New Year’s Eve!

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and I have a sneaking suspicion many of you will be lighting up the town – dressed to the hilt with PERFECT hair and makeup, of course.

(My plans, however, will involve putting my toddler to bed and drinking half a bottle of Nyquil. We are a little sickly over here…)

However, I want to live vicariously through you! What are your plans? Where are you going? Most importantly, how are you wearing your hair?

For those of you who are hitting the town, I thought you might be interested in a video from Nikon’s newest how-to webisode series called Look Good in Pictures with Carson Kressley. Remember Carson from Queer Eye For The Straight Guy? I saw him once at a boutique hotel in Dallas and had to refrain from pinching his perfectly-dressed gay butt.

In this episode, Carson and special guest Steven Lake are showing viewers the best ways to do their hair and make-up for a big event that will involve a lot of photography. Steven is a celebrity stylist, doing hair and make-up for red carpet events, award shows and music videos. Um, the man knows what he’s talking about.

I had the chance to ask Steven some holiday-inspired hair questions, and here are his words of wisdom:

Besides wearing hair tight against the head, what are some other hair no-nos for photos?
A couple no-no’s for hair in pictures are using too much product, hat head and big hair! If you got a big mane try pushing one side back and leaving the other side in front leaving more room for you in the photo.

What are some of your favorite styling products for hair?
A couple of my favorite products are CHI Silk Infusion for moisture, shine and manageability. Also, Schwarzkopf Citre Shine/Shine Miracle.

Any suggestions for keeping hair protected from the winter elements (wind, snow, etc)?

To protect hair from winter keep it nourished and moisturized! Try a detangling spray or a light conditioning spray. You might even want to keep a Bounce sheet in your pocket for those static days!

What can a person with mid-length or short hair (e.g. chin-length bob) do to create a special look for holiday parties/photo ops?

For a special holiday look try going with you opposite texture! If you normally wear your hair straight go wavy or curly! If you are curly go wavy or even straight. You’ll make people look twice!

Thanks, Steven! For more ideas and tips, check out this video.

  1. MommyTime

    December 30, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I’m all about pin curls for fancy hair. Not too many pins…they’re really easy to do, since I can wash the day before, then just dampen hair in the morning, put in pin curls, and go about my business at home. Unpin, a tiny bit of fluff and product, and fabulous.

    Of course, this year, I’m not going anywhere. But I might do the fancy hair anyway. Husband deserves a little fancy too, no?

  2. kate

    December 31, 2008 at 7:52 am

    Well, not to inspire too much envy, but I plan on wearing my hair slightly dirty and plastered to my head, clad in my beloved yoga pants and ugg slippers while drinking a bottle of cheap-ass wine in front of my fireplace with my similarly clad husband. Woohoo!

    (hey, aren’t you glad that you now have what, 10 or so guest writers, so that we can ALL be slackers and not contribute to Hair Thursday?? I just know that tonight, several celebrities out there will give me fodder for a post…I’m waiting…bwhahahahahahaaaaaa!)

    Happy New Year! Hope you’re all feeling better soon.

  3. Jen Tepe

    December 31, 2008 at 8:25 am

    I am actually going today to get my grays covered. That right there seems a tad classier than the skunk stripe I am sporting now. As far as NYE hair, my chin length swing bob will be flipped out for a bit of sassiness as we are off to dinner that doesn’t involve coloring while waiting for a table and a movie that isn’t G rated or animated.

  4. Chiada

    December 31, 2008 at 9:18 am

    I love CHI Silk Infusion. I use it almost everyday. Just a tad on the bottom half of my hair. Works great to tame frizzies, add shine and softness.

    Thanks for the video!

  5. Wendy

    January 1, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Love the Bounce dryer sheet suggestion! I keep a box of unscented ones in my desk at work. It works great for hair or for that static-filled skirt.