Party ponies, hair accessories and post-celebration hair care advice.
We quizzed three of their top hairstylists on everything from the styling essentials they keep in their kits to party hair trends they’ve spotted, so you can make sure your hair’s a hit this festive season.
Party hair advice from the pros
On the biggest hair trends for Christmas 2018…
According to the stylists, this season it’s all about getting your biggest, most voluminous hair.
Everyone is either loving bigger-the-better glam with voluminous curly blow dries or textured waves. It seems that body and bounce is on the top of the wish list this year. – Bryony, hairstylist at blow LTD
“The latest party trends we’re seeing for 2018 is the starlet waves, customers love the transformation into the classic Hollywood red carpet look.” – Chloe, hairstylist at blow LTD
Read more: Get red carpet-worthy hair with our Hollywood waves step-by-step
Must-have party hair products…
Hairspray is a non-negotiable for setting your party style, while texturising spray helps to add that much-needed texture to your look.
“Hairspray! It’s a definite must to keep your hair in place and party ready.” – Chloe
“For me it has to be a good texturising spray. As big sexy hair is being highly requested this party season, finishing with some texture is the way forward.” – Bryony
Try this: TRESemmé Ultimate Shine Hold Hairspray. The ultra fine formulation means it won’t weigh hair down and it’ll also add a party-ready glossy shine.
How to avoid over-styling…
With so many different party invites, how do you make sure you’re taking care of your hair with all of the extra styling you’re putting it through?
“If people have a lots of celebrations over the party season I would advise to get a good blow dry on day 1, a half updo on day 2 and a proper updo on day 3.” – Eliana
“Heat protection will be your best friend, use the right styling products in your hair and the blow dry or beach waves can last till the next day, so that when your back at work or out with friends you’ll have lovely second day hair.” – Chloe
“When it comes to hairspray – less is more! Run it through a finishing brush or spray onto your hands rather than directly onto the hair.” – Bryony
Styling short hair…
For those with shorter hair, focus on adding in waves or curls to maximise volume and add dimension.
“Straighteners convert in to curlers too! Take small sections, and turn the straighteners towards your face to achieve a nice curl. Use a wide tooth comb, combing out your hair and your hair will transform in to textured beach waves.” – Chloe
“Keep it chic with soft waves and textures rather than too much bounce or curls. I always think a side parting and an accessory looks effortless with shorter styles (p.s. accessories and clips are so in right now!)” – Bryony
Read more: How to curl your hair with straighteners
Received a last minute invite or been reminded about plans you’d forgotten you’d even agreed to? If time isn’t on your side, these looks will have you ready in a matter of minutes.
“For those who have ran out of time to wash their hair or add some curls, a great last-minute look is a party ponytail. Back comb the front for some volume, pop your hair in a ponytail and secure with a hair band and add some curls for texture. It’ll be out of your face and give you an edgy finish to your look.” – Chloe
“Party ponytail all the way! If you haven’t had time to wash your hair, spritz a bit of dry shampoo/texturising spray, tie up and add some curl to the ends. If you are in a real greasy disaster, load up the wax and hairspray and slick it back!” – Bryony
Post-party hair care…
After the after party, take some time out to give you (and your hair) some well-deserved TLC.
“Prolong that blow dry with a bit of dry shampoo to the roots. And when it’s time to wash, treat yourself to a moisturising mask, especially if you have used lots of heat to style.” – Bryony
Try this: TONI&GUY Damage Repair Mask. Leave this intense treatment mask on your hair for 3-5 minutes to work its magic and your hair will feel silky soft and seriously smooth.