Your Party Perfect Hair
It can be a mad dash to get party ready – especially when it comes to hair. Here’s how to ensure your tresses are ready for anything this festive season...
For short to medium hair... Tousled Waves
Step 1. Curls are always in for party season, but long gone are the days of sleeping in your rollers. This season is all about the tousled effect! Start by combing through second day hair to ensure there are no tangles and section it into a deep side parting to give height and body.
Step 2. Start by lightly spraying your strands with hairspray before you curl them. Then brush hair again to make sure the product is evenly distributed throughout. This will ensure curls are held in place without any stiffness.
Step 3. Next, curl only the middle to ends of hair using a curling iron with a clamp (pictured below) to help secure hair in place. If you use a curling wand on shorter hair, you risk the chance of burning your fingers as you have less hair to grip when wrapping around the curler. As you get towards the ends, leave a quarter of an inch of hair straight to create small flicks and add a dash of glamour!
Step 4. Once your hair is fully curled, leave locks to cool for around 10 minutes in order to set them in place. Once they are cool, use a soft bristle brush and gently comb out curls out for tousled waves. This will help to add volume to shorter hair. Next, rub a small amount of serum through the ends to keep any frizz at bay. Copy Rachel Mcadams’ demure look by tucking hair behind your ear on one side.
For longer hair... A Sleek Up Do
Step 1. This is a modern twist on an elegant and classic style. Create this look on second day hair for grip and texture as freshly washed locks are too soft.
Step 2. First split your hair into two sections: top and bottom. Begin by gently backcombing the top half of your hair at the crown for volume with a wide toothed comb and use hairspray to set in place. Then, use a comb again to smooth over the top layer of hair. Step 3. Then gather all of your hair into a ponytail, il depending on where you want your French twist to sit (high, low or in the middle) while leaving a few strands loose at the front. Once your ponytail is secure, use this handy French twist tool (pictured right).
Step 4. Unravel the Scunci net and attach it vertically to your hair, starting at the scalp. Next, slide it towards the ends to ensure all strands are secure in the clip and will stay in place. Once you reach the end, roll the clip vertically towards the crown, making sure you smooth any frizz as you go. This tool will create the French roll shape for you, without having to gather up hair yourself! Next, secure with kirby grips (plain or embellished for an extra sparkle!) and gently pull out a few loose strands for a more relaxed vibe.
Step 4. Now this is where we change things up! Instead of neatly pinning the front of your hair into the French roll, focus on the loose strands that were left out of the ponytail. Using tongs on a low heat setting, as the front of your hair is often the most brittle, curl the ends and spritz with hairspray. Gently backcomb them and twist towards the French roll, similar to Kate Winslet. This will help to frame your face and add a touch of volume.