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New Years Eve Party Hair Styles

Formal Hair Styles

Updo party hair style tips from Nick Arrojo

New Years Eve is just around the corner, and as soon as the dust has settled from unwrapping presents, it will be back to party mode and time to start planning your New Years Eve hairdo  While the perfect party dress is ever so important, so is the perfect hair style.  Here are three tips from award-winning hairdresser and television personality, Nick Arrojo (you know him from TLC’s What Not To Wear) for nailing dazzling holiday hair styles.“Updo Party Hair
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How to get a Sparkly Party Hair Style

Spray Thermal Protector all over damp hair before you style to save your hair from the damage of a hair dryer, flat iron and curler abuse.  Once hair is dry and it its desired style, mist some Shine Spray in your hands and run through your hair, focusing on mid to ends, making hair smooth and sleek.  Finally, finish the look with Holding Spray, nice fluid strokes will do the trick here.  Applied too much in a hurry? Just run a brush through and start over.  Thank goodness for buildup-free hair products.  Don’t forget: pack some extra bobby pins, hair elastics, a travel comb and your mini ARROJO holding spray in your purse for touch ups as you run from fête to fête!

How to (really) create a perfect updo party hair style

The answer: PRACTICE!  It may not seem like a novel idea, but this is one of the top reasons DYI special occasion updos go awry.  Choose your desired look and give it at least one run through a few days prior, so there will be no last-minute troubleshooting before the clock strikes 12.  Don’t try to force something that just isn’t working, more often than not a simple, elegant and refined formal hair style will do the trick.

How to save some money getting an updo formal party hair style at the hair salon

If you don’t want to deal with a DYI updo, considering booking your appointment at a reputable beauty school. Services done by students take a little longer than a normal salon styling appointment, but they are a fraction of the price and the students who take clients are at the end of their program and have notched quite a few hours styling.  The following link is a typical price menu for a cosmetology school, you can see styling and blow dries go from $15 -$20 (and yes, it happens to be Nick’s own cosmetology school in NYC).

For more great looks check out our Pinterest Wedding Hairstyles, Prom Hairstyles and Braid Boards.

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Quick Easy Hair Style Ideas for the Holidays

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Quick Easy Hair Holiday Favorite Santa Hat

Happy Holidays All!!

So if you find you don’t have time for ‘fussing or fighting’ here are a few quick easy holiday hairstyle ideas!! My favorite . . . pop on the classic Santa hat . . . and have a good hair day!

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Jordin Sparks braided pig-tails with a touch of pompadour!

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Padma Lakshmi cooks up a quick and easy bun!

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Michelle Obama’s quick and easy holiday pompadour . . .her elves do the easy hats!

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Jenny McCarthy and elves go with quick and easy hats!

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Paris Hilton making it quick and easy with pig-tails and some-kind-of hat?

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Christina Aguilera presents her own kind of hat!

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Lady Gaga stands alone . . . is that an albino reindeer rack to top off her sheer plastic dress?

Thanks to People.com for the quick and easy holiday hair ideas! Happy Holidays everyone!!

For more great holiday hair looks check out our Pinterest Holiday Hairstyles Board.

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Holiday Hair Blunders

A formal updo holiday hairstyle with several glittery hair accessories

Holiday hair blunders and oddities!

Hope you’re all having some fun this holiday season! What a blast the holidays brings with plenty of reason to stretch your artistic flare with everything from cooking, decorating, hosting, wrapping and specially, getting all dolled-up! And, when it comes to holiday hair styles, it’s cool and fitting to do something different with your hair.  But, we don’t want you to make any of these faux pas when it comes to doing up your hair for the holidays!

Katy Perry with glittery hair accessory

Hair Accessory/Jewelry Overload

Don’t get me wrong, I love hair accessories and there is never a more suitable time than the holidays to have fun with these sorts of things. But, keeping everything in perspective, the rule of thumb for hair accessories is, don’t mix hair jewelry with other big jewelry!  (So Katy Perry actually gets it right.) Too much of a good thing can happen in a flash and what was fun and festive, can become gaudy and overdone before you know it!

Headshot of Katy Perry with Pink Hair

The “Misfit”

The ‘misfit’ can easily take place if the hair stylist doing your hair for the evening doesn’t really know who you are. It happens all the time ladies, (need I remind you of your first prom up-do.) Or a misfit happens when your hairstyle is either overly sophisticated for your dress or too casual for your attire or event.

If you go to the salon to have your hair done, bring a picture of what you will be wearing.  Let the hair stylist know your style . . . bohemian, classic, natural, edgy, fun-loving . . . the likely hood of getting a hairstyle that makes you feel great, will be greatly improved.

Headshot of woman with stiff hair from too much hair care product

The Untouchables!

Too much hair care product can spoil a good thing!  I’m a strong advocate of the “three product rule”. . . if you use more than three hair styling products, you risk ruining a good thing. A product for texture, shine and hold, is all a girl really needs.  Lately I’ve been loving for texture, for shine and for a finishing spray.

In my opinion, any more styling product than that starts a build-up that works against all your hard work. (Have you ever created a good thing, just to ruin it by adding one too many products?) What promised to give you lots of volume and shine now turns to a dull, heavy, mess of strands unable to hold a curl.  I’ve been there, done that . . . whatever your choice of hair styling products, stay within the “three product rule” and you will thank me in January!

Headshot of Britney Spears with her head shaved

Don’t take it out on Your Hair!

The holiday hair blunder message here is . . . try to take holiday stress in stride and for @#%*’s sake, stay away from sharp objects like scissors or clippers! We don’t know all the psychology behind this phenomenon, but too many women seem to make a similar decision to “cut it all off” in stressful moments. (Albeit, most don’t go as far as Britney Spears) If you find yourself wanting to do this, take a deep breath, do something else, don’t listen to your thoughts and find a friend who will talk you out of it!

Britney is back big time (thank the Lord) from a time where this hair blunder was the best idea she could come up with! Congrats on her new album, Femme Fatale’ and on her new engagement!

For more great holiday hair looks check out our Pinterest Holiday Hairstyles and Celebrities Boards.

Barb Quinn on Google+  

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