Whether it’s gift shopping, last-minute decorating or finding the perfect outfit for a festive soiree, procrastination is the worst thing you can do during the holiday season. Why not lighten your load by taking one thing off of your To-Do list: your hair? Though styling and a trip to the salon may fall pretty low on your list of priorities during what can be the most chaotic time of the year, you must look good throughout the season, meaning your hair must be on point at all times. Check out our top tips for upgrading your style before the holidays hit.
Tip #1: Book your trim and color touch-up now
Salons book up fast, and, unless you feel like getting acquainted with a new stylist for a special occasion, save yourself the risk of extra stress and schedule a visit stat. Before booking, think about your future holiday plans, then schedule your appointment around your most important events. Don’t make any major hair changes in the midst of the holiday season (i.e. going from box-dye black to platinum blonde) to avoid looking insane in those festive family photos.
Tip #2: Perfect your go-to curling technique ASAP
There’s nothing worse than spending way too much time on your makeup and/or picking out an outfit, only to be left with less than 10 minutes before you need to leave for an event. It’s always a good idea to have a go-to style that you can create whenever you’re in a time crunch. First things first, invest in a powerful curling iron (we love the Sam Villa Signature Series 1” Professional Curling Iron). Check out the latest tutorials from Sam Villa on Youtube (see below), then dedicate an hour or two to working on your technique. By the time the actual event rolls around, you should be a pro at creating the style and able to head out the door in no time at all!
Tip #3: Load up on hair accessories
One of the best parts of the holidays? ’Tis the season for hair bling! From sparkly hair clips to embellished headbands, hair accessories instantly dress up any style—and save you a ton of time getting ready. Keep an arsenal of hair accessories on standby to help you look party-ready on a moment’s notice.
Tip #4: Ditch your old blowdryer
When it comes to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, every second counts, especially when it comes to prepping for a fancy soiree. Why not save yourself a few extra minutes by investing in a quality blowdryer that cuts your styling time in half? The Sam Villa Professional Ionic Blow Dryer features built-in ceramic/tourmaline ion generation to reduce static, minimize frizz and leave you with a sleek, smooth and shiny finish, allowing you to wash, dry and style in less time than it takes you to finish one episode of “The Bachelor.”
Tip #5: Master the sleek low ponytail or chignon
Even mane legend Jennifer Aniston has a bad hair day. That’s why it’s critical to perfect at least one easy updo you can throw together when you’re in a pinch. A sleek low ponytail looks chic on every hair type and length. What’s more, it takes less than 10 minutes to create. To achieve the look, start by creating a center or deep side part, then use a brush to smooth down the hair and pull it into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck, leaving a 1-inch section of hair out. Secure the ponytail with a clear hair elastic, then wrap the 1-inch section around the elastic and pin the hair in place. Smooth down any flyaways or frizz with a finishing creme or hairspray to achieve that ultra-sleek look. Want to take the style up a notch? Twist the ponytail into a bun and pin it in place.