Updos look best with a little texture and grip like Kate Beckinsale's, says George Papanikolas, Celebrity Hairstylist for Matrix.
To get Kate's look, prep the hair with a few light sprays of Biolage Agave Nectar Control Gel, then back-comb small sections in the crown to give it extra lift, recommends George. Finish by brushing the sections back and tieing them into a chignon.
Sleek and Shiny
Sleek and Shiny
Celebrity Hairstylist Laini Reeves created Amy Adams' red-carpet-ready 'do through the following steps:
1. To begin, Laini applied Luxurious Volume Volume Building Mousse throughout Amy’s wet hair for added texture and used a paddle brush to blow-dry Amy’s hair straight from root to tip.
2. Next, Laini gave Amy a low side-part and tucked the remainder of her hair on the left side gently behind the ear. Then, to prep the hair for the flat iron, Laini applied a dime-sized amount of Frizz-Ease Thermal Protection Formula Hair Serum throughout to protect Amy’s hair from the heat of the iron as well as guarantee smooth, frizz-free locks.
3. After flat-ironing her strands straight, Laini sprayed Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray. For a flawless finish, Laini also spritzed hairspray into her palm and used her fingers to apply the spray onto the front of the hairline and the part to curb away any fly-aways.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Chic
Rock 'n' Roll Chic
"Evangeline Lilly's hairstyle is perfect for a holiday party because it’s different than the typical updo, filled with curls," says Graziella Lembo, Senior Stylist at SalonCapri in Boston. "It's super-chic, but has an edge and having your hair pulled back allows the eye to be drawn upwards towards the neck and face. Plus, it highlights the front of your dress—double the benefit!”
Get Her Look:
“The key to achieving this style is to take the whole top section of the hair and back-comb (tease) it at the crown, then let it fall where it wants to and give it a quick spritz of hairspray for hold," says Lembo. "Letting it fall, as opposed to strategically positioning it, gives it that un-kempt look.”
Kyle White, Celebrity Colorist at the Oscar Blandi Salon in NYC, is loving Jennifer Lawrence's new cut and color this season. "It's perfect for the holidays because the shorter look is on-trend and it has great versatility to switch up the style for all your different events. I love Jennifer as a blonde in comparison to her darker, Hunger Games locks—the softer look feels bright and the lighter hue complements her eye color and skin tone perfectly," says White.
"The holiday season commands glamorous hair, and nothing says 'glamour' like big sexy waves. Katy Perry nailed this look perfectly," says Celebrity hair Extension Expert Angelo David Pisacreta of Angelo David Salon.
To get achieve Christina Ricci's polished look, celebrity stylist Ted Gibson sprayed her hair with Ted Gibson Build It Blowdrying Agent and blow dried to add texture and body. Then, he swiped Hairsheet Styling from the mid-lengths to ends to add shine. Once the hair was dry, he parted it in a deep-side part. After parting her hair horizontally from ear to ear, he left the bottom half of her hair down and put the top half in a pony, leaving the front of her hair at the part out for a side bang and face frame. He finished with hairspray to hold it all in place.
When you want to try a new, shorter look for a party, channel Kerry Washington's faux-bob! It's curly without being crunchy (or prom-like) and it gives off a fun, young vibe. Load on the shine spray for extra dazzle!
Elizabeth Banks' pompadour 'do and crimson lip are a winning combo for your company's soiree. Just follow Suave celebrity stylist Jenny Cho's tips below to recreate her look:
1. On damp hair, spritz Suave Professionals Root Boost Spray on roots and blow dry hair using a large round brush for extra volume.
2. To give strands an extra boost and achieve texture, spray sections of dry hair at the root using Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo.
3. Tease the roots starting from the top front to add height, then do the same on the sides and back.
4. Pull sides loosely back to the crown and pin with bobby pins. French twist the rest of the back section and secure.
5. Lastly, shape top front section into a pompadour and mist with Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Extra Hold Hairspray.
Soft, Exaggerated, Glam Waves
Soft, Exaggerated, Glam Waves
Keeping your waves soft and exaggerated like Shay Mitchell's makes them look fresh and modern," says George Papanikolas, Celebrity Hairstylist for Matrix.
To get Shay's glam style, George suggests applying Matrix Design Pulse Go Big Mousse to hold the texture before blow drying. Then, use a large barrel iron for the exaggerated waves. Finish with Matrix Total Results Amplify Hairspray for light hold.
Forget the boring blowout and show everyone up with a serious statement bun. The thick braid around Amanda Seyfried's updo is gorgeous, especially paired with the sleekness of the rest of her hair and a dramatic smoky eye is the perfect finishing touch!
Gossip Girl may be over, but Blake's beauty icon status is hotter than ever! Her wavy, half-up, half-down locks are super-sexy (hello—the girl snagged Ryan), but they feel effortless at the same time. Just leave a few face-framing strands out to really seal the "I just ran out of the house like this" deal. Try Blow Pro Textstyle Dry Texture Spray to get her look; $20, Ulta.com.
Add some sparkle to a voluminous updo with one giant hair clip (or a smaller cluster of three) like Revenge's Ashley Madekwe did here. Not only will you get noticed on line at the bar for that 2nd glass (or 4th, who's judging?) of champagne, but you'll totally stand out amongst all the average holiday Instagram pics.
A chic donut bun like Sarah Hyland's is the perfect day-to-night hairstyle. It allows you to show off a pair of major earrings and it keeps the focus on your makeup. Plus, the best part about this 'do is it doesn't have to be perfect—slightly messy is how the cool girls wear it.