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Hair Tips for the Holiday Party Season

It’s makeupDecember, and for most people that means that they’ll soon be decking the halls and attending a number of festivities; Christmas, winter break, and New Year’s Eve are all around the corner. Whether you’re going to a school dance or an office shindig, you’ll want to look your best around this very festive season.

And nothing is more frustrating than working on a hairstyle for hours, only to look in the mirror during your party to find that it’s a limp, frizzy, or shapeless mess. How can you keep your curls bouncy, maintain that perfect flip, and prevent updo-ruining flyaways? Here are a few tips to keep your hair gorgeous.

Wash Your Hair (Except for Updos)
Want to get bouncy ringlets, or sleek and straight locks? Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair. The dirt and oil that builds up on your scalp will be stubbornly resistant to heat tools, and will make your hair look dull. Use a heat-protecting product and blow-dry your hair curly or straight, then use an iron to seal in the look. If you’re planning an updo, freshly washed hair can slide out of pins; having a little buildup can give it better grip. Be sure to use hairspray to lock in any problematic spots before they start. Of course, the messy bun is always a classic, fun, laid-back way to keep your hair up!

Use the Right Product
For straight hair, try a humidity-blocking spray to finish; it will help protect your locks from curling up in a room full of people. If you’ve gone with curls, make sure you’ve locked them in with a good hairspray. From start to finish, don’t forget about product! This counts double if you live in an area where the winter is cold and blustery; the lowered temperatures affect your hair’s strength. Make sure your hair is nourished with a good conditioner, and don’t fry your hair on a high-setting blow dryer; it will cause even more damage to stressed locks.

Accessorize Right
If you worry about hat-hair (and who doesn’t?), invest in a good pair of earmuffs; they won’t crush your coiffe nearly as much! If you’re looking to add a little glitter to your party outfit, consider a subtle tinsel-inspired headband or a festive flowered clip.

Book a Haircut NOW
December is a busy time for hair stylists, so book a touch-up as soon as you can. If your roots are starting to show or you’re struggling with split ends, get in the chair earlier rather than trying in vain to get a last-minute cut and wash later in the month. Take care of your color and haircut now, and wear a fresh look for the entire month without stress. Happy holidays!