Tips for Holiday Hair

by Marinka on December 11, 2009

I posted this originally last year at about this time. Ok, on December 10, 2008. But it is timely this year as well, so I hope that you take the time to review these lifesaving tips. And then, please head over to The Mouthy Housewives, because we have an amazing TOMS Shoe giveaway.

Last weekend I went to the Red Door salon on Fifth Avenue to have some emergency beauty treatments. I’m in the process of writing a post about it, but it will not be ready until Monday, since I have to work out some issues with my therapist, and possibly my probation officer, first.

But while I’m busy doing that, I wanted to share this card that I picked up at the salon. I’m sure that you will agree that it contains important information and that it would be unfair to withhold it from you. It’s about something that we tend to overlook during the holiday season. Hair.

Beautiful Holiday Hair Tips. (Now with annotations!)

1. Want to brighten the season? Try additional or lighter highlights around your face.

Or turn the light on.

2. Make a resolution. NO ROOTS showing from now through your New Year’s parties.
Do not, under any circumstances, celebrate the Chinese New Year.

3. Transform ‘work hair’ to ‘party hair’ by sweeping it up, but no banana clips please!
A steak knife will do nicely instead.

4. Don’t make any major cut or color changes at the beginning of the season. It will be a topic at every party.
ew Year’s Resolution: Get invited to fewer lame ass parties next year.

5. Schedule hair services way in advance to avoid the holiday ‘appointment rush’.
This is also handy in not having to tip the hairdresser extra for the holidays: win-win!

6. Avoid end-of-day color bookings during this exhausting season. If you must be last on your colorist’s list…bring chocolates.
Because, you know, coloring hair is sort of like working in the mines and the poor dears are exhausted.

7. If you are going to wear ornaments in your hair, remember that less is more.
And that none is most.

8. Adding whimsical red and green pieces to your holiday hair? Keep them temporary or able to be clipped out. Do not use permanent color.
Also consider decapitation.

9. Your hair should match the warmth and glow of the season. Color, highlight, gloss, condition your hair (whatever it takes) to ensure it looks rich and shiny.
No matter the cost, have multiple treatments (whatever it takes) and spare no expense. Priorities, people.
So, armed with this information, your hair can have a wonderful holiday. Because that’s what the holidays are all about, really–hair.
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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Holli December 11, 2009 at 5:45 am

Excellent! Considering in Ghana there is not one hairdresser that handles ‘European’ hair, I’m off the hook anyway!! 🙂

Happy Holidays
Holli in Accra


December 11, 2009 at 6:42 am

omg. i had no idea that my hair could potentially have this much of an impact on my ability to enjoy this holiday season. i was just kind of hoping to take a shower that day and pull it back into a ponytail.
instead i must. start. planning.


ingrid December 11, 2009 at 6:55 am

well i *meant* recolour my hair the same lovely shade of red that it was. even the little sample hair they showed me in the salon was *red*

it’s not red. it’s black with reddish highlights. i have halloween hair. seriously.


December 11, 2009 at 8:38 am

i’m so glad that you posted this! i was just wondering how many ornaments to put in my permanently-dyed red and green hair.


Marinka December 11, 2009 at 8:46 am

I’m so glad that you appreciate it. Helping people is the reason that I have this blog. Well, it’s at least in the top 80 reasons.


Jennifer H December 11, 2009 at 9:23 am

Whew, was worried I was supposed to buy ornaments for the tree AND my hair. Like I have time for that.


Heather, Queen of Shake Shake December 11, 2009 at 9:37 am

One of my favorite posts! I only wished they had discussed stringing lights in your hair. Do I go with all white lights, or multi-colored? I can’t handle the stress of the decision!


Honey B.
December 11, 2009 at 10:32 am

Well, now that I know, I guess I’ll cancel my entire plan of decorating my beehive hair-do with ornaments instead of a tree….lol


Kabbalah Rookie December 11, 2009 at 12:58 pm

If I don’t have a radical cut before next week, I figure that the gossip at the parties will be far worse…. if anyone can tell who is hiding underneath this mop, that is…


frogmama December 11, 2009 at 8:30 pm

I remember this post from last year. I really do. It made me laugh then and it makes me laugh now.


Loukia December 11, 2009 at 10:29 pm

LOL… I read those tips with all serioiusness, and almost got into a panic attack thinking that maybe I do need to do my hightlights done once more before Christmas? I mean… maybe? I hate this in between time!!! 😉 You’re HILARIOUS.


December 12, 2009 at 7:44 am

who do you think you are, charlie brown? – that you can pawn off the same old material on us each holiday season?!! new posts! i want new posts!


December 12, 2009 at 10:09 am

Ha! I especially love #4. By all means, talk about my hair…I only hope to hear that my hair was the most important topic at a stupid party…


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