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Lighten up your look and add a dose of sunshine to your mood with sun-kissed color highlights, then create a softer you with these easy-to-do styling tips.

 
Fabulous hair can boost your confidence, but that doesn’t mean you should focus only a great cut. Always take your hair color into consideration as well. If you’re like me, you crave the summer months, and you miss the warmth, the sunshine, the fresh air... there isn’t much about summer I don’t enjoy. So I take what I love from that sunny season and apply it to the more subdued fall and winter months.
 
In the winter, like the weather itself, we tend to get the hair “blahs.” To chase the blues away, I always brighten my hair (and my mood) by adding some subtle, natural highlights, which always make the hair look a bit sun-kissed. Experimenting with color tones or undertones also is an option for women with red or dark hair.
 
Sometimes, just a splash of color drama is all that is needed to inspire a new look and add sparkle. But if you want to take this idea a bit further, try the backcombing and large-curls finger-pulling techniques described below to achieve a more relaxed appearance.
 
In this way, you can have a great hair day every day of the coming season. It’s simple, it’s fun, and it’s an easy way to make a positive difference in your look — and how you feel about yourself. Here are some examples for inspiration.
     
 
     
Jocelyn has found a way to make summer last all year round. Her all-one-length hair is highlighted with a gorgeous sandy blond hue (not far from her summer hair color) — heavier in the front to make her hair look smoother and softer, less in the back for a more subtle, natural look. We used hot rollers to create the large curls (which are finger-combed) and parted her hair to the side for the face-first look.
 
Tori’s layered hair has a winning look with its updated feather cut and tipped highlights. Small pieces are pulled out all over her head and highlighted much lighter than her base color. The darker underneath color makes her hair appear thicker and fuller. Tori’s coif is simply blown dry with a large round brush, lightly sprayed for control, and a small amount of spray gloss is applied to intensify the color.
     
 
     
Brandi’s look is red hot with her fiery auburn hair, and her skin color is a perfect match with this lighter, warmer shade of red. A redhead definitely attracts attention and can be absolutely gorgeous when the correct hue is used. Adding some blond highlights that mix nicely with her base color further pumps up her look.
 
Jennifer’s dark-brown mane is layered, long, and lush. Her extremely straight hair appears quite touchable, softened by large curls and a few lowlights (pieces of hair that are darker than your base color) added to create depth and volume. We combed toward the roots (also referred to as back-combing) the top of her hair and smoothed it to achieve height and fullness, then used a hairspray mist to let the hair flow freely while preserving its shape.
     
     
When you say “blond bombshell,” well, you mean someone who looks a lot like Brielle. Her hair color is the ultimate hue for her skin tone and eye color. All three work together to frame Brielle’s outstanding face. The front of her hair was backcombed, and then large sidepieces were gently pulled back and secured together. The final front section was smoothed over the top and sides and sprayed with an ultra-hold hairspray.
 
Elisabeth’s loose, side-swept hairdo will definitely be a crowd-pleaser at any formal affair. Her healthy black hair is thick, full, and of one consistent color base. The natural color of her eyes, skin, and eyebrows work together with this dark coloring. The front section of hair is separated and pinned forward, while the remaining hair is swept up into a loose French roll. To do this, the front of the hair is unpinned and side parted, then those end pieces are tucked behind her ears for a softer, more touchable French roll style.
     

Winter Hair-Rejuvenating Tips

1. Warm color highlights make hair look healthier because they reflect more light.
2. If your hair is extremely frizzy, stay away from ultra-light highlights. Darker is better for you and makes the hair appear smoother and thicker.
3. Ultra-mild shampoos will help hold you color longer. Use shampoos and conditioners that are specifically designed for color-treated hair.
4. Use less hair product so it won’t weigh down your locks.
 

CREDITS
Models: Jocelyn Story (current Miss Colorado Outstanding Teen); Tori Carter (Miss Colorado Teen USA 2004); Brandi Hunt (current Mrs. New Mexico America); Jennifer LaMont (current Mrs. Colorado America); Brielle Cotterman (Miss Indiana America, 2nd Runner-up, Photogenic winner); Elisabeth Cartmill (Mrs. Colorado America 2003, Photogenic winner) • Hair and makeup: Laura Slifer, Michael Bondi, and RaeAnne Smith Duca • Photography: Kristianna Nichols

     

Kristianna Nichols is one of the country’s new beauty experts. She is a former Mrs. America, NFL cheerleader, professional model and commercial actress. Kristianna has had her own TV talk show and was a popular entertainment reporter for the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis before moving to Vail, Colorado. She has hosted many TV shows, from Mainstreet USA to On The Move. She is the president and CEO of Noble Tress beauty company and the inventor of “Kristianna’s Crown.”

     

Additional Hair Articles

Read More HAIR Articles: Cool Hairstyles for Pageants, Prom, or Fashion

 

Winter 2013

Waves of Glamour

Take a page from the classic summer styles this season and invoke the old Hollywood style of loose, flowing hair for your competitions and events.

By Yulia Konstantinova-Riebman

 

Fall 2013

Baby's Got Bounce

Bring back the loose, lively curls of your youth for a convenient and fun look for any occasion this fall.

By Kristy Schanel

 

Summer 2013

No Faux Pas Faux Bob

You don’t have to chop that gorgeous long hair to achieve a short look to remain cool and fun this summer.

By Kristy Schanel

 

Spring 2013

Tressed to Impress

This season, be adventurous with your hairstyles and try something that you’ve never tried before, because after all—it’s just hair.

By Kristy Schanel

 

The Showcase Showdown

With so many new looks and styles to choose from this year, your options are limitless for your Prom or any formal event this year.

By Kristy Schanel

 

Winter 2012

TIME TO LOOSEN UP

Since the weather is so much nicer to us in the winter, we should take advantage and let our hair down.

By Kristy Schanel

 

Fall 2012

Straight to the Point

Simple doesn’t have to mean boring when it comes to your hairstyle, as the fall is combining straight and easy with rich and lustrous.

By Whitney Weatherington

 

Summer 2012

Catching the Waves

Nothing says summer season hairstyling like turning your hair into breathtaking waves with very little to no effort at all.

By Whitney Weatherington

 

Spring 2012

Wave After Wave

Soft waves can provide just the right playfulness to perfect your spring season prom or runway ready hairstyle.

By Whitney Weatherington

 

Tressed to the Nines

Our hair stylists developed nine incredibly easy-to-replicate looks for you to shine at your Prom, Pageant or glamorous formal event.

By Whitney Weatherington

 

Winter 2011

WE’RE ON A VICTORY ROLL

Evoking the 1940s for a winter style will give you big volume and bigger compliments for any of your holiday season occasions.

By Whitney Weatherington

 

Fall 2011

Coming Back Around

Styles are cyclical and you shouldn’t have to look overdone to find the right classic look for your event.

By Paulo Figueiredo

 

Summer 2011

Step to the Side

Just because you have to protect your hair from the damaging summer season, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have some fun.

By Paulo Figueiredo

 

Spring 2011

Bringing Back the Buns

Carrying over from the success of the fall season should be no problem for this convenient and classic hairstyle.

By Cari Redington

 

Borrowing from the Classics

For this prom season, our style experts called on some past successes and combined them with fresh new twists.

By Paulo Figueiredo

 

Winter 2010

Staying Soft and Feminine

The goal for this season’s hairstyles is to focus on your gowns, your accessories, and your best natural asset—you.

By Cari Redington

 

Fall 2010

Refine is Devine

This season’s hairstyles prove that you can create a strong look by using soft techniques.

By Paulo Figueiredo

 

Summer 2010

Turning Heads

Quick and easy summer styles will help you become the center of attention no matter where you’re going.

By Paulo Figueiredo

 

Spring 2010

Straight to the Curls

While a sleek, long hairstyle sounds simple, it could be a girl’s most important accessory in capturing the Judges’ attention.

By Paulo Figueiredo

 

Putting the YOU in Unique

Our hair experts developed incredibly creative and simple looks for you to shine at your prom and all of your most important formal events.

By Paulo Figueiredo

 

Winter 2009

Things are Shaping Up

Your hair is the frame of your face, and there’s no reason it can’t be a work of art in itself.

By Paulo Figueiredo

 

Fall 2009

It’s Time to Be Short

Even with long hair, you have plenty of options to keep with this fall season’s increasingly popular short hairstyles.

By Marlon Molina

 

Summer 2009

Simply Summer Styling

With hot weather comes pools and the beach, and you’ll need to take the proper steps in protecting your timeless surf styles.

By Marlon Molina

 

Spring 2009

Hot and Healthy

Backstage experts leak the styles and products for the hottest homemade looks.

By Christina M. Kane

 

Spring 2009

Fashion Forward Prom

There are a variety of hot styles for 2009, so why not infuse your prom look with some Fashion Week glam?

By Lilliam Penaloza

 

Winter 2008

An Evening to Remember

Starting from scratch, it's not hard to put together the perfect look for any formal affair. Follow our how to advice, step-by-step, to achieve an evening look to remember.

By Myriam Fux

 

Fall 2008

Put Your Fresh Face Forward

With proper maintenance, nurturing and hair care, this season’s hottest looks can be yours with ease.

By Christina Kane

 

Summer 2008

Turning Back the Clock

Straight or curly, the key to this summer’s look requires a little trip back in time.

By Christina Kane

 

Spring 2008

You Say You Want an Evolution?

Here are 3 ideas for easy step-by-step makeovers.

By Christina Kane

 

Fall 2007

4 Fall LifeSavers

Summer hair – it’s faded, it’s fried… it’s split ends galore. Say no to frizzies.

By Ernie McCraw

 

Summer 2007

Go with the Glow

Miss SC USA helps us unveil six summer looks that range from a loose side-swept pony to braids with panache.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Spring 2007

Shapely Tresses

Want a hairstyle that's uniquely you? Let your facial structure help determine the right 'do.

By Tracey Lange

 

Anything Goes

Achieving knock-out hair like red-carpet celebrities no longer requires following strict rules. Just let these easy looks - and some professional styling help - be your guide.

By Phillip Fife

 

Style Setting Sisters

Because prom season requires some of the most personal beauty decisions you’ll ever face, we thought it might be fun to compare alternative looks on three duos who share the same gene pool.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Extensions That Work

Want a longer thicker hairstyle without literally tearing your hair out? The answer is simple - use the new quick and easy hot Strands kits.

 

Winter 2006

Hairstyles

'Tis the Season to Dazzle

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Fall 2006

Hairstyles

5 Hollywood-Inspired Head-Turners.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Summer 2006

It’s All in Your Head

Summer's the time to start fresh with trendy hairstyles designed for your face shape and unique features

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Spring 2006

Prom Hair: Luscious Looks for Your Locks

Long before the fun begins, let your hair in on the party by trying these five doable hairstyles from Pageantry & PromTime’s photo shoot hair-and-makeup guru.

By Tracy Lange

 

Spring 2006

In Search of the Radiant Self

Achieve a hairstyle worthy of any special occasion through exploration and self-discovery.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Winter 2005

Washing Those Winter Hair Blues Away

Lighten up your look and add a dose of sunshine to your mood with sun-kissed color highlights, then create a softer you with these easy-to-do styling tips.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Fall 2005

Finding What Works for You

“If you’ve got it, flaunt it,” the saying goes, and these six sexy hairdos do exactly that, letting each woman take advantage of her own mane assets.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Summer 2005

Surviving Summer’s Swoon: The Root of the Matter

These hot hairdos help ensure your locks will withstand the seasonal onslaught.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Spring 2005

The Return of The New Classics

For prom and beyond, today's hot hairdos take a step back in time, while taking little time to do.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Winter 2004

Party Hardy Hairdos

Head-turning prom and social occasion hair looks are only a ponytail away.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Fall 2004

Cool Hairstyles

A Cool Change: Add some attitude and dimension to your hair with these six super prom hairdos.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Summer 2004

Making Waves

Two state Teen USA winners show the perfect hairdos for Swimsuit.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Spring 2004

Investigate These Hairstyles For Prom  

Waves in prom hairstyles are making a strong comeback for the warmer months ahead.

by Tami Crosby

 

Spring 2004

The Right Tresses For Prom Dresses 

Long and lush prom hair looks are the glam alternative to everyday practical ponytails.

by Kristianna Nichols

 

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