10 Holiday Hairstyles

It’s party season! Time to bust out the bubbly and cocktail dresses.  We love this time of year because it allows you to go all out with your look and experiment with fun colors, textures and styles.  Here are 10 Holiday Hairstyles you can wear that are guaranteed to gain compliments, whether you’re mingling with your colleagues, partying with friends, or spending quality time with those you love!

The name says it all! Perfect for keeping your hair out of your face at dance parties or digging into some delicious holiday treats (we know you’re going to indulge).  This can be worn casually or with a cool, slinky party dress. Try Bb Texture by Bumble and Bumble to achieve this perfectly messy look.
We love how versatile and festive this look is. Great for a wedding, but relaxed enough for a quiet evening cuddled up with some mulled wine. This look is not meant to be polished or perfectly in place – the wispier the better! Extra points if you add a little greenery for decoration. Use Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray by Redken to create texure, and then spritz a little Shine Flash Glistening Mist by Redken to make it shine!

Designer: Carolina Herrera Spring 2011 Bridal Fashion week New York April 2011

Some holiday events call for straight up elegance. Sleek, classic and undoubtedly chic, the chignon is the epitome of elegant holiday hair. Looks perfect with a beautiful evening gown, or worn with a smart modernistic outfit. Don’t forget to pair it with glowing skin and a lovely lip. We recommend The Chic Chignon Set by Kerastase which includes Nectar Thermique for that liquid sleek look  and Laque Noir to keep everything in place.
This look was all over the runways this year, and what better way to show off your cool, edgy side than to rock it yourself? Pair it up with your favorite jeans and a leather jacket and you’ll be the coolest chick at the party. For this look, we like Redken’s  Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist and Forceful 23 Super Shine Mist  for superior, shiny hold.
If you are lucky enough to have curly hair (we see you rolling your eyes, curly haired girls!) then bring that gorgeous hair to life and go au natural. Why try to force a hairstyle that just won’t behave when you can bring your beautiful twisted tendrils to the party. We love Bb Curl Defining Creme and Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil (shine and separation).
The holidays allow us to be a little more dramatic and glamorous with our look. Channel your inner Hollywood starlet with classic red carpet worthy waves.  This look is perfect for formal occasions or dressy gatherings. Pair it with a red lip and a sexy little outfit, and you’ll have people lining up under the mistletoe for you. Create this look by using  Materialiste from Kerastase to create thickness and manageability, Laque Noir for touchable hold, Laque Dentelle to smooth over strays.
Braids were huge this year, and we don’t see the trend going away anytime soon. The braid crown is a fun and festive way to incorporate braids into your look. Rub a bit of Redken’s Rough Paste 12 onto damp hair for grip and control as you create your crown and then secure with bobby pins.
If the crown is a bit too extreme (and let’s face it, difficult), but you still want to add a braid to your look, try a nice side braid with tousled hair. It’s simple yet pretty look and works well with various hair lengths. We like Bumble and Bumble’s Bb Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer, Bb Grooming Creme to create that “lived-in” texture, and Bb Spray de Mode to work the braid and hold the look.

SS11 Carlotta Gherzi for Sado at London Fashion Week SS11, hair by TONI&GUY. For free editorial use provided TONI&GUY are credted, otherwise charges will apply.

Another runway inspired look this year, was a low, messy knot at the nape of the neck. It sounds like everything you don’t want in a hairstyle, but somehow it actually looks very chic and unfussy.  The secret is to keep the knot simple, frizz free and at the center, low part of your neck. Use Redken’s Mess Around 10 Disrupting Creme Paste to create flexible hold for the knot and then finish it off with a blast of Wind Blown 05 Finishing Spray to tame frizz and hold the look together.
If you just want something easy, yet presentable enough to wear in front of friends and family, you can never go wrong with a nice luxurious blowout. We like Bb Thickening Full Form Mousse to create body and volume, Bb All Style Blow Out to zap oil and protect against heat.  Or you can visit your favorite salon and treat yourself to an amazing blowout (ahem….no pressure).
Happy Holidays!
Be sure to post a pic of your holiday hair and tag us in it @thegatessalon.