Archive for December, 2009

TOP 10 Holiday Hair Mistakes

Posted in General on December 18th, 2009 by Nancy – Be the first to comment

Posts as of late have usually been about the latest trends or best styles.  But do you know what to avoid? I’ve listed the top 10 Hair mistakes most commonly spotted and how to make the styles manageable.

1.  Corkscrew Curls

Please avoid this ladies.  They weren’t cute on Nellie Oleson and they won’t be cute on you either. If you’re determined to have curls for the Holidays, try wrapping your hair around the outside of the curling iron barrel.  This will create loose, relaxed waves for a modern look.  Leaving the ends straight can also create texture.  Be sure to break up the ringlets after you’re down curling and finger coming texturizer through for an uneven and natural look.

photo courtesy of allure.com

photo courtesy of allure.com

2. Milkmaid Braids

Unless you work on a dairy farm in Sweden, there is no reason to be donning this hairstyle. Even then if you did work on a dairy farm in Sweden, I’d still detest.  The problem here is that braids tend to create a very tight and stiff look.  You want to look touchable and glamorous.  Could you imagine being approached at a party by a stranger when you have a severe style?  Be sure to resist the urge to part your hair down the middle as well.  This doesnt look good on anyone except Demi Moore (see previous post).  Try using only one braid for texture with the rest of your hair loosely curled and scrunched for a soft, messy look.  Think: Jennifer Aniston.

photo courtesy of instyle.com

photo courtesy of instyle.com

3. Tendrils

I never found tendrils attractive.  They’re old-fashioned and what would be worse is having corkscrew tendrils. I’m currently shuddering at the thought.  To remedy this, just let loose hairs fall where they may in an updo.  Unkempt and slightly askew is probably the sexiest thing you can recreate in a look for the Holidays.

photo courtesy of allure.com

photo courtesy of allure.com

4. Hairspray Overkill

Just because you’ll be up all night doesn’t mean your hair has to be Aqua-netted into a wall.  It’s a party ladies, not a wind tunnel! To set a style, hold the can about 12 or more inches from your head and spray with a sweeping motion.  The objective is to avoid sticky, crunchy, wet-looking hair.  If you completely lack hand-eye coordination, try spraying on the palm of your hands first and running your hands lightly over your style.

5. Over Teasing

Volume does create a more glamorous look for up-dos, but too much can leave you looking like Frankenstein’s bride.  Tease up to an inch, or two inches at most.  The purpose for teasing is to add subtle volume to a ponytail or high bun and is usually created by back-combing close to the hairline.  Tease first, then put the rest of your hair up.

photo courtesy of allure.com

photo courtesy of allure.com

6.  Cheesy Half-Updo

I find Half-Updo’s tend to look matronly or top-heavy.  Not that this look can’t be attractive, but it’s easy to make the common mistake of pulling too much hair up.   To create flow and balance with this style, be sure your hair is pulled diagonally upward and key areas like the hairline and forehead are brushed/coated hair spray to secure strays.  If you’re feeling brave, you can try teasing the hairline as well.  If in doubt, just recreate the picture below!

photo courtesy of allure.com

photo courtesy of allure.com

7.  Too Many Accessories

It’s definitely easy to dress up a style with hair ornaments, but be careful not to over-do it.  Don’t pair more than one accessory with a style.  If you’ve decided on a headband, don’t add a clip.  If you’ve chosen barrettes, avoid adding flowers and feathers.  Lastly, if you’ve decided on one large statement accessory for the hair, do not wear large earrings or a statement necklace.  Remember,  less is more.

photo courtesy of allure.com

photo courtesy of allure.com

8. Stick-Straight Hair

Sleek, straight hair can be very pretty, but only if it’s not stiff.  To keep your hair from looking flat and lifeless, try spraying your roots with a thickening or volume spray.  Blow dry with a boar-bristle round brush prior to ironing to create lift from the roots, then flat-iron.  This will create an edgy look that still moves.

photo courtesy of allure.com

photo courtesy of allure.com

9.  Slicked-Back Updo

I am not a fan of severe looks, especially not for festive events.  Little known to some, but there is a difference between a classic upsweep and a temporary eye lift with an updo gone wrong.  If you have to do a style with hair pulled back tightly, don’t slick it back with too much product.  Use minimal styling cream to tame flyaways, and always keep in mind your natural part.  Don’t force a harsh part or center part.  For higher updo’s, avoid parting your hair and just pull it straight back.

photo courtesy of allure.com

photo courtesy of allure.com

10. Teased Bangs

The 80’s were cool, but the over-teased and over-hairsprayed bangs are not.  To not make the same mistake now that you did then, avoid using a round brush to blow out your bangs.  Reduce the volume in them by drying your bangs with a flat boar-bristle brush.  At all costs, avoid applying shine serums or anything silicone-based to your bangs.  You’ll look greasy.  If done right, feathery slightly messy bangs can look very romantic (see below).

photo courtesy of allure.com

photo courtesy of allure.com

With this list of commonly made mistakes and how to correct them, you’ll be sure to be a hit at your Holiday parties.  When in doubt, always go for something more natural and simple.  It’s always better to look modest and classic rather than overdone.  Good Luck! :)