This time of year, everyone is getting gussied up for all of their glamorous holiday fêtes with sequins, sparkles, all-out makeup, etc. So why not add a little je ne sais quoi with laidback, slightly messy hair that looks like you might have just taken a tumble in the sheets? Paired with a red lip, or sexy little dress, you will look more cool French girl than perfectly-perfect Christmas prom Barbie.

I promise you this look is incredibly easy to recreate, the point of it is to look imperfect, so definitely don’t try too hard, or it will show.

1. Start with clean, dry hair. I had second-day hair, which holds curls better for me. It would best if it was mostly straight or blown out. If you’re a smarty-pants and are planning to do this in advance, use some heat protective products.

2. Grab your wand curling iron and starting a few inches from the roots, wrap 1-inch pieces of hair around the curling iron, leaving about one inch of your ends off. This will make it look less prom-my. I used Rowenta’s Beauty Curl Active, which actually has a motor and a small clamp on it, in case you are especially inept at hairstyling. I prefer to use it without the clamp or motor function. If you have thin, fine hair like me, set it to medium heat, if you have thicker, coarser hair, set it to high heat.

3. When you’re done curling your whole head, mist your curls with some Elnett, then separate your hair into two sections and twirl your hair to create two Princess Leia buns. Clamp or pin in place and let them cool for 20 minutes.

4. Unwrap your buns and shake out your hair. Spray layers of your hair with Bumble and Bumble’s Dryspun Finish spray, or some more Elnett.

P.S. The Rowenta Beauty Curl Iron is on a Christmas special for $99.95 (that’s half off!) at Trade Secrets. This is an extremely affordable ceramic wand iron with two heat settings. It also has a small clamp and a motor function, but I prefer to use this as a wand! This deal ends December 24th. 


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