Elegant Holiday Updo

November 26, 2014

holiday updo

I’ve been looking for the perfect Thanksgiving hairstyle.  One that was super easy and didn’t require too much random pinning.  I also wanted one that would look great without extensions and I wanted it to take less than ten minutes from start to finish.  Inspired by Cute Girls Hairstyles Pull Through Braid, this simple Holiday Updo has quickly become one of my favorite hairstyles!

What do you think?  Are you going to give it a try this holiday season?!

Click through for the step by step instructions, the video and of course, more photos.  WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT BOTTOM

Step by steps:

\1\ We’re going to start on the left side and work our way to the right.  Take a small section of hair and secure it with an elastic, make sure it’s not too tight and that it looks how you want from the front before moving on. \2\ Secure another small section right next to the first and tie it off with a clear elastic. \3\ Spilt the tail of first section of hair in half. \4\ Place the tail of the second section through the middle.  Secure the tail with a duck bill clip. \5\ Make a third section, just like the first two, except add the tails from the first section to it.  Continue this process until you reach the other side of your head, about 5 or 6 sections. \6\ Secure it with clear elastic. \7\ Tug and pull on the sections of hair to add volume to the “braid”. \8\ Once you’ve reached the other side of your head, add an elastic to the top section of hair and pull the bottom section up and through it.  Continue the pull through braid down the tails of the hair. \ 9\ Wrap the tail underneath the main horizontal braid and secure with a large roller pin or bobby pins. \10\ Tug and pull on the sections of hair until it’s as big and fluffy as you’d like.  Make sure to use enough hairspray and secure any pieces with bobby pins.

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Black Necklace: c/o Kendra Scott | Renegade Gold Bracelet: c/o Stella and Dot | Rings: c/o Stella and dot |  Side Ruffle Tee: Nordstrom unavailalbe | Peach Bracelet: similar here | Lipstick: Mac Russian Red


And the video as always.  Thank you so much for subscribing!  We just hit 100K subscribers this past week and it was THE best day EVER!!  I can’t believe I’ve had my YouTube channel for less than a year and I’m already receiving so much love and support.  I’ll never be able to thank Mindy and CGH enough for helping me get my name out there.

As far as the winners go — first off.  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ENTERING!!!  I read every single comment and you are seriously THE nicest friends a girl could wish for.  These are the random winners, if your name is below email me at twistmepretty (@) gmail (.) com and we’ll get you set!



  • isabel

    Thank you! I was going to do a hairstyle i tried off of your youtube channel recently but I am so excited to try this for tomorrow!

  • This is so beautiful! I want a party to go to soon so I can do it… or maybe I’ll just do it to go to work (in my home office, hahah!).
    Love it. I just came across you through a comment on someone’s intagram (they had tagged you). But I’m so glad that I’ve found your site!

  • Lauren Michelle

    I LOVE this look! I always like to guess how this was created before diving into the video or steps, and I thought for sure it was a braid. Love the elastic trick! Nice style that doesn’t focus on too many pins.

    Btw, I’m totally freaking out seeing my name on your winner list! Yay!! Thank you Abby 🙂

    • Athena Sanders

      Hey Lauren! I was soo excited to be selected as a winner too!! I was just wondering if you’d recieved the book yet. I didn’t recieve any tracking info & was wondering if any of the other winners did! =)

  • Angie Brock

    Since I didn’t win a book 🙁 I ordered one on Amazon, but it’s out of stock and won’t ship until January! I wanted it for my sister for Christmas, is there another way to get them?

  • grace

    Stunning Abby! You are wonderful! This is so unique and gorgeous! I’m so giving this a try

  • I love this! It’s so cute! I can’t wait to try it!

  • frogmagreen

    Just a comment for those with fine hair..still looks cute but hard to hide the elastics…try it without them I found it a lot easier! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  • Cheryl Wentworth

    Love it!

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  • I love your blog! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial!

  • Can not wait to try these easy styles on my clients. Thanks for sharing. I will for certain be talking about you on my Facebook like page <3

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  • Emily

    Love! Super fun stuff!!

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  • Milly

    I love this thank u so much for videos. I didn’t it for my son girlfriend for prom.

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  • Anne

    Thanks fior the pics? C

  • Diane

    I pinned this so when my hair gets long (GROWING) it out I can do this. Thanks for sharing such an easy how to do.

  • Faith

    This is so pretty! and really simple and quick!

  • Lora

    This looks awesome! Can’t wait to try it! Thank you for the fpgreat video too!

  • Susan

    Great tutorial!!! Just did this on my daughter who has THICK LONG hair and it looks beautiful. Perfect for school!