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These three easy hair styles for the holidays will have you looking your best all season long!
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Three Easy Hair Styles for the Holidays
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:
- Basic Blow Out – 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.
- Side Twist – 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!
- Bouncy Waves – 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.
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!
Are you ready to try out these awesome hair styles for yourself? Let’s get started!
Basic Blow Out
I love a good blow out, and every time I get one I watch the stylist closely to pick up new tricks. It’s actually really easy to do one at home once you’ve practiced a few times. So skip the blow dry bar and follow my tips instead!
Before you even begin, there are a few things you’ll want to do to protect your hair:
- Start with hair that is at least 50% dry. Blow drying wet hair puts too much strain on it. I usually put on my makeup and eat breakfast before starting, so my hair is not completely wet.
- Add product. My hair has a fine texture and holds a style really well, so I usually just use a hair oil on the ends. If you hair is thicker or needs help to hold a style, apply some mousse (which is also great for extra body) and a heat protectant before beginning.
- Section your hair. It will take less time to dry your hair if you section it first. 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 jaw clips to hold the hair. For thick hair, you can create additional sections, while for short hair, you may only need two sections.
Once you’ve sectioned your hair, you’re ready to start drying. You will need a blow dryer and a round brush. Use a bigger brush for long hair and a smaller brush for short hair. Keep in mind, too, that the bigger the brush you use, the straighter you’ll hair will be.
I’ve had the same Olivia Garden Nanothermic Brush for years, and I love it! I actually just replaced it with the exact same brush, because I dented it during a trip.
Attach the concentrator to your dryer (this is key) and begin with the bottom section first. You’ll 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.
Blow Out Tips and Tricks
These tips will give you the best blow out:
- Blow dry your roots first, 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 hair 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, let them cool, flip your hair over the brush the right way and finish drying the rest of the section, pointing the dryer toward the ends.
- When your hair is dry, use your fingers to style and position your hair.
- Rub a little hair oil or finishing cream between your palms and applying it to the ends of your hair. Smooth out any remaining frizz as you do so.
- Finish with a little flexible control hairspray for a style that lasts.
Easy Tip for the Beautiful 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.
Side Twist Updo
The second style is a pretty side twist updo! This look is a super easy way to create a beautiful look for a holiday event.
Begin by brushing out your hair using the paddle brush, smoothing the ends and getting rid of any knots. Next, 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.
Keep wrapping your hair around the roll until everything is tucked in. Your hair should look similar to the picture below when you’re finished.
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!
Big Waves with the Conair Curl Secret
The final easy hair style features bouncy, big waves created with the Conair Curl Secret.
Have you ever tried this curling iron? I love how this innovative iron works and how easy it is to use … it basically pulls your hair into the curling iron to create the curl!
You’ll want to start with clean, completely dry hair. Brush out your hair using a 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.
Keep working your way around your head, until all of your hair is curled.
Want to see the Conair Curl Secret in action? Here’s a quick video tutorial:
For curls that are mostly intact, simply run your fingers through your hair to gently separate the curls.
Position the curls around your face and finish with a flexible control hairspray.
For more solid waves, gently run the Conair Velvet Paddle Brush through your curls.
You hair will be full of volume and big, bouncy waves.
Again, finish with a light mist of flexible control hairspray.
This was my absolute favorite style!
My hair bounced as a walked … I felt like I was in a hair commercial. Aand the waves lasted all day. So fun!
I hope you enjoyed these fun hair styles for the holidays! Let me know if you try one, I’d love to see how it turns out.
What is your go to holiday hair style?