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Get Hired Hair.

Fifty-seven percent of managers believe an unattractive (but qualified) job candidate will have a harder time getting a new job, and 68 percent feel that looks will continue to affect their job-performance rating once they’re hired, according to a 2010 Newsweek poll. One simple way to look ultraprofessional: having the right hair.

Go Sleek and Straight

Unless you’re going for a creative job, Olsen-twin hair won’t earn you any points. Wash your hair, apply a shine-enhancing volumizing spray to the roots and blow-dry carefully with a large, round brush from roots to ends. (For the best results, get a trim the week before to clean up any raggedy ends.)

Wear It Loose and Wavy

The trick here is to look effortless. It shouldn’t look like red-carpet hair with sausage curls from hours with a small curling iron. A large-barrel iron will give you soft, easy waves. If your hair is frizzy, condition it well and use an anti-frizz product like Kerastase Nutritive Oleo Relax before drying. Wild hair can give the impression that you are unpredictable.

Try a Professional Ponytail

Run a flatiron over your hair. The ponytail should be smooth—not a mix of curly and straight hair. Gather it at the nape of the neck and use a tortoise clip to secure it, or wrap a half-inch-wide section of hair around the elastic. Don’t curl the ends, or you’ll look like a cheerleader.

Bring on the Bun

A bun can make you look powerful, positive, and proud—plus it’s great for frizzy or fine hair. Brush front sections back to cover your part and fasten hair in a low ponytail. Twist it around the elastic and use bobby pins to anchor the knot. Finish with a mist of soft-hold hair spray.

Trim Your Bangs

If you have bangs, definitely get them trimmed within a week before a big meeting so you’re not constantly pushing them out of your eyes. Don’t have them cut straight across your forehead—they can look thick and heavy, like a paintbrush. Instead, ask your stylist for a piecy, face-framing look. We like a technique called point cutting, which is basically snipping little sections off the straight edge of the line.

Consider Camouflaging Grays

We would never tell anyone with gray hair to color it or not—it’s their choice. But gray hair does have certain negative connotations—people may see a woman with grays and think, Wow, she let herself go. Visit the salon three to five days before an interview.

Shine On

Gleaming hair is a sign of youth and vitality. To keep your hair healthy-looking, avoid styling products that ruffle the cuticle and rob hair of shine; volumizers, texturizing sprays, and salt sprays are the biggest culprits.Instead, look for a silicone serum or spray, which keeps hair sleek while it controls flyaways.

Makeup Tips for NYE…

One thing is for certain: When the clock strikes 12, you shouldn’t be worrying about smeared eye makeup, shiny skin, and parched lips.  We are going to reveal our best secrets so that you can toast friends (and steal a midnight kiss!) with confidence.

A liquid liner is a great choice for New Year’s because once it’s set, it won’t move—it’s also good for parties because it really accentuates the eye!

Misha suggest starting in the middle of your upper eyelid and sweeping out toward the ends (“Deal with your wings first”). Then you can go in and finish the other half of your eye, staying as close to the lash line as possible.

When it comes to mascara we like a  lush formula because it’s gentle and doesn’t clump or flake. Waterproof mascara is probably most appropriate for New Year’s Eve…but be careful because we find that it sometimes makes the lashes brittle, and unless you use an oil-based remover, taking it off can cause breakage.

If you have a little time before the party, use cold chamomile tea bags on dark, puffy eyes. Chamomile is calming and soothes the nerves underneath the eye area. Like all teas, it’s also high in skin-brightening antioxidants. For puffiness, there’s no better cure than cold cucumber slices.

For sweet cheeks we love either a neutral pink or peach.  You really can’t go wrong with either. The perfect flush color but goes into the skin looking like it belongs to you.

For a perfect pout on NYE, we suggest a stain. Whether used alone or underneath lipstick, gloss, or balm, a stain will ensure your pout is never caught naked.


Loose, Braided Ponytail.

For something that’s casual, but still chic, try Zoe Saldana’s loose, braided ponytail. Leave a few face-framing pieces out in front, then braid each side back. Secure in the middle at the nape, wrapping a section of hair around the hair elastic to dress it up. For a nice finishing touch, weave a few strands from the front into the braids in the back.

The Daring Undercut

Not feeling as adventurous as Keri Hilson? You can still rock an undercut with swooping bangs. Just keep the color to one tone or add subtle highlights on top.

Uncommon Beauty|| Haute Couture.

Couture always means fanciful and fantasy.  Pat McGrath and Tom Pecheux are two of the most influential and talented makeup artists when it comes to fashion shows of any kind.  They inspire the masses with their creativity and eye for Uncommon Beauty.  For some of the couture shows-McGrath outlined the models’ eyes with iridescent sequins, acid-bright bits of paper, metallic fabric and vivid feathers. At Jean Paul Gaultier, Tom Pecheux gilded a model’s arms and legs to match her golden dress and painted another’s chest with a faux tattoo of flowers that could be glimpsed through her sheer net shirt. “It’s interesting,” says Pecheux, “when makeup becomes clothes and clothes become makeup.”

For hairstylists too, haute couture often translates into greater flights of fancy. “You don’t have to think trends,” says Orlando Pita, whose chignons at Valentino seemed to bloom from the base of the models’ heads. “There’s an opportunity to create something more intricate.” At Dior, he designed a “frizzy flying saucer” look inspired by Klimt, while at Armani Privé, Hanlon embellished coifs with shards of black Lucite.

Extreme as these looks might seem, Pecheux believes that elements of couture beauty are transposable to daily life. For a past couture show, he used bindis around the eye “like a fashion accessory,” he says. After that, “I saw a lot of young women playing with the idea.”

McGrath notes that fashion-obsessed clubgoers will sometimes mimic couture looks. “It can create an interesting cycle,” she says, “because many designers frequent these same clubs and will see the kids and find inspiration in their interpretations.

“The genius thing about couture is the surprise,” McGrath adds. “There are no limits, which means it is always magical.”

What inspires you?

painting by Jorg Dubin-

painting by Jorg Dubin-

We Aspire to Inspire at Holiday Salon.  Last weekend, we held an art show showcasing work from Jeff Peters. Art in every way inspires us to learn and share different techniques on how to wear our hair, how to style your hair and how to keep our faces and strands coordinating.  We want to know what inspires you? For us, it can be anything from nature to music, architecture, literature, good wine, stimulating conversation, film…  We hope you continue to be inspired within the confines of Holiday Salon.  We are inspired by you.