Wear it Out: Holiday Hair Tips

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Published November 15, 2010

Can you hear it? That’s the sound of the holidays quickly approaching. While eggnog and turkey are absolutes, you may need a little help in the hair department—but don’t fret, we’re here to help. We asked Rodney Cutler, Redken Brand Ambassador and owner of Cutler/Redken salons, for the 411 on holiday hair, and he came through with three easy styles you can manage at home.

“Braids have really taken off, and so has accessorizing your hair for the holiday season. One braid that has been very popular this season was the fishtail braid, which gives a modern, edgy twist to the traditional braid (like Diane Kruger).”
 
“A sophisticated ponytail is a perfect holiday look: prep hair with a shampoo and conditioner specially formulated to soften, replenish and boost shine. Towel-dry, then apply a heat-protective blow-dry lotion from roots to ends. Blow-dry with a round brush, then pin hair into rolls to create bend on the ends. Let hair cool, then create a ponytail just below the occipital bone and secure with an elastic. Take a section of hair from the bottom of the ponytail, wrap it around the elastic to hide it, and secure with bobby pins. Next, rub a small amount of light styling wax in your palms and smooth over hair to tame fly-aways. Finish by misting on a flexible-hold, volumizing hairspray.”
 
“To help glam up an everyday hairstyle, just add a little volume and movement, like the bouncy style seen at Chloé’s Fall/Winter 2010 runway show. Start by prepping your hair with Body Full Shampoo and Conditioner. Towel dry, then apply Body Full Instant Bodifier. Together, these three products infuse fine or flat hair with high-impact volume and luscious lift! Next, apply Blown Away 09 protective blow-dry gel. Blow-dry hair using a round brush, then set with a large-barrel curling iron. Use a one-and-a-half-inch or two-inch size to help you create body, not curl. Let the set cool, then brush through lightly. Finish by misting on Quick Dry 18 instant finishing spray for control and shine.”

SARAH HOWARD IS THE EDITOR OF BEAUTY BANTER.