Reese Witherspoon Inspired Holiday Hair Tutorial

If I had to choose a celebrity “hair idol”, I would choose Reese Witherspoon. If you scan through photos of here from current to years ago, she’s really never had a hair atrocity like most celebrities. 
I think what’s appealing about her hair is that it’s pretty. It’s flattering, versatile (she can rock super short and very long), and it’t not over done.
I love her headband look here:
So this inspired my first Holiday Hair Tutorial for the season. 
This hairstyle is just a mix up of basic techniques mixed with a little over the top volume (that can be adjusted based on your comfort level). 
Instead of using one headband, I used two. If you want a similar finished look to my headband style, you can either use two skinny headbands as well, or purchase the “double” headband
Reese Whitherspoon Holiday Inspired- The Small Things Blog
Earrings: Anthropologie (oos)
Necklace: Anne Taylor (oos)
Shirt: Old Navy (oos)
*oos = out of stock


  1. says

    I have been attempting to recreate this look for SO long! I love Reese’s hair and always take her pictures to my stylist, now I’m glad I can do this on my own at home! Thank you!

  2. says

    Love this look! How do you get the teasing to be so high? I have a rat tail comb that I use but I can never tease it enough. Am I using the wrong type of comb? Every time I tease it just falls back flat when I let it go. Have no idea what I am going wrong.

    • Jackie Elander says

      Hey Jessica! Have you ever tried using a pick to get volume? I’ve found that if you use a pick that you can get amazing volume! Maybe try that out? And hairspray before you comb it too. That helps for my hair, and I like BIG hair :)
      Hope that helps!

    • says

      Jessica, try Jackie’s tips for sure, but I’d actually argue that you can’t get long-lasting volume from a pick. Use a fine tooth comb with short strokes as you tease. I also have a teasing video on my hair page if you need it!

    • says

      Thank you to you both! The rat tail comb I use is pretty fine so that is why I thought it was okay to use. Must be me and not the comb, haha! I will watch your teasing video again to see if I am doing something wrong. My stylist says I have very fine hair but a lot of it so maybe that is the problem. :)

  3. JANNA says

    This is a very simple yet beautiful style! I love it! :-) One tutorial that I would like to see is a style where you only pin back the bangs with a sort of poufy look. That is one style that I can rarely get right and would love some help on that!

  4. Taleen says

    Do you have any tips on how to modify this look for a short (just below chin length) bob? AND I have bangs but I think they are long enough to get into a headband. Thanks!

  5. says

    I love your tutorials! My hair is extremely thick and (thankfully) straight/wavy-ish. I’ve tried a couple of the tutes, but it is exhausting to curl my hair and try to get it to hold with bobby pins. I have however, practiced enough with my flat iron to get nice wavy curls for every day styling. So, thank you! :)

  6. Anonymous says

    It looks so great on Reese, but a little bit funny on you because you teased your hair too much up there. No hard feelings, I just think it looks more natural on her.
    Thanks for the tutorial!


    • says

      I mention in the video that you can adjust the level of volume as you tease. . but in this case it’s better to overdo it slighly because the hair will settle and soften a bit after you finish the style.

  7. Anonymous says

    Have you ever thought about breaking your base for color to blend your highlights?? 10 minutes with a 12AB/12AV would be really pretty on your roots.

  8. Kacey Batterton says

    Beautiful! And I would also love to know what lipstick you’re wearing. I’m wearing an orangey-red shirt today and don’t want a lipstick that is too orange. Yours looks perfect. Do share!

  9. Anonymous says

    I love the hair! I’m always afraid of headbands, but I might be able to rock this one. Also, your skin is amazing. Have you ever thought of using bare escentuals? It is awesome!

  10. Heather dela Cruz says

    This just might be the fix for my “second day straight” hair. I have long, naturally curly hair and only straighten once in a while. It takes soooooo long, and after one day, it looks…eh. Some teasing and a headband might be just the trick to get another day out of all of my hard work!! Thanks girl!

  11. Anonymous says

    I love your video! You put so much work into every one that you do! Would you mind telling us where you got your headbands? I keep looking for thinner headbands like yours but can’t find any that I love. Thank you so much :)

  12. says

    Gorgeous, Kate! I actually like this look better on YOU than on Reese. And I am a huge fan of Reese’s hair, also! Have you ever considered breaking into show business as a hair stylist?? You could take Hollywood by storm, I’m sure!

  13. Courtney says

    Great tutorial! I can’t wait to try it! Question..just wondering what face makeup you are currently using….its looks so flawless and even! I have fair skin like you and have such a hard time finding the right shade of foundation and powder….but yours looks perfect all the time! Would love to know what you are currently using along with the shades. Thanks so much for helping keep us beautiful!

  14. Bethany says

    Hi Kate thanks for this tutorial. I just cut off 7 inches of my hair based on your beautiful hair and the great tutorials you put up! I going to try this one soon! Who knew shorter hair would be so easy to style! Thanks and please keep these holiday looks coming.

  15. says

    Could you please do a hair tutorial on how her hair is curled/styled in this pic? I noticed you did more a wave and while I like that too I’d really like to see how she curled her hair.

  16. Anonymous says

    I love this look! I’ve looked all around for the headbands, notat target,walmart, sally’s, amazon, or a generic google search. My sister did own a set of these so I’m begging her to look through her stuff.. we’ll see :) I would love to know how you organize your hair accessories and makeup.. Mine.. is.. Everywhere!!!! :)

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  18. says

    I have really thick hair and can never recreate the styles but I did go out and cut my hair short like hers so hopfully I will have more success. fingers crossed….

  19. Melissa Gale says

    Hi, where did you get the headband you are wearing in this post? I have been looking all over for one just like it. Thank you!!!

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