Despite being a beauty editor, I am completely helpless when it comes to styling my own hair. In fact, if I can get away with it, I pretty much let my strands air-dry into their natural waves whenever possible, or when that doesn’t work, I’ll simply scoop everything up into a high ponytail or topknot. Alas, once the holiday season rolls around (and I have about five times the number of social engagements than I normally do), I start to get a little panicked. Although I do love my natural bends and waves, it’s more of an undone bedhead look, which lends itself much better to the more lax summer season than holiday cocktail attire or fancy get-togethers. Therefore, I’m perpetually in search of easy, low-maintenance, but still glamorous hairstyles I can sport this time of year without too many tears or cuss words in front of my vanity pre-event. Anyone else with me here?
To get some inspiration, I reached out to the inventor of the Beachwaver and one of the top celebrity hairstylists in the industry, Sarah Potempa, who regularly works with stars such as Lea Michele, Camila Cabello, and Emily Blunt. Her mission: to create three different holiday hair looks on me in five steps or fewer. Keep scrolling! We have the step-by-step tutorials and must-have products shown below.