3 Holiday Updos You'll Actually Want To Wear

Photographed by Jason Rodgers at The Brooks Agency
Remember that scene in Spice World in which Posh Spice is trying to choose between the little Gucci dress, the little Gucci dress, and the little Gucci dress? That's how we feel when we're picking out holiday hairstyles. SO many of them are the same — blowouts, braids, buns, twists. But where's the pizzazz? The excitement? It's the holidays, dammit; we should be as stoked about our hair as we are about all the free eggnog.

So, we decided to tap hairstylist Paul Warren to show us a trio of party-ready updos — with a twist. The styles themselves are upgraded versions of the classics you know and love. And, this time, we threw them on male models. Why? Because it's the holidays and we're feeling generous. (And, as we pointed out before, rad hairstyles aren't gender-exclusive.)

Ahead, find the guys, the styles you'll actually want to wear, and plenty of tips to get you there. The hardest part? Deciding which one to rock first.
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Photographed by Jason Rodgers at The Brooks Agency NYC.
Braids On Braids
Braids are always a good idea. They never go out of style and they look way harder to create than they actually are — like this woven masterpiece. Warren promises that even the fumbliest fingers can pull it off; you'll just need a few key tips.
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Photographed by Jason Rodgers at The Brooks Agency NYC.
Draw an imaginary headband (from ear to ear) and gather all the hair in front of it. Using a half-inch iron, curl one-inch pieces just in that section. (You'll be braiding most of the hair, so there's no need to do the whole head.) "Curl it away from your face," Warren advises. "When you're done, just finger-comb [it] to create a messy texture."
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Photographed by Jason Rodgers at The Brooks Agency NYC.
Gather a chunk of hair above your left ear and French-braid it horizontally across your head. When you get to your right ear, just braid back the other way. Continue this until you reach the nape of the neck, and finish the braid off the head and to the ends.

When you're finished, pull apart the braids with your fingers to fatten them up and add texture. "This also hides a multitude of sins," Warren says.

Once everything looks nice and full, fold the tail under the braids and pin it all against the head.
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Photographed by Jason Rodgers at The Brooks Agency NYC.
Remember the hair you curled in front? Now's the time to lift and tease it with your fingers to create fuzzy texture. Bryan pulls it off pretty damn well, don't you think?

Supreme shirt; stylist's own scarf.

Shark Week Burning Up Tee, $89, available at Shark Week.
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Photographed by Jason Rodgers at The Brooks Agency NYC.
Twist On A Twist
A structured twist is a great way to pull your hair back while still showing off your gorgeous natural texture. And since Jourdunn has a ton of curls, Warren mixed two styles — double braids and a pinned pompadour — to get the look.
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Photographed by Jason Rodgers at The Brooks Agency NYC.
To start, draw a clean part from front to back and divide your hair in two. Then, split each of those sections in half horizontally. (At this point, your hair should be in four even quadrants.)

Braid each of the back sections from the nape of the neck up and secure them into pigtails when you reach the halfway point. (Be sure to leave the ends free so all the curls blend into each other.)
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Photographed by Jason Rodgers at The Brooks Agency NYC.
Gather the free hair from the front as well as the tails and pin and shape them into any style that feels best to you. (You can go tight and architectural or keep it loose and carefree.)

For Jourdunn, we styled it into a pompadour that cascades over the front of his face for a cool, laid-back vibe.
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Photographed by Jason Rodgers at The Brooks Agency NYC.
This style pairs best with a smile as big as Jourdunn's, obviously.

Merch Junkies tee; Vintage jacket.
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Photographed by Jason Rodgers at The Brooks Agency NYC.
Go Low
Buns are a holiday staple, but they can be so snoozy. The antidote? Kick it old-school. We're always up for a vintage twist on a hairstyle — especially one as classy as a low bun. And with a little teasing and twirling, Warren showed our model Gustavo how to make it uniquely his.
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Photographed by Jason Rodgers at The Brooks Agency NYC.
Make a three-inch center-part and backcomb the hair behind it with a boar-bristle comb or brush. "The big mistake people make with teasing is that they're too rough," Warren says. "You want to make long, soft strokes, gently fluffing the hair toward the root. Almost like you're making cotton candy."

Once you've teased the first layer of hair, use the same brush to smooth it over and back. Pull it into a low ponytail, covering the tops of your ears with the hair. If any pieces fall out, pin them to the nape.
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Photographed by Jason Rodgers at The Brooks Agency NYC.
Then, take the loose hair from your ponytail and roll it over your hands until it forms a bun at the nape. Pin it into place, covering the black elastic.
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Photographed by Jason Rodgers at The Brooks Agency NYC.
Dreamy, no?

Supreme top.
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