Add Festive Flair with These Sparkling Hairstyles

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Whether you are dressing up for a Christmas party or styling your hair for some New Year celebrations, it is always fun to add some festive flair to your look. While you likely already have your outfit all planned out, here are a few hairstyle ideas to really make your locks sparkle.

Glitter Roots
Glitter roots is a trend that has made its way around the festival circuit over the year, and is now making a comeback just in time for the festive season. A few different types of glitter will really help to make this look stand out, especially if you can find festive shapes and varying sizes. Once you have chosen your glitter, simply spray your roots with a layer of hairspray, and then sprinkle the glitter over this while it is still wet. You can style your hair in just about any way that you want with this look, and choose the placement of the glitter depending on where your roots are showing.

Ribboned French Braid
A French braid is a classic hairstyle that is perfect for the holidays, and adding a sparkly ribbon to it gives it the perfect festive twist. Choose a ribbon that is a few inches longer than the hair that you are braiding, and use this as one of the four sections of hair that you braid. In addition to creating a standard French braid, you can also use the ribbon technique with many of the other French braid variations out there, whether this may be twisting it up into a bun or tying it around your face into a crown.

Textured Middle Bun
A textured middle bun is a romantic festive updo that is perfect for a holiday party or a special Christmas date. To begin with, you need to create gentle tousles through your hair with a curling iron, making sure to use a heat protecting spray beforehand, before twisting this up into an airy bun that has a slightly messier feel to it. Pull a few strands of hair out from either side, as this will beautifully frame your face. To finish this look off, decorate your bun with a sparkly hair accessory, either in metallic or jewel tones.

Glittering Headband
If you simply do not have the time to spend on a complicated holiday hairstyle this year, then invest in a festive, glittering headband instead. This will add an element of chic to just about any style, and will also hide any hair flaws that you may be dealing with, whether this may be flyaway strands or a layer of frizz. Headbands actually work much better with styles that are slightly messy, as perfectly finished hairstyles paired with a headband can often look quite stiff.

When it comes to adding some sparkle to your hair for a festive event, there are so many different options out there. Whether you want to sprinkle glitter onto your roots, invest in a few sparkly hair accessories, or go for sophisticated jewel tones, these styles are all perfect for the holidays.

Wet Setting Hair for Beachy Waves

Wet setting is a method of curling hair, setting it in place while it is still damp, and allowing it to dry before releasing it. This method can be used to achieve a number of different looks, but it is most popular when it comes to giving yourself some beachy waves, as there are a number of different wet setting techniques that you can use for this.

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Braid Waves
Using braids to achieve beachy waves is one of the most popular methods out there, and is one of the easiest to do. Begin by applying your favorite styling product to damp hair, before parting it down the center and clipping half out of the way. The Dutch braiding technique is one of the best ways to start your waves from higher up, and detailed tutorials for this can be found online. Once you have created your braid, use a hair tie to fasten the end, before doing the same with the other half of your hair. Once this is done, gently pull on the sides of each braid to loosen them slightly, before waiting for your hair to dry. Then, simply remove the elastic bands and tousle your hair gently to give your waves some extra movement.

Twisted Waves
There are many different ways to wet set your hair into twists, but this is one of the easiest. Once you have applied a styling product to your damp hair, divide it into four sections, by parting it down the middle and then parting each half from the top of your head to behind your ear. Take the two back sections in each hand, twisting them towards each other before fastening the ends together with an elastic band. Do the same with the front sections, twisting them away from your face before fastening. Once your hair is dry, remove the bands and release the twists, shaking out your gorgeous new waves.

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Rollers
Rollers are a great tool when it comes to wet setting hair, with sponge rollers being the best, as they are soft and comfortable enough to remain in your hair for a longer period of time. Choose the size of your rollers carefully, as this will have a huge impact on the size of each of your waves. After applying a styling product to damp hair, section off your hair into different sections, before winding a roller into each one, and securing with a hair pin. Once dry, release the rollers and give your waves a quick shake.

Compared to the techniques that use heat or a multitude of different products, wet setting is a styling method that is much gentler on your hair, and, since your hair is naturally setting into that style, it will also last much longer. While it is possible to use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process, this can often result in a slightly flatter finished texture. Whether you simply braid your hair after showering, or put in some rollers, these are some of the easiest wet setting styles out there.

Stand-Out Celeb Haircuts of 2015

Celebrity haircuts are always evolving, from styles that we desperately want to recreate to others that we can’t quite understand and would be happy to see the end of. While there have been a huge number celebrity hair transformations over the past year, there are some that have really made their mark, so read on for some of OROGOLD’s picks of the stand-out celebrity haircuts of 2015.

Naomi Campbell

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Naomi Campbell
For years, supermodel Naomi Campbell has had luscious long hair, but this changed in November 2015. At the British Fashion Awards that month, Campbell showcased her new look – a short, layered bob that is fun, flirty and extremely stylish.

Lauren Conrad

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Lauren Conrad
Fashion and style icon Lauren Conrad has rocked her blonde locks for so long that we almost didn’t recognize her with her new hair color. 2015 saw Conrad say goodbye to her signature golden color and opt for a romantic strawberry shade instead. For those of you who have been wanting to experiment with a new hair color, let 2016 be the year that you do so!

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez is another star that swapped her long locks for a textured bob in 2015. Jlo’s was first seen showcasing her new cut in May, with the shoulder-length texture giving her a sophisticated vibe.

Kendall Jenner

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Kendall Jenner
Fashion model Kendall Jenner’s new haircut was debuted at the AMA’s in November 2015, and featured long, sleek bangs. Her new fringe gave her quite an edgy vibe, and, due to its length, can be styled in quite a few different ways. While Jenner may have had a number of different cuts and styles over the year, this is one that OROGOLD thinks will really catch on in 2016.

Kerry Washington

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Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington was another celebrity that showed off some new bangs in 2015. While it can sometimes be off-putting when the same style is frequently seen, each of these gorgeous ladies have shown us that bangs can be so flattering when done properly, for just about any face shape.

Donatella Versace
Donatella Versace’s signature hairstyle for the past decade has been long and platinum blonde, but she decided to change that in June 2015, and her decision definitely paid off. Instead of her long, straight strands, Versace now rocks a textured bob, still in her signature platinum color. Her new bob is shoulder-length and extremely stylish, giving her a trendy and youthful vibe without going over the top.

Charlize Theron

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Charlize Theron
In September 2015, Charlize Theron shed her shoulder-length locks for a pixie cut, a move that many of us would certainly consider to be very daring. However, Theron’s stunning bone structure works with just about any look, and OROGOLD thinks that she definitely suits her new style.

From flirty, textured bobs to sleek, long bangs to vibrant new colors, 2015 saw a variety of different haircuts on our favorite celebrities. If you have been inspired by any of these stars to switch up your own style, OROGOLD suggests doing it soon, so that you can begin 2016 with your fresh new look.

Most On-Trend Men’s Hair Styles

The good thing about hair is that it is a highly mutable way to express your personality and sense of style. If you get tired of one look, then all you need to do is wait a bit to change it or go to a barber shop and shave it off to start anew. Changing your hair style can help get you out of a personal rut when you feel nothing will change, but you can also just change it briefly to match an outfit or an occasion. The problem comes in trying to figure out exactly what’s in style at a given time. As a result, OROGOLD has assembled a list of some of the currently trendy hair style to give you an idea of popular looks at the moment.

Buzz cut.

Buzz Cut
These minimal hair style come in a lot of variation. A general rule of thumb is that the hair is short, but not shaven so close that you can’t run your hand through it. This gives you a lot of options when it comes to styling the hair further. Some popular versions utilize shaved areas of the head to better highlight the section that is just a buzz cut. The key feature to a buzz cut is the relative simplicity of its care. You don’t need a lot of products and just need to wash it now and again to keep it clean. Product use is up to you. You can also readily spike the hair with a bit of product to give yourself a debonair look for a night out and then wash it out before work for a more business friendly look.

Fringe hair

Style It Forward
Fringe is experiencing an increased popularity among stylish men. Generally, this involves letting your bangs grow and styling them lightly. The increased popularity of fringe is leading to a degree of experimentation with the look though. OROGOLD found that currently one of the most popular variation is combing fringe forward and giving it a casual point to either the left or right of the head. Nothing prevents you from using a more even look though. Only use a little bit of product to give the fringe a lightly tousled look and a little bit of guidance. You don’t want it plastered to your forehead with excess product as it will ruin the look.

Beachy hairstyle

Beach Hair
If you’re a gentleman with longer hair, then don’t feel left out. Even the comparative rarity of long hair on mean doesn’t stop there from being a trending style in that direction. Find products that focus on making your hair act as if you’ve been to the beach recently. Most of these products are design to cause similar reactions in your hair to those that salt water would cause. This light, bouncy rough and tumble look doesn’t require that much of you and keeps your hair looking stylish. You can add extra waves to your hair if you put it up or, if you’re feeling brave, braid it before you rest. Either one will shape your hair as you sleep and add to the overall waviness of this look.

Trying out a new look is a bit nerve-wracking the first time you’re considering it. OROGOLD encourages you to try to update your look now and then despite nerves though. Changing your appearance can help give you and the world a fresh perspective on yourself and encourage growth as a person. If you’re too worried about what others will think, then try it out the next time you go on an extended vacation on your own. Then you only have to answer to yourself and can change it back before you return home.

European Hair Trends

European women are known for their sophisticated style, and this is the same when it comes to their hair. OROGOLD takes a look at some of the latest European hair trends.

Woman with a loose, messy updo.

Loose, Messy Updo
A loose, messy updo is one of the most popular of European hair trends, and looks sexy and stylish for both day and night. It is an easy one to do, although OROGOLD recommends that you wait for a couple of days after washing your hair before attempting it. Begin by backcombing your hair with a teaser comb in large sections, before creating volume at the top and smoothing your hair into a ponytail. Then, take and curl different sized sections before twisting them and pinning them up, working your way from the bottom to the top of your hair. Once done, use your hands to twist the curls into any pattern that you like, before giving your hair a spritz with a finishing spray.

Woman with a bob cut.

The Bob Cut
This is a famous, classic style that is always making some sort of comeback in different forms. With a bob cut, you can never really go wrong, and just because you have short hair, this doesn’t mean that you still can’t experiment with new styles. A tousled, textured bob always looks great, as does a bob that is sleek, straight and Cleopatra-inspired. Bangs also work well with a bob, whether they are straight and blunt, long and layered or swept to the side. To take this even further, OROGOLD suggests looking at pixie styles, as this a cute style that will usually make any face look more youthful.

Woman getting a half twist hairstyle in the salon.

The Half Twist
This hair trend looks extremely modern, but also a little eccentric, and is perfect for those of you who want to try something new. To create this look, take two large sections from either side of your hair and criss-cross them over the back, so that one is overlapping the other. Pin this into place with bobby pins, before pulling out a large section of hair to overlap the layers you have already created. Finish the look off with a strong finishing spray.

Woman with a braided bun hairstyle.

A Braided Bun
A braided bun works best with long hair, although those with medium length hair may also have success with this. To create this bohemian-inspired look, begin by braiding your hair into any sort of braid that you like. Wrap this braid around, pulling it into a bun and securing with a hair tie. Using your hands, gently move around pieces of the braid, pinning them up with hair pins, creating a slightly messier look. To make this style a bit softer, OROGOLD recommends loosening some of the strands near the front so that they are able to frame your face. This style always looks great with hair accessories, especially flowers, as they only enhance the bohemian feel.

A hot spot for fashion and style, there is no better place to look than Europe when you want to discover some new hair trends. Take the time to try each one out and adapt them to suit your own style, incorporating hair accessories for an even more dynamic look.

Summer Hair Inspiration

No matter how you may be spending the summer, it is the perfect time of the year to try something new with your hair. For those of you who are stuck for ideas, OROGOLD has picked out some of the hottest styles for this season to give you some exciting summer hair inspiration.

Woman with highlights on her hair.

Highlights
Nothing says summer like highlights in your hair. Although it can be damaging to your hair to let the sun naturally lighten it, highlights take no time at all when done by a professional. For those looking to save some money, OROGOLD recommends purchasing a highlighting kit that you can use at home. This may take some practice before you truly master the technique, but once you do, it will be worth the effort.

Woman with sweeping side parted hair.

Sweeping Side Part
The deep, sweeping side part works for all hair types, whether you’ve got a short bob or long curls. This look has been seen all over the catwalks lately and works well for the summer, especially for slightly messy, beachy hair. After washing your hair, blow dry it in a deep side part and finish it off with a spritz of finishing spray.

Woman using a tropical flower as a hair accessory

Don’t Be Afraid to Accessorize
Hair accessories are huge this season, and with so many different types available, you are sure to be able to find some that suit your personal style. Whether you go for something simple, such as embellished hair clips, or something more seasonal making use of tropical flowers and summer prints, hair accessories can be incorporated into almost every hairstyle, giving even the simplest look a new dimension.

Woman with slicked back hair.

Slicked Back
Many people suffer from frizzy hair in the summer due to the extra humidity, and a sleek, slicked back look is the perfect way to avoid this. Whether you slick it up into a tight bun or down into a low but elegant ponytail, applying a gel at the end to achieve the wet look will ensure that you don’t have to worry about the humidity, or any strays that may ruin the look.

Woman with disco-inspired curls.

Disco-Inspired Curls
For those of you with thick, curly hair who can’t seem to keep the frizz away in the summer humidity, even with the slicked back look mentioned above, it may be time to simply embrace your curls and emphasize them even further. Many stars, such as Solange Knowles, are going for big, disco-inspired hair, and it is a look that is easy to achieve. Simply step outside on a steamy day and allow the humidity to do its work, before brushing out your curls until they have doubled in volume. If you want to take this even further, OROGOLD suggests using a volumizing shampoo beforehand.

The change in climate during the summer months make them the ideal time to try something new with your hair. While a tightly slicked back look will keep everything in place, embracing the frizz will also enable you to have a great time without having to worry about your hair. Take the time to experiment with different styles, and, most importantly, have fun with it!

Hair Taming Tips for the Beach

As much fun as spending the summer on the beach may be, it brings with it several beauty challenges, with wild, frizzy beach hair being one in particular that drives many women crazy. OROGOLD brings you some of our top hair taming tips for the beach, to help make sure that you never see a bad hair day this summer.

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Hydrating Conditioners
Since the sun can quickly dry out hair, a hydrating conditioner is a must. If you use only shampoo, without a conditioner, this will leave you with much fluffier hair, which will be even harder to tame once you’re at the beach. OROGOLD recommends liberally applying a leave-in conditioning mask to your hair, and then wrapping it up in a scarf while at the beach. This will not only protect your hair from sun damage, but will also give the conditioner plenty of time to penetrate into your hair, as the sun helps it to set, resulting in silky smooth locks when you remove the scarf.

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Moisturizing Oil
After a swim, it is essential that you re-hydrate your hair, as the salt water can quickly draw out any moisture. A moisturizing oil is usually the most effective, and cheapest, way to do this. OROGOLD recommends applying either coconut or almond oil to the ends of your hair to seal the tips, as these are the parts that will dry out the most. Coconut and almond oil also both naturally contain a small amount of SPF, and will give you some extra sun protection in addition to hydration. OROGOLD suggests creating a mixture of coconut oil and water in a spray bottle and taking this along to the beach with you, giving your hair a little spritz whenever you feel that it could benefit from some extra moisture.

Woman using a wide toothed comb to comb her hair.

Use a Wide-Toothed Comb
Using a brush on wet hair will damage it, as wet hair is much more susceptible to breakage. A wide-toothed comb will help to eliminate any tangles, preventing your hair from becoming a tangled frizzy mess.

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Shampoo Less Frequently
Shampooing your hair strips it of its natural oils, which you need to keep your hair healthy while at the beach. Using a dry shampoo in between hair washing sessions should help to reduce the frequency at which you wash your hair. If you feel as though your hair feels extra oily without the same amount of shampooing, OROGOLD recommends dabbing a cotton ball that has been soaked in witch hazel onto your scalp, as this will help to dissolve any excess oil.

Nobody wants to have to worry about their hair while at the beach, and OROGOLD’s hair taming tips should help you to keep your beach hair under control, allowing you to concentrate on having a great time. Keep in mind that prevention is always better than a cure, so it is essential that you take care of your hair and keep it as healthy as possible this summer, to avoid having to deal with any damaged hair once the season is over.

Summer Beauty Problems and Common Fixes

You might love the summertime months where the sun is bright, the winds are calm, and your favorite thing to do is get outside to enjoy all the season has to offer. What about your skin though? Are you having any common summer beauty problems? Here is a list of possible beauty obstacles in the summer and how to fix them fast.

Woman swimming in a pool

Problem: Hair with Swimming Pool Damage
If you are blonde especially, you might have problems with pool water turning your hair that icky greenish color. Or if you are brunette, but color treat your hair then it might be orange or a faded tone. To avoid this, you will want to wear a swim cap when you go into the pool. There are plenty of adorable ones you can buy online, so you don’t look like a little old lady, but more like a 1920’s film star. If you can’t hack the cap, then you need to wet your hair before you enter the pool with tap or bottled water. This helps your hair to absorb less chlorinated pool water since it can only absorb so much water in general. Try to rinse your hair immediately when you get out of the pool since that will also help to rinse the chlorine out of it. Once a week, try to cleanse with a deep cleansing clarifying shampoo, like Frederic Fekkai Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo ($28) which won’t strip the hair, but will get that layer of pool chemicals out of your hair in a flash.

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Problem: Cracked Heels from Flip Flops or Sandals
Our recommendation? Regular professional pedicures every week during the summer. This will eliminate the cracked heel problem, when a pro buffs your feet to total smoothness. You can also work on caring for your feet at home. At night, lather your feet with a heavy moisturizer, even petroleum jelly will work its magic overnight. Then in the morning, exfoliate with a salt-based body scrub, like the OROGOLD Scrub, and using a pedicure foot file, buff away any remaining jagged skin by your heels. Do this at least 2 or 3 times a week to keep them smooth.

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Problem: Sunburn!
First you are a bad, bad girl for getting a sunburn in the first place. Just kidding! It happens even when we seem to be vigilant with sunscreen. So when you get home, and feel that telltale warmth creeping over your skin be sure to apply an aloe based after sun product. Make sure that actual aloe is the first ingredient listed, and it’s not just dyed green goop you are putting on your skin posing as aloe vera. This will help to hydrate, and soothe the burn. Apply morning and night until the burn goes away. If you are in some serious pain, then you might want to soak in a lukewarm milk bath to help cool the burn. The amino acids in the milk are calming, in the same way that if you eat a hot pepper, you can kill the burn by taking a big swig of icy cold milk to neutralize the pain.

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Problem: Dehydrated Skin
Maybe you are peeling from a bad sunburn, or just are dry in general from time out in the sun. Get in the habit of using a strong moisturizer for your body skin. Try OROGOLD’s 24K Body Butter. This super rich moisturizer feels so thick and emollient, body butter is the perfect name for it.

Woman with frizzy hair.

Problem: Frizzy Out of Control Hair
Summer is notorious for high humidity in most areas across the United States. Luckily for us, the hair care industry is on top of things. There are many products geared towards frizz prevention. Living Proof, the hair care line co-owned by celebrity “Friend” Jennifer Aniston has just come out with a Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Proof Shield ($22). This patented product works even on dry hair to block out the humidity and correct the first signs of frizz. Its frizz-fighting molecule (OFPMA) together with an anti-static agent, UV protectants and soothing emollients help to smooth hair to perfection. It’s the only product you’ll need for frizz this summer.

Quick Fixes for Summer Hair Problems – OROGOLD Reviews

The extra heat and humidity that summer brings can quickly result in dry, damaged hair, as well as plenty of other hair problems. To keep your hair looking its best during these warmer months, take a look at OROGOLD’s quick fixes for common summer hair problems.

Woman wearing a swimming cap in a pool.

Protect Your Hair From Chlorine
Often, the most refreshing way to get away from the heat on a scorching day is to jump into the pool. However, swimming pools are filled with chlorine, which can easily, and quickly, damage your hair. Applying oil in your hair before stepping into the water is a great way to protect it, especially if you don’t want to be wearing a tight swimming cap. OROGOLD also recommends that after your swim, you do not use shampoo in your hair, and just rinse it with plain water.

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Use Hydrating Hair Products
The sun will severely dehydrate your hair, and the best way to put some of this necessary moisture back into it is to use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. These are packed with essential oils and plant extracts that will nourish your hair and leave it looking healthy, even in the hottest of temperatures. A conditioning treatment is also a useful product to have in your bathroom during the summer, as this is basically the same as giving your hair a facial! OROGOLD suggests applying a hydrating, deep conditioner before lying out in the sun, as this will not only enable the conditioner to penetrate deeper into your hair, but will also protect your hair from the sun.

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Invest in an Anti-Frizz Spray or Serum
Humidity can bring out the worst in hair, and a huge tangle of frizz is not what anybody wants while trying to make the most of summer. A serum that is rich in vitamin E will help to control wavy hair, smoothing away any frizz. An anti-humidity spray is also extremely useful, and should be the last thing that you apply to your hair, after you have already styled it. Rather than applying it straight onto your hair, OROGOLD recommends spritzing some into the air and walking through the mist.

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Sunscreen For Your Hair
When exposed to the sun, hair can often lighten, especially if it has been highlighted. Dark haired people aren’t exempt from this either, as the sun can turn their hair brassy, or slightly red. The best way to avoid this is to wear a wide-brimmed hat whenever you’re out in the sun, or even a scarf tied around your hair. However, when that isn’t an option, OROGOLD recommends using a hair product that has UV protection and contains vitamin E and sunflower oil, as this should give your hair sufficient protection.

Depending on where you spend the summer, the heat that your skin and hair will experience will be much more intense than usual. Taking good care of your hair and preventing any problems from occurring is the best way to ensure a carefree summer vacation!