Favorite Five Fridays: Five Great Hairstyles for the Holidays
For someone like me who has no skills when it comes to doing my hair this is a great and easy look. I love side braids because they look soft and feminine but they are still flirty. I wear this look day and night, even if your hair isn’t super long you can still pull off this look. If you don’t have thick or full hair add a texture spray to give your locks volume, you can even spray your hair with a dry shampoo to give it texture. Then braid your hair to which ever side you like tie it with a small tie. I like to braid my hair loosely, having pieces fall out. You can spray your hair lightly with hairspray to keep it in place if you feel like you need it. You can add a bow like Thandie’s or a small rhinestone clip or bow near the top of your ear.
I love this half up look. It’s a great look for long or short hair, it’s easy to do and still makes you look put together and polished. To start spray your hair with a volumizing root lifter flip your hair upside down and blow dry your roots. Blow dry your hair completely, blow it out with a large round brush to get that bouncy, full-volume look. You can also set your with large velcro rollers. While they are in your hair you can heat the velcro rollers up with your blow dryer so your hair full. If you have bangs like mine you can tease them back a little before pinning them so you get that extra volume in the front. If you have one length hair take two sections nearest to the outside corners of your eyes tease it a little and pin them back with crisscrossed bobby pins or a jeweled clip.
To get sexy, soft, tousled waves like Rosie and Bar (and Bridget Bardot). If you have thick, unruly curls, first use a smoothing defrizzer and then blow dry with a round brush to create a smooth polished surface. Then curl parts with a large round curling iron. If you have straight or fine hair, apply a volumizing mousse to boost body before you blow dry it. If you have thick hair that doesn’t hold curls, apply mousse before blow drying it and then curl sections with a large round curling iron and also use a a thin curling iron. Lightly spray with hairspray.
A hairstylist told me once to get extra wave in your hair and it also makes it easier to style your hair if you don’t wash it the same day you want to style it. Your hair can hold a wave better when it hasn’t been washed rather than with squeaky-clean locks. You can also use a sea salt spray, here is a DIY one we posted a few months ago, sea salt spray
You can lightly spray your hair with hairspray to keep the hold of the curls after you have styled it.
To get a volumized messy bun like Zoe start by prepping your hair with a volumizing spray, then wrap small sections around a curling iron to create volume and curl in your hair. Before pulling hair into a low bun, comb the crown section and be sure to leave out a few face framing pieces.
Don’t worry about making your bun look perfect the more tousled, and carefree the prettier. If you want to make your braid more fun add curls like Zoe or braids like Nicole. To keep your bun in place you can use pins from goody
. It keeps your hair in place, use both one from the top and the other from the bottom. They are easy to use.
Perfect Ponytails, start by blow-drying your hair with mousse and a round brush and upside down for volume. You can use velcro rollers like the half up look to give it more bounce. If you have one length hair like Lauren’s take the front area around the crown, and tease it with a comb. Grab your remaining hair into a ponytail, getting the height where you want it, I like mine pretty high. If you have bangs like me blow out your bangs to how you like them or if you want to pull them back blow them back and tease them. When you have tied your hair pull back the leftover teased section (or your bangs) you can wrap them around the elastic and pin them around it if your hair isn’t long enough to do that just pin them back. If you want to have your hair covering the elastic and you can not do it from the front you can do it from the bottom of your hair. Take some strand from the bottom near the nape of your neck and leave them out when you are tying your hair up then wrap them around the elastic and pin them.
To get other tips on braids, ponytails and tousled waves check out my past post here
I couldn’t pick just 5 so here is your Christmas bonus!
The Perfect Bouncy Blowout
To get this look you have to prep your hair. If you have frizzy, wavy hair, apply a straightening serum. If you have fine or thin hair spray a volumizing spray in your hair. Then blow dry your hair with a round brush when most of the moisture is out start curling the ends with the brush. If after you have blown dried your hair and it still doesn’t have the volume you want then set it in large and medium velcro curlers, and heat it up with your dryer.
Have fun at your holiday parties!