Welcome back to my Extra Fancy Holiday Blog edition – part II!

Thanksgiving and Christmas for many are all about the family but let’s face it ladies, New Year’s is all about glitz! Going out with your friends and that special someone to celebrate the year that’s past and look forward with happiness in our hearts and love in our eyes towards the year to come….or at least you do if you’re in a wacky romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, usually after some crazy hi-jinks ensue.  Ah, that zany Reese……

To be honest, no matter how many amazing, wonderful things may have occurred in the past year, New Year’s for most is mainly about reflection.  Second guessing decisions and wondering, “Hey!  Where did the year go!”  365 days sounds like forever but always ends up running out  faster than a man will when he hears that  “L” word….That’s right, Laundry!  Wha?  What word ya think I meant? 🙂

Well my lovelies, I can help!  One thing every New Year should hold in common is the hopefulness of new starts and the excitement they can bring!!  Even if everything in your life right now is better than ever, we can always take a step back, take stock and say, “By this time next year I want to be….”  Fill in the blank girls with your heart’s desire, it’s yours for the taking! ……yeah, that’s zany Reese talkin’ again.  Why can’t she and her movies stay out of my head!!

What I really mean to convey is simply this, whether this year has left you fulfilled or longing, one thing you can absolutely make sure of is it goes out with you looking fabulous!

In part one of this Holiday Blog we went over some cool make up looks that can help you make the holiday brighter!  For part II, I’d like to focus on our lovely locks!   Let’s go!

For most of us retro beauties, perfect pin up curls are not just a part of our every day, they are a staple!  But when you walk around in your daily life looking like the coolest diva around, it’s hard to convey that “extra, special something” to your look that says “It’s party time!” Or at least more so than usual!  Well, I have a few tips that may or may not be on your current radar that can help to give your normal diva-like persona an extra, oh, la, la!

Two words, ladies – Foam rollers! I SWEAR, foam rollers are god’s solution for happiness.  Many gals I know are afraid of them but honestly, the best reason for giving them a try is how long your curls will last!  They can last for days, trust me!  Here’s what to do –

To start, you will need a rat tail comb for parting your hair and any brand spray gel you prefer.  For the rollers themselves, you can go to any local drug store.  You can find them in the hair isle for CHEAP!  How many you will need depends on the thickness and length of your hair.  If you’ve ever used hot rollers, that may help give you an idea.  I say purchase more than you may think you need just in case.

Begin with dry hair, not wet.  In fact, it doesn’t even have to be clean, just washed hair.  A little product will help hold the curl.  Separate your hair 4 ways.  Start at the crown.  Use the rat tail comb to part your hair from temple to temple, section that off and secure with a duck bill clip.  Then, part hair from the fron, just behind your ear on both sides.  Section off and secure again.  Now all that’s left should be the back of your head, secure that as well.  To begin the rolling process, you’re going to separate each section into sub-sections.  I usually start with the crown.  Take the duck bill out and comb out to the length of your hair upwards.  Starting from the back, section off a small piece, no wider than the width of the roller.  Holding your hair from the ends, spritz with the spray gel.  You won’t need too much just a few nice, even sprays along the length of the hair.  Now, hold the roller against ends of your hair, smooth down flat, and begin to roll.  The direction you roll will dictate how your hair will lay.  I usually just roll backward for the crown.  For the sides and the back section, I usually just go in the direction of my hair’s natural flow.  How you normally part your hair should help you decide as well.  Use a little tension while you’re rolling, but not too much.  Secure the roller and Viola!  First one down!  Repeat the process over for each section. After the whole head is finished, I usually give another spritz or two of gel, and a little quick spritz of water  with a spray bottle to help the hair set.  I usually do this at night, before bed and use a bandanna or a silk scarf to wrap my head up with before sleeping.  If you prefer not to, you can always set your hair in the morning and leave it in through out your day until you’re ready to start beautifying for your night out!

I love those awesome “dolly”- like banana curls so I usually just smooth the curls out with my fingers after carefully removing the rollers.  I  give a quick spritz with the spray gel or some hair spray and I’m done.  This is also awesome for special occasions because I seldom if ever have to fix my hair for the rest of the night!  The curls last just as cute and springy as when I began my evening.  Of course, you may also opt to brush the curls out a bit.  For this, use a soft bristle brush.  Gently brush each curl out, then use your fingers to arrange.  The best part about using the rollers before your big night out is the time you save getting ready.  Your hair is done and out of the way so you can focus on other things like your make up and your outfit.  Or hey, accessories!

Speaking of, another great way to give your holiday look that extra special something is the use of accessories. Any proper pin up has a bevy of hair flowers to choose from, but for the holidays you might want to go that extra step.  Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for?  Make it yourself!  I touched upon this in the last blog.  A glue gun can be a gals handiest tool for creating awesome hair clips, broaches, etc.  Simply go to any 99 cent store or party store.  They will probably have a host of items to choose from.  Mistletoe, garland, holiday bows, tiny little plastic fake bottles of champagne, etc.  Any of these items can be used to make awesome hair accessories!  You can use your glue gun to attach them to the small size “duck bill” hair clips commonly used for the hair flowers you buy in any accessory store.  You can find the clips at most drug stores ( you have to go to pick up the rollers anyway)!  Be creative! Glue some Mistletoe and holly to a clip for an awesome Christmas hair piece.  White holly flower, a plastic fake champagne bottle (a party store should have these) and some ribbon for a fun and festive New Year’s hair ornament.  Glue guns are incredibly easy to use.  Just plug in and allow time to heat up.  Then, grab your items of choice.  You’re going to put the glue on the items, not the clip.  Dab a bit of glue and hold in place on the clip.  Remember you will have to open the clip so if you’re using the duck bill style clips pinch open as you hold the items you selected in place. Otherwise, the clip may glue shut.   Not as bold as all this?  You can purchase some of those cute, baby sized bows used for Christmas presents.  Pick you favorite color – red, gold, silver, etc. and glue to a plain hair clip.  These look adorable, especially with those awesome banana curls!  These are just a few suggestions, use your ingenuity and creativity ladies!  I know you can do it!

Well ladies, as always I enjoyed giving you all a few ideas to help make the holiday festivities even more fun!  I wish all my beauties the Happiest of Holidays and the brightest New Year!

Till next time, xoxo!

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