3 DIY Holiday Party Updos

Holiday parties can be a bit of a hassle. By the time you've found the perfect dress, been plucked/painted/waxed/threaded to perfection, mastered a sexy cat eye, and located a pair of ladder-free tights, you've barely got a chance to slide a straightener through your hair before the cab arrives.
But, if you can manage to budget an extra 10 to 15 minutes into your beauty routine, you'll have plenty of time to recreate one of these gorgeous, fabulously festive updos all on your own. And, you can still squeeze in a quick trip to the shop for a bottle of red. It's a true Christmas miracle!
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From a retro sideswept 'do to an elegant chignon to boho braids with a shock of colour, these holiday hairstyles — created by stylist Jacqueline Tarlier at Eleven Hair and modeled by London-based jewellery designer Rachel Boston — were designed to offer maximum glam for minimal effort. The only potential problem? Convincing your boss that you still need a raise when it looks like you've got a personal hairstylist on retainer.
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The Vintage-Glam Sideswept Pony

Fall's extreme side part gets an Old Hollywood update.

River Island dress, vintage kimono, and Rachel Boston jewellery.
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Form a sharp side parting from the middle of the eyebrow, or go deeper for more drama. Using curling tongs, create and curl three sections (about one-and-half-inches wide apiece) at the crown. Use pins to hold and let cool.
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Comb the rest of your hair into a low side ponytail on the opposite the side of your part.
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Stylist trick: Rubbing a can of styling product (yes, the actual can) across the hair will tame frizz and smooth your locks!
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Next, split your ponytail into four sections about two-inches wide and use tongs to curl each section.
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You should now have four individual curls.
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Use a dab of Joico Super Shine Glossing Polish to smooth all four curls into one loose one.
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Take out the pins in the front section and brush out gently.
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The hair will fall into a natural wave. Lay the front section in place and secure at the side with a hair grip.
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Presto! A sleek and sophisticated pony guaranteed to turn heads.
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The Twisted Chignon

Twisted sides and a low bun add up to an elegant and super-chic 'do.

Zara top, Rachel Boston jewellery.
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Stylist trick: To create a clean part, put pressure on the top of your comb with your forefinger and guide it through. For this look, you need to create a centre part.
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From the centre parting, take a two-inch section on either side from the top of the head to just behind the ear. Secure each section with a hair clip.
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Pull the rest of the hair into a low loose ponytail using a strong elastic.
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Just above the elastic, split the ponytail in two to make a gap.
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Pull the ponytail up towards and through the gap.
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Roll the remaining hair around using your forefinger and middle finger as a guide. This creates a sort of twist effect. Pin this into place using hair grips.
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Now, twist the two front sections and pin them back into the roll.
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Use hair grips to keep everything secure. If your hair is very long, you can wrap the ends around the roll.
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To finish, use Joico Design Works Shaping Spray. Spray on a light amount of spray and use the can to roll over the few bits that may be loose rather than your hands. This will give you a much cleaner finish!
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Can you say gorgeous?
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The Boho Colour Combo

Put some pow into your plaits with temporary hair chalks.

Vintage top, Rachel Boston jewellery.
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Shots of pink, purple, and blue add a fun and festive twist. Hey, it's a party, right?
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Start by using Joico Structure Matte Hair Powder Dust to give the hair more grip. Take wide sections throughout the hair and sprinkle it on.
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Take a sharp parting from the middle of the eyebrow. (The side doesn't matter; just stick to whichever side you normally part your hair.)
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Next, take a two-inch section from the part to behind the ear and leave for later.
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At the side opposite to your part, form two low ponytails at an asymmetrical angle for more interest.
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For each ponytail, section out the pony into three strands in preparation for plaiting.
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Take the middle strand, apply Joico Structure Pigment Pencils in the colour of your choice. (We chose a different colour for each braid in this look.)
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Next, do a standard three-strand brand.
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Secure the bottom with a clear elastic.
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Continue with the second ponytail, applying pigmented chalk to the middle section and braiding as usual.
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Now, return to your front section, combing it into place and forming three strands.
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As before, colour the middle strand with chalk.
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This time, you'll do an updated French braid instead of a regular plait. Rather than taking hair from both sides in a traditional French braid, only grab hair from the front to keep the braid looking raised. Secure with an clear elastic.
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Start to ruche or loosen the braids to avoid a "too-perfect" finish.
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Lift the first braided ponytail up and secure it in place with hair grips.
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Follow with the second braided ponytail. Wind the ponytails around in place to create a unique look. It's up to you where and how you place them. Pin into place.
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Incorporate the front plait and secure into place.
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That subtle kick of colour is perfect for a big night out.
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