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