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Get Picture Perfect for the Holidays!
The holidays are upon us and that means that there will be plenty of good times ahead. There’s office parties and family get-together’s along with an array of other events that keep you busy during the holidays!
Of course, with all events, the next best thing to making those memories is capturing them. One thing is for sure, you have to be picture ready and that requires the PERFECT hairstyle.
The holidays are my favourite time of year. We get to eat delicious food and see family we don’t normally get to spend time with throughout the year. Not to mention, when staff parties come around, it’s always a blast to dance the night away and not have to think about the stress of the daily grind. Getting gussied up is always fun too and even better if you have the right products to help you achieve your desired look.
My go-to hairstyle for when I want to look my very best is deep waves. You can always dress it up by adding 16 inch extensions and then you can do a quick braid or a mini pompadour and it always looks amazing the next day. My favourite shop to get my beauty essentials is Shoppers Drug Mart, it’s my first stop since they have a fabulous selection for hair care and styling goodies. Plus, it never hurts to collect Shoppers Optimum® rewards just for experimenting with my hair, right?
Let the Prepping Begin!
The key to always being picture ready while donning a totally fabulous hairstyle is simple; it requires maintenance. You have to upkeep your hair to be at its healthiest, shiniest and strongest. Having products that will help you style and hold your ‘do is absolutely essential.
For that, I trust Nexxus®. Why? They were Unilever’s first brand to explore and develop concentrated protein based hair care solutions. Their systems help to bring your locks back to equilibrium so it has volume, flow and let’s be honest, it will look and feel amazing.
I start by using the Nexxus® Mousse Plus® Volumizing Foam. After a shower and with damp hair, I shake the can and add a small amount to my palm and work it through my hair. Starting at my roots and distributing evenly to my tips. After that, I blow dry my hair and I’m ready for the next step!
Get Ready to Style!
To get awesome waves, you need to prep your hair. If I could tell you one product that I am absolutely obsessed with and have used religiously for years, it’s Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo.
I use it when I have recently washed hair and it’s looking a bit flat. It gives it volume and texture! Since it absorbs excess oils, I can skip a wash and it leaves my hair super fresh and voluminous. Plus, it’s lightweight and smells AH-MAZING!
TIP: To prep your hair for deep waves, wash your hair, let it air dry or blow dry then use Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo. Separate your hair in sections, spray your roots in short bursts and let it sit in for a few minutes. Flip your head, dust your hair and then get ready to style
Style It, Baby!
After you have volumized hair, take a small section on the preferred side of your head to french braid. Choose the side of your natural part. Once you braid the side, secure with bobby pins that match your hair as best as possible.
You can add a pretty pin to not only hide the bobby pins but to look more festive. Once the braid is secure, you can begin to tease your crown to add dimension and height to your ‘do.
After that, separate your hair in sections and begin to curl your hair using your favourite curling appliance. To achieve deep waves or tighter curls, grab smaller strands that are about an inch wide. You can leave them tight or you can split them to create a fuller look. If your hair is harder to curl, you can spray each strand with Nexxus® Maxximum ®Super Hold Styling & Finishing Mist as you go.
Once you’ve finished curling your hair, separate the curls for larger curls or leave them as is for tight curls. To finish, spray your whole head with Nexxus Maxximum Super Hold Styling & Finishing Mist and you’re done!
But First, Let Me Take a Selfie!
After you’ve styled your hair just right, applied your make-up flawlessly and picked the perfect outfit–you are ready to party for the holidays. As always, when you are feeling fabulous–you gotta take a selfie! I’m a firm believer that the right type of lighting and right angle can do wonders for a picture. I am by no means a selfie expert but, I do have a few tips that can help!
1. Choose the Right Angle!
I find that shooting from above is almost always the best angle. It elongates your neck and brings the focus to your eyes. Either eye-level or a bit above can help you avoid the dreaded double-chin. Turn your head to a three-quarter position and avoid a head-on pose. If you’re doing a full-body, do the red-carpet pose and put a hand on your hip. It helps to elongate your figure!
2. Light is Your BFF.
If you are taking a selfie, find a well-lit room or stand in front of a window. Use that indirect light! Always face the light, whether you are taking a selfie or a group pic, if you shoot with the light behind you, you will become a silhouette.
The only time you want light behind you is for outdoor selfies. Have the light behind you but, make sure you stand in front of the sun in your picture. Your picture will be well lit and the light will be less harsh. Standing in front of the sun in the picture will help avoid sun flares.
3. Find YOUR Smile.
Not everyone smiles with their teeth showing and some people only smile with their teeth. Find the smile that is most natural for you, you’ll find that your pictures will always turn out best when you do this. Being genuine never goes out of style!
4. Great Hair & Strong Lips or Eyes is FAB!
Having the perfect ‘do always makes for a great picture. Make sure your hair is shiny by using quality products. Liner, blush and mascara are a must and a bright lip does the trick. You don’t have to worry so much about eyeshadow. With Nexxus and Dove plus some deep waves in your hair, girl, you are already set!
5. Take Lots of Selfies.
Take as many as you want and take just as many group pictures. Most importantly, don’t let anyone make you feel bad about it. I think taking selfies anytime the feeling strikes you is empowering. It is great for your self-esteem, so go ahead, do it guilt-free!
Are You Ready?
Now you have a simple but, gorgeous hair ‘do for the holidays and you are armed with some tips to take a totally Instagram-worthy selfie.
You can find everything you need to love your look this holiday, with Nexxus and Dove at your nearest Shoppers Drug Mart. To check out more looks like this one and see what else is on your Holiday To ‘Do List visit ShoppersDrugMart.ca/todolist!
What is your go-to hairstyle and favourite hair care products?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.