Whether you have your work Christmas do coming up or you want to look extra special for New Years Eve, you can’t go wrong with the following party hairstyles…
1. The voluminous blow dry
– Wash and towel dry your hair before spraying a root booster/volumising product on the roots.
– Blow-dry your hair with a radial bristle brush. Start at the nape of your neck and work up towards the crown. As you dry your hair, curl sections up on the brush, holding the dryer underneath.
– Use large heated rollers, spraying hairspray as you go. Leave rollers in until completely cooled and gently remove.
– Finally, tip your hair upside down and spray with a shine spray. Break curls up with your fingers and spray with more hair spray if required.
2. Glossy Hollywood waves
– Blow-dry day old hair with a radial bristle brush to work out any kinks.
– Create a low side parting.
– Spray horizontal sections (from the front of the crown to behind the ear) with hairspray and wrap around a tong. Hold for 10 seconds and then gently release the hair.
– Continue this until whole head has been tonged.
– Once you have done this, gently brush curls through before applying a high-shine spray. Remember, the more you brush the curls, the more they’ll lose their shape.
3. The messy bun
– Brush through day old hair and apply a de-frizzing serum, focussing on the ends.
– Comb your hair roughly up into a ponytail that sits between the crown and nape; secure with a hairband.
– Twist the ponytail around the base, securing with grips to create the bun.
– Finish the look with a spritz of hairspray. Don’t be too fussy about flyaway hairs, the look is supposed to be casual and a little dishevelled.
4. The fishtail plait
– This is another look that benefits from day old hair as it will stay in place for longer. Start off by wetting your hair slightly, applying a styling product and then rough drying.
– Brush your hair over one shoulder and begin to plait using the fishtail plait technique. Do this by separating your hair into two sections and bringing small, even sections of hair from the outside edge to the inside edge of the opposite section. Repeat until you reach the end of your hair and secure with a band.
– Tease out sections of hair from the plait to create a laid back, dishevelled finish.
For more party hairstyles, check out the original Guardian article.