Holiday hair is easy to do!

Thursday, December 18, 2008
By Lourdes Regala

Dressing up for holiday celebrations is easy, but what about your hair? Celebrity stylist Patrick Melville, whose clients include Eva Longoria and Mariska Hargitay, tells us how busy women can get festive looks that are quick and easy.

For medium to long hair, Melville says you can give yourself the same simple updo, donned by Cate Blanchett at the Oscars, in just minutes.

1. Grab hair at the nape of neck.
2. With an elastic band pull hair into a low ponytail, but with the last pull through, stop halfway, creating a low chignon.
3. Split the hanging hair into two pieces.
4. Loop the two pieces of hair around the chignon hiding the elastic band
5. Secure in place with bobby pins.
6. In front, make a side part then slide hair on the short side behind your ear.
7. Take a little hair spray to the other side, create a nice shape and drop hair across the eyes and away from the face for a bi-level effect. Don’t stress, it doesn’t have to be perfect!

Short hair can be parted on the side and accessorized with a festive clip, barrette or multiple thin wire headbands. Melville also suggests using Whipped Crème by Sebastian. “Squirt a little in your hair. Push your hair upwards with this cream and style it so that it’s a little bumpy and a little funky for the evening. Just a little disheveled.”

Melville’s business partner, Rick Wellman, adds that women with short hair can also slick their hair back and use a clip-on chignon. “Clip-on air extensions are also pretty popular and are used as highlights for hair. Since they come in a variety of colors, for holiday fun you could accent your hair with red or green extensions.”

The Patrick Melville Salon is located at 45 Rockefeller Plaza in NYC or call 212.218.8650 to make an appointment.

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