By Becca H. at
Waterloo Commons

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The holiday season is here and that means parties and family events galore! I'm not going to lie, planning dishes and keeping the house clean in preparation for guests can get overwhelming! I can start looking like a hot frazzled mess. With little time to achieve holiday-worthy hair, I'm going to share with you some great, fuss-free hairstyles fit for any occasion.

I don't know about you, but I'm excited to see the half-up ponytail making a comeback, especially since that was my go-to style through much of my adolescence. Celebrities have been rocking them for a while, that is no secret. Khloé Kardashian, Ariana Grande, J.Lo, and Gigi Hadid wear just a few variations of this easy, trendy style. The best part is, it doesn't take more than a few minutes and a hair tie. This style looks great with polished curls, beachy waves or silky straight hair. For a little extra flair, tie a cute scarf around the base of the ponytail, and voila, cute effortless style! 

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Braids have been consistently on-trend. One of my personal favorites is a French or Dutch braid down the center of the top of the head, beginning at the front hairline and stopping at the crown. This can be done on any length of hair, and looks best with a section about 2-3” wide. If you're up for a bigger challenge, another one of my favorites is a milkmaid braid, perfect for shoulder length or longer hair, and great for all of your holiday shindigs!

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Great styles hold best on dry, day or two dirty hair… if you're not too keen on having "grungy" hair, but you have too little time to shampoo, invest in a good dry shampoo. My favorites are Oh Bee-Hive by Bed Head and Volumizing Dry Shampoo by Sexy Hair. Take small quarter to half inch sections holding the nozzle 10-12” away from the head and spray (spraying too close will leave a white residue), then comb through to absorb oils. You can also use a texturizer to add some grip to your hair if it is too clean and slippery to hold any kind of style.

And let's not forget our holiday-ready hair for guys! One suggestion is a modified pompadour… Definitely a fave, and for good reason. Just ask your stylist to create the look and how to style at home. I love pomade for styling a pompadour: it has a high shine with great hold, perfect for the “greaser” look. Perhaps you aren't ready for a haircut, but your neck hair needs some maintenance? Come in for a neck trim — Neck trims are complimentary between haircuts. We also provide beard trims (especially perfect for the guys participating in No Shave November) to groom and neaten up facial hair of any epic proportions.

Let's keep things simple: When you visit LookAfter, ask your stylist for a few simple, different ways to style your hair for the holidays! We're happy to show you how to recreate some of these looks at home. Not too keen on DIY? No problem there! Make an appointment for some styling and you'll be sure to leave with a personalized look you will love.

Lastly, make your visit to LookAfter doubly-awesome and scratch some gifts off your list! Our hand-picked selection of professional products and gift certificates make great gifts. Cheers to the holidays!

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