The countdown to your New Year’s Eve bash has begun. You’re just hours away from pop, fizz, clink, and you’ve got a stunning ensemble ready to go, a killer cat eye to pair it with and maybe even a sparkly champagne manicure to show off. All that’s left is a New Year’s Eve party worthy ‘do and you’ll be celebrating the start of 2014 in style. Since the braid played a starring role in 2013 and shows no signs of giving up the stage in 2014, we called in two of our favorite hair masters, Tara Shakespeare and Emma Willis, to show us some braided hairstyles fit for an NYE fête.

The Multi-Braided Bun

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  1. Section off ¼ of your hair from behind one of your ears. French braid that section.
  2. Pull the top section into a sock bun. Leave two small sections of hair out of the bun, you’ll braid those later.
  3. Wrap the French braid around the front of the sock bun and pin it into the bun.
  4. Braid a small section of the remaining loose hair from behind the other ear. Wrap it around the back of the bun and pin in place.
  5. Braid the final piece in front and pin it into the bun. Professional hair artist Emma Willis smoothed down a few flyways and set it all in place with a spritz of L’Oréal Elnett Hairspray Extra Strong Hold.
 

The Braided Half-Do

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  1. Section the hair at the top your head into three parts.
  2. Section the back from ear to ear. Secure the top section and the back with a hair tie or clip.
  3. Begin French braiding on of the sides. Once you get past your ear, transition to a regular braid. Repeat on the other side and tie off the ends.
  4. Spray hair with a heat protectant like Matrix Biolage Thermal Active Setting Spray or Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray and flat iron the back until smooth.
  5. Backcomb the middle section. For extra body, blast the roots with a thickening spray first. Professional hair stylist Tara Shakespeare used Redken Quick Tease 15 to create lift.
  6. Pull the braids to meet in the middle and secure them with bobby pins over the top section. Insert the bobby pins directly into the center of the braid to hide the pins.
 
How will you ring in the New Year? Tell us how you plan to celebrate in the comments below.
 
Photos: Joshua M Shelton Photography
Makeup: Tara Shakespeare for Contour Fossa, Emma Willis for Contour Fossa
Model: Jessica Courtemanche