Tips for Styling Haute Holiday Hair

Anna Peters, Sam Villa ArTeam.(Haute Holiday Hair | Anna Peters, Sam Villa ArTeam.)

Whether your client is heading out on the town or hanging at home with family, holiday-specific services are sure to be in high demand. Don't fret—Andrew Carruthers, education director for Sam Villa, is sharing his top tips and products picks for achieving long-lasting festive styles. 

AS: What are your favorite products for styling holiday hair?

AC: My two must-haves for holiday hair are Redken's Powder Grip 03 to create fullness at the base of a style, and Redken's Triple Take 32 for hold that will easily outlast the party.


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AS: How do you translate avant-garde styles to salon-friendly styles for the holiday?

AC: Avant-garde hair is similar to runway fashion in that it's all about inspiration not replication. Choose interesting details from your favorite avant-garde looks and add them into a simple upstyle, braid, or ponytail. 

AS: What are your top three tips for styling holiday hair? 

AC: First and foremost, build a strong structure so the style will last. You can skip the backcombing if you pre-texture the hair with the Sam Villa Signature Series Texture Iron. Second, look at your client's face shape while constructing the style. Use the mirror to see how each piece is working with their features. Simple adjustments to the height of a pompadour or placement of your chignon can really change how a style accentuates their beauty. Lastly, loosen up. This year, it's all about "re-done" texture and a lived-in feel, so leave some loose tendrils and don't over polish the frizz. If it's too clean looking, grab a chamois cloth and stroke it across the surface of the style to introduce some disruption.