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How To: NYE Party Hair

As the dust settles from unwrapping presents, it’s back to party mode this week since New Year’s Eve is just around the corner! Have you planned your NYE look? The right outfit is important, but so is the perfect party hair. Here are three tips from award winning hairdresser and television personality, Nick Arrojo (you know him from TLC’s What Not To Wear) for nailing a glam New Year’s Eve style.

Sparkly Party Hair: Apply a thermal protector all over damp hair before you style to save your hair from the damage of the blow dryer, flat iron, and styling iron. (A protector with rave reviews is Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique Protective Agent.) Once hair is dry and styled, lightly mist a shine spray, like  in your hands and run it through your hair, focusing on the mid-lengths to ends, making hair smooth and sleek. Finally, finish the look with a holding spray that doesn’t build up, like L’Oreal Elnett Satin. If you apply too much, you can just run a brush through and re-style. Also, don’t forget to pack some extra bobby pins, hair elastics, comb, and a mini hairspray in your clutch for touch ups, especially if you’re doing an updo like Gia Mantegna’s loose bun.

Perfect Your Party ‘Do: Practice makes perfect! This isn’t a novel idea, but it’s one of the top reasons DIY special occasion hair goes awry. Choose your desired look and give it at least one run through a few days prior to your big event to make sure there are no last minute glitches before the clock strikes 12. And don’t try to force something that just isn’t working… More often than not a simple, refined style will look the best! A textured bun secured at the nape, like Emily Blunt‘s, is a great and easy option for a long night out.

Head To The Salon: If you don’t want to deal with a DYI ‘do, but still want to save your pennies, considering booking your appointment at a reputable beauty school. Services done by students take a little longer than a normal salon appointment, but they are a fraction of the price. And don’t worry about a major mishap. Cosmo students who take clients are at the end of their program and have notched quite a few hours styling. Check out this link for a price menu at Nick Arrojo’s own cosmetology school in NYC; you will see that styling and blow outs go from $15 -$20. And cosmo students could help you achieve a slightly more polished look, like Mila Kunis‘ French twist.