Styling Holiday Hair With Tips from Tippi Shorter

We’re still reveling in the joyful three days we spent soaking up the knowledge of Tippi Shorter, Aveda Global Artistic Director for Textured Hair. If you missed it, check out our recap here. She came to town to teach us her tips and tricks—for textured and holiday hair specifically—and we’re excited to share what we learned. Below, we’ve got three easy-to-replicate styles fit for any social soiree.

Back to the basics—How to properly dry your hair

No matter where you fall on the spectrum—curly, coiled or wavy—drying textured hair is a bit of a science. Of course if you’ve got time, air-drying is always best—it helps to eliminate frizz. If you’re like us, though time is tight. The best advice Tippi gave us: Use motion. And that diffuser that came with your blow dryer? Use it. Universal nozzles blow too much air.

For the act itself, instead of scrunching your hair and holding your diffuser against it, flip your head over and move your head to meet the diffuser. When finished, add a few drops of Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil to help retain moisture and prevent frizz later.

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Hair by: Tippi Shorter


Tippi’s product recommendations? Be Curly Style Prep, which helps to “kick in the curl” and Be Curly Curl Controller. The controller gives weight and elongation while reducing shrinkage. Before using these products, dry your hair to roughly 75% and then apply. If your hair is any drier, you’ll have to wet it down again. If it’s wetter, the product won’t be as effective.

Style 1: A non-braid braid

Don’t know how to braid? You’re in luck. This holiday hairstyle creates the look without actually braiding. To achieve it, backcomb your roots to create volume. Next, section off your hair into a high ponytail. Split the top section in half, pulling the bottom section out front, and band together. Repeat until you’ve “non-braided” all hair. Pull hair and loosen where necessary. Jazz it up with festive jewels or colorful bands.

Image Provided by: Lia Rose Photography
Hair by: Tippi Shorter


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Hair by: Tippi Shorter


Style 2: An updo with faux bangs

As you know, Houston can be hot, even during the holidays. A showstopper for sure, this look gets your hair off your neck and lets you have bangs without wearing a wig or committing to the cut.

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Hair by: Tippi Shorter


To get the look, pull your hair into a high ponytail close to your forehead. To make the faux bangs, pull the first layer of the hair out of the pony and pin back to help keep in place. Scrunch and spray Shampure Dry Shampoo on the roots to finish. (The dry shampoo helps to keep oil off your forehead, which is more likely to happen with the bangs touching the skin.) To accessorize, add a fun beret in the back and pin up loose strands of hair.

Style 3: Flat twist

For coily haired girls (if your hair’s curl is tight—a barbecue skewer or tighter, we’re talking to you), we want you to show off your curls! The flat twist allows you to do just that.

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Image Provided by: Lia Rose Photography
Hair by: Tippi Shorter


To get the look, section off hair at the top of the head and braid, going in one direction, creating the appearance of a crown. To add a holiday spin, add a festive headband (or ribbon) by cutting in half and following the course of the braid. For added shine, use Aveda’s Brilliant Humectant Pomade.