Effortless 15 Minute Party Hair with Heather

Now that the holiday season is upon us, everyone is busy dashing through the snow from event to event.  Women around the globe will go from work to party with little time in between.  So the ultimate dilemma is how to look great in under 20 minutes as some of our partners honk the horn from the car…Effortless and Exquisite turned to stylist Heather Rogers from Haircut 101 for an easy party style that looks great in under 15 minutes.  She shared step by step tips for a show stopping updo anyone can manage on their own. 
Our model Miah Zimmerman has shoulder length, layered hair.  She starts with hair that hasn’t been washed in three days and she curled her hair the morning before work with a curling iron.  Her hair was loosely wavy to begin.
Heather suggests to start with dry shampoo.  We used Bumble and Bumble’s Pret-a-Powder dry shampoo.  It has an element that texturizes hair and is great for all hair types.  Miah sprinkles the powder into her hair.
Once dry shampoo is applied, shake and massage into roots and scalp.

Heather then sprays Bumble and Bumble’s Dryspun Finishing Spray.  This spray is MAGIC.  It gives hair extreme volume and texture immediately.  It sprays like a hairspray and makes hair very manageable and super easy to style.

Spray throughout hair.  Be sure and apply to roots by lifting sections of hair to spray as you cover the entire head.
After spray is applied, section hair into two sections from ear to ear across the crown and the back.  Tie the back into a twist or ponytail to keep it out of your way.  Next, section the ear to ear piece into three sections – top, side, and back.


Again section pieces into 1/2 inch sections and tease or back comb these sections one by one.  The more Dryspun spray you use, the less teasing you will need to do.
Once the top sections are finished, repeat the teasing with sections over each ear until the sides and top of your head is teased in sections.
Flip sections forward and loosen bun from back of head.  Bring this hair into a high ponytail on the crown of the head and fasten with a band or hair tie.



Lightly tease the ponytail just enough to be messy.  Wrap the pony in a twist.  This does not need to be perfect.  

Fasten twist on an upper corner of bun with hair pins.


Bring top front section of hair back and fasten at same point as twist with pins.  Depending on your face shape, you can decide how much volume to give the section of hair on top of your head.


Fasten the section with overlapping pins in an X shape. 


Pin hair on either side of head close to the bun, leaving the “tail” to hang for now.


Wrap both “tails” around the base of the twist to hide the pins already in place.  Fasten the ends with pins at the top of the twist. 


The ends will look like this once fastened and hidden away.


Once the style is up and pinned, use your fingers to smooth the front and sides.  You may want to pull the hair loose from the twist especially around the face.  This will soften the look or you may want to leave it tighter – it is entirely up to you.
This is the basic style.  It is now up to you how creative you want to be and dress up the style.  You may use pins with sparkle, a decorative clip or comb, or ribbon to name some of your choices.
Heather decided to be extra creative.  She borrowed an antique necklace from Antiques on Howard near Haircut 101 in Boone, NC.  Wrapping the base of the twist in an antique necklace is stunning and adds a very special effect.


The ends of the necklace were quickly tucked into the necklace itself.


The look was completed in less than 15 minutes.  Beautiful!



To help keep the wispy ends from falling down, Bumble and Bumble’s Does it All Styling Spray held the style together.

The view from the front and back of Miah’s party hair.



Party hair doesn’t have to be intimidating to be beautiful.  To recap this look, use dry shampoo, spray the texturizing spray, and section the hair tying the back out of the way.  Tease the rest of the head in sections.  Make a high pony at crown and turn it into a twist.  Pin the front and sides around the twist and decorate your hair – or not.  THAT’S IT.  You can do it!  If only everyone was as beautiful as Miah, sigh… Thanks to Heather Rogers, stylist extraordinaire.  She designed a style in a pinch and delivered chic in spades.  Thanks also to Miah Zimmerman, Antiques on Howard, and Haircut 101.
For more information on Heather, Bumble and Bumble Products, and Haircut 101, please visit

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