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When the holidays roll around, you’ll probably want to mix up your hair style. It’s a time of year that encourages change (see: New Year’s resolutions) and why wouldn’t you want to show off a look that’s really special at all the seasonal parties you’ll surely attend? So, it’s a given that you’ll want to do something new, but what’s a girl to do when her hair styling skills don’t extend beyond the basics? If ponytails and messy buns are essentially all that’s in your styling repertoire, the trick is to use a hair accessory. Top any look with a fun accessory, and ta-da, instant transformation—suddenly, your hair is stealing the show on New Year’s Eve. It’s basically like jewelry for your hair. What’s not to like? Below, we’re sharing five hair accessories you can add to your hairstyle to turn an everyday staple style into the next big hairstyle trend. Pick out your hair accessory, gather your hair spray, hair cream, and other styling products, then get to styling.
Chances are you have an old headband or two in your collection, but they’ve been given a boring job. You pop one on when you’re cleaning or during an awkward grow-out phase (bye-bye bangs), but the rest of the time they’re forgotten. Well, we’re here to tell you to dig out one of your headbands. It, and your hair, are about to be given a new life. Get crafty with the old relic and spice it up with the help of a bit of glitter or sparkly stones, gluing anything that suits your fancy onto the band. Let the headband dry, and then you’ll be ready to rock it just in time for the office holiday party.
Here’s how to wear it:
Step 1: Use heat protectant. Before getting your hands on a heat tool, it’s always a must to use a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray.
Step 2: Straighten your hair. Once your hair is protected, as long as your hair is dry, you can begin straightening. Use a flat iron on small sections of hair for super-straight hair.
Step 3: Apply hair serum. Smooth your hair and add shine with few drops of hair serum.
Step 4: Slip on a headband. Put on your DIY headband!
Most of us sport a messy bun (at least) a few time a week, but tossing all your hair atop your head can get pretty boring. Definitely too dull for any of the occasions on your social calendar this time of year. But, there is a way to make your bun work no matter where you’re headed. To put a spin on your favorite sloppy style, pop on a bun cuff—in the shiny metal of your choice, of course.
Step 1: Comb hair. Use a wide tooth comb to rid your hair of any knots. If your hair extra tangled, a few spritzes of detangler can help.
Step 2: Create a bun. You’re probably an expert on this one by now, but here’s a refresher. Pull your hair up, as if you were going to put it into a ponytail. Start twisting the ponytail and wrap it around the base. Then, secure with a hair tie.
Step 3: Add a bun cuff. Place the decorative hair cuff around your bun.
Step 4: Finish with hair spray. Spray your hairstyle with a hair spray and you’re all set.
During the holidays, bobby pins just don’t cut it. They may be handy, but they aren’t adding any style to your hairstyle. Instead of using the pins we know are already sprinkled throughout your home and every purse you own, reach for a metallic French pin. Not only will it take over the bobby pins’ role, managing to secure your hair in whichever style you like, but it’ll give your look an added air of elegance. That’s right, you don’t have to tuck and twist to hide the pin beneath your hair, let it show—it’s totally chic.
Step 1: Use heat protectant. Spray your hair with heat protectant, then you can move to the next step.
Step 2: Make waves. Using a curling iron, add loose waves to your hair. To keep your style from becoming more curly than wavy, comb through the waves with your fingers before they completely cool.
Step 3: Create a half-bun. Follow the same steps you would to create a messy bun, except you only want to use the top layer of your hair. When it’s time to secure, slip the French pin through the half-bun. The pin should hold it in place without any help from bobby pins!
Step 4: Finish with hair spray. Just in case your hair was thinking of budging throughout the night, finish with a coat of the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold.
Think back to the ‘90s, and imagine all your favorite pop princesses and rising starlets. If you can get a good mental image of their hair, it’s likely you’ll see one commonality. Whether they’re on a stage, hitting the red carpet, or enjoying a casual day out and about, they had strands that were adorned with tiny gemstones. Unfortunately, it’s not a look you’ll notice all too often anymore, but we’re calling on you to bring it back. And what better time than the holidays? When everyone’s wearing sequined dresses and shimmery shirts, you can add sparkle to your long hair instead.
Step 1: Cleanse and condition. Give your hair a boost of volume with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Conditioner.
Step 2: Use texturizing hair spray. After washing, while your hair is still damp, spray with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray. Scrunch, then allow your hair to finish air drying.
Step 3: Define with hair gel. For an extra ‘90s touch, define some of your natural waves with a hair gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel.
Step 4: Add hair gems. Place the hair gems in your hair, spreading them out.
Fabric-covered elastics are another beauty trend of the past, but put a slight spin on it and no one will think you’re hanging onto your childhood hair accessories. Leave the bright colors and bold patterns behind, and opt for an elastic in a fabric that matches the weather. We’re talking about (faux) fur! Not only will your hair look cozy and cool—perfect for an ugly sweater party—but you’ll have everyone else in attendance feeling nostalgic.
Step 1: Use heat protectant. You know the drill.
Step 2: Apply hair cream. To help prevent frizzy hair, smooth on a hair cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream.
Step 3: Blow-dry. Using a round brush and blow-dryer, give yourself an at-home blowout. (Be wary of these 9 Ways You’re Drying Your Hair Wrong.)
Step 4: Create a ponytail. Pull your hair into a high ponytail, then wrap your furry elastic around the base. If you have thick hair, you can use an extra hair tie underneath to keep your pony from slipping out as your event goes on.
Now that you know what to do with your hair over the holidays, let us help with your makeup. Check out our article on A Classic Holiday Makeup Look for Every Occasion.