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Now that the holidays are here, you’re probably trying to figure out how you want to spend New Year’s Eve. While we can’t help with your plans or picking out the best LBD for the evening’s festivities, we can assist with how to top off your look with a hairstyle that’s sure to catch someone’s attention just in time for midnight. When you think of holiday hairstyles, you might be thinking of perfectly wound curls or pin-straight hair that goes down-to-there. Instead of sticking with one of those basic hairstyles, we decided our little gift to you this season would be the very chicest chignons to steal the show. Keep reading for three chignon tutorials so that you can rock a New Year’s hairstyle that really turns heads.
If you’re a low-key girl, a perfectly prim and proper hairstyle might not be up your alley. While chignons are known for being classic, when done loosely, they emulate the trendy cool-girl’s favorite undone look. Sound good? Read up on this New Year’s hairstyle below.
What you’ll need:
L’Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo
L’Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Conditioner
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Fine Control Hairspray
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Wash your hair. Hop in the shower and reach for a clay shampoo and conditioner.
Step 2: Brush your hair. Even though this look touts itself on being undone, it still looks good to be smooth. If you’re brushing after showering, apply a dollop of hair cream from your roots down to your ends and allow it to air dry.
Step 3: Smooth your hair back into a low octopus bun. In order to not make your hairstyle too neat, instead of using a brush, use your hands to smooth your hair back into a bun before looping it around the nape of your neck and securing it with a hair tie.
Step 4: Wrap your ends. Twist the little octopus tentacles of hair around your bun and secure them in place with bobby pins, making sure to conceal any pins to uphold the undone look.
Step 5: Finish with hair spray. Since this hairstyle is loosely tied back, it could use a little help to keep it in place all night long. Since you don’t want it to look stiff, stick to a flexible hold hair spray.
A simple braid might be too basic for one of the best nights of the year—but that doesn’t mean a braided chignon is! Read up on this New Year’s hairstyle below.
Rat tail comb
Clear mini elastics
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray
Step 1: Wash your hair. Use a system of shampoo and conditioner formulated for your hair type.
Step 2: Create a side part. Using the tail end of your rat-tail comb, trace a straight line from your hairline back to your crown, with one side of your part being bigger than the other.
Step 3: Section your hair into four sections. Nope, not equal. Divide the front two sections to frame your face, while the back two sections hold the majority of your hair.
Step 4: Braid the two back sections. The looser the better, just not too loose. Once you reach the ends, secure them with clear mini elastics.
Step 5: Pancake each braid. Starting at the end of each braid, gently tug at each section to fluff it up for a fuller appearance.
Step 6: Tuck and roll. Tuck the end of one of the braids and roll it up until it reaches the nape. Pin in place.
Step 7: Repeat! Roll and tuck your other braid into place, pinning it once it looks just right.
Step 8: Style the front sections of hair. Going one side at a time, release a section of hair and loosely French braid it back towards your bun until you’re no longer able to incorporate new hair. Braid it to the ends from there, tuck the ends and pin it in place with your bun of braids.
Step 9: Pull out face-framing tendrils. Not the ‘90s kind that come down from your hairline near your part, but rather just in front of your ears for a more romantic, undone allure.
Step 10: Fluff up your chignon and secure in place. Using the tail end of your rat tail comb, gently life the hair at your crown for a more voluminous-looking chignon. Once everything looks exactly as you’d like, spritz it with hair spray and go enjoy yourself.
Loving the wet look that’s been dominating the runways? Why not pair it with an old-school hairstyle for a one-of-a-kind modern update that’s bound to make a serious fashion statement on New Year’s
L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Shampoo
L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Conditioner
L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Frizz Finish Oil-in-Serum
Step 1: Wash your hair. The wet look works best with freshly washed hair, so hop in the shower and wash with a shampoo and conditioner.
Step 2: Use a hair serum. After you get out of the shower, apply a hair serum. Then, part your hair down the middle or off to one side and brush it down, smoothing it as much as possible.
Step 3: Divide your hair into three sections. Two in the front and one in the back with the majority of your hair being in the back section. Tie the back section into a low ponytail.
Step 4: Section your ponytail off. Using another clear elastic, tie the ends of your ponytail together, creating one sectioned area from the base to your ends.
Step 5: Tuck your pony. Tuck the tied-off ends underneath itself, loosely rolling your ponytail up towards the base of your head before pinning it in place.
Step 6: Smooth the front sections back. Apply a little more hair serum and use a rat tail comb to gently smooth each side back, making sure to flatten any bumps and lumps. Wrap one set of ends around the top of your bun and the other around the bottom, and pin in place.
Step 7: Finish with hair spray. After pinning everything in place, make sure all bobby pins are concealed with hair and spritz with hair spray for a sleek look that stays put.
Now that your hairstyle is on point, it’s time to think about your makeup! Read our article 7 New Year’s Eve Makeup Looks for Your Eyes for some major beauty inspo.