Tumbling tousled waves a la Kate Middleton are a key look for the festive season, with designers such as Gucci channelling them on the catwalk. We asked Marc Trinder, Charles Worthington’s Art Team Director, how to achieve this party-perfect look.
1. Start by treating the hair with Charles Worthington Salon at Home Secret Collections Diamond Shine Gloss Treatment (Charles Worthington, £12.99) for an ultimate shine.
2. Once the hair is dry, using a tail end comb create a strong side parting from above the highest arch of the left eyebrow.
3. Section the hair and, starting with the lower sections and working upwards, spray each section with hairspray. Roll up each section with heated rollers or use medium sized barrelled tongs to create a soft wave.
4. Once the hair is cool remove the rollers or allow tonged hair to cool. Break up the waves using a flat bristle brush.
5. Finish the look by spraying with gloss spray for extra shine.
Give your hair a seasonal revamp by changing the colour. Red is big this season - we love Nice'n Easy in Natural Light Auburn (available from all leading supermarkets). ‘Stunning colour like this adds depth and warmth and produces a natural looking finish,’ says Paul Bingham from the Creative Team at Lockonego. This chic side ponytail is the perfect on-trend hairstyle for the Christmas festivities. Here’s how to achieve the look, created by celebrity stylist Ben Cooke at Lockonego, with colour is by Paul.
1. This look is all about the colour. Start by applying Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Colour Seal Gloss (Tesco, £1.20) and rinse to reveal bright and shiny locks.
2. Next, section the hair into a side parting and backcomb the roots on the left side to create targeted volume.
3. Bring the hair into a ponytail at the centre of the left side, but make sure the right side is still full of volume. Back comb the fringe and brush it out to sit comfortably on the face.
4. Wrap a section of the hair around the ponytail band and secure with a pin to disguise the hair band and make the look more natural.
5. Finish off with a touch of texturizer spray for a subtle sheen.
‘Vintage textures are going to be big for all lengths of hair and how you play around with these textures will be the fun part,' says celebrity hairdresser James Galvin. Groomed soft unstructured waves are always a winner and dishevelled waves and curls are just as striking,’ This statement style, sported by stars such as January Jones, is perfect for party season, here’s how to get the look.
1. Start by applying a blow-dry lotion, for example L'Oreal techni art Pli (Lookfantastic.com, £9.45), for hold. Rough dry hair until completely dry. Heat up your medium or large size tong.
2. Section the hair off from ear-to-ear (half up) and clip the back out of the way.
3. Take sections about one inch by three inches and start to twist your hair around the tong until the ends are tucked in. Hold for approx 5-10 seconds and release the hair from the tong. Wrap around fingers in the same direction and secure the hair with a Kirby grip.
4. Continue to do the whole head in this manner, making sure all the hair on the right side twists in the same direction and the same for the left
5. Once finished, make sure the hair is cool before taking the grips out and then brush through with a vent brush. Gently manipulate hair into S bends while brushing hair through.
6. Use a light hairspray for hold once you’ve finished.
'As seen on the catwalk at Valentino and loved by stars such as Keira Knightley, this up-do style is a classic Princess Anne horizontal roll,' says British Hairdresser of the Year nominee, Jamie Stevens. Here's how to recreate the look for party-perfect elegance...
1. Before styling take a hair doughnut and cut it in half (a fool-proof way to create this look!)
2. Start by sectioning the hair through the middle down to the bottom of the nape with a comb. At the ends of the hair, doing one section at a time, secure the half doughnut shape around the ends of the hair like a roller with a couple of Kirby grips.
3. Then roll the hair up in a horizontal motion towards the head and secure with Kirby grips into the head and the hair. Repeat this on the next side.
4. With the hair left over through the middle, backcomb this to create texture and wrap the hair around itself to create a bun-like shape and secure with grips. Finish with a medium hold hairspray and a spritz of shine spray for a glossy, polished finish.
Ponytails are huge again this season, but this time the look is ultra-straight. You can’t just wake-up and tie-up, but they are still quite simple to achieve and a great party look. ‘You still need to blow-dry a little volume and shape into the hair first before running through it with straightening irons for a sleek finish,’ says celebrity hair professional Adam Reed. Here’s how to get the look...
1. Blow-dry volume and shape into the hair first by tipping your head upside down and completely drying it. Once you’ve blow-dried your hair, section off and spray with either hairspray or a heat protecting spray all over.
2. Create a clean centre parting with a fine-toothed comb and run straighteners through the hair from root to tip in one smooth movement. The BaByliss Boutique Salon Control 235 Ceramic Straighteners (£66.66) are perfect for this look. “Make sure you only do this once – don’t keep going over because you don’t want it to look like you’ve spent hours styling it”, says Adam.
3. Pull the hair into the nape of the neck and secure into a ponytail.
4. Pull a small piece of hair from the bottom of the ponytail and wrap around the elastic to conceal it. Secure ends under the elastic to hold hair in place.
Looking for a fun style? The beehive is making a big comeback and is a quick way to get that statement look. Jason Cocking, celebrity hairstylist at Lisa Shepherd London, shows us how to make like Eva Longoria.
1. Start by separating your hair into two sections, gathering a horse-shoe shaped section at the front of the head and following the hairline. Pull this to the side and secure for the time being with a grip.
2. Next, start to comb the hair gently from the right hand side of the head to left, pull the hair directly up and then gather the hair in the centre, securing it with criss-crossed grips, starting at the bottom up to the centre of the hair. When secured, gently loosen the hair to give it a bit more va-va-voom!
3. Then, working the other way, pull the hair upward from the left hand side of the head together with the hair secured in the middle, twisting it gently and with a slight pleat. Secure this with grips and again pull out.
4. Backcomb the front section from the back to the front, brushing more aggressively at the back and less as you approach the front, so the backcombing is not visible. Spritz with dry shampoo and gently smooth the hair with a brush.
5. For the half down style, leave some hair loose at the bottom. To give volume, tong the hair, then using your fingers push upwards on the curls to give a more relaxed and catwalk-ready look.
For sophisticated style try this glamorous up-do by hair stylist Richard Ward. Low, textured buns were featured on the Valentino and Chloe catwalks and are a hot look for the season. Here’s how to style your own.
1. Secure dry hair at the nape of the neck, leaving a loose section at the front, and then part the hair into two sections from the ponytail.
2. Take one section separately and by twisting and looping the hair wrap the hair underneath itself and secure using pins.
3. To create a loose and low slung bun, take the remaining section of hair, twist and loop again around the base of the ponytail holder and secure.
4. Next, taking the sections left at the front of the hair, twist and randomly pin at back on the side leaving height on the crown and framing your face.
5. Use Couture Hair Memoriser Holding Serum (Richard Ward, £17) to smooth down any loose ends and finish off with a volumizing hairspray to ensure that the style will hold throughout the day and to tame any loose fly aways.