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8 Hairstyle hacks for a gorgeous New Year's Eve look

Catherine Donaldson-Evans

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Catherine Donaldson-Evans

Catherine Donaldson-Evans is a journalist, mom, and Wonder Woman wannabe. Most recently, she was senior lifestyle editor and blogger at CafeMom’s The Stir and has written for numerous other publications during her career. She also chases...

Styling secrets that making doing your hair on New Year's Eve a breeze

No matter what your holiday and New Year's Eve plans are, you want your hair to look great, are we right?

But who has the time or money to get a fancy new 'do at the salon? Here are eight super cool, super easy hairstyling hacks to make yours look fantastic for the festivities.

1. Shampoo, condition and dry only the front of your hair

A smart way to shorten your hairstyling routine but still freshen it up is to wash and condition only the front sections or bangs in the sink. Blow it dry and style as usual — it will look shiny and squeaky clean, and no one will ever know.

Styling secrets that making doing your hair on New Year's Eve a breeze

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2. Baby powder and a toothbrush are your secret weapons

Another clever trick to make your hair look and smell amazing, especially if you don't have time to shampoo the whole thing, is to sprinkle some baby powder on your hands and run it through your locks at the roots, along your jawline and underneath. It will soak up the oil and give you a just-washed look. To tame static — which runs rampant at this time of year — just spritz some hairspray on a toothbrush and brush those fly-aways away. Magic!

Styling secrets that making doing your hair on New Year's Eve a breeze

Photo credit: Austin Kirk/Flickr

3. Put your hair in a high, bouncy ponytail with a sleek clasp

A sturdy, round clip for your ponytail like this one gives it extra bounce and volume and keeps the whole thing in place while you're dancing the night away. (Nordstrom, $18)

Styling secrets that making doing your hair on New Year's Eve a breeze

4. Glam up your messy bun with a braided wrap

This messy bun with a braid holding it all together looks elegant but is easy to do. Check out the hair tutorial and try it on yourself this New Year's Eve.

Styling secrets that making doing your hair on New Year's Eve a breeze

Photo credit: The Small Things Blog

5. Accessorize with a fun, glitzy headband

What better way to dress up your hairstyle than with a sparkly headband? It's a simple trick for a look that's flattering on just about everyone. (Nordstrom, $28)

Styling secrets that making doing your hair on New Year's Eve a breeze

6. Curl your hair with a flat iron

This is a great hairstyling hack and an effortless way to get two uses out of just one popular tool: your trusty flat iron. Follow the tutorial for sleek, beautiful waves and be happy that you can straighten and curl your hair in one shot.

Styling secrets that making doing your hair on New Year's Eve a breeze

Photo credit: Brit + Co

7. Tease the crown of your hair for extra volume

Do this whether you're wearing it up or down. Pull a section of your hair straight up in the air, and tease it with a comb or brush, going in the opposite direction you normally would. Then place it back where you want it and smooth it out. Voilà! Your hair looks fuller instantly.

Styling secrets that making doing your hair on New Year's Eve a breeze

Photo credit: Nordstrom

8. Try an easy half-updo for an elegant but natural look

Check out this tutorial for a beautiful half-updo style that looks a lot harder than it actually is to pull off. It could be the perfect way to wear your hair to ring in the New Year.

Styling secrets that making doing your hair on New Year's Eve a breeze

Photo credit: Bebexo/YouTube

Have any good hairstyling tricks that look glam but are deceptively easy? Please share!

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