As the holiday season starts to approach, so does my desire to polish up my look. Let's face it: nothing pulls together a party-ready look quite like a chic and sophisticated hairstyle. So whether you plan on sporting a bombshell blowout or a sleek and stylish high bun, there are certain products you need to have on hand to create the right styles that work in any festive situation. Check out these tips from John Frieda International Creative Consultant, Harry Josh (along with a few of my own) to keep you dazzling with style throughout all your fun festivities!

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Hair serum 1

Hair serum

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“First off, everyone should have a serum-on hand to keep hair smooth and sleek since harsh winter weather can create unwanted static,” says Harry Josh who recommends John Frieda’s Original Frizz –Ease Serum ($8).

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Hairspray 2

Hairspray

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Make sure to have a strong but flexible hold hairspray, like L’Oréal Paris Elnett Extra Strong Hold Unscented Hairspray ($15), to help hold your holiday hairstyles. The strong hold last for hours without leaving the white flakes or stiffness that comes with most sprays.

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Curling iron 3

Curling iron

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Whether you’re wearing your hair up or down, nothing says party-ready quite like voluminous textured strands. Not good with the curling iron? Then try an easy and fool-proof clasp-less wand like Conair Infinit Pro “You Curl” Tournaline Ceramic Curling Iron ($27) to help create sexy waves or loose, glamour curls.

Heat protective 4

Heat protective

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Chances are you’ll be doing a lot of heat-styling this holiday season. So to keep strands smooth and healthy, apply a heat protective, like TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer spray ($5). This formula creates a barrier on your strands that helps guard  against heat styling damage and friction to keep hair, healthy, shiny and incredibly smooth.

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Volume booster 5

Volume booster

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If you have fine, thin tresses and are looking to sport some big, sexy hair at your next holiday party, make sure to have a volume booster, like Redken guts 10 volume spray foam ($17). Simply spray some onto damp roots before blow drying for an instant lift and all over volume.

Boar bristle brush 6

Boar bristle brush

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When it comes to blow drying you can’t just rely on any ol’ brush to get you the smooth and sleek results you’re looking for. “I suggest investing in a premium quality round boar bristle brush,” says Josh. “They’re great for heat styling because the individual bristles are packed close together.” Try Sephora Collection Round Bristle Brush ($22).

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Blow-dryer 7

Blow-dryer

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The same rule of thumb applies for your hot tools. “A high-quality blow dryer will speed up your dry time (giving you more time to find the perfect holiday outfit), and the high wattage will enhance hair’s shine,” says Josh. Try the Solano 3200 Top Power Hair Dryer ($119)

Forming wax 8

Forming wax

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For shorter hairstyles, try a hairstyling cream or forming wax like Frederic Fekkai Coiff Nonchalent Piecing & Forming Wax ($25) to create a textured style that looks sexy and effortless.