It’s one week ’til Christmas and the holiday style countdown is officially on. What will you wear? How will you add extra sparkle? How in the heck are you going to do your hair? If you’re curling iron-challenged, like many of us are, you might need some help in the hair department. So, we went straight to the source: Gordon Salon in Chicago. For the past 14 years, Gordon Salon has been on Salon Today Magazine’s “Top 200 Salons” list, and it was named as the reader’s choice as “Best Salon” in Chicago Magazine. If anyone could get our locks in line in time for the holidays, it’s them.
Gordon Salon has been styling the Chicagoland area for over 15 years, with multiple locations, and a new spot opening soon. Their team is highly trained, unreal-ly welcoming, and explain style tips and tricks in a way that even a novice could recreate. From a classic blow out that lasted three full days (and a very long shoot day for our holiday gift guide), to billowing curls that would shine on any holiday card, they have it on lock. You’re going to want to book any time they have open before Santa arrives. That way, you’ll be looking your best by Christmas morning!
But, if you can’t make it into the salon before your next party or big night out, their team had some simple tricks:
- Put dry shampoo on clean hair! Then as oils develop, the dry shampoo absorbs them right away. Don’t wait until you already feel like you need an extra boost.
- When blow drying your hair, keep your arms below your heart level to avoid getting tired arms. (This one is a life saver!)
- Be careful of shampoos that tout having lots of extra proteins. You can actually add too many proteins to your hair which will result in breakage.
- Achieve a salon-worthy blowout at home and to help it last through the holiday mayhem. Stylist CJ Dougherty recommends investing in a Marilyn Boar Bristle Brush for at-home blowouts. “I’d recommend using the boar bristle brush as a finishing tool when you’re doing a blow dry at home. Just grab the brush when your style is about 85% complete and continue to run it through your hair from root to tip until it’s totally dry. With the brush having 100% natural boar bristles, they give the hair tons of natural shine for that just-left-the-salon look!”
- Silk pillow cases really do matter – a slip also works! It helps styles last much longer!
Or, style up your hair at home! They shared some simple styles you can try at home. Then, go meet your special someone under the mistletoe 😉
UPSIDE DOWN HEADBAND
From Gordon Salon Master Stylist and Aveda Cutting Coach, CJ Dougherty.
- Spray entire head of hair with Aveda Air Control.
- Section hair into three horizontal sections, going down you head from crown to the base of your neck.
- With a one-inch curling rod, wrap hair going away from the face and continue until your whole head of hair is curled.
- Use a wide tooth comb to comb out bottom half of hair for a fuller look.
- Place your favorite, Blair Waldorf-esque headband on, securing the sides with hair combs or clips under a section of hair to hide them.
- If you need, backcomb area where the combs or clips sit to make them not move or fall. Shake your head a bit to make sure headband will not move and last all night. This is especially important for girls with finer hair.
- Let your hair fall free and check the view of the back. Make sure combs or clips are covered from all angles.
- Finish with one last spray of Aveda Air Control to set style.
EASY-TO-DO BRAID CURLS
From Michelle Jens, Director of Education and Master Stylist in Highland Park
- Prep hair with Aveda Volumizing Tonic and blow-dry smooth.
- Add Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo and Aveda Control Force to hold the style.
- Divide your hair into two halves (one on either side of your head)
- Take a small section of hair from behind each ear and braid a regular three-strand braid, and secure the bottom with a rubber band if needed.
- Braid two more sections at the nape of your neck and one at the top of your head.
- Flat iron the braids with several strokes (see photo above).
- Let braids cool completely then remove rubber bands.
- Let the braids shake out or use your hands to gently piece them apart (do not brush them).
- Finish the look with Aveda Control Force hairspray.