The Festive Season is almost upon us, and we all know that means one thing, it’s time to plan your hair, makeup, and outfit for the annual Christmas Party!
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 I have got four looks that have got you covered.
- 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 hair. 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.
- Get Twisted
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. Use some dry shampoo on each section to add some body and volume, before taking the middle section and twisting it up, pining it in place. Then take the bottom section, twisting the hair up and pining it into the middle section, before repeating with the last remaining top section, 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 McAdam’s neat and stylish look:
- 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 clips in for ten 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.
- Slick It Back
If your hair behaves, you could plait it the night before to achieve these 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 behave, don’t panic. Simply pull your hair into a slicked back pony first, before using a curling tong to add some waves and definition, and making sure they are set well with hairspray.
- Tease a 1/2 horse shoe selection of hair from the top of your head
- Tease out with comb for volume and secure
- Secure your sides and back into a smooth, tight, low ponytail, add gel spray to maintain
- Keep a little height to create a slick Mohawk look
- Braid or plait the remaining hair and your ready for any party!
Keris Weir is an award-winning NI hairdresser at Keris Weir Hair Salon, Lurgan. Throughout her career, she has worked on film, catwalk, and print campaigns, picking up an impressive list of celebrity clients along the way. Most notably, she was the winner of the “Great British Hairdresser” on E4.