Here are some quick and easy holiday hair ideas from the fabulous folks over at the Pierre Michel Salon in NYC....
Trust in Thy Brush
"The best accessory for the holiday season is a hair brush! Forget the Mary Pickford sausage curls, the faux Farrah's and the limp straight hair of yore! Soooo very tired looking! Put the curling and flat irons on the back shelf and get out the electric rollers.
Think Rita Hayworth under the mistletoe. Apply your favorite bodifing product after shampooing, dry hair as usual and roll your hair up as easy as one, two, three. Let the curlers cool while applying your make-up, donning your stockings, and zipping up that fabulous new holiday dress. Simply take the rollers out when cooled, throw your head over and BRUSH the DICKENS out of it! Throw your head back and smooth out the crown and you have the fastest, sexiest and most alluring party do of all! A light, flexible spray to the front hairline and your in for the night (and maybe the morning too!).
Or... use the same strategy for the fastest and simplest up-do around. After brushing, pull your hair into any number of loose or firm twists from the back of the scalp and secure with a dazzling jeweled clip or comb. Either are great ways to start or finish an evening!
--Gerry Leddy, who has tended the tresses of Cher, supermodel Iman, Cornelia Guest and Glenn Close.
Braids Be With You
“This is a quick and easy style for the holidays inspired by a Vera Wang show. After prepping the hair with mousse or volumizer (like angela cosmai), dry the hair with a big round brush, you can use hot rollers or curling iron, let it sit for 20 minutes then comb your hair to the side you prefer and start braiding very loose and voila (big regular braid)use rubber band that match your color to secure the braid when you are done braiding use some serum for shine (like bain de terre), then use your fingers gently to loosen the braid in order for you to achieve the messy look. This is a very modern look and again very easy. The final touch is a spritz of a very light hair spray (like Elnett by L'Oreal).”
--Moulay Yacoubi, who has worked with Paris Hilton, Gena Gershon, Gweneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman, Brooklyn Decker and Dylan Lauren.
You Do UpDo
Hair should be up for the holidays. The dresses are short and black and it’s about simple, imperfect "up-do styles". A lot of accessories are out and on. Keep the hair off the neck to show off a necklace or earrings. Try a hair clip this season. Beautiful SMALL metallic tree branch-like "bobby pins" really modify the simple chignon. And braids are definitely in and are an accessory you already own. Make the classic chignon modern with a few braids going from your front hairline back or even wrapped around inside the chignon.
--Jerome Lordet, mane man to Bianca Jagger, Jessica Simpson, Rebecca Gayhart and Nick Lachey