holiday hair, 2013

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– by Chadette Maragh

The holidays are here, which means holiday parties are in play. For those not sure of how to spruce up their look for Yuletide festivities, we’ve got you covered.

 embellish a little

Spread a bit of winter sparkle this holiday season with a dash of clustered crystal that is sure to complete a look of festive elegance. From an old-Hollywood-inspired miniature rosette bun to a dramatic halo of Swarovski brilliance, embellished styles are a go to look for any holiday celebration.

Un’ruly tip: Avoid hair snags by opting for hair jewelry with coated ends and combs to decrease hair pull and tear during application.


Zoe Saldana seamlessly embodied a blend of low key elegance and Hollywood glitz at Cannes this year with a bejeweled, twisted crown.


Take a page out of the Great Gatsby’s leading girl Daisy Buchanan by draping a continuous band over a voluminous blow out or a side parted braid, as shown above.


Dazzle your tousled chignon with ivory feathers and gold plated crystals.

get up


Whether elaborately arranged in a towering beehive or tied back in a simple top knot, the up do is an instant, holiday classic! From braids to extensions, two tone color to ninja buns (as seen above worn by Thandie Newton), the possibilities are endless.

Un’ruly Tip: Avoid hair breakage by opting for a firm (not too tight) hold and styling like so no more than two to four times a month. Check out a couple of our favorite looks below.

Sugar, Stiletto & Style’s Shaina Glenn gives the run down on achieving the picture perfect Grecian bun.

see red


While pop star Rihanna may have debuted this look a few years back, we still find ourselves catching thrills over the now infamous, rose red hue. Bold and sexy with a warm edge, it’s the ideal choice for a winter’s night on the town.

Un’ruly Tip: Protect your hair by applying a wig or weave as an alternative to exposing your own tresses to harsh bleach treatments.

Learn how to get this look with the help of self-professed beauty and hair guru Passion Jonesz as she shares a 10 minute tutorial on attaining Rih Rih’s 2010 look with a weave and hair dye. Watch the two-part how-to below.

make a wave


Dance in to the New Year with an ode to the past! Strikingly sophisticated, the finger wave has been a retro favorite dating back to the early 20th century and is sure to add a glamorous, polished tone to any party ensemble.

Un’ruly Tip: Slick down edges with an all natural alternative to traditional gel, i.e., Shea Moisture Curling Souffle or Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Control Edge Glaze.

Atlanta based, Like The River Salon’s resident stylist shows us how it’s done!

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