An all down hairstyle with the right amount of body.

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Formal Down Hairstyle for Gala
Credit: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Wardrobe/Hair/Makeup: Celine Russell/Zenobia

Spread good cheer in high style at Nashville's Symphony Ball. This December gala honors the cultural mission of the symphony while also raising money for its music and educational programs. Once you've found the perfect dress, you need a hairstyle to go with it. Mandy Burnett, owner of Harper & Olive Salon, chooses a sleek, polished all-down hairstyle to emphasize the elegance of the event—and it will flow just as easily throughout the night, from dinner to dancing. The key to this effortless-looking hairstyle is the ultimate hold. You don't want crunchy hair from a whole can of hairspray, so Mandy uses two different sprays to get exactly the right amount of hold. Mandy Burnett shares the products and tricks she uses to achieve this look.

Step 1

Start with day-old hair treated with minimal products. Your hair will hold the style better due to the natural oils that have built up. This doesn't mean that you should work with day-old hair that has been put through the ringer. Wash your hair the night before and you should have the perfect balance of natural oils to help your hair hold the style with fewer products.

Step 2

Spray hair with Pantene Pro-V Smooth and Sleek Heat Protection Spray. This product will keep your hair healthy as you use your curling iron.

Step 3

Divide your hair into sections. Start with the bottom layer of the hair (clipping up top layers and then bringing them down piece by piece as you work your way up), and curl each section using a 1- to 1 ½- inch-barrel curling iron or wand. Be sure to turn iron in same direction each time. Then apply The One by Frédéric Fekkai One To Hold Hairspray.

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Step 4

Use a soft-bristle brush to gently comb through the curls, keeping a uniform pattern. Finish look with TRESemmé Tres Two Spray Extra Firm Control. Add a hair accessory, if desired.