New Year’s Eve is fast-approaching and you may have an idea of what you will be wearing at the last big party of the year. You may even have already decided how your makeup will match that new dress and pair of shoes you bought for the occasion. But have you thought about your hair-do? Do you plan on just wearing your hair the same way you have for the past 11 months? Come on, it’s the Holidays! It’s the time of the year to get glammed up! Dare to be glamourous is our motto!
1) Grab a one-inch curling iron and, holding it vertically to your head, curl all of your hair, section by section. Be sure to wrap the hair around the iron in the direction away from your face. If you find your hair isn’t holding the curl, or if you have fine or hard-to-curl hair, simply spray each section with hairspray before you curl.
2) After your hair is all curled, use your fingers to comb through the curls. This will break them up and help give them that fluffy texture. Create a center part in your hair, then section off the crown and begin to backcomb to add volume.
3) Next, grab the section below the one you just teased, and backcomb that as well. This is going to create a “grippy” base that will help your hair clip stay in place. Use your hand to smooth over the surface of the backcombed bits, which will help the hair appear more polished and conceal the backcombing.
4) On the left side of your head, grab two front sections of hair. The first one should be directly off your part and the second one should be the piece right behind it, which runs parallel to the hairline and just in front of the ear. Twist the top only, then pull back both sections of hair at the back of the head and begin twisting the strands together, starting behind the ear. Basically you want the front of the twist to have two distinct textures — the smooth one underneath and the twisted one on top. These two pieces will then begin to blend together into one seamless twist. “The flattened sides is what keeps this look modern,” says Heather Packer, a stylist at Cutler Salon in NYC. “If you just had the one twist it would be too much of a literal hippie look. By being flatter on the sides, it keeps the hair from puffing out, which adds to the modernity.”
5) Use a bobby pin to secure the hair at the back of your head, then repeat the twisting on the opposite side.
6) Gather the two pieces of hair together at the back of your head — right where the second-round of teasing is — and secure with a hair elastic.
7) Grab a sparkly, festive clip and attach it over top of the elastic, anchoring it into the teased hair.
8) “This is a good balance for a holiday outfit,” says Packer. “It can dress down your look without making you look messy. It adds a coolness to a very proper dress.”
Find this look and 6 more festive hair-do’s at Refinery29