This holiday season as you stress over what to wear to the countless number of parties you have to attend, you won’t have to stress about your hair. Why? Because below you will find two easy-to-do glamorous hairstyles with step by step instructions from celebrity hairstylists so that you can easily reproduce a head-turning polished look to stand out at your next event.
OLIVIA GARDEN HOLIDAY 2014 – Step-by-Step – Retro Glam
Celebrity Hair Stylist, Julius Michael, shares his tips, techniques, and a step-by-step tutorial on how to recreate the stunning retro glam look see above.
• Begin with damp hair, using the Olivia Garden Divine Wet Detangler to smooth out hair and detangle knots
• Section off the center portion of hair directly above the forehead, securing the rest of the hair behind the head using an Olivia Garden Double Clip
• Blow dry the hair using the Olivia Garden Heat Pro thermal round brush to minimize dry time and protect the hair from heat damage. Style the hair in a curl using upward strokes
• Once hair is dry, set the curl by securing the hair in a roll using another Double Clip
• Move on to the hair on the sides and back of the head, blow drying individual sections of hair outwards and downwards towards the chin
• Once dry, clip each section into a roll to set the curls
• To create volume at the crown, divide the back of the hair into two sections. For the top section, blow dry hair upwards first, then use a downward rolling motion to finish drying before pinning it up into a roll
• Repeat with the bottom section at the back of the head
• To finish the look, apply some extra heat from the blow dryer and spray the set curls with an anti-humidity spray
• Allow the curls to cool for five minutes, and then remove the Double Clips
• Gently brush out the curls using the Olivia Garden Divine 100% Boar brush to add shine
Disheveled French Twist
• Start with day old hair as you’ll have some texture in your hair and it will be easier to manage.
• Use dry shampoo to really boost the texture of your roots (Redken Pillow Proof dry shampoo is excellent). Spray throughout your roots and even the mid-lengths to create body and texture.
• Shake through with your fingers.
• Use a light hairspray for a little hold – Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Hairspray works best as it is a versatile spray. Mist over all and shake up with your hands to really create body and movement.
• Section out the crown and front area and pin to one side.
• Sweep the sides and back together and then twist upwards and pin. Make sure to use hairpins (U shaped pins) so they can really anchor the hair.
• Take your top section and roll under and pin at the crown for a little height in this area.
Loosen the hairline a little with your fingers to work suits your face shape best then add a hair accessory of your choice.
• To finish, add a little shine by misting Redken Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist all over – this is very light but gives just the right amount shine you need.
Up until I was in the eighth grade, my mom took the main responsibility for the disaster that is my hair. It took a lot of pulling and smothering palm fulls of Indian Hemp hair products, for her to be able to tame my wild, frizzy coils that always seemed to channel their inner Diana Ross. Then, when I would get my hair straightened, my long hair swallowed me up like Cousin It. As a result, I have always stuck to a basic can’t-go-wrong ponytail.
My New Year’s resolution for 2013 is to learn how to create a super glamorous hairstyle. I always have the perfect outfit and fabulous makeup look, but I am always completely clueless about how to wear my hair. In order to get ideas, I checked out the TRESemmé Style Studio, a new interactive and customizable step-by-step hair tutorial and tip site of over 100 different hair styles. On the site, you can select your hair type (straight, curly, wavy, with bangs) and hair length (short, medium, long), and occasion (Girls Night, At the Office, Blushing Bride, and Date Night).
The thing I love the most about this website is that it gives you the ability to upload a photo of yourself and get a complete hair makeover using their Instant Styler. I spent a full hour this weekend trying on different hairstyles and colors. It’s so much fun! Check out one of my results below:
What is your 2013 hair resolution?
However perfectly you have styled your hair first thing in the morning, stepping out into pouring rain, hot and humid conditions, wind or snow can all play havoc with your look. It’s important to make sure you are wearing the right hairstyle to hold up to the day’s forecast if you want to avoid a hair disaster!
Our favourite celebrities are a dab-hand at keeping their look polished and red-carpet perfect whatever the season, but with a team of hairdressers and stylists to hand it’s no surprise. Here are our top tips to try at home, inspired by some of the most stylish celebs:
Mary Kate Olsen’s pretty plaits
Heidi-style braids, as worn by Mary Kate Olsen, Kirsten Dunst and Jessica Alba, are the ultimate bad-weather style. Easily done once you have mastered the technique, the style looks best when a little messy and lived-in looking, and is a great way to keep your hair looking good between washes.
Get it by parting your hair and putting in two pig tails. Braid each side and secure with elastic bands (choose metal-free ones to avoid damaging your hair), then take the left plait, wrap across the top of your head, and pin behind the right ear. Repeat with the other side.
Eva Longoria’s Half-Up Look
When the weather’s warm and your hair is naturally more curly, putting half of it up is a good way to achieve a soft and romantic look.
This is simply done by parting your hair down the middle and clipping it up on either side. You could add volume with a little back combing for an evening look. If your hair is too smooth to hold the grips, spraying them with hairspray before putting them in your hair will hold the style more effectively.
Charlize Theron’s low side bun
This is the perfect hairstyle to neaten up your look quickly after being caught out in rain or wind; you will be looking effortlessly elegant in minutes. Simply part hair your on one side, braid it to the end, then wrap into a bun shape to one side and pin, holding with hairspray if you have any to hand. This works best for medium to long styles.
Jessica Biel’s Ponytail with a difference
A ponytail is the surest way to keep your hair from getting ruined by the weather. A slicked-back style will work best for hot days; try smoothing back your hair with a medium hold gel and pull into a tight ponytail at crown height. Create texture in the ends of your hair for some nice contrast, by spritzing salt spray onto the hair and scrunching, for a tousled effect.
For a more glamorous evening look, you can try adding some volume at the front of your head, which is softer and more flattering for your face. Start on day-old hair for better grip, and back-comb gently at the roots. Spray with a strong hairspray, and create a low ponytail. Take a strand from underneath the ponytail, wrap it round the hair band, and pin in place to finish.
Emily Bradbury is a fashion-lover and blogger for popular online jewellery retailer The Jewel Hut, home to over 40 big-name brands; including Pandora, Links of London and Thomas Sabo.