Top Winter Beauty Tricks

Seven ways to break out of a winter beauty rut.


December 16, 2011 11:00 AM

Plaits Please

Oversize, slightly mussed braids — fashioned across the crown or cascading down the back — transformed manes at Valentino and Ruffian for a sophisticated (not schoolgirl) vibe.

GET THE LOOK: "It's a woven look, not a perfect braid," says Kayley Pak of the John Barrett Braid Bar in NYC, who suggests applying pomade to fingers before braiding to ensure a good grip on hair.

MC RECOMMENDS: TRESemmé Fresh Start Smoothing Dry Shampoo, $5; Pureology Colour Stylist Radiance Amplifier, $26; Bumble and Bumble Concen-Straight Smoothing Treatment, $45.