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Holiday Hair in 10 Minutes: Grab Your Hair Stencil

Put away those bows, bands, and spendy hair accessories, because we’ve got a plan for holiday-party hair that’s ingenious and easy. And all it requires is a can or two of Joico InstanTint Shimmer Spray, a splash of creativity, and the ingenious eye of hair stylist, Janine Ker (@janine_ker_hair on Instagram).

Holiday Hair Stencil 1

PORTRAIT IN PINK

Tip: Finish with a vivid red lip and blouse to bring out the intensity of the hair art.

1)    Create and secure an updo that will accommodate your stencil design. (In this case, Janine went with a side-swept look with a side bun that left plenty of space for color.

2)    Hover the stencil above the hair to explore composition until you finalize placement.

3)    Place stencil securely against hair, and using InstaTint Fiery Coral Shimmer Spray, begin with short bursts of sprays to evenly apply a foundational layer first. Keeping the stencil in place, and repeat using broader, longer sprays. Use a blow dryer with a diffuse on a light setting to set the color if necessary. Repeat until desired amount of coverage is achieved.

4)    Keeping the stencil in place, apply Gold Dust on top of the Fiery Coral, spraying in light, short bursts. For dimension, focus Gold Dust on some of the edges for a highlighted effect.

5)    Gently peel the stencil off the hair.

6)   Hold the design in place with a generous spritz of Joico Power Spray.

 

Holiday Hair Stencil 2

GOOD AS GOLD

Tip: Keep this particular look centered on the silver and gold of the holiday season, and consider pairing with vintage makeup (like a gold eyeliner).

1)    Apply a traditional thermal set, then comb out and style, choosing a preferred side for your decorative element and securing with gold bobby pins.

2)    Spray the secured surface with Power Spray to smooth down any flyaways.

3)    Choose a stencil that compliments the shape and amount of space you’re working with. (We used a small, round vintage-feel design.)

4)    Place stencil securely against dry hair. Using Gold Dust, start off with several short sprays to build a foundational layer, then build up with additional layers, always keeping stencil in place. A blow-dryer with a diffuser on low can speed up drying between layers.

5)    Gently remove the stencil by peeling it away.

6)    Once dry, mix a small amount of glitter and hair gel, dabbing some accent sparkles on top of your design.

 

Holiday Hair 3

PLAYING IT STRAIGHT

Tip: Match the fun, festive hair color with holiday makeup looks that could play with bold trends and metallic.

1)    Style a long bob straight, using a flat iron to create a perfect surface.

2)    Secure a foundation for stenciling by spraying on a few layers of JoiShape, held at least ten inches away from hair to avoid a stiff look.

3)    Starting at the back of the head, place a geometric hair stencil at the perimeter of the long bob, making sure stencil is held in place firmly and closely.

4)    Using Pink Dust (or InstaTint Pink, apply several short sprays over the entire area, evenly spraying and repeating until desired covered is achieved. (Use the blow-dryer with diffusion on low heat again to dry the Pink between layers.)

5)    Repeat and continue the stencil pattern to the front left and front right perimeter, placing the stencil where the first pattern left off.
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When you want to give that perfect girlie holiday gift–something they’d die for, but never actually buy for themselves–look no further than our 2016 Holiday Beauty Wish List. We scoped out the finest goods, the best prices, things that are on the cusp of cool…and are bringing them to you here so you never have to take so much as a glance at the mall. How’s that for personal shopping?

The beauty haul starts here…

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bareMinerals READY BE Beautiful Palette

Wait for the ooohs and aaahs that only slip out when a makeup junkie encounters the ultimate cornerstone of any collection. This perfect matte palette compliments any skin tone with a signature bare look designed to take you from day to night–stocked with neutral eye-shadows, powder, blushers, and bronzer. (We’re kind of in love with Inner Beauty, a warm peachy-pink shade to sweep on your cheeks.) $49; bareescentuals.com

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Joico Holiday Duos and Trios

Our Holiday Hair Kits–available in duos and trios–have gift-giving all wrapped up. That’s because we’ve encased our most popular K-PAK threesomes in sleek gold cosmetic cases that barely need a bow; and wrapped our hardworking twofers– like Color Therapy, Curl, Color Endure, Moisture Recovery, Body Luxe, and Daily Care–in holiday JOI boxes that are ready for giving and receiving. $20.00-$33.99; joico.com

beauty list holly let down your hair compact

holly drive let your hair down compact

Next time you want to channel your favorite screen star–or just touch up your makeup with a little flourish–you’ll likely reach for this glam gold-and-enamel mirror compact. In a nod to Holly Go Lightly’s character in Breakfast at Tiffany, It’s got a touch of that turquoise. So pretty and elegant…and gift-worthy!  $30; katespade.com

beauty list ibuki gift set

Ibuki Quick Fix All Day Set

Shiseido’s taken all the guesswork out of skincare with this ready-to-roll complexion collection: From moisturizers to mists and plenty more, the chosen products target visible pores, dry, rough skin, and even blemishes in one lovely scarlet holiday pouch. $70; shiseido.com

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Limited Edition Diptyque Holiday Candle Trio

A candle collection that has a cult celebrity following (as in: they’re actually requested in contracts for dressing rooms) makes perfect scents for the spa girl who loves a little indulgence. This seasonal set, in gem-tone glass votives, contains three new aromas inspired by “a marvelous winter tale in three acts”–Sparkling Incense, Delicious Spices, and The Festive Fire Tree. $100; Nordstrom.com

beauty list christal initial choker

Christal Initial Velvet Choker

Take the single hottest jewelry trend–the velvet choker–and doll it up with a customized monogram letter, and you’ve pretty much nailed the gift of the year. This one’s black and delicate; perfect for day or nighttime festivities. $38; baublebar.com

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The Busy Girl’s A Holiday Blowout

Here’s the easiest way to make someone feel like a million bucks when Power Ball’s not quite the ticket: Buy a gift card from the swankiest local salon and send your girlfriend in for the ultimate magic blowout. Perfect hair, an hour to relax, and glammed-up hair that can go anywhere. Prices vary from city to city.

 

MORE GIFT IDEAS…

There’s no better season for beauty and bling than winter celebrations and the looks they inspire. Lucky for us, LA blogger/stylist/Instagram-star Deniz Selin (a.k.a. LeFashionMonster) is at the forefront of those trends, bringing us the hot-list for Holiday 2016.

From day to night and everything in between, Deniz’s looks are quick-as-a-flash and easy as (pumpkin) pie…

Deniz Holiday looks family gathering

The Setting: Holiday family gathering

Inspiration: Glittering tinsel

Hair Hair!: A seriously feminine half-do

The Products That Get You There: Hair Shake Finishing Texturizer Spray and Flip Turn Volumizing Finishing Spray

Deniz’s download: I love wearing metallics during the holidays, but try to limit them to a single statement piece, like this great gunmetal jacket paired with tamed-down naturals. It’s edgy and elegant, and I can pair it with almost anything, from jeans to a skirt. To do the jacket justice, I polish the look with a half-up/half-down ‘do with serious volume created by spritzing in plenty of Hair Shake, and Flip Turn to hold the look throughout a long, fun evening.

Deniz Holiday office party

The Setting: The office holiday party

Inspiration: Boss chic

Hair Hair!: Full-bodied waves

The Products That Get You There: Hair Shake Finishing Texturizer Spray

Deniz’s download:  There’s always that careful line between conservative and sexy when you’re doing it up for a holiday work event. (On the one hand, you want to look utterly chic; on the other, you don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard.)  For me, the answer is a cape-style top; I’m loving the way they give you that boss-babe vibe by showing a little power and a little skin. With my cascading curls amped up with Hair Shake, all I need is my favorite glitzy choker to grab some extra attention.

 

Deniz holiday looks date night

The Setting: Holiday date night

Inspiration: Nutcracker ballerina

Hair Hair!: A not-your-average top knot

The Products That Get You There: Hair Shake Finishing Texturizer Spray and Flip Turn Volumizing Finishing Spray

Deniz’s download:  The older I get, the more I want to look sexy without going bold/over the top/crazy. And a little black dress–when done up with the right hair and accessories–strikes that perfect chord of less is more. Sure, it’s simple…but it’s exceptional, too. The choker trend is on fire right now, and this dress has the accessory built right in, no extra necklace needed. I love to pair it a simple nude heel, a bold lip, and this not-so-neat top knot that’s feminine as can be.

 

Watch Deniz’s sizzling-hot Hair Shake looks.

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