Holiday hair: 3 easy Beauty Panel looks to get you through the season in style

Well, winter is unfortunately here, but with the cold weather comes the holidays, and what better time to try out some new hairstyles? With holiday parties, Secret Santa exchanges and meeting that special someone under the mistletoe, great holiday hair is a necessity. So we asked our Beauty Panel what their hairdo plans are for the most wonderful time of the year.

Challenge 82: Show us what hairstyles you’ll be trying out at holiday parties this season! See the answers now! ┬╗

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Jennifer Francis
Durham | Spiced Beauty

My signature style is going to be swept to the side loose curls. Curls are never going to be out of style. This holiday I suggest that you invest in a great curling wand, heat protectant and holding spray. Start off by spraying heat protectant on your hair. I should also add if you decide to use human hair extensions it would be good to spray them as well. Put your wand on the the second highest setting (don’t forget your glove) and curl. Then use you hands to separate and loosen the curl. Lastly, lightly spray with your favourite holding spray. Voila! You’re holiday ready.

Products used: Curling wand, L’oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray

Brittany Messner
Calgary | Life, set sail

Since recently cutting my hair into a bob style, it’s been nearly impossible to work it any other way until recently. I’ve got about two months worth of growth now and can finally pull it back into a decently non-ridiculous looking ponytail! So what does a girl with short hair do in terms of a updo? Turns out it’s fairly easy to get a holiday ready look in a few simple steps:

1. After adding texturizing spray, give your hair a deep side part

2. Twist the more “hair heavy” side back away from your face, adding pieces along the way as you work towards the back of your head

3. Gather the twisted section as well as the rest of your hair into a messy bun and pin wear needed

4. Soften up the look by loosening sections and pulling pieces out from around your face

5. Spritz with a medium to strong hold hairspray

Products used: Unite Texturiza Spray, ColorProof AllAround Color Protect Working Hairspray

Alison Leong
Vancouver | alison*elle

Since my hair is super fine, I often find it difficult to create fun braided hairstyles (it’s hard to make a braid when there isn’t much hair to use!). One look that does work for fine hair, however, is the braided headband and it’s just perfect for adding a touch of glam to a holiday party look. First, decide where you want the “headband” to lay (I prefer a little ways back, starting behind my ears).

Next, separate a small section of hair on one side of your head and start braiding. Make sure to angle your braid upwards (if you braid downwards, you will have a bump when you flip the braid up to cross it over your head). Secure with a clear plastic band. Do the same on the other side. Cross the braids over your head to create the “headband” and secure each end with bobby pins. Pull out the clear plastic bands once the braids are pinned down. If your hair is straight like mine, adding some curls creates some nice texture. I like a 1.5″ curling iron for a more subtle wave.

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