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4 Hairstyles That Require Just One Product

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    It’s time. The holidays have come and gone, and with them so has 2015. (Well, almost. You've got one night left, so let's make it count.) But as excited as we are to get gussied up and pop bottles, New Year's Eve can come with some high-pressure decisions. There's the task of finding that sparkly something (that then gets relegated to the back of your closet the other 364 days of the year) and calculating a bearable skirt-length-to-freezing-temps ratio to party-hop in. Throw in navigating the whole midnight kiss portion of the evening, and you've barely got time to figure out how you're going to nail a killer NYE beauty look.

    That’s where we come in. Consider us your personal virtual glam squad. And we're making things easy-peasy this time around by taking one major decision out of the mix — what to do with your hair. Now you can focus on the fun stuff. That's why we turned to celebrity hairstylist Natasha Leibel for how-tos on four festive styles you can wear for any celebration. Plus, we used only affordable products from Walmart, because who has spare cash after the holidays? Don't worry, you can thank us later; for now, start the countdown.



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    The Crowning Glory Braid
    This look is for all of the procrastinators out there. Maybe you waited until the last minute to make plans, or you were already geared up for a night of PJs and the ball-drop on TV when the perfect party offer came your way. If you have 10 minutes and know how to braid, keep reading. You can still arrive in style.

    Zara top, Rodebjer trousers, Lady Grey ear cuff and ring.

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    If you're already #blessed with wavy or curly hair, start off by scrunching in a curl-defining cream to cut down on frizz. For straighter strands, still apply a texturizing cream or mousse to damp strands, then just blowdry with a diffuser for messy-on-purpose texture.

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    Next, use the end of a tail comb to section off the top half of your hair. (Let the tops of your ears serve as a guide.) Brush through this section to create a smooth base for your crown braid.

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    Then, dust off those plaiting skills and three-strand braid the top half of your hair. (Nobody's got time for a fishtail. There's revelry to be had.) You won't be finishing the strand with a hair elastic, so keep gripping the ends once you've completed your braid.

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    Bring the braid behind one ear and pin it to your head to keep it in place. Wrap the remaining length of it across the top of your hairline, and crisscross two or three bobby pins over the ends behind your other ear. Use your fingers to gently tug the braid lightly apart to fatten it up.