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Text by Michelle Breyer

Photography by Ralph Barrera

The holidays are the perfect time to let your hair down, or put it up, depending on your mood. Curls and kinks lend themselves to either holiday look.

We gathered a group of five women with wavy, curly and kinky hair at Austin's Anne Kelso Salon to show off some fun curly looks, as well as the hottest holiday fashions from The Garden Room.

The theme of the day was a touch of glamour. In some cases, that meant adding a decorative hair pin or jeweled accessory. In others, it meant taking the natural texture up a notch or two. Wavy hair became curlier. Kinky hair was teased out.

"You have a lot of freedom with curly hair," says Jason Kirkpatrick, a curly hair expert at Anne Kelso Salon.

Big bouncy curls are back for the holidays, says Elysa Ross, a makeup artist and master stylist at Another Look Salon in Coral Gables, Fla. To get the look, she suggests using hot rollers or curly irons to repurpose the curls. Then use your fingers to create a tousled look.

Updos are easy with curly hair. One easy, pretty look is to put your hair in a ponytail at the crown. Then take sections of the hair and pin them up.

"It won't necessarily come naturally the first time," Ross says. "But it can be a sexy look."

Special thanks to:

Stylists: Brooke Michie and Jason Israel Kirkpatrick

Makeup artist: Emily Collins

Anne Kelso photo shoot coordinator: Colleen Briggs

The Garden Room: 512-458-5407

Anne Kelso Salon: 512-467-2663

Photographer: Ralph Barrera