As you plan your outfits for upcoming holiday parties, don’t forget to consider festive hairdos. We stopped by a few salons to see how they are styling hair for the holidays, and five local experts gave us inspiration for looks to try this season. Whether you are a looking for a DIY option or a more elevated look with well-placed accessories, the experts are here to help. Not only do they give us inspiration, but they also walk us through why and how the hairstyles work for the holidays. They encourage us to tackle the looks ourselves but are only a phone call away should we need a helping hand. Which of these five hairstyles will your try for the holidays?
Courtney Cluckey, Element Salon
“Accessories are a big thing right now,” Element Salon stylist Courtney Cluckey explains. “They add a little shine and sparkle, which everyone wants during the holidays.” A simple accessory can spruce up a plain hairstyle and take it to the next level. This season, toss an accessory into your hair, and wow other party-goers with your easy look. To master a simple hairstyle, Courtney reminds us to create texture. “Texture spray makes it look not-so-perfect,” she says.
A dressed-up pony
Deidre DeFelice, The Blowout Co.
If you are in the mood for an updo but don’t want to look too done, opt for a dressed up pony. “It is super easy to accomplish at home and works on most hair lengths,” Deidre DeFelice, Director of Operations for The Blowout Co., assures us. She suggests starting with curls or waves in your hair before teasing the crown and bobby pinning it in a “pouf.” Then, pull a section from each side and secure with a clear elastic. “Create a topsy tail, like we all used to do back in the day, then pull one more section from each side and create one more topsy tail. The rest of your hair just hangs down and can be finished off with a dry texture spray. Bedroom Hair by Kevin Murphy is my favorite and is available at all Blowout Co. locations for $30,” she continues. She also reminds us that leaving a few strands out around the face will soften the look a little bit.
A new twist on the braid
Daniel Essenpreis, Paige Simmons Salon
“Braids are not too high maintenance or fussy,” Paige Simmons Salon’s stylist Daniel Essenpreis reminds us. “If you get caught in weather, this look can quickly be fixed or changed by pulling up the waves and throwing them into a side bun. It doesn’t look overly done, so if it gets messed up, no one will know otherwise.”
Once the braids are in place, use texturizing spray and a comb to create volume and texture. Then, curl the remaining strands in alternating directions. His products of choice are Dry Texturizer by Davines and Davines’ Volume Creator brush. “If you want a more polished look, you can use a shine spray to add extra glisten,” he explains.
Holly Osborn, Style House Salon
This half-up ‘do is a go-to holiday look for Style House Salon‘s senior stylist Holly Osborn. “It is fun, flirty and effortless,” she says. To master the look, she preps her hair the night before with L’Oréal Professionnel’s newest dry shampoo, Morning After Dust. “Morning After Dust is an invisible dry shampoo that helps extend the life of my blow out,” she informs us. Then, she adds Next Day Hair by L’Oréal Professionnel through her mids and ends for a tousled look. Next, she takes a two-inch section on both sides of her natural part and twists them away from her face. Finally, she secures both sections in the back with a cute, statement barrette. Expert tips: “If your hair is medium to coarse, you may want to use L’Oréal Professionnel’s Liss Control serum to seal down and tame your ends.” Bonus tip: “Try this on straight hair without the twist!”
Kim Hunter, True Blue Salon
Kim Hunter, the owner of True Blue Salon, reminds us that almost anyone can tackle a messy braid at home, and you can make it holiday-ready by adding ornaments and a bow. The smaller the ornament, the better the look — in our opinion. Unless you are attending a themed party, we don’t want you to look like a Christmas tree. Finish the braid off with a bow on the end and call it a day!
Use these photos as inspiration to tackle your holiday hairstyles. If you need help, just call the experts!
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