End-of-the year parties call for a little extra flair when it comes to hair and clothes.
We talked to the experts at Fleet Street Hair Shoppe in Lexington for tips on easy-to-create hairstyles that will have you party-ready in no time flat.
Another plus: You probably already own the tools to create these looks: a curling or flat iron, hair spray, bobby pins, elastic hair bands and a teasing brush or comb.
"When styling your hair for the holidays, don't be afraid to keep it simple," Fleet Street owner Candace Reichbach said.
"A well-done, simple style will look more impressive than an intricate style that falls apart or causes you to have a meltdown," she said.
Also, hair tends to hold styles better when it's a little dirty, so for best results, shampoo the day or night before.
Fleet Street stylist Jessica Kemmer created two looks that readers can try at home. Our model, Ali Garey, has gorgeous long hair, but the key steps can be used on a variety of lengths.
Tricks include adding texture by curling hair in loose waves. For interest, incorporate a single, slim braid. And a low-set side bun is an elegant statement.
Don't worry about a stray strand here and there; a little messy is fine. "Many times it is easier to work with your hair's natural texture instead of fighting it," Reichbach said.