This season, the glamour quotient gets kicked up a notch with hair styles becoming oh-so-sultry for the holidays. Whether you choose an undone updo, touchable waves or a modern take on the braid, the end result is a style that begs to be kissed under the mistletoe.
Bouffant, undone updos
Say that 10 times. The name may be a tongue twister, but the diva-meets-debutante look, at left, is surprisingly easy to pull off.
Tim Rogers, a celebrity hairstylist who has styled the likes of Kate Moss and Nicole Scherzinger, recommends setting clean hair in large electric rollers to begin. Apply a texturizing spray, such as Charles Worthington London BIG HAIR Texturizing Salt Spray ($5.99 at drugstores), at the roots of each roller. Then remove the rollers and brush out the roots for volume before setting with an ultra fine hair spray.
Next, divide hair into two sections, splitting at the crown. The lower section will become a low ponytail or French twist. The front section is pinned for volume and then integrated into the pony or twist, creating a disheveled bouffant 'do.
Channel Carrie Bradshaw's chic waves, above right, this season for a look that's more come-hither than holiday.
"Loose waves are a perfect late-night look — holiday hair doesn't always have to be an updo," said Harry Josh, master stylist for John Frieda. And Josh should know; after all he's the man behind the mane of many a sexy celeb, coifing supermodels such as Gisele Bündchen and Christy Turlington.
"Wrap individual sections of hair around your finger, starting with the under-layers," Josh said, "and spritz lightly with Luxurious Volume All-Out Hold Hairspray to create waves and boost body on the go. The spray provides all-night hold and major volume for no-fuss, fabulous style."
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However you choose to wear it, the braid trend continues, translating perfectly to holiday.
Worn sleek and shiny (think of a classic chignon traced in braids) or modern and messy (a la Lauren Conrad, pictured at right at the 2008 Emmy Awards), the braid is back.
Of course, if you don't know how to braid or if you just don't have enough hair to braid, there's always the faux hair option. Easi Wraps makes double-braided hair headbands that easily accent any style and come in a collection of 10 hair hues; they're $6.95 each at hairextensions.com.
One thing is certain, whether you plan on being naughty or nice, sport one of these haute holiday styles and you're sure to ring in the season in style.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.