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BE PICTURE PERFECT FOR THE HOLIDAYS: MODERN HALF-UP DO

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November 11, 2016 / By / Comments Off

This post was sponsored by Dove, Nexxus, TRESemmé and Shoppers Drug Mart. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, who is a paid influencer, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Dove, Nexxus, TRESemmé and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Anyone else ridiculously excited for the holidays to kick off? Okay, I know it is only November but I can’t wait for all of the celebrations this year. One of my favourite part of this time of year is planning out holiday outfits, glamourous makeup looks and of course, beautiful hairstyles. Since most parties these days have a photobooth of some kind or everyone is using Instagram or Snapchat, it is great to find the perfect hairstyle that will keep you looking on point no matter what.

One of the hottest looks of the season is styling your hair in a 1990s x 1960s half-up/half-down party lob! Okay, I totally just made that name up but I swear it’s got a great thing going for it. I love the voluminous, piled-high locks of movie stars from the 60s combined with the slightly cheeky cheerleader styles from the 90s. Morphed into one hair style, this look is perfect to bring out at all of the parties this season! It has got all of the glamour of an up-do with a softer, more free-flowing vibe to it. Twist in some braids for some added texture or curl your locks for a more vintage feel. Styling your ‘do with a gorgeous vintage rhinestone clip will instantly add that much more glitz and glamour to your look – making this style easily to transition from work party to night party in no time.

For the best products and seasonal beauty inspiration Shoppers Drug Mart is my first and only stop. Their incredible selection for haircare and styling has everything I need and Shoppers Optimum rewards me for experimenting with my hair. To get started I gathered together the following to get working on my holiday look.

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Tools:

  • Nexxus Lavish Volume Shampoo: with a customized blend of Panthenol (B-5), Green tea extract and concentrated 100% elastin protein, gently cleanses as it adds natural, healthy-looking fullness.
  • Dove Refresh + Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo: Absorbs oil between traditional washes so hair looks and feels refreshed. Weightless formula cleans to transform lifeless hair, so you can enjoy fresh, volumized hair, even when you skip your regular wash.
  • Nexxus Maxximum Super Hold Styling & Finishing Mist: Get long lasting control for hard to hold styles with Maxximum Super Hold Styling and Finishing Mist.
  • Straightening Iron + Blow Dryer
  • Thin black hair elastic
  • Bobby Pins as needed
  • Hair Brush and Comb

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I love using the Nexxus Lavish Volume Shampoo as it leaves my hair feeling so soft and silky. After washing my hair, I blow dry my hair just using my fingers instead of a brush. My hair is fairly curly when I air dry it so I find that I am able to smooth it out a bit more this way – especially if I’m not planning on doing a full blowout.

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After blow drying, I use my heated up straightening iron to smooth out my hair and curl the ends. As I mentioned, I love how movie stars of the 60s always had perfectly twirled wispy ends and it is so easy to recreate that in this fresh holiday look. Once my hair is smoothed and has an adorable bounce to it, I like to add a bit of the Dove Refresh & Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo to my roots around the crown of my head. Instead of using a texturizing spray or teasing my hair, I find that the dry shampoo adds the perfect amount of texture to give it some life for this flirty look. Dove gives the nourishment my hair needs from root to tip. Dove is an expert in nourishment, keeping my hair hydrated and irresistibly smooth.

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I’ll define the part on both sides of my head – for this style, symmetrical parts work best. Pulling the top part of my hair back, I smooth it with my fingers into a small ponytail and secure with the thin black hair elastic. Wrapping a small piece of hair around the elastic, I tuck it underneath. To give it some lift, I tighten it and fluff up the ends. At this point, if you want a more glam look you can curl your hair even more. Once I’ve done that, I finish the look with the Nexxus Maxximum Super Hold Styling & Finishing Mist.

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This is my absolute favourite product right now – it leaves my hair feeling soft and touchable – while still maintain the shape and curl of the style. Gotta love a product that you don’t have to compromise on. Nexxus was Unilever’s first brand to explore and develop concentrated protein based hair care solutions. Nexxus products have a targeted purpose, custom-crafted to work together as part of a total system. It’s all about bringing hair back to equilibrium so it moves with beautiful fluidity. Nexxus has 30 years of New York salon heritage and pioneering scientific expertise. Nexxus has a strong heritage in wash & care products, and specialty treatments.

Hair experts TRESemmé, Dove, Nexxus and Shoppers Drug Mart presents your “To ’Do List” for picture perfect hairstyles this holiday. Office parties, family get-togethers and any place you’ll be taking pictures this holiday call for The To ’Do List – a girl’s guide to mastering photo-ready looks with seasonal styles, top products and tips for keeping your hair on point in holiday pictures. Find it all at Shoppers Drug Mart, and love every selfie this season.

 

Find everything you need to love your look this holiday, with TRESemmé, Nexxus and Dove at your local Shoppers Drug Mart. To check out more looks like this one and see what else is on your Holiday To’Do List visit www.shoppersdrugmart.ca/todolist

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