Holiday Hair Ideas by Dove Celebrity Stylist Mark Townsend

As we are suddenly in the midst of soiree season – wanted to share the below holiday hair ideas from Dove Celebrity Stylist Mark Townsend to help you achieve the perfect holiday hair for any occasion. From office party to New Year’s Eve bash, Dove Hair wants to make sure every woman looks and feels her best all throughout soiree season. Please find Mark Townsend’s curated holiday hair tips and how-tos below, straight from the red carpet!

Dove Celebrity Stylist Mark Townsend’s Holiday Hair Tips & Tricks

Look 1: If soiree season has you strapped for time, opt for a playful ponytail like THIS look Dakota Johnson rocked at this year’s LACMA awards.

1. Start by applying a dollop of Dove Style+Care Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse to damp hair and blow dry with a round brush to get the hair smooth and shiny with lots of body and movement.

2. Then, gather hair into a ponytail and secure with two tight elastics like these from Blax (I always use 2 elastics to keep the ponytail nice and tight throughout the night).

3. Next, use a 1 inch curling iron like Harry Josh Pro Tools Curling Iron to add waves to the hair inside the ponytail

4. What makes a ponytail red carpet ready is the details, so I spray Dove Style+Care Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray on a reusable mascara wand to clean up any loose hairs at the nape of the neck and around the ears, before wrapping a 1 inch piece of velvet around the base of the ponytail (you can also wrap a small section of hair around the pony-tail and secure with a bobby pin).

5. To finish, spray dry shampoo like Dove Refresh+Care Dry Shampoo on the ponytail for texture and hold. If you have fringe like Dakota, dry shampoo will keep hair in place without making it stiff!

Look 2: I’m obsessed with bobs and deep side parts for winter. If you have shorter hair, go with THIS cool-girl, modern style with a touch of sophistication sported by Rachel McAdams at the Gotham Awards.

1. Start by liberally spritzing Dove Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray throughout damp hair and blow dry with a round brush for long lasting volume.

2. After hair is dry, create a deep side part about 4 inches from the top of your ear, then wrap 3 to 4 inch sections of hair around a 1 inch Harry Josh Pro Tools Ceramic Curling Iron to create loose bends in the hair.

3. For added texture and shine, spray Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo throughout hair while scrunching with hands.

Pro Tip: To keep the deep side part in place and tame any flyaway hairs, spray Dove Style+Care Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray on a natural bristle toothbrush and run it over any areas in need of some extra hold for a totally polished style.

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(Photo Source: Mark Townsend Instagram)

Look 3: For a fashion forward yet festive look, try a wrapped ponytail like THIS one as seen on Elizabeth Olsen that was inspired by Michelle Pfeiffer in Tequila Sunrise. The best part about this style is that it looks perfect on clean or unwashed hair!

1. Prep hair with a smoothing shampoo and conditioner like the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil line and blow dry hair with a paddle brush.

2. Next, section hair into three sections and secure with elastics to create three separate ponytails; one just below the crown, the next at eye level, and the last at the nape of the neck.

3. Spray Dove Refresh+Care Dry Shampoo on all three ponytails for extra grip, then wrap a long velvet ribbon of your choice around the ponytails starting from the top, connecting them together as you move down, and using black bobby pins to secure the ribbon as you twist to the end.


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Sexy Stocking Stuffers

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Holiday shopping can sometimes be a real bore. Even with the convenience of online EVERYTHING, the joy of gifting can get lost in the clicks. LuzdelaRiva.com offers the most unique gifts that put the spice back into your shopping lists!

With out of the box fun and flirty gifts for your girlfriend, boyfriend, bridal party, sorority sisters and hey! even yourself… Luz de la Riva makes the perfect sexy stocking stuffer!

 

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Luz de la Riva Lulu 24k Edible Massage Oil
It’s no surprise that the Lulu Edible Massage Oil tastes and feels luxurious, but now you can literally indulge yourself with an experience fit for Cleopatra with Lulu 24k! The addition of 100% edible 24k gold flakes make the oil an extra special treat for the body. Made with organic ingredients and oils and formulated with natural pheromones, Lulu 24k will certainly keep you feeling hot even when the temperature drops!

Price: $40.00

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Luz de la Riva Sahara Shimmering Massage Oil
Give your skin a touch of sparkle this holiday with Sahara Shimmering Massage Oil. This shimmering body oil’s fragrance has been composed of natural aphrodisiacs which impart intoxicating aromas on the skin. Made with natural oils including coconut, jojoba almond and sesame oil, she will leave your skin feeling radiant and smooth. Who needs tinsel, when you have Sahara?

Price: $38.00

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Luz de la Riva Holiday Gift Set with Purchase
For the month of December, Luz de la Riva will be providing this sexy gift with purchase for ALL orders placed in the entire month! The sleek gift box includes mini versions of some of the brands best sellers including a Lola Body Wash, Sophia Soy Wax Candle and Sahara Shimmering Oil. Add this gift set to your sweeties stocking, or keep it for yourself! Nobody’s watching (but Santa!)

Price: Free, with any purchase for the month of December

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Rethink Clean with Unwash

The new movement in hair care is here. It challenges the conventional wisdom and vicious cycle of shampoo, condition, style, repeat. It actually cleanses without stripping—leaving hair more vibrant, more manageable, and simply more beautiful. Welcome to Unwash: a new method that cleans hair in a more civilized way, gently removing dirt and surface build-up while locking in moisture, extending the life of hair color, and upholding your hair’s natural integrity.

 

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Unwash products were created to rid your hair of dirt and grime without stripping the natural oils from your hair. I love that it combines both cleansing and conditioning into one easy step. The product smells amazing and after just a few days my hair looks and feels amazing. It has really helped to tame the frizz and given life back to my natural curl. And I have noticed my hair doesn’t get that greasy look and feel it tended to get with normal hair care products.

For days when my hair needs a little extra TLC the Unwash Hydrating Masque does the trick. The fomula is lightweight but still very hydrating. I work it in from the middle of my hair shaft to the ends and leave it for 5 minutes or more to do its magic. After rinsing my hair is smooth and softer and much easier to comb through.

Unwash Anti-Residue Rinse: Rinse away the build-up of styling agents, leave-in products and time. Experience our pH-balanced anti-residue rinse, a mild yet effective bio-based cleanser that gently removes the layers of build-up that may be weighing hair down. A reset button for the tresses, it lifts away the bad without stripping away natural oils and moisture to maintain balanced, healthier-looking, more beautiful hair.

$32 at Unwash.com

Unwash Hydrating Masque: Reset your hair’s moisture balance lost during the windier months with this ultra-hydrating and nourishing masque. Applying a systematic approach, restorative natural oils and extracts replenish hair vitality from the inside out. Hair feels softer, smoother and healthier with more body, beauty and shine. Can be used as your daily conditioner or as a leave-in / overnight product for ultra-moisture benefits.

$34 at Unwash.com

 

 

Disclosure: I was sent complimentary samples for review. I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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A little bit of cold weather heaven! Bath & Body Works Tahiti Island Dream Body Lotion

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I am hooked on this body lotion! I was in grabbing some of my favorite foaming hand soaps in all the amazing holiday scents at B&BW when I decided to grab a lotion. Without much thought tossed this in and figured it would be decent. Forget decent its heavenly!

The lotion is hydrating while not leaving any greasy residue, I love how fast it absorbs. And the smell, well its next to perfection with this cold, rainy, windy weather we have been having. It goes on with a fresh warm tropical scent and leaves my skin smelling amazing until my next shower. The best thing is picking up a shirt or pants I put on after applying the lotion they smell like heaven. Ok maybe I am a bit obsessed, and I’m totally not planning to go pick up the rest of this scent line. If Santa wants to get it for me though, who am I to argue?

Bath & Body Works Tahiti Island Dream Body Lotion $12.50
America’s #1 Body Lotion! Infused with Shea Butter and our exclusive Daily Moisture Complex, our enhanced lotion contains more of what skin loves, leaving it feeling incredibly soft, smooth and nourished. Fortified with nutrient-rich ingredients like protective Vitamin E and conditioning Vitamin B5, our fast-absorbing, non-greasy formula delivers 16 hours of continuous moisture.
Top Notes: Fresh Coconut Water, Sparkling Mandarin, Golden Pear, Kiwi Blossom
Mid Notes: Jasmine Petals, Water Lily, Lush Frangipani
Dry Notes: Tahitian Vanilla Musk, Skin Amber, Australian Sandalwood
A sexy summer blend of coconut water, Tahitian vanilla musk & kiwi blossom

USAGE:
Add a generous amount to palm and smooth over skin.


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