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For the last fabulous holiday party of the year you want to be at your fabulous best, right? If it sounds challenging, relax. If it sounds exciting, you’re right.
A New Year’s Eve party is a time to shine, so pull out the yoga-class pony tail and pull up to the dressing table, because hair and makeup are every bit as important as the perfect dress. Gentlemen, stay tuned — there are essential styling tips for you, too.
Mermaids and maidens
Linda Aguilar, licensed cosmetologist and instructor at the Tricoci University of Beauty Culture in Highland, Ind., said braids are returning in a big way. “One style we’re seeing for longer hair is straight across, ear to ear, then curling hair a little out of the braid.”
Stylist Holly Banic at Vanis Salon and Day Spa in Valparaiso, Ind., said the fishtail braid is reeling in interest. “It’s a little more updated braid, so neat, it looks like a fish backbone.” Waterfall braid: Think “Princess Bride.” “It looks like a crown around the (back of) the head, with sections of hair hanging down at even intervals. You can also fluff it out for more volume. It’s really cool, and it’s a good look for any age.”
Aguilar said, “Both the French twist and the chignon are very popular looks for New Year’s Eve parties. Stylists are getting creative with the French twist, adding curls that lie on top of the braid. Side-swept bangs look really well with this.” The chignon is updated, too; some are adding pieces to give some curl. For an edgier look, have little straight spikes coming out from the chignon. If romance is in your soul, add flowers or baby’s breath.
“Waves are popular, too, from (smaller, tighter) finger waves, to more subtle, beach-y waves,” said Banic. Aguilar said if your hair is baby-fine, finger curls can give it extra body.
“Looser curls are a romantic look,” said Aguilar. “People can do it themselves, but be careful with the hot curling iron. Wrap sections of hair, one at a time, around the curling iron. Let the curls cool, then lightly run fingers or a wide-tooth comb through your hair. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes, tops.”
Balayage is trending for hair colorings. Translation: It’s a subtler form of ombre, said Banic. “Hand-coloring the hair allows for different shadings, pieces of lighter colors in face-framing layers and on the ends of the hair.” Since colors can be hard to describe, best bring in a picture of what you want. Ramp up the glam with a timeless, sparkly brooch.
If you’re on a budget like practically everybody you know, head for a beauty school, said Aguilar. “We’re on top of the latest trends.”
Heads up, guys
“Most women like their men looking manly as long as they take care of it — a good haircut and very well-groomed facial hair.” That’s from Jason Potchen, owner/operator of McFly’s Gentleman’s Shop in Crown Point, Ind.
A good cut for holiday revelry is the classic look, “with real sharp side parts, a pompadour, a tailored, gentleman’s style from the ’20s and ’30s lifestyle,” said Potchen. “And blow dryer is like an MVP for a guy; it will give some shape.” Not to worry: “We’re actually schooling guys in how to use the blow dryer.”
Spring for some product, too. “You can get a great haircut but you still need product.” Go easy on it, advised Potchen. Water-based Layrite is good for a night-on-the-town sleek look. Choose Matrix for a matte, more natural finish.
Facial hair is very popular now, said Potchen — but no “Duck Dynasty” wildness, please. “Facial hair is very well-manicured and detailed.” Mustache? Go for it. “It’s kind of a tongue-and-cheek thing. A lot of dudes are growing the mustache out, but it has to be neat and presentable. The barber will tailor it with the shave, so it all looks balanced with the entire look.”
Making up is easy
A splash of makeup color brings the party vibe. “We have a palette of pretty jewel-tone eye shadows, like jade, emerald and purple,” said Banic.
Crystal Baldazo at Tricoci University of Beauty said the classic cat eye is catching glances; lighter shading at the top “brings the eye out.” The makeup licensed esthetician, master educator and education supervisor says “It’s usually done in black, but we’re seeing metallic colors for winter.”
Baldazo said for a fresh, dewy face, use a sheer, liquid foundation and put away the powder. A matte berry lip completes the look.
Balance is important, said Banic. “With a subtle eye, use a bold, shiny lip. With a smoky eye, go with a subtler lip.”
Eyebrows are sculpted, ladies — think Juliana Margulies, everyone’s favorite “Good Wife.”
“Brows are medium to thick,” said Baldazo. “Start with a pencil outline, fill in with powder, then blend with an eyebrow brush. For even greater definition you can carefully go around the brow with a concealer.”
No need to splurge overmuch for a great look, said Baldazo. Consider buying one product, like a transformer that will turn a powdered eye shadow into a liquid. Tricocci has this.
Put these tips to work, and you've got this. Now, get out there and party like it’s New Year’s Eve.
Whether you’re visiting for the first time or a loyal guest, the RIAH Salon experience will make anyone’s holiday season unforgettable
Established in 2002 by Rob and Gwen Shaver with the goal of bringing exceptional hair care hospitality and professionalism to the area, RIAH’s highly-educated, cutting edge stylists pamper guests with a full-range of hair services. The key to the RIAH experience is the fact that you’ll feel relaxed and comfortable from the very first moment you walk through the door.
“We’re a full-service hair salon in an atmosphere that’s modern and rustic by design,” Gwen Shaver says. “It’s very comforting and relaxing here because we want our guests to feel pampered and cared for from the moment they walk in the door.”
The RIAH experience begins with a warm and friendly welcome by the salon coordinators. They will make anyone feel right at home while they assist in preparing you for your visit with a variety of beverages, magazines and a tour of our salon for first-time guests.
After a tour, your stylist will bring you over to their styling space for an image profile. This is when they take some time to get know you and what you’d like to achieve with your look before offering a variety of ideas. Our stylists do this with their guests on each visit to make certain that customers are continually satisfied.
Next, you’ll be transported to the tranquil RIAH Retreat. This is the enclosed shampoo room that provides a relaxing escape from daily stress and responsibility. Customers will experience Riah's signature head, neck and shoulder massage with a choice of three aromatherapy oils in preparation for further services in the custom styling space and/or color bar area.
What makes Riah different, and so well known, is their above and beyond approach to service through the little extra touches. Riah makes abundant strides to provide a peaceful haven for each and every guest. Collectively all of the small additions transform a typical salon visit into a memorable experience.
“Our goal is to be on top of every detail so you always have the best experience and the very best results,” Gwen adds. ‘We want you to feel special when you walk in the door and even more special when you leave.’