Ask Chuck: Still looking for holiday hair tips? Check this out

By Charles Colson
Nov. 29, 2012 at 5:29 a.m.

Thank you so much for your previous informative tips for holiday hair styles. Do you happen to have any good ideas for those of us who just desire simple but gorgeous updos?

As a matter of fact, I do. If you can get ahold of the "First" magazine for women, follow along with me, and I'll offer some great updo ideas.

One is titled The Timeless Twist. Believe it or not, you don't just have to have long hair to create fashionable updos. Just keep people wondering what length your hair really is. Step 1 for the timeless twist, using just a rattail comb, bobby pins and hair spray, leave the front and lower layers down, mist with hairspray, then tease hair at the back of the crown. Next, smooth out the bouffant and pin it at the base of the crown, which will create a face flattering lift.

Step 2: Part the loose front sections on the side, sweep them back and pin at the base of the neck. This will create a sleek half updo.

Step 3: Gather the lower layers into a ponytail. Then, starting at the ends, roll it upward to create a large loop. Pin it also at the base of the neck area. Finish by gently fanning the outer edges upward, creating a slight U shape effect. Dress it up with pearls, jewels and even light glitter, and I hope you can handle the abundant amount of compliments you will get at the Christmas parties.

I've always wanted to put my hair up in a bun. Are there any attractive ways to do this?

Yes, there is one in particular. They call it the Hot Crossed Bun. Using hot rollers or a curling iron, curl hair and spritz with hairspray. Now, part down the center and create a small French braid on each side of the face following the hairline. As the french braids reach the ears, continue to braid normally and secure with clear elastic bands.

Next, mist the hair with hairspray and tease the back of the crown. Now, pull the two braids together and pin them at the base of the style. With the loose lower layers, braid 3 or 4 small braids and secure them also with clear rubber bands. Next, spray the lower layers again with hairspray and slightly tease and it will create a messy texture, then haphazardly twist large sections into loose curls and pin them at the base of the head. Continue until all braids and layers are securely pinned together and create the size of the bun you desire. I wonder if even the Lord would think this would be difficult. I think we know now why we wouldn't take this style down for several days.

My mom used to tell me of a style she wore called the Beehive. Is this actually coming back, and do I need extremely long hair to create it?

As I have mentioned often, there is nothing new under the sun and that certainly includes hair styles. Many of these styles, even today, were worn in the '60s.

To answer your question, there is a very attractive style which is a take off of the Beehive. It is called The Halo. What a perfect name for the holiday season.

First of all, separate a 3-inch section of bangs at the middle of the forehead and pin aside for the moment. Sweep the rest into a very high ponytail, then with a gentle swoop, pull the bang sections back and wrap the ends around the ponytail and pin down. Next, spritz the ponytail with hairspray and tease until it is thick and fluffy. Then smooth the ends into a bun effect and pin at the base. This can also be dressed up with pearls, ribbons and colored jewels.

So now, we have gone forward 50 years from the '60s. The only smart thing that has been added to simplify matters is the quick thought of using ponytails to speed up the process of this style. So am I right? Nothing new under the sun? Enjoy your parties with glamour and sophistication.

Charles Colson is an area hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to or call 361-575-5331.



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