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This gorgeous wavy swept-to-the-side hairstyle is a staple on the red carpet and the perfect go-to do’ for any holiday party. Slight changes can make the style lean towards classic or read more edgy (the difference is in what you do to the slick side). If clean and simple is what you’re going for, follow Amanda Seyfried’s lead and pull one side of your hair back and secure with bobby pins, sweeping the rest of your hair over your shoulder. For something a little more daring, copy Scarlett Johansson’s faux-undercut and French braid a few strands from the ear to the crown in a diagonal pattern. Either way, spray the hell out of it with a strong-hold hairspray like Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray, $17 and you’ll be good to go for the rest of the night. Here are more pretty versions. Which do you like best?
Leaving your hair unwashed after the beach can give you just the right texture to go straight from the surf and sand to a night on the town — or to, er, any-old movie premiere if you’re Blake Lively, Rihanna or Kate Hudson — it’s all the magic of a little sea water. “Salt water gives your hair texture and volume, and can make styling more manageable,” says celebrity stylist and John Frieda International Creative Consultant Harry Josh. If you’re land-locked, “sea salt sprays mimic the salt water effect that you would get at the beach,” he explains, so go with a spritz like Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $24. Then try these cool beachy looks.
Look 1: A messy fishtail braid looks great on the beach — and after. To give it some oomph, volume is key. Create dramatic lift by parting your hair to the opposite side that you normally part, suggests Josh. Or if you part in the middle, go to either side. Then grab and secure your hair into a low ponytail and start to do a fishtail braid off to one side and secure with an elastic band (for a fishtail braid how-to, click here). Finally, pull the braid apart with your fingers and let a few pieces fall out, says Josh, so it looks casual and undone.
Look 2: After the beach, shorter cuts can be tricky. “During the summer a great head band or hair accessory is the way to go,” says Josh. “They’ll keep your hair off your face while adding a little something extra.” Simple as that.
Look 3: Classic Beach Waves: “Beachy, messy waves are the epitome of summer and they look great on everyone,” says Josh. “Just take a dip in the ocean and let your hair dry naturally and you’ll get the waves you want.” For a little help, spritz on a curl-enhancing product like John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Curl Perfecting Spray, $6. To glam up the look, “curl hair in sections but be sure to hold the iron vertically and wrap hair around it (like a tinsel),” says Josh. Finish by brushing out to perfect the wave.
Don’t forget to apply a hair mask or deep conditioner afterward to help to replenish any moisture that’s lost from the drying ocean water. And splash away.
Have any style questions? Let us know.
– Carrie Stern Kleiner
The month of December is like a social storm, and if you’re like me, that means back-to-back holiday parties and fun dinners with friends. I have my go-to party outfits (a black wool mini and tights with a silky tank and leather jacket), but the beauty editor in me is always looking for fresh new ways to wear my hair. Lucky for both of us, I was able to sit down with none other than the fabulous Ursula Stephen — the genius behind all of Rihanna’s ever-changing hairstyles — and chat about the looks she thinks are hot this winter.
So, what did you think of the styles? Will you wear any of these looks to your upcoming holiday parties?
— Carrie Stern Kleiner