Hair Care

By Kathryn Holl

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Holiday festivities are about to begin and you know what that means; its time to start thinking about holiday hair, of course! Whether you’re headed to a family gathering, work-sponsored event or a big night out on the town to ring in the New Year, a chic hairstyle will complete your ensemble of choice and add a special touch to your overall holiday look.

I headed to Salon Amici on East 50th to get the latest on the best holiday hairstyles this season from salon owner and make-over guru Denise Wnuk. With fifteen years of experience at Henri Bendel’s under her belt, Denise knows a thing or two about hair. Her favorite holiday look for 2006 is what she refers to as the “Victoria’s Secret look.” Full, sexy hair with tons of body and movement is her number one choice for most hair-types. As a general rule, you’ll want to stay away from pin straight hair. Using a straightener is not out of the question, but use it to smooth hair rather than make it stick-straight and steer clear of to-tight braids. We asked Denise to offer advice on the best styles for specific holiday events. Here’s the lowdown on up-dos from Denise…

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Some general tips to consider when preparing for a special style is to work with hair that is clean but has some oil. If you are going to visit a salon, wash your hair the night before. Teasing is almost always a part of any style (have a teasing comb close by at all times) so you’ll always be able to create volume if your hair is naturally limp. Denise recommends Shaper Spray by Sebastian as the best product for holding your style all day and night. Make sure to have bobby pins so your style can be secured. Finally, if you are going to wear your hair up for the holidays remember to have your roots touched up. There’s nothing worse than light hair on top and dark hair underneath.

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For a family or holiday party, a low messy bun always looks nice or you may want to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and create a simple French twist. Just backcomb your roots with a fine tooth comb and clip bangs out of the way with a barrette or bobby pins. Pull the right side of your hair back and bobby pin it back along the middle of your head (leaving some hair dangling below). Next pull the left side of your hair back to meet the right side in the middle. Twist the tow sections of hanging hair together towards the crown of your head to cover the pins and be sure to secure the twist to the back of your head. Bangs can be unclipped and smoothed to the side, secured to the twist at the top of your crown.

For a more formal event, go for Gisele’s sexy look with volume and big curls. Set hair in large rollers (velcro or hot) and sit under a dryer or apply heat from your hair dryer. Make sure roots are straight and hair is dry prior to setting them in hot rollers. If you set your hair when it is wet, allow hair to sit in rollers for at least an hour and a half to assure hair is dry. Remove curlers, flip hair and finger-comb curls. Tease and spray for hold. You can also create volume with a large round brush. To create volume when drying, dry hair in the opposite direction (flip head to the right and dry roots then flip hair to the left and dry those roots) and over-direct the nozzle of your dryer while flipping it upside-down.

For more information on holiday hair, color or make-over call Salon Amici at 212.468.3623 or visit the salon on East 50th St. between 2nd and 3rd avenues.

Originally published December 2006
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