Ten-Minute Holiday Hairstyles

Style Factor

Adapted from The Thread, by Julie Pereira, Thread Blogger

It's that time of year, again—no, not the holidays, holiday PARTY season. Whether it's your company office party, Noche Buena dinner with family, that New Year's shindig with friends, or just an excuse to get dolled up and drink festive cocktails, we have the cutest and quickest hairstyles for all your partying needs.

Photo from NPPA images.

Gorgeous Waves
Ten-minute waves are our way of saying, "waves that you don't need to obsess over." Life is too short to be spent torturing each and every strand of your naturally gorgeous hair in to a "perfect" curl that will only last as long as it took to read this sentence. Take for example Iza Calzado's soft, textured curles—this will work best if you've added some mousse or texturizing product to wet hair and letting it air dry (if you want to avoid bombarding your follicles with extra heat damage from a blowdryer), so while these are "ten-minute" waves, they do require a bit of forethought. Start by lightly (lightly, guys) misting dry hair with a light hair spray, and curl hair in sections. A hint for curls that really last? After you take the curled section out of the hot iron, quickly re-roll section and pin in place and allow to cool entirely before unpinning. By allowing the hair to cool in that shape, you've just guaranteed hair that will finally cooperate. Don't overdo it with the iron--if you have naturally wavy hair, consider this a touch-up. If your hair is straighter, go for sleek 1930's starlet waves.

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Braidy Bunch
We totally can't wait for the premiere of "Les Misarables" and we've been following Amanda Seyfried (who plays Cosette) like a hawk. We were inspired by the actress's braids seen during the New York premiere of the Broadway play-turned-film. For this look, start with a middle part, and split your hair into two sections. If you have bangs, you can choose to leave them out. Tie one section back to keep it out of the way and begin braiding the other section tightly. When you braid, be sure that you are going up along the crown of your head by holding the section skywards—this will ensure that the braids will lay flat on your noggin. When you've finished with the first section, pin it in place and repeat the process with the other section. You can make this messy or precise and tight like Amanda—either way this style is a total hit!

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Heads And Pony Tails
Whether you love or hate her, Kristen Stewart is proving to be a dark horse in the running for best hair in Hollywood. True to her aesthetics, it never looks "done," yet is somehow always on point. Take a page from her book and opt for a simple side-swept pony. The easiest style of the bunch requires that all you need to do is create a deep part and pull the rest of your hair back in to a high ponytail. You can leave it there, or take a small section of hair and wrap it around the hair elastic (and pin it in place with a few bobby pins), or use a decorative hair tie for a more polished look. The beauty of this effortless style is that it allows you to take bigger risks with makeup and accessories—definitely do like Stewart did and try a dramatic lip and smoky eye!

Photo of Iza Calzado from NPPA images.
Photo of Amanda Seyfried and Kristen Stewart from Getty Images.