14 Gorgeous Holiday Updo Ideas

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When it comes to dressing up for that big party or gala, your hairstyle is your most important accessory.

With so many ways to glam it up, how do you choose which special occasion look is best for you? For answers, book a visit to your salon for some pre-party style experimentation. Return the day of the event for the best execution, with staying power, of your selected look

At the Mark Garrison Salon, we help our clients select their special occasion hair options by photographing trial runs of different styles. This special occasion hair "workshop" service is done by our own special occasion hair pro, Rachel Lee Martuscelli, who helped me create the following hair looks for LHJ.com.

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Style: Updo and Down

Best for: Curly or wavy hair.

Ask your stylist for: A loose, natural-looking updo with a "mohawk" shape, with some hair pulled loose in the back.

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Style: Sexy French Twist

Best for: Straight to wavy hair with bangs and/or layers in the front.

Ask your stylist for: A loose French twist with cascading tendrils by the face.

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Style: Sophisticate

Best for: Any hair type in a long length.

Ask your stylist for: Hair swept up and off the face, then coiled into a large, high bun.

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Looking for a fun and easy hairstyle to try? In this video, we give you step-by-step instructions to do a French and fishtail braid.

Watch this video to try a beautiful braid for your next holiday bash.

Style: Gala Waves

Best for: Wavy, curly hair with layers.

Ask your stylist for: Side-parted hair with big waves fastened to the head.

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Style: Chignon Chic

Best for: Long hair of any texture.

Ask your stylist for: Hair with a deep side part, brushed back into a big chignon with assorted tendrils pulled free.

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Style: Swept Away

Best for: Wavy, curly hair.

Ask your stylist for: Hair swept lightly off the face with height at the crown, anchored at the back of the head loosely.

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Style: Flower Girl

Best for: Wavy to curly hair.

Ask your stylist for: Hair combed off the face, then rolled and anchored around the head. Garnish with fresh flowers or rhinestone hair accessories.

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Style: Hollywood Glamour

Best for: Curly, wavy hair.

Ask your stylist for: Side-parted hair, curled and anchored to one side of the head

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Style: Glitter Girl

Best for: Curly or wavy hair.

Ask your stylist for: Loose or curly hair with a deep side part. Finger waves anchored to the side of the head with bobby pin or clip accessories.

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Style: Sassy

Best for: Short, layered, straight hair.

Ask your stylist for: Long front layers brushed to one side in front. The rest of the hair is swept up and back with height at the crown. Anchor sides back with hair accessories.

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Style: Pretty Pony

Best for: All hair types

Ask your stylist for: Hair brushed back into a high ponytail, that is then curled. Tendrils left free by the face.

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Style: Sleek

Best for: Straight, long hair.

Ask your stylist for: Tight, rolled chignon at the base of the neck.

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Style: Goddess

Best for: Curly or textured hair.

Ask your stylist for: Hair pulled back and anchored at the crown. Loose pieces cascading down the back of the head and by the face.

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