I recently participated in a fundraising fashion show to benefit Harvesters, a group of women who raise money for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County in California. The hairstyles we created for the show translate perfectly to special occasion hair for the holiday season, and I'd like to share my three favorites with you.
THE SOPHISTICATED CHIGNON
This is a contemporary spin on the classic bun. Hair is loosely pulled back from the face and secured in a low donut at the nape of the neck. Extra strands of hair are wrapped around the bun to add volume, and bangs are swept to the side from a definitive part. Solid hair colors work best with this style: nutmeg and chocolate for brunettes, and unhighlighted shades for blondes.
A large-barrel curling iron is the key to creating loose waves for this longer style. Alternately curl sections of hair clockwise and counter-clockwise, then loosen the curls with your fingers. Cut a section of panty hose into a beanie and place it on the head for about five minutes to flatten the top of the hair so the curls start beneath the ears—a hot look in New York City now. Because of the volume and movement of Bohemian Chic, haircolor that is multidimensional is essential.
THE MODERN POMPADOUR
This new take on the '50s fashion trend—which was introduced by Madame de Pompadour in the 1700s—is pulled off the face with significant volume in the front. The back of the hair is left down and flat-ironed for a sleek look. Most hair colors will work with this style, but shine is critical, so don't forget to use a glossing or shine product.
This is Kim Vo's last column for American Salon. We'd like to thank him for sharing his advice with our readers for the last three years. If you would like to contact him, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.