in your updo. I used a fishnet stocking stuffed with white pillow filling.

You could also fill it with more hair extensions, or anything you have. Don’t worry if it doesn’t match your hair!

Attaching hair extensions

6. Attach your hair extensions

Pin your hair extensions right in front of the ponytail on the top of your head.

Attaching hair extensions

Curve the ends of the extension weft in towards the center of your head.

Adding filler

7. Add your filler

Place your filler piece right on top of your hair extension weft and pin it in place, starting with the two ends.

If you aren’t using extensions, then just place the filler in front of your ponytail.

Adding filler

Now, if you are using extensions, bring all of the hair from the extension up over your filler.

If you aren’t using extensions, then take about half of the hair from your ponytail.

Adding filler

Brush the hair over the filler form, to hide the form.

Then pin your hair in place, first at the base of the form at both sides, then in front of the form.

Styling the chignon

8. Style the chignon

Now brush out the rest of the hair that you brought to the front, that is hanging in front of your filler form.

Style the chignon

Separate that hair into sections, just so it’s not all in one bunch, and looks softer.

Style the chignon

Keeping your hair swept down in front a bit, roll and fold it up to the side of your filler form.

Style the chignon

Pin it in place at the bag of the form.

Style the chignon

Use your fingers to make sure all of the form is well-covered.

Style the chignon

9. Finish the chignon

Take a small section of hair from your remaining ponytail and wrap it around the bottom of your chignon.

Pin it in place to give a more finished look to the updo.

Adding in the rest of the ponytail

10. Add in the rest of your ponytail

Use your fingers to separate out the hair in the rest of your ponytail, so it’s not a tight bunch.

Adding in the rest of the ponytail

Cup the ponytail hair in your hands and lift it to where the ponytail holder is.

Then, pin the ponytail hair in place at the bottom and the top.

Creating an asymmetrical look

11. Create an asymmetrical look

I wanted the back of my updo to have a bit of an asymmetrical look to it.

So, I just used my fingers to push in some of the back curls on one side, pinning them in place.

Adding finishing touches

12. Add the finishing touches

Use mirrors to check out your Christmas updo from every angle, to make sure the form is completely hidden, and your curls are where you want them.

Adding hairspray

Give your whole updo a spritz of hairspray.

Completed vintage updo

Add in a pretty hair accessory, and you’re all set for your Christmas party with this stunning holiday hairstyle. 

Vintage updo for the holidays

This updo will last you through your whole evening, while you celebrate the holidays! 

Give it a try and let me know in the comments how you liked this vintage updo.

For more hair content, check out my post on How to Easily Do a 1950s-Inspired Vintage Ponytail.

Suggested materials:
  • Hair extensions (optional)
  • Curling iron
  • Hair pins
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