Holiday hair trends

Hair stylist Anthony Cristiano at work with Cassandra Blower, hair model.

Chicago celebrity hair designer, Anthony Cristiano, shares fab tips for the party season

When you walk into Anthony Cristiano’s namesake salon in the heart of Chicago overlooking the beautiful Chicago River, you know you’re in for a special treat. “I devote much thought to everything I do. I am especially mindful of the client’s needs,” Cristiano shared.

Our interview with Cristiano is the read you need to help you be a style standout this holiday season and a fab Chicago Star like we know you are!

The holiday gala season is upon us—what hairstyles do you feel will be popular?

For long hair: A voluminous blowout with loose curls is always chic. Adding a Jennifer Behr Swarovski-encrusted headband (or other) is the perfect way to make it festive for the holiday season.

For medium hair: A half-up, half down style—secured with an embellished bow barrette is a beautiful way to elevate your style.

For short hair: I love a short haircut that is clean and precise—it will always be a great look, but especially when paired with a softer dress or hair accessory like crystal pins.

For textured hair: There is nothing like natural texture. Whether you prefer to wear your curls up, or let them fall around your shoulders, there is an authentic elegance and confidence to wearing your hair naturally—especially for an event.

Will curly or straight-hair be big?

Embracing your natural texture is always in style. If you feel most yourself and confident with your natural curls, don’t be afraid to stick with those even for a holiday party or event.

As far as hair color trends, what tones are you seeing this season?

During the winter months, you can’t go wrong with rich, warm tones—whether that’s a deep auburn, brunette or golden brown.

Will upsweeps be important?

A sleek bun is an elevated, but still a timeless look and is especially on-trend this season.

We love the beautiful headbands at your salon; are they on-trend for the holidays?

We’re excited we have been able to curate a specific selection of Jennifer Behr’s headbands and hair accessories catered specifically to our salon and clients. There is nothing like a rich, luxe velvet headband or bow to elevate a simple blowout or curls. The classic femininity of a bow in an updo will never go out of style.

Anthony Cristiano is an accomplished hair artist with over 30 years of experience in the fashion and beauty world. He’s worked on numerous fashion editorials, advertising campaigns and with leading national brands.

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