2006 Holiday Hairstyling Tips, Trends, and Secrets of the Stars
Create a super new holiday hairdo that will turn you into a shining "star."
With the holiday season just around the corner, there's one question
that's on every woman's mind. It doesn't matter if she's young or old,
married or single, tall, short, fat, or thin. When the calendar says
"Only 25 More Shopping Days 'Til Christmas," women want to know…
"How can I style my hair for the holidays?"
Be Brave, Be Bold, But Be Sensible It's fine to say you want
"something new and different" for the holidays. But what you DON'T want
is an unpleasant surprise at the salon.
Think twice before you cut once! (And you thought that was only for tailors!)
We've all heard horror stories about women who give their stylists
very specific instructions about what they want…don't listen the advice
the hair professional is offering (usually because it contradicts the
client's "fantasy image")…and end up with an unsuitable holiday hairdo.
Instead of feeling their best, these poor "hair victims" end up
spending their holidays hiding, rather than shining.
Can't quite imagine yourself with your hair gathered loosely at the
crown with tousled waves flowing down your neck…but like the idea?
Wondering how your super-curly hair would look if it were smooth and
straight? Afraid to boldly cut off your long dresses in favor of a
sleek modern 'do?
You're smart to be cautious. A pixie-cut maybe the perfect holiday
hairdo for Halle Berry, but not for you. And once you've cut, or
colored, or processed your hair in some way, you're going to be stuck
See it… Consider it… THEN make your decision to cut, curl, and/or color!
Don't Be Scared, Be Prepared With so much going on at holiday time,
the last thing you want to do is worry about your holiday hairstyle,
but you DO want to look fabulous. To do that, you'll need to think
about your hair before the holidays arrive.
A pre-holiday deep conditioning treatment is a must. The oils will
nourish your hair and seal the cuticles. If your hair is healthy and in
good condition, it will be easy to work with. So whether you or a
professional are styling your hair, it will be responsive to being
brushed, curled, and combed.
Secret: clean, healthy hair in a simple ponytail looks 100% better
than dry, damaged flyaway hair that 's been tortured and lacquered into
The Right Tool for the Job There's no holiday hairstyling tool
that's more versatile and more essential than the curling iron. Curling
irons come in a range of sizes, but all you need to remember is: the
narrower the barrel, the tighter the curl.
Look for a curling iron with multiple settings. This will allow you to choose the heat level.
Caution: Curling irons are hot like…well like irons…and can be
damaging to your glossy locks. Trimming your hair on a regular basis
prevents the damage down by blow-drying from traveling up the hair
Fashion Forecast - Going Up! Hair is definitely going to new heights
for the holidays with a trend towards upswept hairstyles reminiscent of
the 1950's. The emphasis is on soft natural curls and waves that say,
"Caress me" not stiff, lacquered locks that say, "Don't touch"
To get the "up" in your up-do, work with lightweight hair products
that create volume - especially mousses. Make sure that you have bobby
pins that match your hair color and that they're the right size and
strength to hold your hair.
A Traditional Style That's Always Fashionable, Easy, and Sexy The
classic "chignon" sounds French, but it actually dates back to the
Greco-Roman times! It's sleek, and chic, and magnificent for the
holidays because of its simplicity and timeless appeal. (It's also
appealing because it doesn't require that you cut your hair!)
The chignon is the holiday hairstyle of choice for fashion icons
Kelly Ripa, Heidi Klum, and everyone's favorite "desperate housewife"
Here's how: Brush straight, medium- to long- hair into a low, tight
ponytail at the nape of the neck and secure it with a rubber band.
Twist hair several times to make a tight rope, with no frayed-out ends.
Curl the rope into a bun and use hairpins to secure to nape of neck. If
"sleek" isn't in your curly hair's vocabulary, consider a braided
ponytail. When your hair is wet, work in some styling moose. Then use a
hair diffuser to blow-dry scrunching it with your fingers. Grab hair
and braid into loose platte down back. Secure with rubber band and then
cover with a decorative hair ornament.
What Knots! The complete opposite of the stately chignon is a fun
holiday look doesn't require that you cut your hair either -- urban
style "knots," a randomly placed series of tightly curled sections.
Here's how: To become a knot-head, divide your hair into 9 sections
of equal size, securing each with a clip to hold it out of the way. One
by one, twist a section into a tight coil and then wrap the coil into a
tight knot. This is a holiday hairstyle where decorative hairpins are a
must! Use them to hold each knot close to the scalp, but use them
sparingly. We suggest one "decorative" pin for every three "plain" ones.
Is Bling Your Thing? You don't have to have big bucks to look like
you're living large. Even with an "everyday budget", your bun or
chignon can be transformed into a holiday hairdo that's modern, sexy,
and very, very merry with faux diamonds and other fabulous fakes!
Placing diamond clips and delicate barrettes add a sassy touch of
glamour to hairstyles for the holiday. Pretty, feminine clips and
clasps come in a wide variety of textures and finishes, with ribbons
and other charming details