From catwalk trends to celebrity-inspired styles, get your fix of perfect party hairstyle inspiration right here. Now all you have to do is pick which one to rock’
The ponytail with some scrunchie action…
It’s true, that old-school favourite is back in town. Scrunchies may hail from the 80s, but they’ve beaten Bananarama and shoulder pads to make it back onto the catwalks in a blaze of glory for 2014. From colourful ones to neutral versions that could almost be called subtle, scrunchies have graced the locks of models at Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Cara Delevingne herself has been spotted sporting one. Need we say more?
Why? This do is easy but makes a statement, plus you can opt for a really jazzy scrunchie for extra festive fun!
How? Because it needs neat roots, this look works best on day-old hair, so you might want to reach for the dry shampoo to give your locks more body, we love the Osmo Day Two Styler Dry Shampoo, £2.99. Simply brush your hair into a ponytail – slicked back is on trend but choose how it suits you best. To really channel 80s chic, it’s the higher the better. Use a thin elastic band to secure your do before wrapping your scrunchie around just twice – after all, you want maximum material on show!
Up-do with added sparkle…
Christmas is pretty much the ideal occasion for glitz and glamour, handed to you on a plate! Take full advantage by perfecting an up-do featuring a sparkling headband. We love Leighton Meester’s pretty style and Diane Kruger’s tousled, undone look. Of course, there’s only one queen of the headband this winter, and that’s The Wolf of Wall Street actress Margot Robbie with her crown of pearls and jewels!
Why? Whether you add sparkle to that Christmas Eve party or work it for Christmas Day extravagance, do this and you’ll dazzle them, darling!
How? Wash your hair and scrunch mousse through the ends to create maximum volume – try L’Oreal Tecni Art Volume + Extra Mousse, £8.99, then blow-dry upside down for freshness and lift at the roots. Either gather your hair in a low side bun (Ã‡Ã¿ la Diane) or twist into a sophisticated chignon at the back of your head. The beauty of having a gorgeous headband is that you can be as messy as you like when it comes to creating your up-do, just as long as you position your headband properly to create a neater section at the front. Place your headband to balance out your features – not too far back.
Channel your inner sixties babe…
Everyone from Millie Mackintosh to Kylie Jenner has been doing their best to rock Brigitte Bardot-style big hair recently, and with sixties fashion still well and truly in, we think big, bouncy locks full of body are the only way to go if you want to feel 100% glamorous this Christmas. You’re guaranteed to turn heads, but you might to tap into your need pro skills – and the right products – to get the look.
Why? Really, big hair is the only hair that’ll do that hot new dress justice.
How? Prep hair by washing with a volumising shampoo and conditioner then let it dry naturally until it’s almost completely dry. Next, distribute volumising mousse through the lengths of your hair before rolling it round large rollers (for the perfect lift go for the Diva Stay Hot Rollers, £38.99) and leave it to dry completely before removing. Make sure you get as much lift at the roots as possible by taking the rollers right up to rest at your scalp. When your hair is dry, unravel the rollers and shake your hair out. Backcomb your hair at the roots for extra lift – or cheat using Tigi Bed Head Sugar Dust, £6.99. Next use Montibello HDS LUX Soft Shine Effect Finishing Cream, £4.99 from the mid-lengths down. Finally grab some strong-hold hairspray – try ID Hair Elements Gold Fixit Inplace Strong Hairspray, £8.99 and spritz well to keep your curls in place – TA DAH!
How do you like to style your hair over the festive season?