It’s that time of the year again, holiday season, and with that comes the holiday parties. We all want to look our best, but most of us are busy trying to balance family and work at this time, as well as trying to find the perfect gifts for our loved ones, and trying to make the majority of our holiday events. Let’s also face it, we are going to see friends and family we do not usually see all year, and we all want to look our best, from head to toe.

With all that said I want to share with you three on-trend hairstyles to keep you all stepping out to those parties looking effortless and current.

One of the simplest things you can do is schedule a blowout, take time for yourself, relax, let someone else do the work for you. A good blow out can last a few days with the right products. It can also be easily styled into any of these looks a few days after.

If you want to skip the salon and try styling on your own, one of my favorite looks from the red carpets this season has been the ponytail, YES the ponytail. It can be the lowest maintenance yet sheik look; It can be sleek, textured, or voluminous. It’s been all over every red carpet as well as runways. My favorite for this look is a center parting, with texture swept back into a low pony. You can amp up the texture using a barrel iron, curling in alternating curl patterns, this will help the curls from twisting into each other and instead they will lay on top of one another. Spray a dry shampoo through the ponytail, rake your fingers through to rough up that texture.

A fantastic product for this is V.I.P. from Kerastase. Finishing can make or break this look, so do not let that band show. You can wrap it with a ribbon of your hair, or another great option is hair accessory or jewelry. Check out brands such as Chloe and Isabel they have a variety of colors, and unique styles.

If you’re shooting for the sleek pony alternative, start with blowing hair out with Oribe Straight Away (my personal favorite) flat iron hair pin straight, be sure to seal ends down. Then create a crisp deep parting on the desired side, I love more of a wet look with this, create a slicked back smooth, low pony, on the nape of your neck.

If you’re not the ponytail type, loose beachy waves are still on trend and another easy way to create an effortless low maintenance look. The best way to make this look different from your everyday look is to play with different partings, if you wear a center part try a deep side parting, I love the “90’s” flip (think Cindy Crawford House of Style era). If you usually have a more consistent wave, try alternating the curl pattern for a more natural textured wave. A volumized look is also fantastic, and Oribe offers some great products to help get the volume you need. If you have medium to thick hair try Dry Texturizing Spray, if you have fine to medium try Swept Up. Both can be used at the root to achieve more volume, or throughout sparingly to create great texture.

Now let’s be a little bit more ambitious, high glamour, perfect for a black-tie event. It’s not as hard as one would think, start with a side parting, section your hair into three areas; nape, mid, then top. Use a 1” to 1 1/4” wand or curling iron, use a workable hairspray for hold, start on the heavier side curling in vertical sections away from your face, continue curling throughout all sections ending with the more shallow side which will end up curling towards your face. Once you finish, use a boar bristle brush or a wide tooth tail comb (I suggest not using a mixed bristle, you can pull too much of the curl out). Gently brush or comb out curls from top to bottom, really work the peeks and ridges, spraying your workable spray smooth and sculpt as you go. This helps to create a loose finger waved effect. Taking the brush, spray and brush the curls on the side you ended with, brush back and tuck behind the ear, set the look with a firm hold spray. You can finish this look off with another hair accessory to help secure the tucked side.

Have fun with your holiday looks and don’t be scared to try something new, changing it up is fun! When in doubt youtube it, you can find numerous tutorials on these looks as well as much more, It’s a helpful tool to use! Happy styling and see you in 2018!

Ryan Brooks has been a stylist for over 13 years in the Ann Arbor area, he currently is working behind the chair at Tricho Salon and Spa located at Briarwood. Over is thirteen years as a stylist he has worked as and educator for Goldwell and most recently Kerastase, he has also had the opportunity to work with multiple productions in stage, movie, as well as print. You can also follow him on Instagram: @ryanbrookshair Have a hair question you need answered? Contact him at he will be answering questions in future publications.