It’s never too early to start planning your holiday looks, especially now that it’s full speed ahead to the end-of-year festivities. Whether you are planning to host a party, attend a few, or just add some festive accessories to your look, this is the perfect time to start thinking about holiday hair styles.
Leonor Greyl Brand Ambassador, hair stylist, and accessories designer Trace Henningsen gave us the skinny on some must-have “do’s” for December, all featuring her gorgeous accessories. Inspired by the 1960s and Bridget Bardot, Trace puts her 21st-century spin on classic, timeless looks.
Busy holiday revelers rejoice! Trace says, “I’m always thinking about how to style my hair to last as long as possible. These three styles can transition into each other on three consecutive days, meaning a daily shampoo and blow dry are not requirements to get all three looks.”
Of course, these coifs need that je ne sais quoi finishing touch. Enter Trace’s line of stylish, versatile hair accessories, hand-crafted and designed with the timeless woman in mind, and perfect for the holidays. Her Petite Bardot Bow, Bandeau, and Chouchou are made of velvet for instantly comfortable, stay-in-place elegance.
Prep your hair with your favorite Leonor Greyl shampoo and conditioner. To achieve maximum volume, Trace recommends Shampooing au Miel and Masque Fleurs de Jasmin (start with a small amount and apply more if your hair needs it). She advises using a wide-tooth detangling comb just out of the shower and spritzing Condition Naturelle on your towel-dried hair. For extra volume and hold try our Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice. Flip your head over and blow dry to create body. “The 1960s are all about lots of body!” she says.
Once your hair is dry, finish with Voluforme hair spray and use hot rollers or Velcro rollers—depending on your hair texture and thickness—and let those sit for 15-20 minutes. (Note: this is a good time to do your makeup.) Spray the rollers with Laque Souple before taking them out. Brush through your gorgeous tresses with a boar-bristle brush and back comb to add volume at your scalp. Now add the Bandeau, either pulling all your hair back or keeping your fringe forward. You can also add the Bardot Bow to the top, clipping it to the Bandeau for a more feminine finish.
Pro tip: In order to achieve this look, make sure all your rollers are rolled to the back.
Put a Bow on It
This half-up, half-down look is a modern take on the 1960s. After wearing the Bandeau for a day your hair will be slightly flat in front but still have the body in back. Brush half of it up, using your ears as a reference and pulling it to the crown of your head. The bottom of your hair should still be holding the curl.
Take your boar-bristle brush and use Éclat Naturel around the hairline to create a clean look. Secure it with an elastic and clip the Bardot Bow on top. You shouldn’t need much product, but you can spray it with a little Laque Souple afterwards to clean up any remaining strays.
The Velvet Bun
Here comes the Chouchou! Gentle on the hair, it holds like crazy—that bun (or ponytail) isn’t going anywhere. Start this style by brushing your hair into a ponytail that best suits your features and secure with the Chouchou. (Trace votes for top bun, but find your perfect spot). Use Éclat Naturel to clean up any fly away hairs around your hairline and ponytail. Wrap the ponytail around the Chouchou to give your bun a fuller look, and pin it down. You can play around with adding a Bardot Bow at the top or bottom. Create your individual look!
Pro tip: Spray some Laque Souple onto your boar-bristle brush when pulling your hair into the ponytail.
Trace’s final thoughts for completing your holiday look? A bold lip in a nice holiday color. And if you are attending any fêtes, she highly recommends the Holiday gift set for a memorable hostess gift that will impress and delight!