We tend to fall into a routine when it comes to getting ready, go-to outfits, the usual hair style, the “what’s easy today” sort of thing, but in celebration of the holiday season we wanted to mix things up a bit! We have some fun holiday parties coming up, along with a NYE bash we’re looking forward to, so we were really excited to team up with Aveda to bring you guys some holiday looks.
My sister recently graduated from the Aveda institute in Florida, and has been sharing all the tips and tricks she’s learned over the course of the 13 months she studied there. Unfortunately we never got the opportunity to visit her school, but we recently visited Juut Salon here in Scottsdale and got a closer look at the Aveda process. It was really special getting to see everything she’s told us about and picture her in a similar space, styling and getting people ready for some big events. She’s talented that one. #Proudsistermoment! 😉
We spent the afternoon with the very skilled and kind, Molly and Amie. We tried out three looks for the ladies, that are surprisingly easy to recreate at home with just a few products, and a classic men’s style that’s perfect for everyday while still being polished for an evening out.
Check them out below!
ELEGANT SIDE SWEPT CURLS
This look was inspired by a style worn by Emma Stone — love her! I don’t often wear my hair to the side like this because I’ve had trouble keeping everything in place, but Molly prepped my hair with Pure Abundance Hair Potion, which really created great volume and texture, then secured it with a few bobby-pins in the back at the nape of my neck after curling. She used a 1 1/2″ curling wand, beginning with curling away from the face and then in the opposite direction with each new section, creating a pretty sleek look. The Smooth Infusion styling creme helped battle any frizz I might have been welcomed with. These curls lasted all throughout the next day!
THE GENTLEMEN’S CUT
When I met Amie, we discussed the type of hair I have and the style I usually gravitate towards. She wanted to maintain my look, but use Aveda products that she thought would help save me some time when doing it myself. She first cleaned up my fade that had started to darken from waiting a couple weeks longer than usual in between cuts. When you have a beard that can look a bit unruly, it’s important to keep a nice fade to keep a balance from hair to beard, otherwise it can look a bit overwhelming. Once Amie was finished with the fade, I got the full Aveda treatment which included a hand and scalp massage which could’ve lasted all day and I would’ve been okay with, a shampoo + condition and possibly a minute or two nap ;). I have naturally very curly hair, which can be tough to style. After I discussed that with Amie, she recommended the Smooth Infusion which progressively loosens curls for a straight style. This was exactly what I was looking for and is a perfect product to use to get this classic, “gentleman’s style” I very often use. She added a bit of hairspray to hold the style and off I went.
FISH TAIL BRAIDS
This was such a fun look to create and I can’t wait to try this one at home. Molly prepped the hair with Shampure Dry-Shampoo for a bit of texture and then followed up with Aveda’s Air Control light hold hairspray to make sure everything stayed in place, without weighing the hair down. After dividing my hair down the middle for the pigtails, she sectioned each side into two equal parts. She started from the front pulling the hair from one section over to the other, and continued on alternating sections, making sure to pull tightly in between. Her hands moved so quickly braiding my long hair in a flash!
EFFORTLESS LOW BUN
This third and final look was my favorite and we ended up taking a few more photos later that evening. It feels like the perfect New Years Eve look and a pretty nice upgrade from my usual high top-knot. You start out with a side pony tail. Add a bit of height to the top of your head for some extra volume if you like that look, I do. 😉 Molly achieved this by back-combing the hair at the crown of my head a bit and then smoothing everything out with a round brush and a bit of hair spray. Section by section, begin creating loops with your hair rolling from the bottom of your pony tail up to the base. Repeat all the around and secure with bobby-pins!
Hope these looks give you some holiday hair inspiration!
Keep an eye out for more photos of this beautiful low bun. Can’t wait to share!
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Thank you to Aveda for partnering on this post.