No-Haircut Re-Style for the Holidays

bridget bardot

My hair isn’t the only thing that’s pretty much completely frazzled by December, but  hair is one of the biggest things that can make you look so not pulled together for whatever you’re facing this holiday-season. Brigitte Bardot always seemed to pull off the perfect amount of messy in her stylings, and I’m hoping these tips will help fix the frazzle just enough to resemble some Bardot-chic for this Christmas/New Years without committing to a last-minute-certain-mistake-haircut for a new “self” for the holidays.

Hair Tips for the Holidays

How to Look Expensive

Have I convinced you to be in love with How to Look Expensive yet? That’s where I got all my tips for some easy things to do to your tresses despite traveling, shopping, wrapping, baking, party-hosting, and toasting:

  • Spray a toothbrush with hair spray and brush front and top of hair (tip via Adir Abergel): Smooths fly-aways without making you look like a helmet head with too much hairspray.
  • Add product at the end instead of the beginning of hairstyling (tip via Adir Abergel): This way your hair doesn’t get too weighed down and greasy looking.
  • Use corn starch baby powder as dry shampoo (tip via Creighton Bowman): if you’re traveling for the holidays and don’t have time for your usual routine, this is a great way to keep your “do” looking new.
  • Re-moisturize hair by applying conditioner to dry hair and leaving in for fifteen minutes under a shower cap (tip via Oscar Blandi): don’t have time for a treatment at the salon? Do it yourself with your own conditioner and get shiny, healthy-looking hair for the holidays.

Keeping your blow-dry looking great:

There’s nothing worse than going through the trouble of making your hair look just-out-of-the-salon-fabulous for a party-night and then have it ruined by a steamy shower or a toss-and-turn night. Pomerantz offers these tips for making all that work on your hair worth it:

  1. Wrap your hair in a towel (not a shower cap!) when you shower. The cap lets hot air leak in and turn your sleek tresses into a frizz-mess.
  2. Sleep on a silk pillowcase or wrap your hair in a silk scarf to keep it smooth and static-free.
  3. Use dry shampoo to rid extra oil without having to shower and re-dry.
  4. Flip hair upside down to brush so you don’t flatten your volume.
  5. Don’t fight the blow-dry cycle: when it starts getting messy, add some curl to it or put it up into a sleek up-do or pony-tail.
source: How to look expensive, by Andrea Pomerantz lustig

Hopefully that helps ease the frazzle for your holidays…at least, your hair-frazzle. Pomerantz is quite the guru, and I’m pretty sure she can get you looking like a Bardot-bombshell with these tips. Happy hair-styling!

– <3 A. 

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This Not That

Pretty much everyday, regardless of what I’m doing, I have visions of my efforts turning out one way and ending up an entirely different way instead. I’ve begun to see it’s a slow exercise in learning to be satisfied with this instead of that.

My pursuit for “that” instead of “this” though is never one pursued quite as contentiously as the one for my hair.

Every morning, my first idea is for my hair to turn out something like that:

ann margaretA one-woman war with a hair-dryer, straightener, and hairspray later though, this isn’t looking so good. Ok, so sometimes down doesn’t work. Option two: put it up! That usually works. Maybe something cute and out of my way like that: 

rita hayworth celebrity up-dos

This is seriously not working:


At this point, panic sets in. If down doesn’t look like that, and up looks like this, this is not going to be a a good day. Though I am loathe to say it, my hair has a very influential role in my daily mood. If it falls how I want, I march out the door almost giddy at how easy I had it that morning. If I’m still struggling 10000 bobby pins later for an up-do to appear “effortless” I leave with the darkest of clouds hanging over my head. Pretty sad, yes?

Today though, I am taking extreme measures. Today, I am going here:

vintage beauty parlor To hopefully emerge feeling like that:

Rita Hayworth dancing

I’m not holding my breath though. Mostly because as soon as I wake up instead of feeling like that:

vintage vanity fair cover

I know that my day is going to look something like this:


And so, up it goes, better throw some extra pins in my bag because this up-do will probably come a-tumbling down at some point and I will have to continue to strive to be content with this instead of that.

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all have an excellent weekend, regardless of what state your hair ends up in.

– <3 A.