The Knotted PonyWe turn to celeb hairstylist Kristin Ess using her namesake line for our final three looks. This knotted pony works on every texture, but is easiest to pull off on longer locks.
Step 1: Define your texture with a curling iron that's the same size as your curl or wave pattern. Or, if you have straight hair, make soft ringlets with a large barrel iron.
Step 2: Create three sections with the majority of the hair in the center.
Step 3: Apply styling powder to the roots and tease for more volume, if needed.
Step 4: Tie the middle section into a low ponytail.
Step 5: Knot the two side sections above the pony to hide the hair elastic.
Step 6: Tuck and pin the ends into the knot, below the pony.
Step 7: Finish the look off with mist of texture or hairspray.The Double (Up)doPerfect for all lengths except super short, this messy updo delivers a definitive answer to one of the holiday season's biggest questions: Why have one bun when you could have two? Note that this look works best on fine to medium-weight hair. (Super thick hair might be difficult to secure, so try adding a third bun, if needed!)
Step 1: Apply styling powder to the crown of your head, combing it through your hair with your fingers to distribute.
Step 2: Curl large sections of the hair to enhance texture.
Step 3: Part your hair into top and bottom sections, like you see in the video here.
Step 4: Leave two pieces out in the front — you'll want those to frame your face.
Step 5: Tie each section into a ponytail.
Step 6: Apply texture powder for more volume, if needed.
Step 7: Twist and pin the lower ponytail into a bun. Repeat on the top one as well, sealing both with hairspray.The Half-Up AdornmentThe easiest way to achieve peak December glam? Let a hair comb do the work. This look works on every texture and length.
Step 1: Use a thickening spray or styling cream to add definition and smooth any frizz, then create a center part.
Step 2: Twist and pin a section of hair from each side back to create a half-up effect. The thicker your hair, the less you need to grab — just make sure you leave a few face-framing pieces loose.
Step 3: Insert your hair pin or comb so any detail is hanging down, then cover the top of the comb, if needed.Kristen Ess
Working Texture Spray, $14.00, available at Target
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Working Texture Loose Styling Powder, $10.00, available at Target.