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How-To: Special Occasion Hair

How-To: Special Occasion Hair

Posted by Team John Paul Mitchell Systems® on Nov 26th 2018

Looking for a new hair color or hairstyle for a party, wedding or prom? Whatever the occasion, we'll help you shine at every event with great styling options for the most festive looks. Dress up your look with our expert advice and product recommendations in the tutorials below.

image of the paul mitchell holiday winter white model

Color: Winter White

Style: High Ponytail

Prep

  1. Wash with Platinum Blonde Shampoo, followed by Platinum Blonde Conditioner to cool brassiness and eliminate warmth.
  2. On damp hair, spray Platinum Blonde Toning Spray all over to detangle.

Style

  1. Blow-dry hair away from face, up to crown with the Express Ion Turbolight+ Hair Dryer.
  2. Once dry, brush hair up to top of head and secure into a high ponytail.
  3. Add three hair elastics (1/4" apart) to help ponytail stand up.
  4. Take a section of hair and wrap it around base of ponytail to conceal elastics.
  5. Apply Hot Off The Press® for thermal protection.
  6. Wrap hair like a ribbon around the Express Ion Style®+ Styling Iron in different directions to create undone waves.

Finish

  1. Spray with Invisiblewear® Undone Texture Hairspray to add texture; brush out waves.

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image of the paul mitchell holiday cold brew model

Color: Cold Brew

Style: Faux Hawk

Prep

  1. Wash with Extra-Body Shampoo, followed by Extra-Body Conditioner to thicken and volumize hair.
  2. On damp hair, apply Extra-Body Boost at roots for added volume.

Style

  1. Blowout with a round brush and the Express Ion Turbolight+ Hair Dryer.
  2. Apply Hot Off The Press® for thermal protection and use the Express Ion Unclipped 3-in-1 Curling Iron to curl hair horizontally in different directions with the 1" rod attachment.
  3. Separate sections of hair from top of head to ear. Gather all hair at the back and loosely secure into a low ponytail.
  4. Take ponytail ends and twist and pin into a low chignon.
  5. At front of head, create 1" sections and twist in different directions towards the back. Secure with pins to create messy volume.

Finish

  1. Hold look in place and add shine with Super Clean Extra®.

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image of the paul mitchell holiday salted caramel mocha model

Color: Salted Caramel Mocha

Style: Half Up, Half Down

Prep

  1. Wash with Super Skinny® Shampoo, followed by Super Skinny® Conditioner to smooth and soften hair.
  2. On damp hair, apply Super Skinny® Serum starting at the ends and working toward the scalp to help speed up drying time.

Style

  1. Blow-dry hair away from face with the Express Ion Turbolight+ Hair Dryer.
  2. Apply Hot Off The Press® for thermal protection and smooth hair with the Express Ion Smooth®+ Flat Iron.
  3. Part hair at crown and down to ear (on each side). Section a 1 - ½" piece off the middle part, then two 1 - ½" sections at the hairline.
  4. Take remaining hair and bring back and secure in a ponytail under crown of hair.
  5. Take last 1" panels and comb up to crown; secure into ponytail at crown.

Finish

  1. Apply Super Skinny® Serum to ends of hair for shine and polish.

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image of the paul mitchell holiday cider and spice model

Color: Cider & Spice

Style: Messy Updo

Prep

  1. Wash with Awapuhi Shampoo™ to help balance moisture and add volume, followed by The Detangler™ for instant conditioning and shine.
  2. On damp hair, apply Sculpting Foam™ all over to enhance texture and twirl subsections of hair with fingers to define natural curls.

Style

  1. Diffuse curls with the Express Ion Turbolight+ Hair Dryer using the diffuser attachment.
  2. Once dry, create two curved panels on each side of head (panels in front then 2″ behind ears in back).
  3. Brush curl panel up and tight to the parting; twist and secure with pins.
  4. Fluff curls on top of head and position forward.

Finish

  1. Hold look in place and add shine with Super Clean Extra®.

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