Four styles to take you from desk to dance­floor this fes­tive sea­son

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - FASHION / BEAUTY - Keris Weir, MG Hair Bou­tique, 153e Union Street, Lurgan, tel: 028 3832 5543

Fes­tive tresses need not mean ex­tra stress. Whether you’ve got the time to pull out all the stops with a big and bold ‘do’, or if you only have 15 min­utes to make a quick — but fashionable — dash from the of­fice to the party venue, ei­ther way we’ve got four looks to en­sure you are sea­son­ally stylish.

PLAIT IT UP

For a sim­ple and fuss-free hair style that still man­ages to ooze so­phis­ti­ca­tion and glam­our, try a braided bun. Put your hair into a high pony­tail be­fore plait­ing three or more sec­tions, de­pend­ing on the thick­ness of your mane. Swirl the fin­ished plaits around each other into a bun, and se­cure in place with pins. This look will be great for work... and then the dance­floor.

GET TWISTED

You might think a French twist is a choco­late pas­try to go with your cof­fee, but it’s also a ver­sa­tile and el­e­gant hair­style, per­fect for the Christ­mas party sea­son. Pin your hair into three sec­tions — top, mid­dle, and bot­tom. Spritz some dry sham­poo on each sec­tion to add some body and vol­ume, be­fore tak­ing the mid­dle sec­tion and twist­ing it up, pin­ning it in place. Then take the bot­tom sec­tion, twist­ing the hair up and pin­ning it into the mid­dle, be­fore re­peat­ing with the last re­main­ing top layer, twist­ing it down and over the mid­dle and bot­tom. With just a lit­tle bit of prac­tice, you should end up with a look that re­sem­bles Rachel McA­dams’ neat and stylish look.

SLICK IT BACK

If your hair be­haves, you could plait it the night be­fore to achieve beachy waves, and then pull it all into a slicked back pony, se­cur­ing it in place be­fore tak­ing a sec­tion and wrap­ping it around the bob­ble (to hide it) be­fore se­cur­ing the sec­tion un­der­neath the bob­ble with a pin. If you’re hair doesn’t want to play ball, don’t panic. Sim­ply pull your tresses into a slicked back pony first, be­fore us­ing a curling tong to add some waves and def­i­ni­tion, and mak­ing sure it is set well with hair­spray.

BIG HAIR, DON’T CARE

No mat­ter what time of the year it is, big hair is al­ways in. This look will take a lit­tle ex­tra time, so un­less you plan on wear­ing rollers to the of­fice, you might want to keep this one for the week­end. Start off by roughly dry­ing your hair us­ing a root-boost­ing styling prod­uct to add vol­ume, then work­ing from the front to the back, take inch-sized sec­tions and wrap them around a medium-sized con­i­cal styling wand from root to tip, se­cur­ing com­pleted girls with a clip. When com­plete, leave the grips in for 10 min­utes and spray with some vol­ume hold hair­spray. Re­move the clips, tip your head up­side down and shake those girls out, run­ning your fingers through the curls to sep­a­rate them. For ex­tra glam­our, use a lit­tle serum on your fingers to add more shine and gloss.

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