Whether it’s quick-fix tips to transform your hair for that after-work do, salon-quality products to ensure your tresses are in tip-top condition or ideas for those festive soirées where you really want to impress, we’ve got all you need to know for Christmas party hair perfection…
Short on time? Yeah, you’re not the only one. These tried-and-tested hair products are just fantastic, giving you salon-grade treatments from the comfort of your own home – there’s no need to spend precious hours at the hairdressers when you could be partying. Volume, shine, hydration? You got it.
Oh we do love a bit of multi-tasking, and this hydrating treat from Grow Gorgeous offers just that. No faffing about and waiting for the masque to do its work – simply massage this into your hair before you go to bed, get your eight hours et voila – soft, smooth and luscious locks. The blend of hyaluronic acid with acai and palm oils deeply moisturises, while the mask’s scent actually helps you drift off to sleep. Inspired!
The enemy of Christmas party hair styles? Fine, lifeless tresses. No fear, John Frieda’s rather clever seven-day treatment has come to the rescue! A semi-permanent, in-shower treatment, this is applied to hair post-conditioner and left for three to five minutes to work its magic. Blow-dry your hair to lock in the volume, with polymers penetrating hair to thicken and add fullness for up to one week.
No time for a quick visit to the hairdresser to refresh your colour? Whether your highlights could do with a boost or your hair would benefit from a glossing treatment, Charles Worthington’s Colour Revive Mousse is just what you need. Available in a clear gloss version, and well as specific treatments for blondes and brunettes, this leave-in mousse either boosts shine or hair colour instantly. Apply to hair, blow-dry, that’s it – hello, luminous locks!
Desk to Dancefloor Hair Hacks
Rapunzel, let down your hair! Yep, one of the easiest post-work hair styles is quite simply letting your hair down. Before you head to the office, twist your hair into a big bun on top of your hair. Come party time, let your locks free – and behold, volume, loose waves, glamour! Easy peasy. Spray with a mist of Tigi’s Bed Head Headrush Shine Adrenaline for a glossy finish.
Charles Worthington’s Brand Ambassador Ken O’Rourke suggests a sexily-dishevelled French plait: “To make this look really current, plait hair back into a French braid making sure to create as much dishevelment as possible, to get that undone textured look. Pull random sections of hair out of the French braid to make it look like you really haven’t tried too hard but still look super beautiful.”
And you can’t go wrong with a little 1960’s-style volume, can you? Ah the magic of dry shampoo! Spray Colab’s Extreme Volume dry shampoo on roots to give hair a boost. Available in five contemporary scents, it’s residue free and instantly bulks up hair, creating lift and volume for a glamorous look. Whether you’re wearing hair up or down, this works a treat – and it’s great if your locks need a bit of a refresh between washes too!
Otherwise prepare ahead and pop some essential tools in your desk drawer: “Having a pair of ceramic tongs that heat up immediately can transform your hair quickly from drab to fab. Even just tonging a few pieces around the front and sides can look very modern.” Mark Smith, Senior Stylist at John Frieda. Try GHD’s Creative Curl Wand which heats up super quickly to an optimum temperature to create curls that last longer.
Going All Out
So you’ve got a big party coming up and you want to impress… Perhaps a sophisticated updo, glamorous blow dry or masses of tumbling curls? For the latter, we love the Heated Curl Pods from BaByliss which are a million times less fuss and fiddle than regular old-fashioned rollers. After all, even if you’re going all out, you don’t want styling you hair to take all day, do you? The easy wrap-and-snap design means no pins are needed, and the pods heat up in a trice too. The result? Soft, salon-sleek curls that last all night. Add a quick spritz of John Frieda’s Luxurious Volume Thickening Hairspray to fix your style in place and lock in the volume.
Don’t forget though, for a modern finish, party hair needs to look effortless – forget too-perfect ringlets or poker-straight locks. “My preference for hair is an undone feeling – it’s contemporary and perfect for party styles this season. Whether it be a messy updo or simple textured waves, this approach keeps a more relaxed, modern look to such formal occasions,” says Craig Taylor, Creative Director for HARI’s Salons. Add texture with Bumble & Bumble’s Surf Infusion Spray pre-blow dry, or use a soupçon of dry shampoo to rough things up a little – we like V.I.P Volume In Powder from Kerastase or Davines’ Texturising Dust.
“A chic and modern chignon is the perfect look for any elegant affair. For an extra dose of glamour, add a jeweled hair accessory or headpiece,” advise the styling team at MoroccanOil. Keep your updo simple by twisting your hair into a low chignon, then up the ante with a glitzy accessory. Jennifer Behr‘s vintage-inspired hairclips, headbands and combs are the ultimate in luxe, or look to Accessorize or ASOS for more budget-friendly embellished accessories.