The hair styles in this post are aimed at those of us with enough hair that it ends up in a ponytail most days. Shorter tressed gals, don’t despair, we’ll get you in the future!
Really, who has time these days? Each year we think, “Next December will be more sane!” Then, it comes, and it’s crazy again.
That said, there are definitely plenty of opportunities to be seen during this month. With parties, family in town, vacations, school events and just being out and about, we’re sorry to inform you that hair matters.
Don’t get us wrong, we are sometimes the worst looking style bloggers in America. We commonly write in yoga gear with coffee at our sides and realize a little too late that it’s time to get the kids… and we’re still dressed like it’s 7AM, no makeup to be seen.
Even if you’ve been rushing around, here are some options ranging from the easy to the more involved to help take the stress of pretty hair off your pretty shoulders!
We asked three of our favorite salons to help us out today, so thanks to Salon NFuse, Paige Simmons Salon and Elan. Remember, each can help can give you a fabulous blowout and style – it’s worth the money for a couple days of amazing hair!
Salon N Fuse:
I walked in and talked to owner Stephanie Fulton, and we agreed that she needed to share an option that was a quick, “I have less than 10 minutes!” hairstyle that looks like effort was made and helps you feel confident and “done.” Here is what she came up with.
This is two bobby pins worth of work, really. Grab two strands of hair and TWIST them, and then take the underneath piece of twisted hair and pull it back, thus anchoring the top piece. Can you see that? If you follow my highlighted streak that starts the twist, you can see that it does not continue back, it is let go after that initial twist.
Then, that one piece is twisted and secured with a bobby pin inserted UP.
The extra length of the secured twisted hair is then twisted back along to make it look almost braided, but not quite. Repeat on the other side and secure the second bobby pin in an “X” to lock the two in place. This is all you will need. Twist any extra length as needed back as shown here.
If your hair is long enough for a pony tail with more than a little hair coming out, you can do this!
For more information on Salon NFuse, click here.
Paige Simmons Salon
Even if you’re a big name star, styling your hair for an appearance on Leno doesn’t have to be hard. We asked Paige Simmons to take a couple of photos as she styled Alison Krauss’s hair. What is her secret? For one, it doesn’t hurt that Alison has gorgeous hair, but it also helps if you don’t take yourself too seriously. Paige is famous for saying, “Don’t look in the mirror because it will look like you tried too hard.” There are a couple of secrets that Paige recommends: a scrunch clip, curling iron and some of her favorite product by Davines. A good burst of hair spray doesn’t hurt either.
Here are Paige’s’ tips for a quick and glamorous look:
“Use volume-adding products on roots–nothing too heavy. I like Davines Sea Salt Primer on the roots and Davines volume mousse. If you need to kick it up a notch, then use dry shampoo for volume. I recommend Kevin Murphy or Oscar Blandi (available online at Sephora). Next, dry the hair to create volume, even if you are going to put it up.
For a deep hold wave look, I set the hair in big pin curls all over her head. You can use a 1-inch barrel curling iron, then twist the hair around your fingers and clip it at the scalp, or you can simply just twist the hair sans iron, and proceed with clipping to the scalp. If you use the iron it will have a smoother deeper wave result. I usually leave the pin curls in while I do make up, but have left them in most of a day – the longer they can set, the better the result. Believe me, you can even sleep in them. Just make sure your pin curls are tight and not lose. Spray the hair with Davines Glam hair spray. (I use aerosol hair spray because it is not as sticky and will dry on the hair better.)
Then, take the clips out and brush through the hair. You can either leave it down or pin some up.
I’m a fan of the small claw clips, but I’ve used Scunci No-Slip Grip bobby pins. They come in pretty colors. I usually try to match the hair color.”
More information on Paige Simmons Salon, click here.
The end result is simply beautiful.
Elan Hair Salon
Here are tips from Elan Hair:
To recreate this look, which is very similar to the “Victoria’s Secret Runway Look,” we are trying to achieve two crucial things: first establish structure, second give volume. The structure supports the volume and it all begins at the roots!
Step 1- Shampoo with a volumizing product. At ELAN we use Rene Furterer’s Volumea line. When you use a group of products in one style they are often designed to work together, so it’s more effective to stick with one product line from beginning to end.
Step 2- Rough dry, and then apply Vegetal Gel to the roots to give structure. Then, section off your hair, and begin blow-drying with a round brush. Once each section is dry, and while still warm, spray with Rene Furterer’s Vegetal Finishing Spray, hit it one more time with heat, then curl and pin. (You may use curlers if that’s easier for you)
Step 3- Make sure you are taking the side sections on a vertical orientation so that they fall away from the face instead of straight down. Once you’ve completed the whole head, let the curls set while you apply your makeup.
Step 4- Let the curls down gently, don’t shake them out and never take a brush to them! Use your hands to style the finished look. Make sure you have enough lift at the root. Use a rat-tail comb to lift the root from within, then spray to assist the gel in creating that structure. Take a molding paste and emulsify in your hands, then use it on the baby hair around the frame to open up that gorgeous face! Remember, don’t put too much product on the ends of the hair, we need it to be as light as possible at the ends (volume), and as strong as possible at the root (structure).
For more information on Elan, click here.
So, the before and after is:
Notice, no one offered up sleek and straight. Ladies, it may be time to find the hot rollers again… Happy Holiday Hair!