The perfect holiday hairstyles

Amanda Martlock shares five great how-to hairstyles sure to make you a hit at any holiday occasion.

The holiday season has come and our calendars are filling up with parties and get-togethers with
family and friends. It’s a great time to purchase a trendy or festive outfit, and one of the best ways to dress up any outfit is the perfect hairstyle. Here are five fuss-free hair ideas to liven up your look.

The side chignon is perfect for those long dinner parties that you may have to attend. This hairstyle is simple, sleek and can stay together for hours.

1. First use a round brush and blow-dry hair straight, focusing on the top sections.

2. Once dry, use a large-barrel curling iron to create waves from your ears down.

3. Tease your hair gently at the crown with a fine-tooth comb to build volume.

4. Gather your hair into a low ponytail; twist it along the nape of your neck, pinning as you go.

5. Once you reach your ear, shape the remaining hair into curls, and pin them back over.


Do you have a dinner date and gift exchange with the girls? Adding a headband to your hair is quick, easy, and can make a great discussion piece. 

1. First you will need a decorative headband with an elastic back. These can be purchased at stores such as Forever 21 and Target for around ten dollars. There are a variety of headband styles with the elastic backing including embellished, double stranded and ones with bows and flowers on top.

2. Take the headband and place it on top of your hair.

3.Grab your hair at the back and tuck it into the headband. Secure with bobby pins if necessary.

4. Play around with it, tease, pin and spray. The messier the better!

Trying to acheive a classy look for New Years Eve? This vintage forties inspired style works for any family get-together or party with friends.

1) Find your side part. Either side will do.

2) Curl all of your hair inward toward your face and clip the curls in place with large setting

3) Mist your hair all over with a light-medium holding hairspray. Let the curls cool and set for at
least fifteen minutes.

4) Gently pull the clips out and let your hair fall.

5) Using a flat or paddle brush, brush hair back and away from your face then let it spring
back. The wave pattern will automatically start to appear. Molding the waves where you want
them by hand and then add one more spritz of hairspray.

6) For an added effect, pin back a small section of hair with a decorative pin.

The teased ponytail is popular and is perfect for going ice skating with friends or grabbing coffee with the
girls. I found this tutorial in eHow’s style section.

1) Use a teasing comb to tease the back section of your hair. To tease, take the hair you plan to
work with and hold it toward the ceiling with one hand. With the comb in the other hand, comb
the hair backward toward your scalp repeatedly, using short strokes.

2) Use your comb to neaten strands that are out of place. Gather the hair at the back of your head
into a ponytail. Place the ponytail wherever you wish and use an elastic hair tie.

3) Increase the lift of your ponytail by pulling out a small section of hair above the ponytail

This twisted style is a fun, festive and creative updo, great for any holiday occasion.

1) You must start with wavy hair.

2) Take the top and front parts of your hair and clip it on top of your head.

3) Take the bottom portion of your hair and make a messy bun at the nape of your neck.

4) Take individual pieces from the top and front portion and loosely twist it.

5) Pin that piece into the messy bun. Repeat this step on the other side and alternate sides until
you reach the top section.

6) Take the top portion of hair and back comb the crown area for volume.

7) Twist and pin that section into the bun.

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