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Sexy Date-Night Hair: 3 Styles To Try Now

Hoping Ol’ Blue Eyes will give us a pass on tweaking his lyrics for the most romantic day of the year; because we’ve got three of the dreamiest date-night looks lined up for February 14th.  All of them feminine. All of them easy. And all of them inspired by the latest celebrity red-carpet looks, says super-stylist Paul Norton, who walks you through the how-to’s.

“Don’t change a hair for me?” We say go for it…and start right here:

 

BRING ME A HIGHER LOVE: LILY COLLINS

A braid, a bun, and an updo-in-one is sure to give rise to love.

  • Apply JoiWhip and tousle hair until fully dry.
  • Gather hair into a mid-to-high ponytail at the top of the head and secure with an elastic.
  • Take one-to-two pieces of hair at a time from the pony and wrap them around a medium-size curling iron or wand. Continue until the entire pony is completed. No perfection necessary; you just a tad of texture and bend.
  • Spray the ponytail with Hair Shake and finger-comb to break up strands and give it a natural look.
  • In the front, top area of the ponytail, section off a three-inch piece of hair and separate it from the rest of the pony.
  • Next, take the rest of the ponytail and gently back-comb it with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb.
  • Twist the ponytail until it begins to collapse on itself and secure it to the base with bobby pins.
  • Now go back to the separated section and braid it (either fishtail or classic), then wrap the braid around the bun and anchor with additional bobby pins. Finish with Flip Turn Volumizing Finishing Spray.

 

 

LOVE STORY WITH A TWIST: CHRISSY TEIGEN

This romantic “tail” has a very happy ending…

  • Apply JoiWhip and tousle hair until fully dry.
  • Using a medium-size round brush on the top section for extra lift, blow-dry that hair back and away from the face.
  • Section hair into three parts: top, middle, and nape.
  • Begin working on the middle section, by splitting it into two subsections and making two super-messy braids out of those pieces.
  • Spray Joico Hair Shake from the roots to the end of each braid and begin to tug side to side to bulk them up and create a “fluffier” texture.
  • Now, move back to the top section, spraying additional Hair Shake, and back-combing hair from the crown. Work your way forward until you get about an inch from the hairline, and push the entire top section back to meet the middle section, securing them to each other with bobby pins.
  • Return to the face-framing hair and gently pull out soft pieces to frame the face.
  • Next, move to the lower section and gather it along with the two braids from the middle section. Using these three strands, build one massive braid down the back. Secure with an elastic; add Hair Shake for extra hold and texture; and manipulate sections with fingers for a rough texture.
  • Finish with Flip Turn Volumizing Finishing Spray.

 

 

LET YOUR LOVE FLOW: SHAY MITCHELL

The kind of ‘do someone just HAS to run their hands through.

  • Prep damp hair with Joico Curl Contouring Foam Wax, scrunching product throughout.
  • Taking small sections of hair from the bottom to the top (use clips to keep things organized), add a small amount of Curl Controlling Anti-Frizz Styler and separate/define each strand by using your finger to twist and spiral out the section. Work your way up the head, allowing tendrils to become thicker, softer, and fluffier as you get to the top layers.
  • Next, flip your head upside down and, using a diffuser, blow-dry hair, leaning from side to side to gain lift in all directions.
  • Once hair is fully dry, flip back up and define curls on the bottom and around the face with a 1 to 1 ½-inch- barrel curling iron, always wrapping the iron away from the face.
  • Finish with Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray.

 

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Images courtesy of Getty Images.

 

DEAR JOICO…HELP!

We hear it all the time. Especially in the winter months, when the ravages of bone-chilling, super-dry, or wet and soggy weather do a serious damage dump on your hair. Fortunately, we’ve got our pros ready and waiting to help resuscitate those winterized strands…

 

Dear Joico,

I live in a cold, dry mountain climate and am walking around with flat, flyaway hat hair every single day. No matter what I do, I can’t seem to get volume in…and static out!

Signed,

Desperate in Denver

 

Dear Desperate,

We hear you. Your poor, parched strands are crying out for moisture; and until you give them what they need, no amount of teasing, spraying, or praying will do the trick. The real healer here is a once-or-twice-a-week dose of K-PAK Intense Hydrator, a profoundly nourishing deep treatment–stocked with lanolin and shea butter–that quenches thirst and brings hair back to life. Once you’ve restored moisture, all your other stylers will spring into action. Another favorite trick: Keep a dryer sheet in your brush drawer–it’ll grab the electrical charges instead of transferring them to your head!

 

Dear Joico,

With the cold, wet weather, I’ve been blowdrying and flat-ironing like crazy to beat my hair into submission. And it’s not working. The only result is that it looks dry, dull…and still frizzy!

Signed,

Sleekless in Seattle

 

Dear Sleekless,

You already know the speech we’re about to give you: Overzealous heat styling doesn’t make your hair look better; it just causes more of the damage–like split ends, and lackluster color–that you’re trying to combat. So here’s your prescription: First, limit the appliances to no more than twice a week if possible. And put Luster Lock Instant Shine & Repair Treatment front and center. This little miracle instantly re-nourishes hair, providing deep repair, amazing shine, and glide power so your brush slides right through your strengthened strands.

 

Dear Joico,

No matter how carefully I style my hair at home, the minute I walk outside into the insanely cold winter wind, my hair, which is looking drier and drier, ends up all over my head. Help!

Signed,

Chicago Blues

 

Dear Chicago,

We have a few suggestions…one of which would be a really warm (snug-fitting!) hat that protects hair from the elements, and your ears from frostbite. Then, once you’ve thawed, consider taking an inside-out approach to caring for your winterized ‘do: Start with a really good, hydrating shampoo and conditioner–like Joico’s Moisture Recovery, which is stocked with hardworking sea minerals, butters, and oils–used no more than twice a week. To keep hair looking swanky between cleansings, turn to Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo, which will give you the volume and freshness you want without exposing hair to water and unnecessary blow-drying. And finally, spray hair generously with Flip Turn Volumizing Finishing Spray–it will provide that bounce you’re looking for, plus help keep wind-blown strands in place.

 

Still got the winter woes? Check out more expert tips on winter-proofing your hair.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But with holiday-palooza in full force, you might just need something a little more meaningful than wrapping paper and reindeer to feed your soul. We’ve got a few ideas…

 

Joi for yourself

1)    GO IT ALONE

It might sound counterintuitive, but studies show that setting aside some solo time doesn’t just bring a calming catch-your-breath moment during the intensity of the holiday season, but actually gives your brain the opportunity to function more effectively. According to Scientific American, “downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to both achieve our highest levels of performance and simply form stable memories in everyday life.”

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2)    EMBRACE BRUNCH

Elaborate cocktail parties and even family dinners can seem daunting and exhausting when you’re balancing them with work, shopping, and life. A much more manageable option: Brunch! Much of the assembly can be done the night before (think: French toast bread pudding, quiche, stratas, fruit salad), and it’s all served buffet/family style, so there’s no tiresome plating, serving, or table setting to worry about. That means you get to en-joi yourself.

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3)    PUT YOUR HAIR UP FOR A CHANGE

Lots of happiness to be had when you go with an updo for a special occasion: like the fact that it works best with second-day hair, so you can bypass that elaborate blow-dry session. Then make yourself even happier by spraying it with Joico Flip Turn Volumizing Finishing Spray, a guarantee that you won’t have to fiddle with it for the rest of the night.

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4)    TAKE A WALK IN THE SNOW

Assuming you live in a frosty climate, stop for a moment and soak up the beauty of that magical fluffy stuff instead of looking at Pinterest pictures of snow scenes or worrying about putting on chains. A walk outside is serene. Doing it with family or loved ones even better.

Joi facetime

5)    FACETIME WITH A FRIEND

The month of December is busy, and reaching out to long-lost friends may be the last thing on your mind. But reconnections are soul satisfying and they feed our hearts and minds like a big dose of emotional comfort food. So grab a glass of wine or a cup of tea and set aside 30 minutes of uninterrupted catch-up time with someone who really makes you smile.

 

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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

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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

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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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