Holiday hair: Soft, touchable curls
Nothing says holiday glamour like soft, touchable curls. Whether you're heading to the office Christmas party or a seasonal cocktail soiree, why not add some volume with curls? We put together the steps you need to take your curls from drab to dazzling this season. With the right products, it's actually a pretty simple process.
If you have naturally curly hair
Start by adding a leave-in, curl-enhancing product to towel-dried hair. Try Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Curl-Nourishing Original Curl Definer ($20). This will help ensure hair has volume and texture and curls are manageable and easier to work with.
Run your fingers through your hair and finger-curl your hair to the natural movement of your curls.
Diffuse your hair until it's almost dry and then add a curl-defining product, such as Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Defining Cream ($28). A hair product like this will also add a bit of shine to your curls and ensure they stay put. A little goes a long way, however. You don't want to weigh down your newly soft, touchable curls.
If you have straight hair that wants to be curly
Start by washing and drying your hair and then adding a product that will help to give your hair some hold. If your hair isn't naturally curly and you need to put extra work into creating well-defined curls, you'll want to make sure all your hard work won't fall flat before you get to the party.
Next, spray your hair with a hairspray that has a very light hold. Choose something that won't weigh down your strands and make it hard for your hair to keep the curl. Aveda's Witch Hazel Hair Spray ($16) will help to hold the curl but won't make your hair crunchy or stiff.
Use a curling iron to create the curl shape you want. Be patient with this process. It may take time, but the result will be worth it. Hair spray your newly curled head and you should have soft, touchable loose ringlets that will ideally last all evening.