Expert tips for holiday party hair 0

By Julia Dilworth, 24 hours Vancouver


You’ve got your party dress ready for the holiday season, but what about the snazzy ’do to match?

Bringing you three hairstyles gorgeous enough to offset even the world’s ugliest Christmas sweater, is expert stylist and owner of Hype Hair Studio in Kitsilano, Caylee Auge.

First and foremost, if you’re headed to a big event, Auge stressed the importance of performing a dry run beforehand. “Learn a few tricks and then let the hair fall where it wants to,” she said.

When it comes to hair accessories, get creative!

“As seen on our lovely model Victoria, I used a necklace to add some drama and just pinned it in her hair. You could pin in a feather, earring — anything, really, to jazz it up a little.”

To take any style from day to night, the key is exaggeration. For example, if your sides are sleek, the seasoned pro suggests adding even more sleek — you can even paint on some gel (she likes L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni.Art Frost Jelly). Simply adding volume and shine is also going to give you a more polished and party-appropriate look, Auge said, so to create more volume, try incorporating some French lacing or pop in extensions (the Gee Wig variety comes highly recommended).

Other secret tips: “My go-to styling product for an updo is the L’Oreal Professionnel Infinium Lumiere Force 4 hairspray — I love to layer it in to get the hold that I am trying to achieve.” She also needed L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil to nourish and prepare the hair for these looks, and L’Oreal Professionnel Architexture for definition.

Need more help? Hype Hair Studio offers style nights where experts teach participants new ways to style their coifs.

1. The big wave

Caylee Auge, Hype Hair Studio owner: “We have seen a lot of glamour waves that are flat on the top in the past. For this season, we’re starting to see more height on top, but keeping the feeling of the ‘Hollywood glam wave.’ I love that we are seeing height in the front.”

How to DIY: “Use a pin curl wrapped in tinfoil and then heat with your flat iron.”

2. Side pony 2.0

Auge: “I feel that long hair is very glamorous and even if you don’t have extremely long hair, there are tricks to give it a long look. This look is a new twist on the side pony style we have seen in the past, it has more exaggeration to the side and is extremely long (achieved with the use of hair pieces).”

How to DIY: “Start with a side pony, and begin to twist, layering over the waved top section into the ponytail.”

3. Twice the bun

Auge: “This is a classic chignon (bun) look that is very easy to wear. It’s made to be more high fashion by wearing it in the back with a very large chignon.”

How to DIY: “For the final look I used a ‘doughnut’ and then secured it to the ponytail and added a necklace to give it a unique style.”

Julia Dilworth is a national DIY columnist and travel, beauty and home decor journalist. You can find her on Twitter @JuliaDilworth, email her at julia.dilworth[at] or visit her website

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