After months of sweatpants, minimal makeup, and messy buns, the time has come to let our hair down and rediscover our sparkle.

Even if holiday plans still keep us close to home, bidding a not-so-fond farewell to 2020 and ringing in the new year warrants a fresh new look and outlook. For the latest trends in holiday hair and makeup, we consulted with Jody Hamilton, Public Relations Director for Omagi Salon Spa, and Jill Higginbotham, Owner/Master Stylist/Makeup Artist at J Michael’s Spa & Salon.

Omagi Salon Spa

Omagi Salon Spa, an Aveda™ Lifestyle Salon located at Paddock Shops, is co-owned by 2nd generation hairstylist Marian Sang-Knepshield. Marian is also a Co-Owner and Educator at Ideal Beauty Academy. She shares ownership of the businesses with her mother, who opened Kentucky’s first day spa in the 1960s. Omagi PR Director Jody Hamilton has spent twenty-five years in the beauty industry, working in Los Angeles, New York, and Europe as a colorist, cosmetologist, and beauty journalist.

When asked about the latest in makeup and hair for this month, a clear theme emerged in Jody’s responses: enhancing natural beauty. Omagi Salon Spa offers full makeup services one-on-one in a private room, complete with makeup lessons. Due to mask-wearing, eyes get almost all the attention. Brow threading and waxing techniques, along with brow and lash tinting, help achieve a more natural look. A Sugarlash Lift can “make natural lashes appear longer, lifted, and curled.” For drama, try the quick VoMor Lash Extensions service, a winged liquid eyeliner look, or glitter eyeliner.

Natural hair gets a festive twinkling from trendy gold and rose gold hair clips. “Textured hair is all the rage,” says Jody, whether achieved “with perms, a curling iron, or products to enhance natural wave.” A fresh cut, color, or extensions give the hair some bounce and healthy shine, along with a Brazilian Blowout or Keratin Complex treatment to reduce frizz. Warm tones are back in hair color with gingers, nut browns, and lowlights. Balayage is best closer to natural hair color for low maintenance between salon visits. On December 10, Omagi guests who spend $75 or more on Aveda™ products will receive a free full-size Aveda™ botanical repair™ strengthening leave-in treatment while supplies last. Visit and follow @OmagiSalon on Facebook and Instagram for more.

J Michael’s Spa & Salon

J Michael’s Spa & Salon, owned by Jill Higginbotham and Kara Biery, is located in the heart of St. Matthews. Their fully-licensed and trusted team of beauty professionals ensures that you are “always protected and kept safe” through each visit. J Michael’s provides secure spaces with mask-wearing and clean, UV-sanitized ventilation to help you feel more comfortable supporting the beauty industry through these difficult times.

Jill concurs that eyes are the focus for Holiday 2020, instead of the traditional red lip/contoured and highlighted cheek look. Also gone is the ubiquitous “Instagram brow” of the last five years or so. Brows are fuller and more natural but still well-groomed with microblading, waxing, and tinting. “Lashes make eyes sparkle and pop over masks.”

Approximately 50% of women have not returned to a salon since March of this year. “Come back in for a balayage and get your hair back to healthy with a professional stylist,” urges Jill. She sees a coloring trend in neutral to warm blondes and neutral brown. Two distinct hairstyles have reemerged this winter: 1970’s-inspired bigger, layered hair and the super-sleek straight hair of the early 2000s. Hair jewelry is also in vogue. In appreciation of Louisvillians’ support of independently owned local businesses, J Michael’s Spa & Salon offers gift wrapping, free delivery, and curbside service with their gift sets to make holiday shopping a breeze. Follow @jmichaelsspaandsalon on Facebook and Instagram. For more on products and services or to book a reservation, visit

Posted on 2020-12-02 by By Dawn Anderson | Courtesy Photos