’Tis the season of casual, polished looks for party ‘dos.
The hottest trend for hair this holiday season is going to be half up, something casual, polished, yet with a bit of tousled texture to keep it natural looking,” says Tim Kuo, of Markus J. Hair in Vancouver.
Kim Kardashian and Blake Lively are both youthful trendsetters in both hair and fashion. Like a lot of young celebrities are wearing right now, the style is not going to be too tight around the face or too constructed. It’s going to be loosely pulled back with soft ﬂ owing curls.
To achieve this, Kuo suggests using a big barrelled curling iron—depending on hair length—prepped with a ﬂexible hair spray. Curl only up to the hair’s mid-shaft. Then, break up the curls using a static-free brush or your ﬁngers and apply some serum.
“You can sweep it to one side for a ﬂ owing side pony tail look or clip up two sides for a soft and elegant, half-up look,” says Kuo.
Simon Chercuitte, artistic director at Salon La Coupe, Montreal, and NAHA contemporary classic artist of the year winner, agrees. “Looking at hair on the fashion runways and what celebrities are wearing, we’re still going to see big, wavy hair. The beachy wave style will continue, but it will be a bit curlier. Just looking out of the window of the salon, all I see is long hair.”
Let’s not forget the inﬂuence of fashionista royalty with Kate Middleton and the half-up/half-down chignon she wore for her widely broadcasted—and drooled over—royal wedding.
So this season, relax and get cozy with your curling irons and ﬂexible ﬁnishing sprays. And don’t forget to thank socialite bombshells and newbie royalty for not having to hand out Advil for bobby pin headaches.