Get Holiday Party Pretty
Wake up tired hair. If you've gone flat by five, hit the ladies' room and try this minimum-effort trick: Flip your head over and blast strands with volumizing spray and the heat from a hand dryer "to create tons of lift, making your hair as bouncy as it was that morning," says Luke O'Connor, Suave expert stylist. We like Ted Gibson Build It Blow Drying Agent, $28, sephora.com.
Work the wet look. You managed to exercise and shower before your party, but now you're crunched for time. Instead of working up a sweat again with the blow-dryer on high heat, slick your hair back with a light frizz-fighting gel or cream (try Herbal Essences None of Your Frizzness Smoothing Leave-In Creme, $2.99, drugstore.com). Then, create a low side part.
Pony up. Making a ponytail is an effortless way to go from work to play -- even if your only tools are an elastic band and bobby pins. Part hair deeply on one side, then pull back into a low pony, leaving out several strands on each side. Take those extra strands and crisscross them over each other, then wrap them around the pony and secure underneath with pins to conceal the elastic, says Jet Rhys, owner of the Jet Rhys Salon in San Diego.
Show curl power. Rather than straightening ringlets into submission, show off their wild side. "Gather all of your curls into a chic, easy updo by haphazardly pinning up sections of hair at the very middle of the back of your head," says Nunzio Saviano, stylist at the Oscar Blandi Salon in New York City. (Check out this look on our model, above.) This works best on slightly dirty, day-old curls, so you can happily skip your morning shampoo.
Make waves. Braid damp locks in the morning, then simply untie your locks en route to the party.
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