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Beauty: Party Hairstyles for Holiday 2011

The holiday season is full of parties, meaning you need to dress up more than usual.  If you want to take your do from drab to fab, check out these great hairstyles that are easy to create and will add extra sparkle to any outfit!

The French Braid Headband

Step 1: Start with damp hair (either towel-dried or misted) and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair.

Step 2: Use a fine-tooth comb to draw a horizontal line across the crown from the top of one ear to the top of the other ear. From the line, comb the hair forward to the face. Pull the hair in back of the line into a ponytail holder or jaw clip so it stays out of your way.

Step 3: Choose which ear you want the braid to start from. Tilt the head so the ear you’ve chosen is facing up toward the ceiling. With the person’s ear tilted up, begin making the braided headband using the hair in front of the part. French-braid tightly across the crown and down to the other side, gathering small sections from above the part.

Step 4: Once you’ve reached the other ear, secure the braid with a ponytail holder. Remove the ponytail holder or jaw clip used in Step 2 and style as you like.

The Ballerina Chignon

Step 1: Starting with dry hair, comb or brush the hair to smooth and detangle it. Let hair fall where it naturally parts.

Step 2: Using a fine-tooth comb, section top front portion of hair horizontally, from the top of one ear to the top of the other ear. Pull the lower section of hair back into a ponytail and secure with a ponytail holder.

Step 3: Comb the front section straight back neatly and use hairpins to pin the hair into the ponytail base.

Step 4: Split the ponytail in half horizontally. Comb the top section up and roll it up into a loop. Using 2 or 3, pin the ends to the base of the ponytail.

Step 5: Comb the lower section of hair down. Rolling it under, make a loop. Use hairpins to pin the ends to the base of the ponytail.

Step 6: Using several hairpin, stretch out the loops of hair all around the ponytail base, so the loops each form a semicircle—one on the top and one on the bottom. If you wish, add small sparkly or pearl beads to hairpins and crown the top of the chignon.

Hairstyles courtesy of Cozy Friedman and her salon, Cozy’s Cuts for Kids. More great looks can be found in her book Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair.

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What is your go-to holiday hairstyle? Leave a comment and let us know!

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