The economy may be limper than the wilted lettuce at the back of your fridge, but the trend for hairstyles this winter is completely the opposite – big, bouncy and full of life.

Super-plumped up hair-do’s don’t mean going for a look straight out of Alexis Carrington’s closet – it’s more about a return to luxe, classic glamour than over-blown excess.

Justin German, a Pantene Pro-V Consulting Stylist, shares some tips with on how to create elegant and party-ready holiday looks at home.

Long hair

  • Apply a body building mousse to damp hair – using mousse is the best way to give your hair a bit of hold without weighing it down too much.
  • Blow dry hair upside down and massage at the roots for added lift.
  • Using medium to large Velcro rollers, place 2-inch sections of hair into rollers and set hair using the "cool" setting from your hairdryer.
  • Remove rollers and add a few drops of hair serum, starting with ends and finishing with flyaways on top.
  • German recommends leaving hair down for a soft, romantic look – just finish with a flexible hold hairspray
  • For a more elegant, formal look, tease hair gently at the crown of the head (for added height), and gather pieces from either side of your head at ear level and secure up with a few bobby pins.  Style bangs (if any) by sweeping to the side.

Medium hair

  • Apply a body-building mouse or gel to damp hair and dry with a medium round brush.
  • Tease the front of your hair, adding as much height as you wish.
  • Pull back the front section of hair (about 4 inches), leaving a bouffant-style ‘pouf’ at the front.
  • Secure hair at the crown of the head with a few bobby pins.
  • Tightly slick back the remaining hair on both sides and tuck behind your ears.
  • Mist entire head with hairspray for hold.


Short hair

Just because you have cropped hair doesn’t mean you can’t go glam! A little body goes a long way for this retro-inspired ‘do.

  • Apply a body-building mouse or gel to damp hair and dry with a medium round brush.
  • Part hair on the side, sweeping bangs (if any) over to one side – you’re going for a 1920s/30s chic style.
  • Gently tease the hair at the crown of the head.
  • Using the hair’s natural texture or wave, separate pieces of hair for a textured look.
  • Pull back the shorter side of the parted hair to just behind the ear and secure with a decorative hair clip or jeweled bobby pin for glam.
  • Give hair a shot of a flexible hold hairspray for hold.

Regardless of the length of your hair, German recommends starting with a good shampoo and conditioner. Look for one that has a volume boosting or enhancing formula, like Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume Shampoo and Conditioner.

To complete your look, keep makeup polished but simple, and leave the shoulder pads at home!

Shopping list:

Velcro rollers: Conair Bamboo Soft Grip Rollers
Volume boosting mousse: LA Coupe Style Body Boosting Mousse
Flexible hold hairspray: Pantene Sheer Volume Hairspray – Flexible Hold
Serum: Phyto Phytodensium Anti-Aging Serum