12.13.2012

Holiday Party Week: Glam Retro Waves + Party Survival Kit

So you've got the tip for taking those holiday party pics, the nails, the makeup, and now it's time for the hair. This look is easy to create, can be done with clean or dirty hair, and looks good on short, medium, or long hair! Try these glam retro waves (and check out my party survival kit at the end):

T O O L S
1 inch curling iron or curling wand
brush
comb
hairspray
shine serum or spray
heat protectant

M E T H O D
Brush hair free of tangles and knots. Spray hair with heat protectant and allow to dry. Use a comb to create a deep side part.

With the curling iron's clamp open (or off) Take a 1 or 2 inch section (depending on the size of waves you want) and do a wrap-and-twist around the barrel of the iron. Hold for 15 seconds. Repeat for the rest of hair.

Finish with a shine serum or spray for extra glossy hair.

Remember: To get the retro waves, the curl must be an "s" shaped curl. As you wrap the hair, flick/twist your wrist in a clockwise motion to get to hair to twist.



 T I P S

  • You can gently brush out the waves of you'd like.
  • The longer you hold your hair around the barrel, the stronger the retro waves will be.
  • If you don't get waves, try holding the hair longer and make sure you twist your hair as you wrap it around the barrel.
  • Add a decorative bow, headband, or pin for extra sparkle.

Whether you're hitting the clubs, hosting, or attending a party, I thought you might wanna check out my Party Survival Kit from past posts. Enjoy.

Get Ready:
Party Clutch Essentials:
  • Blotting papers (I also suggest using a Makeup Setting Spray before you leave the house)
  • Lip Stick/gloss
  • Mints/gum
  • Hand sanitizer (for gross public transporation)
  • Foldable Flats
  • Travel hair spray or hair clip/pin
  • Perfume or deodorant (scented blotted papers work too) 
  • ID/Cash/Credit Cards/Phone/Transportation Card
Hosting a Party:
  • Hosting a party? Here's my inspiration from years past.
  • Smokers at your party? Stop the smell using THIS tip.
Post-Party:

19 comments:

  1. I should have read this earlier. My curls were pissing me off today for our couples shoot. Gorgeous!

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  2. Your waves are beautiful. Using a curling iron is a good way to do it. Have you tried it with a flat iron yet? I can't ever get flat irons to curl hair like that.
    Girlie Blog Seattle | Casual Clothes for Less

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  3. This is so helpful because party survival kits are a must have. There's so many times when I forget something and wish I was more organized! Thanks for sharing

    xoDale
    http://www.savvyspice.com/

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  4. Looks great, might have to give it a try!!! Thanks for sharing.
    XO Nikki

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  5. so much gooooooooooood information! You rock!

    Tara

    http://tarabelle-adropofink.blogspot.com/

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  6. Love the party clutch essentials, Elle:)

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  7. Thanks for the links, they will be very useful, your hair looks so glamourous and Hollywood red carpet ready!

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  8. Great post! I'm definitely ready for holiday party season. :)

    -Ashley
    http://lerougestylo.blog.com

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  9. I take the small tide pen too when I go out. I'm messy. LOL

    kristen
    www.beholdthemetatron.com

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  10. So pretty! I have been debating on whipping out my curling rods/irons and attemptingto actually style my hair! You make it look so effortless (:

    Ps. I totally will trade you hair. I want some long locks like yours.

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  11. I'm so NOT good at hair, and have always wondered how to get that spiral curl from my curling iron - now I know!! Would love to hear your thoughts on my current posting on "Festive Holiday Makeup in a Flash!" Looks like you're a girly girl like myself!

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  12. great hairdo! perfect for your hair

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog
    P.S. I'm hosting a glasses giveaway on my blog here check it out!

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