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I’ve always been a little hair obsessed. If my hair looks good, I feel good (and if not, don’t ask!). It’s easy to fall into a ponytail hair rut, so I try to experiment with different looks, especially at this time of year. Today, I’m sharing three easy hair styles for the holidays (and beyond) using the Conair Curl Secret and the Conair Pro 3Q blow dryer.
What I love most about these pretty hair styles is that they’re so simple to do. Trust me: if I can do it, you can, too!
I’m starting with a basic blow out using the Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q Brushless Motor Dryer. Blow outs are a mainstay of my hair repertoire. They’re perfect for work and also great for any night you want to look pulled together and polished.
Once you’ve mastered the blow out, I’ll show you how to take this sleek style from day to night. I created a simple side twist updo using a scünci Princess Roll. You won’t believe how easy this tool makes the updo!
Finally, I’m showing you how to get bouncy, big waves using the Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret. This is pretty much the coolest curling iron ever! It’s easy to use and gives you perfect waves every time.
I found everything I needed for these easy holiday hair styles – the Conair Pro 3Q, Conair Curl Secret, scünci Princess Roll, and Conair Velvet Paddle Brush – at Walmart!
Blow Out Tips & Tricks
I love a good blow out and every time I get one I watch the stylist to pick up new tricks. It’s actually really easy to do one at home, so skip the blow dry bar and follow my tips instead.
To protect your hair, begin with hair that is at least 50% dry. I usually put on my makeup and eat breakfast before starting, so my hair is not completely wet.
My hair has a fine texture and holds a style really well, so I don’t use any product prior to drying. If you hair is thicker or needs help to hold a style, apply some mousse (great for extra body) or heat protectant before beginning.
Next, you’ll section your hair. For my long hair, I create three sections: one below my ears; a middle section between my ears and temples; and one on the top. Use clips to separate the hair. If your hair is really thick, you can create additional sections, and if your hair is short, you may only need two sections.
I used my new Pro 3Q Blow Dryer, which I love. The titanium-ceramic technology reduces drying time by up to 70% (it’s seriously speedy), and it uses lower temperature and faster airflow to minimize heat damage. It’s also much quieter than my old dryer.
Attach the concentrator to your dryer (this is key) and begin with the bottom section first. Work on one small area of hair until it’s completely dry, and then move on to the next, gradually working your way up to the top of your head. Use the highest heat and fastest speed settings for the best results.
These tips will give you the best blow out:
- Blow dry your roots first, always positioning the concentrator close to your round brush.
- After your roots are dry, focus on the middle section of your locks:
- Always point the blow dryer down towards the ends of your hair. Doing so keeps the cuticle smooth and minimizes frizz.
- Wrap your hair around the brush to create tension and help straighten your hair. Pull the brush through your hair as it dries, always keeping the concentrator close to the brush.
- When you get to the ends, create curl and bounce by wrapping them around the brush. Set the curl with the cold shot button. If you prefer straight ends, lay your hair over the brush instead of wrapping it.
- Want lots of volume on top? Blow dry the roots in the opposite direction that you want them to lay. After the roots are dry, flip your hair over the brush the right way and finish drying the rest of the section, pointing the dryer toward the ends.
- Finish by rubbing a little styling oil between your palms and applying it to the ends of your hair. Smooth out any remaining frizz as you do so.
Trick for the best bangs: blow dry the hair in the direction the bangs should lay first, then the opposite direction, and then finally in the correct direction again. This will keep them from being too curled under and poofy.
This side twist updo is a super easy way to create a beautiful look for a holiday event. You’ll need a scünci Princess Roll, Conair Velvet Paddle Brush, and the Conair Curl Secret. I recommend starting with a blow out so your hair is smooth and sleek. Second day hair is fine.
Begin by brushing out your hair using the paddle brush, smoothing the ends and getting rid of any knots. Create a deep side part at the front of your hair and place the Princess Roll over your head, turning it sideways so the band and padded roll meet at your nape. The headband part of the roll should be positioned over your forehead for now.
If you have bangs, pull them over the top of the band to keep them separated from the rest of your hair.
Take a minute to smooth out any bumps or tangled hair, then take a small section of hair and wrap it over the Princess Roll. Tuck the ends under the roll and then move on to the next section.
This was my first time using a Princess Roll, and I couldn’t believe how easy it was! Plus, the beaded headband part is seriously gorgeous and perfect for any holiday party. I’m already planning to go back for more styles.
To finish this easy side twist updo, pull the headband back onto the crown of your head (or leave it over your forehead for a boho look). Then add a curl to your bangs with the Conair Curl Secret, and you’re finished.
Isn’t this such a gorgeous, romantic-looking hair style? The best part is that it only takes minutes to do!
The final easy hair style features bouncy, big waves created with the Conair Curl Secret.
Have you ever tried one of these curling irons before? I love how this innovative iron works and how easy it is to use! The Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret Curling Iron uses tourmaline-ceramic technology to help reduce the amount of frizz in your hair, leaving you with smooth hair that is soft to the touch. It really is like nothing I’ve used before!
You’ll want to start with clean, completely dry hair. Brush out your hair using the Conair Velvet Paddle Brush to work out any knots.
Plug in the curling iron and adjust the heat settings. My hair is fine, and I wanted loose waves, so I set the heat to low and the timer setting to “8,” the lowest settings. The red LED light will blink while the iron is heating and remain steady when it’s ready to use.
I started on the bottom of my head and clipped the rest of my hair out of the way before beginning. To create a curl, take a 1/2 to 1-inch section of hair (use smaller sections for long hair like mine) and place it in the chamber, positioning the iron where you want the curl to start. Make sure the curl chamber is facing toward your head.
Close the iron, let go of the section, and it will draw your hair into the chamber … all on its own. How cool is that?
After the curling iron has finished beeping, open the chamber and gently pull it away from your head to release the curl. Try to avoid pulling the curl as you open the chamber, or you’ll straighten the curl.
Want to see the Conair Curl Secret in action? Here’s a quick video tutorial:
There are two easy ways to finish your curls. For curls that are mostly intact, run your fingers through your hair to gently separate the curls.
This was my absolute favorite style. My hair bounced as a walked – I felt like I was in a hair commercial – and the waves lasted all day. So fun!
What is your go to holiday hair style?