The holiday season means you’re eating way too many sugar cookies, shopping compulsively online and getting invited to a ton of parties — from the ugly sweater jam at your friend’s loft to the bubbly-filled swanky office affair. It’s hard to keep your social calendar straight. But one thing is clear: You need a hairstyle that can be done in minutes before heading to your next soiree.

 

“Instead of sweeping your hair up into a complicated updo, why not leave it down?” says hair expert Jenny Balding, a senior stylist at Cutler Salons. She suggests the luxurious off-the-face blow dry that was all over the fall runways. “It looks effortless, but it’s definitely glam,” says Balding, adding that if your hair is already straight, “You can do this style in the office bathroom before heading out.” Sold!

 

Click through for the step-by-step instructions on how to create this look.