|Beyonce in a wild moment|
“Holiday hair” has always confused me. What is in the eggnog that makes us want to re-imagine our hair into a style we would never, ever consider during the rest of the year? But the holidays are here, culminating in the worldwide party we call New Years Eve. If you are going out on the town, you are probably wondering what to do with your hair on that special evening.
When it comes to my hair, I have sometimes envisioned complicated styles featuring twisty chignons and elegant up-dos that I know I’ll never be able to do on my own. Stylist Odile Gilbert, who I have watched backstage at Fashion Week creating complicated up-do’s and chignons on not just one women, but dozens of models, has always asserted that these types of styles really should be left to the capable hands of a master. I’ll try a French twist or something that actually requires pins and hair spray on my own, but within minutes, I realize it won’t last. So I usually back down and do the same-old,, same-old.
While most of us don’t have the dollars, or the time, to lavish salon styles and blow-outs on our hair all the time, at the holidays, it just may make a lot of sense. But if you go to a salon and tell the stylist you are wishing for a holiday hair look, you ought to have at least some idea of what you’re envisioning. Do you crave a style right off the runway? Are you feeling the vibe of a a huge head of lacquered curls that makes you feel like Marie Antoinette? Do you just want sleek, smooth hair that you don’t have the time, patience, or four sets of hands to do at home? Is there a special piece of jewelry or a hair ornament you will want incorporated with your holiday style? And, of course, what you plan to wear, and where you plan to wear it, are all holiday hair considerations.
A special hair look for a holiday party or event will make you look and feel great enough to turn that boring office party into the best time ever (well…maybe not that good, but at least you’ll look great and feel confident, while you’re watching your goofball co-workers dance on the tables wearing lampshades for hats). To help you figure out how you’re going to handle holiday hair, I turned to three exceptional hair stylists, with different perspectives on how to handle holiday hair:
|The Drawing Room Salon in Soho, NY|
|photo courtesy of The Drawing Room Salon|
Clyde Elezi is the owner ofThe Drawing Room Salon at 148 Spring St, 2nd Floor, (between Wooster Street and Broadway) , New York, Call: (212) 226-2600 I’ll be reviewing The Drawing Room shortly, on January 6, 2011–so subscribe to my blog or at least follow me on twitter (@advicesisters) and you won’t miss it. Meanwhile, in case you’re wondering about Clyde, he is adorable, and he is also seriously, seriously, seriously talented. He looks at each woman’s bone structure before he picks up the scissors. He isn’t a huge fan of extensions, so if your hair is short, he suggests playing with products and texture, maybe adding a hair ornament.
|Guido makes a point about holiday hair|
Altjana, whose Hair and the City salon is brand new, also goes on the road to style the hair of many brides and their wedding parties. She she’s envisioning a variety of special event looks for the holidays. For those with short hair who want something different, Altjana sees nothing wrong with adding extensions (clip on is the least challenging) to create length to style an up-do, a low bun, or a curled ponytail. If you’re doing your hair at home, Altjana’s tip is to use Mouse Hydro-Coiffante from MATRIX before you style, adding 3/4″ rollers. Then, when you take out the curlers, finish the look with MATRIX soft Hairspray. For long hair, soft waves are in, or try a messy bun or a classic up-do or Brigitte Bardot-style messy chignon.