Holiday Hair 101

With office holiday parties, family get-togethers and NYE on the horizon, the art of the perfect coif becomes all the more necessary. If you are tired of getting your locks tangled up in your scarf or pulled into your winter coat's zipper, we have assembled a few looks to help keep your do looking party-ready as well as out of your face when those unexpected, chilly winds whip around the corner!

Go-to Top Knot

Image via  A Cup of Jo

Image via A Cup of Jo

The top knot bun has certainly made a name for itself in 2015 - what with the boys jumping on board with their own man bun version - but the holiday reboot adds an extra step to make this look all the more party-ready. By adding a braid to the strands before pinning, the added texture and hold keeps this look going strong after a few spiced ciders. Just braid, wind and pin, holiday look #1 is easy peasey as long as you have longer strands to work with.

Image via  A Cup of Jo

Image via A Cup of Jo

Slicked Back Pixie

Image via  Micah Gianneli

Image via Micah Gianneli

For the pixies and cropped hair fans, a slicked back alternative to braids and buns and low-slung chignons gives a little extra boost for any office holiday party ensemble. Quick and simple, grab your pomade, rub between your palms and apply to hair as you pull back. A nod to the 1980's masculine/feminine power play, add a blazer and metallic accessories to be a true knockout. Red lips never hurt with this sleek silhouette either!

Mixed Braid Half Updo

Image via  Twist Me Pretty  

Image via Twist Me Pretty 

Call us crazy, but something about the holidays calls for braids, braids and more braids. By mixing the type: fishtail, knot or basic, this look works best with second day hair and keeps those winter frizz flyaways at bay.

Low Slung Chignon

Image via  Byrdie

Image via Byrdie

For the minimalist, a low slung chignon keeps all eyes on your face and dress. Just grab a few bobby pins, hair tie and pull hair into a low pony at the nape of your neck, wind and pin. The chignon holds in place effortlessly and is a great option if you know you will be hitting the dance floor at your next get-together. A touch of hairspray also helps to keep each hair in place while you cut a rug with your coworkers.

Image via  Byrdie

Image via Byrdie

Bardot Bump

Image via   Camille Styles

Image via Camille Styles

Quite possibly one of my favorite holiday hairstyles, the iconic 60's bump appears easy-going yet stylish and just right when topped off with a simple ribbon for any house party. Made famous by Brigitte Bardot, channel your inner French cool girl style with this flirty and effortless halfie undo. Be sure to tease at the crown for extra lift throughout the evening.

The Queen herself via  Popsugar

The Queen herself via Popsugar

Hardware & Mistletoe

Nothing quite says Holiday Hair like a little extra something special added to your look. We're talking serious hardware - barrettes, flashy bobby pins and even mistletoe if you're feeling frisky. To keep the look elegant versus kitschy, think less is more. While flower crowns were the theme of summer, winter florals add a delicate and fresh take. Add curling iron waves or top off a low slung chignon with a headband, either way get creative. Holiday hair only comes around once a year!

Image via  Refinery 29

Image via Refinery 29

OSB's Hair Accessories du Jour

Beaded Headbands

Metallic Hair Ties

Bobby Pins 

Cheers! 'Til next time...

- KCH

Au Naturel: Fall Hair Trends

Along with pumpkin spiced lattes and pumpkin beer, back-to-school shopping and much lauded jacket weather, hairstyles are typically in for a reboot or revamp this time of year. With rich, deep hues and lived-in texture at this season's forefront, it would seem our hair is in for a naturally inspired vibe, heavy on the romance. Whether you decide to add finger waves or finally grow out that LOB, this fall is all about keeping your hair perfectly you. And don't worry, funky colors still have a special place in our heart here at OSB so last season's pastel palette most definitely made our list, again. Though these bright and bold hues were technically a summer trend, we won't tell if you don't!

Tortoise Shell Hair Color

Just as the leaves change color this time of year, it would seem those of us who dye our hair also favor a darker, richer hue - especially as the summer streaks fade out. Dubbed the Tortoise Shell Technique, or for those Francophiles: écaille, this dye method enriches and deepens hair's hue through a mixture of various shades and distinct placement of highlights and lowlights. No matter what the technique is called, we love the look. See you later ombré, we're all about écaille this fall. (Image via Folica)

Silky Sleek Low Slung Pony

After the warmer months wreak havoc on your locks sometimes the best repair is a sleek ponytail. Low slung and clean, this style was made bulky sweaters and heavy jackets - no more hair meets zipper fiascos with this look! Fashion and beauty site, Byrdie, gives a tutorial on how to achieve this simple pony sans flyaways in three minutes. Add a touch of hardware - a barrette or clip - for some added drama and you have the perfect updo that feels more like a down do. (Image via Byrdie)

Mid Length Shag

  Image via  Alexa Chung  

  Image via Alexa Chung 

This hairstyle is so of the moment, we couldn't help but highlight two photos of our favorite fashionistas rocking the answer to 2014's LOB. For those who have been living under a hairball, the long bob was everywhere last year and now, as hair grows longer the mid length look appears to be the next step in the cut's natural progression. The ends hit just at the collarbone, allowing for a universally flattering style. Add a touch of texture and bedhead style - try sea salt spray if you haven't already - and you are set to go. The best part about this subtle shag is a little tousle and muss goes a long way so fear not when fall frizz comes to town. This style behaves best when hair is a tiny touch unkempt.

   Image via  Always Judging

   Image via Always Judging

Statement BOB

Image via  Refinery 29  

Image via Refinery 29 

Though bobs and lobs may be on their way out, for those who do decide to rock the longer bob into the colder months ahead we snagged this showstopper of a cut from the article "The Raddest Fall Haircut Trends From L.A.'s Top Stylists" on Refinery 29. To keep a bob on the fresher side of life add few face-framing pieces to lighten the blunt edges and give a little room for play. Curl with loose finger waves, or blow dry straight, sometimes a little update on a classic style is all you need!

My Little Pony Pastels Continue

Call it a holdover from summer but we cannot give up on the pastel trend just yet. These softer, fadeaway colors bring an unexpected pop of whimsy to your everyday routine and that is what we here at OSB are all about. Whether you opt for a dusky rose or seaweed green, one should be warned: this hair is the epitome of high-maintenance. With the color's short lifespan and special conditioning needs to ward off the dreaded fried ends, be sure to check out The Beauty Department's awesome breakdown on everything pastel. While the days may get shorter, there is no reason your hair cannot stay rainbow bright. (Image via The Beauty Department)

Are there any hair trends you are particularly excited for this season? Let us know in the comments below!

- KCH

How to Tuesday: Henna Hair Dye

We love henna hair dye, especially for festival season! It's a great way to get a punch of color and envy-worthy shiny hair without nasty chemicals.

Items needed: Light Mountain Natural Henna Dye (longer hair use 1.5 packages) + PLASTIC bowl and stir stick + distilled water (regular water has metals that will react with the dye)

If you want to bring out darker brown tones, use day old brewed coffee instead of water. To add lighter tones, add lemon juice or chamomile tea.

Add water by 1/2 cup full, stirring until the dye has a icing consistency.  It will be slightly lumpy.  Try to get most of the lumps out, but don't worry if there are some.  Use a PLASTIC bowl and stir stick only.  Make sure that no metal touches the dye, as it will cause a reaction and turn your hair green. Remove all earrings and jewelry! Let the paste sit for 1/2 hour to 1 hour to cure.

Wash your hair with shampoo only and towel dry your hair so it is damp. Wear a shirt you don't mind getting ruined.  Light Mountain Natural henna comes with plastic gloves and a plastic covering, so make sure you put on your gloves before applying the henna paste.

Apply henna paste to your entire head, especially roots and hairline. You can use a dye brush or you can treat the paste like shampoo and cake it on your head. To keep your skin from being dyed, apply facial oil or lotion to your face/hairline area. Cover with plastic wrap and then wrap with an old towel. Henna is activated by the heat from your head, so you will want to keep it contained in the towel. Relax with some tea or a book while you let the dye sit 45 minutes to 1 hour. You can keep it on for up to 1 1/2 hours.

Remove towel and plastic wrap. Hop in the tub and rinse out the henna, and condition your hair as usual. Do not shampoo for at least 24 hours to let your hair absorb the dye. If you accidentally got some dye on your skin, it will wash off within a couple days. Your hair will be especially bright 24-48 hours after you dye, and will calm down and deepen a few days after.

Enjoy your sassy new 'do!

Nicole + Amanda