EASY HOLIDAY HAIR

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The part of "getting ready" that always confounds me is what to do with my mop. I usually blow my naturally wavy hair straight, or throw it up in a messy bun. This year is (hopefully) going to be different and I will manage to actually style my baby fine strands that never seem to cooperate. These side chignon and half up/half down hairdos from Martha Stewart look easy enough...I'm definitely going to give these looks a whirl over the holidays.

{Images via Martha Stewart}
Side Chignon
1.       Using a round brush, blow-dry hair smooth and straight, focusing on the top sections.
2.       Once dry, use a large-barrel curling iron to create waves from the ears down.
3.       Build height and volume at the crown by teasing hair gently with a fine-tooth comb.
4.       Gather hair into a low ponytail. Twist it along the nape of your neck, pinning as you go.
5.       Once you reach your ear, shape the remaining hair into curls, and pin them back over the twist.
6.       Spritz strands in place.
7.       To add texture, gently curl and scrunch the wispy ends with your fingertips.
8.       Marvel at how gorg you look!

{Images via Martha Stewart}
Half and Half
1.       Use a large-barrel curling iron to create loose curls all around your head, from the ears down.
2.       Part your hair in the middle, and use your fingers to loosen and separate the curls.
3.       Starting halfway down the part, begin spritzing your roots with hairspray. Continue to the crown.
4.       To create height and volume, tease the sprayed hair with a fine-tooth comb.
5.       Use a brush to gently smooth the teased hair, and gather the sides up into a half ponytail.
6.       Secure the sides with pins, then use your fingers to gently shape the curls into place.
7.       End with shine spray. Try John Frieda Frizz-Ease 100% Shine Glossing Mist, at drugstores.
8.       Voila! A hairdo worthy of Brigitte Bardot. (PS Fun side note...this was the inspiration for my wedding hair!)

Looking for something a little more low maintenance? Check out this braided chignon and this simple hair knot

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64 comments

  1. The first tutorial makes me wish I was a ginger again - red hair is better than any headband or fascinator!

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  2. love the half and half style.Looks 'done' but very casual chic.

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  3. oh they always make it look so effortless! i spend like eons of bathroom time just trying to assemble the perfect non-frizzed curl ; )

    i LOVE that side chignon, she has the most beautiful cream-dipped skin ever. ♥

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  4. I actually have the hair to try the half and half! I always end up with the comb wadded up in the back of my head when I try to rat it though.. le sigh. I need a few extra arms and some eyes in the back of my head to make it happen!

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  5. Ok, I'm so getting a new curling iron after work today so that I can try these styles!! Love 'em!

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  6. These are great tutorials, I love the side bun.
    I'm loving your blog, have just become a follower. Would love you to check out mine if you have the chance.
    xxx

    theothersideofthepondmydear

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  7. what beautiful tutorials!Love the first look

    x

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  8. For the Side Chignon, what does it mean by "pin them back over"? How exactly do you do that? Wrap it around in a bun and pin?

    Thanks! Love the post!

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  9. Hello, Anon!
    I think you it could definitely be done that way, but it might look a bit "tight". After you have repeated step 4 and twist/pinned the hair in place, pull the loose ends back and pin them in place. That should help to give you the look like the photo shows. :) Hope that helps!

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  10. lovee this hairstyle!

    i would love it if we could follow each other!
    neusparkle.blogspot.com

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  11. I totally love the half and half hair style!It looks so natural but elegant. I also like the Side Chignon. Both very beautiful hairstyles

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  12. I love the second one the most, thanks for this great tutorial.

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  13. lovely blog, i follow!
    have a nice weekend,
    http://skirtsanddressess.blogspot.com/

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  14. Omg! Very helpful... and beautiful hairstyles! Thanks for sharing :)

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  15. I just cut my hair off.
    much easier ;)

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  16. I made my hair like that it looks so cute thnks for sharing

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  17. l love the hair styles,al try the first one

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  18. So I am always googling how to's for my hair and I can never find a site that actually walks me through it step by step WITH pictures. Thank you, this is amazing!

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  19. My sis is getting married soon and going for side-dos for the bridesmaids, I'll show her these beautiful pictures, well done!

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  20. Omg both models are so pretty. the first one, side chignon, is really cool! i see it in movies and such so i can't wait to try it! The second one looks like a good idea for school, very casual! (: i love them both!! <3

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  21. These step by step instructions are very helpful... thanks very much...

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  22. OMG both hairstyles are soooo cute! Can't wait to reproduce them!

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  23. The tutoral makes me wish I would have long hairs. Absolutely beautiful. http://www.europeartimport.com - JEWELS by REGINA

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  24. Grate hair style pics you have share with tutorial nicely job you have done.....

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  25. UGH WISH I HAD READ HAIR !

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  26. omg love the hairstyles and the step by step pics and directions i stink at hair dont know how to even put a pin in csnt evrn brade reg braid help check me out need dome tips for my haair i have very complicated hectic life and no oatence plus i hav gabd snd 3 sons

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  27. Thanks for the step by step instructions... I like the side chignon.

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  28. These are beautiful hairstyles. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. I love these looks - they look pretty and romantic and too difficult. I like trying on different "looks" through the makeover tool at Taaz.com just to see what new hairstyles might work on me. These styles would probably work on most though, I'd bet.

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  30. Great!
    I like first idea more, but it doesn't look so easy to make.

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  31. Great tutorial but these pictures are just perfect.So shic!
    This is my first visit, and I can tell you - your blog look really amazing.

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  32. I really liked the half and half hair. :)

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  33. nice hair style really love to see that hair style.

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  34. That looks very pretty.. I wished i was a redhead too.. she looks very beautiful with that hairstyle.. Love it !!

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  35. I really loved your hair dresser idea because now I have something to practice with my nieces and friends!!! Thank you.

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  36. the half and half makes me wishmy hair was long!

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  37. I used the half up half down for my wedding...it was gorgeous!!

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  38. I wish I could do this with my hair. I hate my hair. My hair is veryyyyy soft but it won't hardly curl. It's naturally straight. I wish my hair would do the both of them. BOTH OF THEM ARE SEXY AND HOT AND GORGEOUS AND AMAZING I LOVE THOSE HAIR STYLES SO MUCH!! I'm sick of having my hair completely straight all the darn time.. It gets on my nerves. Love these hair stlyes so bad I can't stand it. Love yall.

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  39. I have stumbled this and I love that hair, hope I can blog it too

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  40. I like "half and half"..looks natural and even elegant !

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  41. This is such a cute tutorial...nice hair styles...and the important thing., looks doable!

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  42. Dear lord,

    Thank you for making me a man so I can dry my hair with a towel, comb it, and move on.

    Sincerely,

    A man

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  43. I love these hair tutorials! I'll be sure to try these out soon. Thanks ♥

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  44. easy & stylish. love this hair do

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  45. YAY! I love this! Simple and polished and so cute!

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  46. I was looking for exact this information from here to there but in your blogsite I've found some amazing info! I'm going to share with my facebook friend right now :)

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  47. BOTH OF THEM ARE SEXY AND HOT AND GORGEOUS AND AMAZING I LOVE THOSE HAIR STYLES SO MUCH!! I'm sick of having my hair completely straight all the darn time.. It gets on my nerves. Love these hair stlyes so bad I can't stand it. Love yall.

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  48. hi, thanks for the post..this tutorial was very helpful...did the half and half one a few weeks ago and I loved it! Thanks

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