Your Party Season Hair Sorted
With party season just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to start thinking about how to style your hair for the various soirées you’ve already RSVP’d to. From office Christmas parties to get-togethers with your nearest and dearest, events are part and parcel of the festive period. But, as we’ve already discussed, winter can wreak havoc on our hair. There’s a chance you’ll be battling a bad hair day moments before an event, so it’s worth having a few hairstyles to hand. Luckily, we’re here to help; here’s how to get your hair ready for party season – even if its not dealing well with the cold weather!
Slicked-Back & Sleek
The wet look hair trend is a great one to pull out for parties. It’s effortless and a little bit edgy – and it’s super simple to do.
If you’ve got long hair like Kendall Jenner, you can easily achieve this look. Start by dampening your hair (making sure it’s not soaked through). Then, using a non-sticky hair gel, apply a decent amount of product to your roots; work it through before combing or brushing your hair backwards. A boar-bristle brush works well, since it’ll evenly distribute the gel whilst smoothing back the hair. To finish, spritz on some glossing spray and mist over with a hair spray to set your ‘do.
Demi Lovato (and her raven-haired bob) proves just how versatile a look it can be. Whether you’ve got a pixie cut or a bob, there are plenty of ways to style short hair; you don’t need Rapunzel-length locks to have fun experimenting with your look this season!
Updos are an obvious choice for party season, but it’s important not to allow your look to become too formal for the occasion at hand. These days, updos should have a carefree, windswept charm; gone are the days when we strained under the tautness of our ponytails and ballerina buns – much to the delight of our temples.
Messy Top knot
Case in point: Vanessa Hudgens’ messy top knot; those face-framing tendrils prevent everything from looking too neat, which gives it a modern finish. To achieve her look:
- Start by spritzing on a touch of texturizing spray; it’ll give your hair some grit, making it easier to style. Brush through so that it’s evenly distributed.
- Pull your hair back into a high ponytail and secure it with a hair elastic. Don’t worry about any flyaways – these will give you the messy finish you’re after!
- Divide your ponytail into two parts, wrapping each of them in opposite directions, so that you’ve created a bun at the base of your ponytail.
- Secure the bun with a few bobby pins, before misting over with hairspray to finish. This will give you the all-night hold you’ll need!
Twisted Bun Updo
Alicia Vikander’s twisted updo is a simple (we’re talking 5 minute) hairstyle to try if you’re after something a little more formal. Meeting the parents? Need to impress your boss at this year’s work do? This one’s for you! It’s modern and elegant, without straying too far from the classics we know and love. To get the look, you’ll need to style your hair into a low chignon:
- Again, spritz over newly washed hair with some texturizing spray. If your hair is in-between washes, it’s probably got enough grit to it already.
- Twist your hair from the nape of your neck to the ends (remembering to leave a strand loose at the front), and coil it in a counter-clockwise circle. Continue doing this until you’ve created a bun shape; use your index finger to hold it in place.
- Secure with a few bobby pins. You can adjust the bun until you get the desired shape.
- Using a tail comb, shape and volumize the bun by slipping the end through the hair and gently tugging outwards. You can add a little volume to the crown too, by sliding the tail comb into the top of your head and lifting slightly.
- Twist the loose strand at the front, securing it behind the ear. If your hair is longer, conceal it within the bun itself.
- To finish, mist over with hairspray.
Braided with Ribbons
Actress Emily Ratajkowski’s simple side plait is elevated with a dainty ribbon. These humble little hair accessories got a high-fashion makeover this year; make a stop off at the craft shop on your way to the party to get in on the action.
There’s no better time to indulge in a little opulence than over Christmas; Lily Collins’ soft vintage curls have Gatsby glamour written all over them. To recreate her retro glam waves:
- Spritz over damp hair with a volumizing spray and apply styling mousse to the roots before blowdrying as normal. This will help to set your curls later on.
- Section the hair. Then, using your heated tongs – set about 2 inches from your head – start curling your hair inwards. Once you’ve curled a section, pin it up to hold the curl.
- Continue to curl each section, always pinning the curls up.
- Remove the pins and run your fingers through your hair. If your hair is longer, you might want to lightly brush your hair using a flat brush.
- To finish, run some styling paste through the hair, teasing any sections that you’re not happy with. Set your curls by misting over with a light hold hairspray.
Next-Level Hair Accessories
Summer festivals have really got the stronghold over floral crowns, and we think that’s fair (the warmer months were made for full blooms, after all). But that doesn’t mean that, come winter, you should avoid accessorising. In fact, hair accessories are a great way to instantly lift your look for party season. And, if this year’s (always breath-taking) Met Gala looks were anything to go by, it’s all about statement-making, truly next-level accessories these days. Take the trend and make it more wearable by adding a glitzy band or hair barrette to your updo; as long as it sparkles, you’re set!
Amber Heard and Blake Lively both opted for sunburst headdresses, which were perfectly in-keeping with 2018’s Met Gala theme, ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.’
We love Emilia Clarke’s ornate gold band too!
And if All Else Fails? Just Add Glitter.
Because, why not?