Side-swept Holiday Curls + a Giveaway

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The holidays are right around the corner and with that fun holiday parties! Big, gorgeous curls always look great and this pretty, side-swept style will have everyone asking how you did it! There’s no question that this is one of my new favorite styles and the best part is that it is so simple to do! While I have shared a similar style in the past, this new ‘do features a peek-a-boo braid that is so elegant, you will want to wear it to every party this year!  [Video tutorial at the bottom!]

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Side-swept Holiday Curls Supplies:

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Step 1: For curls with lots of volume and bounce, it’s best to start with clean, damp hair. I prefer to wash my hair every three days so this is a great way to set up your look for the next couple of days.

Ideally, I will let my hair air dry a little while applying my makeup. This helps cut down on the amount of heat I need to apply to my hair. Before I begin blow drying, I apply a nickel size amount of the Agave healing oil and Redken Smoothing lotion.

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Step 2: To finish drying, I use the Pro Beauty Tools Ionic Blow Dryer. I love this dryer! It has become my all-time favorite because it’s lightweight and gentle on my hair. Because of the Ionic motor it is quieter than other dryers I’ve used. It also has three different heat settings so when I don’t have the time to let my hair air dry, this one dries my hair much faster than most dryers while exposing my hair to less heat.

Style Tip: Use the cool shot when finished to seal the ends and add shine! Because this hair dryer helps remove moisture quicker it also makes hair shinier, while adding volume and reducing frizz at the same time too!

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Step 3: Next, I separate my hair, at the top of the ears, clipping off the top with a clip. Then I apply my favorite heat protectant spray, Redken Iron Shape to the bottom portion and brush through my hair.

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Step 4: Next, take a 2 inch section of hair and run the Pro Beauty Tools Shine Enhancing 1″ Ceramic Straighter over the hair, staying near the roots. I love the size of this flat iron. If you have longer hair, I highly recommend this size for smoothing natural waves and creating shine.

This straightener works great for using every day. The floating ceramic plates ensure heat is distributed evenly, reducing damage while gliding through the hair without snagging.

Step 5: Let down small sections of hair and continue smoothing and straightening the hair near the roots and around the face for a smooth and sleek finish.

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Step 6: Next, pin the hair up again, above the ears. This makes curling the hair easier to do because you are working with smaller sections. Take a 2 inch section of hair and place the curling iron at the center of the section; I am working with the Pro Beauty 1 ¼” Professional Curling Iron. Twist the curling iron towards the back of the head, slowly wrapping the hair around the barrel.

Style Tip:  Always start curling in the middle of the section because the ends are the most delicate so this helps protect them and encourage a stronger hold.

This curling iron is great for all hair types because it has multiple heat settings allowing flexibility with how much heat is applied to the hair. Remember, to always curl the hair away from the face to create those modern, soft curls.

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Step 7: Continue curling the hair in 2″ sections; letting down small sections as you go, slowly working towards the hair at the top of the head.

I swear by this curling iron because it creates gorgeous, voluminous curls that everybody loves. The gold technology applies a direct heat to the hair so it curls each section more quickly, reducing the amount of time your hair is exposed to the heat. It also works especially well if you have longer hair. Prepare for the compliments whenever you use this curling iron!

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Style Tip: If your hair struggles to hold curl, let them cool off in your hand. Letting them stay tight as long as you can will help them last longer. I find that this really helps the curls set.

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To create the side-swept style:

  • Step 1 / create a deep side part and sweep all the hair over the left shoulder.
  • Step 2 / Twist the hair at the nape of the neck and secure the hair with several bobby pins.
  • Step 3 / Separate off a small 2″ section of hair above the left ear.
  • Step 4 / Divide the section into three smaller pieces and begin a braid by crossing the side strands over the middle piece.
  • Step 5 / Continue braiding the hair all the way to the bottom.
  • Step 6 / Wrap the braid down towards the nape of the neck so it meets the hair previously twisted and pinned and secure it with several bobby pins, ensuring they are hidden underneath the hair.
  • Step 7 / Finish and set the style with a medium to strong hold hairspray.  This helps hold those curls all day and gives a nice shine.

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If you’re looking for that perfect holiday gift, the three tools used in this tutorial, blow dryer, straightener, and curling iron are all available at Target and great for using every day of the week!

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Because I am truly grateful to all of you, I’m giving away the Pro Beauty Tools Digital Straightener and 1 1/4″ Curling Iron to one lucky winner!

The winner will be announced on my blog Wednesday at 12 a.m. The winner will be contacted through the email used to register. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter! Best of luck and thank you for reading Missy Sue!

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23 Comments

  1. Julie
    December 15, 2015 / 1:29 PM

    I’ll probably straighten it for the holidays this year!

  2. Meegan
    December 14, 2015 / 7:34 PM

    I plan on curling my hair and putting half of it up! I love your hair tutorials!

  3. adriana
    December 14, 2015 / 2:08 AM

    Would love to curl my hair :)

  4. Natalie F
    December 13, 2015 / 6:38 PM

    Blow dry and straighten. Looks nice but is easy and fast. I need easy….and fast. I’m a mom with young ones!

  5. Tina Renee Barker
    December 13, 2015 / 5:48 PM

    I’m currently letting my hair grow out so I’m going to try loose, wavy curls!

  6. Rosie Areola (Heather)
    December 13, 2015 / 5:28 PM

    Something involving curls, maybe half up.

  7. latanya
    December 13, 2015 / 2:54 PM

    in a high bun

  8. Adria
    December 12, 2015 / 10:11 PM

    You have gorgeous hair! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Emily W.
    December 12, 2015 / 5:10 PM

    Ok, I need you to come do my hair! You make it look so effortless! I’m a big fan of either wearing a loose top bun, or loose curls/waves!!

  10. Nikki
    December 12, 2015 / 9:44 AM

    Curls, curls, curls!

  11. Katie Holl
    December 11, 2015 / 4:03 PM

    I would like to straighten my hair for Christmas eve, because straight hair is a look that is very occasional for me.

  12. Felia
    December 11, 2015 / 12:46 PM

    I would love to win because I love curls:) Is this giveaway international?

  13. Patti
    December 8, 2015 / 4:31 PM

    I think I’ll put my hair in a bun for the Holidays!

  14. Megan Zuchowski
    December 8, 2015 / 1:10 PM

    I curl my hair usually.

  15. Christy Peeples DuBois
    December 8, 2015 / 9:57 AM

    If only I had your amazing hair and talent and your gorgeous face, I would look amazing as you do!! You are so talented but I’ve read it came with much practice styling your hair. You are a beautiful lady.
    I just got my long hair cut to shoulder length with long layers therefore I’m still playing with styling it and how I like it best. Prior to getting my hair cut I wore it up most of the time. Thanks so much for this opportunity.

  16. Taylor
    December 8, 2015 / 6:56 AM

    Those holiday curls look gorgeous!

  17. Allyson
    December 7, 2015 / 2:30 PM

    So beautiful!

  18. Kari Howell
    December 7, 2015 / 7:02 AM

    After seeing this I think I’m going to try it for our office Christmas party!

  19. December 6, 2015 / 4:15 PM

    I love this tutorial, your hair looks gorgeous and thanks so much for the giveaway – I am planning straight hair with a slight curl in the bottom!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  20. Colleen Boudreau
    December 6, 2015 / 2:14 PM

    Soft loose curls.

  21. Rachel
    December 6, 2015 / 1:23 PM

    Can’t wait to try this!

  22. Rae
    December 6, 2015 / 11:24 AM

    I think I’m going to try to get a good curl in my hair this year. A hard accomplishment for my hair type

  23. Rebecca M
    December 6, 2015 / 7:23 AM

    I just had about 3-4 inch s taken off the back of my hair, so I think I may try to modify one of your styles with curls for the holidays. So glad I found you!

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