<p>Brendan Buoni prepped her hair with Osis Undercoat, and smoothed it down with a blowout. He used a crimping iron to give texture, grip, and added volume at her base. Sectioning a circle at the crown and securing into a high pony, he then sectioned out a few pieces around her hairline in the front and back for softness. He took a section from eyebrow to eyebrow, teased lightly, over directing back for volume and directional control. I secured the section with a hairpin and began to create ridges in the hair, solidifying with Keune Super Hairspray. He took the remaining hair in the ponytail and began wrapping, twisting, and creating ridges to make a textured high bun. The pieces left out were curled and gently brushed out for loose texture</p>

Brendan Buoni prepped her hair with Osis Undercoat, and smoothed it down with a blowout. He used a crimping iron to give texture, grip, and added volume at her base. Sectioning a circle at the crown and securing into a high pony, he then sectioned out a few pieces around her hairline in the front and back for softness. He took a section from eyebrow to eyebrow, teased lightly, over directing back for volume and directional control. I secured the section with a hairpin and began to create ridges in the hair, solidifying with Keune Super Hairspray. He took the remaining hair in the ponytail and began wrapping, twisting, and creating ridges to make a textured high bun. The pieces left out were curled and gently brushed out for loose texture

<p>Cate Torrealba began with a simple beach wave to give the hair a bit of texture and movement. She parted off from the ears forward and split the back in half and clipped the top section out of the way, then created rope braids on the bottom section, pulled them apart to expand the braid and bobby pinned them together. Taking the top section down in the back, she created two twists towards the center of the style, expanded them for volume and pinned them in place. She then twisted my side sections and weaved them into the style, securing each twist with a bobby pin. Using some jewels from a local craft store, she secured sparkles with a high hold gel.</p>

Cate Torrealba began with a simple beach wave to give the hair a bit of texture and movement. She parted off from the ears forward and split the back in half and clipped the top section out of the way, then created rope braids on the bottom section, pulled them apart to expand the braid and bobby pinned them together. Taking the top section down in the back, she created two twists towards the center of the style, expanded them for volume and pinned them in place. She then twisted my side sections and weaved them into the style, securing each twist with a bobby pin. Using some jewels from a local craft store, she secured sparkles with a high hold gel.

<p>Kayla Nelson wanted a look that screamed, New Year&rsquo;s Eve Gala, and still true to her boho style. She created two small rope braids. She wrapped them both in thin, silver cording. Next, she braided a 3 strand Dutch crown braid, weaving the smaller rope braids in and out of the larger braid. She continued wrapping the braided ends and pinned them into place. She placed hair accessories in and around the interior of her braid to give her braided holiday crown an even more majestic feel. To she mixed a silver glitter powder with Aveda&rsquo;s liquid gel Confixer, until I had a paintable consistency and accented the movement of the braid with a small paintbrush.</p>

Kayla Nelson wanted a look that screamed, New Year’s Eve Gala, and still true to her boho style. She created two small rope braids. She wrapped them both in thin, silver cording. Next, she braided a 3 strand Dutch crown braid, weaving the smaller rope braids in and out of the larger braid. She continued wrapping the braided ends and pinned them into place. She placed hair accessories in and around the interior of her braid to give her braided holiday crown an even more majestic feel. To she mixed a silver glitter powder with Aveda’s liquid gel Confixer, until I had a paintable consistency and accented the movement of the braid with a small paintbrush.

<p>Sara Lopez used hair extensions for that fullness and length. She curled hair with a wand to create that loose, lived-in curls and used a ton of texture spray. She created 2 twists on the top and fluffed it out and then 2 Fishtail braids and a very loose pull through braid on the bottom with that petal chain organically intertwined.</p>

Sara Lopez used hair extensions for that fullness and length. She curled hair with a wand to create that loose, lived-in curls and used a ton of texture spray. She created 2 twists on the top and fluffed it out and then 2 Fishtail braids and a very loose pull through braid on the bottom with that petal chain organically intertwined.

<p>Sara Ortega started creating volume on the top section of the head using KENRA volume 25 at the roots and backcombing for grip on the bobby pins to hold when creating and pinning. She grabbed a section of hair in the middle, tied with an elastic and created a braid. She used working wax while braiding to tame flyaways. Wrap braid from the botton to the base to create a flower like form and pin at the base. For the stem, create topsy tails and pull to create fullness.</p>

Sara Ortega started creating volume on the top section of the head using KENRA volume 25 at the roots and backcombing for grip on the bobby pins to hold when creating and pinning. She grabbed a section of hair in the middle, tied with an elastic and created a braid. She used working wax while braiding to tame flyaways. Wrap braid from the botton to the base to create a flower like form and pin at the base. For the stem, create topsy tails and pull to create fullness.

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<p>Brendan Buoni prepped her hair with Osis Undercoat, and smoothed it down with a blowout. He used a crimping iron to give texture, grip, and added volume at her base. Sectioning a circle at the crown and securing into a high pony, he then sectioned out a few pieces around her hairline in the front and back for softness. He took a section from eyebrow to eyebrow, teased lightly, over directing back for volume and directional control. I secured the section with a hairpin and began to create ridges in the hair, solidifying with Keune Super Hairspray. He took the remaining hair in the ponytail and began wrapping, twisting, and creating ridges to make a textured high bun. The pieces left out were curled and gently brushed out for loose texture</p>
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Brendan Buoni prepped her hair with Osis Undercoat, and smoothed it down with a blowout. He used a crimping iron to give texture, grip, and added volume at her base. Sectioning a circle at the crown and securing into a high pony, he then sectioned out a few pieces around her hairline in the front and back for softness. He took a section from eyebrow to eyebrow, teased lightly, over directing back for volume and directional control. I secured the section with a hairpin and began to create ridges in the hair, solidifying with Keune Super Hairspray. He took the remaining hair in the ponytail and began wrapping, twisting, and creating ridges to make a textured high bun. The pieces left out were curled and gently brushed out for loose texture

<p>Cate Torrealba began with a simple beach wave to give the hair a bit of texture and movement. She parted off from the ears forward and split the back in half and clipped the top section out of the way, then created rope braids on the bottom section, pulled them apart to expand the braid and bobby pinned them together. Taking the top section down in the back, she created two twists towards the center of the style, expanded them for volume and pinned them in place. She then twisted my side sections and weaved them into the style, securing each twist with a bobby pin. Using some jewels from a local craft store, she secured sparkles with a high hold gel.</p>
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Cate Torrealba began with a simple beach wave to give the hair a bit of texture and movement. She parted off from the ears forward and split the back in half and clipped the top section out of the way, then created rope braids on the bottom section, pulled them apart to expand the braid and bobby pinned them together. Taking the top section down in the back, she created two twists towards the center of the style, expanded them for volume and pinned them in place. She then twisted my side sections and weaved them into the style, securing each twist with a bobby pin. Using some jewels from a local craft store, she secured sparkles with a high hold gel.

<p>Kayla Nelson wanted a look that screamed, New Year&rsquo;s Eve Gala, and still true to her boho style. She created two small rope braids. She wrapped them both in thin, silver cording. Next, she braided a 3 strand Dutch crown braid, weaving the smaller rope braids in and out of the larger braid. She continued wrapping the braided ends and pinned them into place. She placed hair accessories in and around the interior of her braid to give her braided holiday crown an even more majestic feel. To she mixed a silver glitter powder with Aveda&rsquo;s liquid gel Confixer, until I had a paintable consistency and accented the movement of the braid with a small paintbrush.</p>
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Kayla Nelson wanted a look that screamed, New Year’s Eve Gala, and still true to her boho style. She created two small rope braids. She wrapped them both in thin, silver cording. Next, she braided a 3 strand Dutch crown braid, weaving the smaller rope braids in and out of the larger braid. She continued wrapping the braided ends and pinned them into place. She placed hair accessories in and around the interior of her braid to give her braided holiday crown an even more majestic feel. To she mixed a silver glitter powder with Aveda’s liquid gel Confixer, until I had a paintable consistency and accented the movement of the braid with a small paintbrush.

<p>Sara Lopez used hair extensions for that fullness and length. She curled hair with a wand to create that loose, lived-in curls and used a ton of texture spray. She created 2 twists on the top and fluffed it out and then 2 Fishtail braids and a very loose pull through braid on the bottom with that petal chain organically intertwined.</p>
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Sara Lopez used hair extensions for that fullness and length. She curled hair with a wand to create that loose, lived-in curls and used a ton of texture spray. She created 2 twists on the top and fluffed it out and then 2 Fishtail braids and a very loose pull through braid on the bottom with that petal chain organically intertwined.

<p>Sara Ortega started creating volume on the top section of the head using KENRA volume 25 at the roots and backcombing for grip on the bobby pins to hold when creating and pinning. She grabbed a section of hair in the middle, tied with an elastic and created a braid. She used working wax while braiding to tame flyaways. Wrap braid from the botton to the base to create a flower like form and pin at the base. For the stem, create topsy tails and pull to create fullness.</p>
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Sara Ortega started creating volume on the top section of the head using KENRA volume 25 at the roots and backcombing for grip on the bobby pins to hold when creating and pinning. She grabbed a section of hair in the middle, tied with an elastic and created a braid. She used working wax while braiding to tame flyaways. Wrap braid from the botton to the base to create a flower like form and pin at the base. For the stem, create topsy tails and pull to create fullness.

The top 10 semifinalists were asked to create their best style on holiday-party-prepped hair for the second Party Pretty Challenge. This group of 10 semifinalists not only earn major bragging rights, but they also receive incredible prizes, including a gift box packed with goodies (we’re not kidding, it’s PACKED) from some of our favorites—Manic Panic ProfessionalEvoPureologyGoldwellMoroccanoilOuidad and Alterna. These pro beauty brands pulled out all the stops to gift this group with the goodies to help up their styling business and create polished, picture-perfect finishes.

After submitting their next challenge, the looks were judged by MODERN SALON editors and Artist Connective judges—Sydney Lopez (@sydneyannlopezhair), Alison Valsamis (@braidedandblonde), Natalie Thomas (@bridal_bynatalie), Melanie Sorrow (@melaniesorrowhair), and Shelby Weatherholtz (@shelbyweatherholtzhair)—for their shape, neatness, and overall style and festiveness.  

Five finalists will move on to the next round to participate in a challenge, sponsored by HairUWear Pro

The Party Pretty Finalists are:

Brendan Buoni

Sara Ortega

Cate Torrealba

Kayla Nelson

Sara Lopez

The week of October 21-25, public voting will open. Vote for your favorite look by 11:59 p.m. CST on November 4. Our grand-prize winner will be announced November 5!

ONE LAST THING: Missed out on the first round of the Party Pretty contest? Didn’t make it into our top 10? You can still win! Enter the Party Pretty Giveaway October 5 through November 7 for the chance to win a gift box of products and tools from our sponsors.

One lucky winner of this sweepstakes will win products ranging from hair accessories, tools, or stylers, valued at a minimum of $100.