Snag George Papanikolas’s Haute Holiday Hair Tips


The holidays are usually packed with dinners, parties, and gift exchanges, making it harder to rock the same hairstyle to each festive fête. Luckily, this special time of the year serves as the perfect excuse to experiment with your tresses. We turned to Matrix celebrity stylist George Papanikolas to upgrade our everyday ‘dos to something that will stun in every picture snapped this season.

Pump Up the Polish – This is the time to ignore the runway rhetoric of sporting major bedhead and allowing frizz to fly free. Don’t be afraid to amplify the volume, pick up a curling iron or even practice your plaiting to craft a cool coif. “Transforming from everyday hair to holiday hair requires it to be a bit more polished than an every day look,” he explained. “A voluminous blow dry, cascading waves, and a loose updo are all perfect holiday looks.”

Toy with Textures – You don’t have to stick to the strand situation you were born with, and playing with textures can make for a magnetic mane that will snap necks. If you want a style with waves, Papanikolas recommends using Matrix Biolage Pliable Paste Matte Texturizer. “This keeps the look modern, and gives a more relaxed look than a traditional up-do,” he said. If you want sleek strands, he suggests spritzing the Matrix Total Results Heat Resistant Iron Tamer Smoothing Lotion to protect and add control.

Style with Sparkle – With sprinkles of fairy dust everywhere, you can instantly infuse your hairstyle with some sparkle to get into the spirit. All it takes in shimmering headband, clip, or even a tiara to get glam. If that’s too much glitter, you can give your hair some serious gloss instead with the brand’s Oil Wonders Egyptian Hibiscus Color Caring Oil. Papanikolas shared, “Prepping the hair before you style with [the oil] gives hair extra vibrancy and shine.”