This is how we (hair)do it for the holidays

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OK, you have the invite.

You even have the dress.

Now what are you going to do about your hair?

Holiday happenings call for holiday hair — something a little special, a little different, a little more coiffed.

"This year I like modernizing classics," said Hollis P. Hankins Jr., owner of Fort Lauderdale's Farenheit salon. "Like chic bobs, but very refined, very soft. This whole season has been about clean classics; very Veronica Lake and Grace Kelly."

The bob is also back over at Paul James Salon & Bronze Tanning in Fort Lauderdale.

"For holiday, we're looking at the classic simple bob with no layering, but maybe some stacking or wedging," said co-owner Paul Huether. "We're creating a very asymmetrical look."

So is it all about retro hair? You bet, but not as "perfect" as the past.

"It's a classic up 'do," said Lee Chilcote of the Robert Allen Salon & Spa on the Galt Ocean Mile. "You're taking hair and twisting, teasing and swirling it in a old-fashioned Gibson girl. But this is more sleek. You're taking an old idea and making it new again. It has to be balanced. The hairstylist really has to use the mirror. You're using lots of hair accessories. It's asymmetrical. The proportions have to work with her face and even her shoulders."

Boca Raton stylist Donna Pascoe is taking it old school, too.

"Looks for our holiday season are soft cascading curls pinned up to make long hair appear short. Very gentle curls. Lots of waves. Lots of old '30s looks. Pin-curl sets with beautiful headbands."

Pascoe also said that her stylists love adding texture to holiday hairstyles with old basics like finger waves, French twists and even full perms.

"We're even going back to the '80s Mohawk look," Pascoe said. "And lots of accessories in the hair."

The past rears its pretty head again with the return of bangs.

"Bangs are back. Bangs are in," said Karline Rickettsof Karline's of the Palm Beaches. "You have the short bangs, the bangs that are on the eyebrows and then you have the swoop, which is classic and neatly tucked under the ear. Or you can have the concave bang that curves with the shape of the face. It's very sexy to have some hair falling over the face."

Of course, the cut and style is only two thirds of the story.

"We like richer, darker hair colors," said Hankins of Farenheit. "Especially the coffee and espresso browns and russet reds. The spice colors really. I call them culinary colors."

Huether of Paul James Salon agrees with the spice hues and adds: "Vibrant single-process colors are big now ... even an icy platinum blond will complement a classic look."

Pascoe's salon uses environment-friendly hair dyes in her salon (using plant and fish extracts).

"It's more organic and gives you a matte color, which is very hot right now. Something with a translucency. We're killing off the golden tones and heading toward something a little more slate."

For the guys trying to get their glam on during the celebratory season:

"For men, it's old glamour, too," said Hankins. "A slick part that's a little messed-up in the back, just a little texture. It's old Hollywood glam like Cary Grant and Glenn Ford and those stars from the '40s and '50s. Not so short though. Men's hair is more mid-length. You should look like you are just a week from needing a haircut. It's very Rat Pack-ish."

Huether added, "Men's hair is getting longer and shaggier, but even though it's more wispy, it's not so long you couldn't slick it back on New Year's Eve — with lots of texture."

Rod Stafford Hagwood can be reached at fashionguy@sun-sentinel.com or 954-356-4721.

Holiday Hair Watch video on how to get coiffed at home. Sun-Sentinel.com/thefabulousreport

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