5 DO-IT-YOURSELF PARTY HAIRSTYLES FOR KLUTZES!
If you're looking for a dazzling DIY hairstyle for a glitzy red carpet event, this article is not for you. The tips below will help you look great at a very nice holiday party or family gathering, but you will not be ready for the Met Gala or the evening gown competition in the Miss America pageant. On the other hand, your vision will not be obscured by your coif and there is no danger of hair extensions the size of small animals falling out if someone accidentally brushes against you.
So, to look like your best self on a great day, first do a little prep. Make sure your haircut and color are up to date. If you have split ends or your hair is shapeless, make an appointment for a cut. If you color your hair and the shade is fading, or if gray hair is growing in, get a refresh. Then, shortly before the event, do an at-home glossing treatment like this one. And if your hair is dry or damaged, try a hair mask like this one.
Once your cut and color are party-ready, you are halfway there. Now, here are 5 simple going-out styles that anyone can do.
1. Give yourself a salon-style blowout using just a flat iron. Start with clean, dry hair. Apply a heat protectant. Using a high quality flat iron on a low setting, straighten in sections, rotating your wrist toward your face to get a bouncy curve at the ends.
2. Invest in a Dyson Airwrap to create gorgeous, soft waves. It's expensive ($549.99 including 6 attachments!) but if you cannot for the life of you use an ordinary curling iron, it could change your life. The Airwrap dries and styles simultaneously. For loose waves, use the curling barrels (one for each side to get symmetrical curls). Point the arrows so that they are away from your face when you look in the mirror. Hold out sections of your hair until they latch onto the bottom of the barrel, and keep them there for a few seconds until they are dry. After each section is dry, give it a cold shot for 15 seconds to set the style.
4. Take inspiration from inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and make your outfit more festive with a padded headband. She delivered her inaugural poem in showstopping Prada , but there are plenty of less expensive versions like this one.
5. Easiest of all, add interest to short or long hair with sparkly hair clips like these.
Now, enjoy the party!