Key Looks for the Party Season
Super Easy Party Hair
We are now well and truly feeling the summer heat..and party season is just around the corner. From the office party to your New Years Eve music festival, here’s our step by step party styling guides to make the party a night to remember.
Office Party: Chic pony
There’s no better style than the chic pony to keep things sleek and professional. Here is how a little extra effort can turn the quintessential afterthought hairstyle into a chic statement
For extra body, spritz a thickening spray through damp or dry hair, concentrating on the roots.
Pull hair back into a low ponytail using a flat bristle brush to create a bump-free finish. Secure with an elastic.
Separate out a small strand of hair — roughly the width of a pencil — from the ponytail.
Spray that piece well with hairspray then wrap it around the ponytail holder.
Bobby-pin the end of the small piece under the tail, and tuck in any loose ends.
Lightly mist hairspray over everything and smooth with your hand.
Low ponytail with side part.
Parting your hair in a different style to most other women can work wonders. A small move of your hair’s parting to the left of right can quickly change a look, enhancing it, as as is the case with the low ponytail which works well perfectly with another of 2014′s hair trends, the side part.
The hairstyle here was parted on the left and then twisted from the right side of the head going all the way to the left side of the nape, where it finally fastened into a ponytail. Simple yet stunning, this twisted low ponytail interpretation of the trend gave off both a classic and elegant vibe.
Evening Event: Messy Up-do
Don’t worry about perfecting this style, it’s meant to be a little messy.
Working from the left, sweep the hair from about three-quarters across the back of your head up off your nape and over to the right so that you have a very rough diagonal part. Clip up the hair. Next, section off the hair that remains on your left side, and clip that too.
Gathering the ends of any unclipped hair on the right, create a small bun: Wrap the hair with an elastic as though you’re going to make a ponytail, but don’t pull the ends all the way through. This will be the foundation of your hairstyle.
Release whatever hair you’ve clipped up on the right, and begin bobby-pinning the curls to the little bun you created, sliding the pins in vertically or horizontally, as you desire. Don’t get too fussy with your pinning: You want to keep the effect casual.
Once the right side is pinned, let the hair on the left side out of the clip. Working from your left temple, begin twisting the hair alongside your head. Slowly incorporate more hair as you work downward.
Inserting bobby pins vertically, pin the twist of hair securely to the bottom of your updo. Use as many pins as you need to make sure it won’t come loose. Finish with a mist of hair spray.
Music Festival: Loose Braid
Practical and on-trend, loose braids will keep you looking cool while you rock out.
Part your hair down the middle, and gather together a large section of hair on one side. (I like to pull pieces down in the front so I have softness around my face.)
Braid the section. Start loosely at the top, working backwards in the direction that you want the braid to go (so rather than braiding straight down, you want to braid back, so the braid is at a slight slant). Secure with an elastic.
Repeat on the other side.
Cross the first braid behind your head so that the braid swoops down to the nape of your neck (it’s a more feminine, flattering and grown-up look than crossing it directly across the back of your head). Pin in place with bobby pins, making sure to tuck in the tail. (If your braid is quite long, you can fold the tail in half and tuck it behind the braid.)
Repeat on the other side.
Dance Party: Crazy colour
Want your hair to be as outrageous as your rave outfit? Kevin Murphy Color Bug is perfect when you want full on colour without the commitment. Available in pink, purple, orange, white, neon and shimmer, this wipe on – wipe off colour will give you crazy colour perfect for the club which will be around for a good time, not a long time.
First figure out where you want the colour to go – streaks, tips or just the fringe look just as effective as all over colour.
Lay a towel around your shoulders.
Prep your hair with setting spray to encourage the colour to stick to the hair.
Apply the colour, rubbing it in till your hair feels dry to the touch.
Finish with hair spray to keep the colour where you want it
Beach Party: Beaching Curls
Nothing screams beach babe louder than a sexy, beachy curls. Have you ever wanted to get that beautiful “natural” beach curl look to your hair? This works for ALL types of hair, whether it be short, long, thick, thin, frizzy, or flat… and no curling iron involved!
Dampen your hair with a spray bottle or let it semi air dry after washing it.
Part your hair into four sections. They don’t have to be sectioned perfectly. Tie them off to keep them separated from each other. Spray each section lightly with hair spray.
Start twisting your hair in the direction you want your curl to be. Keep twisting until it tightens to the point it starts to coil on its own.
Coil it into a tight bun and then use bobby pins to keep it in place.
Blow your hair until it’s dry. The longer you dry it, the tighter your curl will be.
Undo the bobby pins and take your buns out of their coil.
Separate your curls using your fingers and then scrunch to add some body.
On trend: Fishtail braid
The fishtail braid, also known as the herringbone or fish bone braid, looks elaborate and time-consuming. But here’s a secret: it’s super easy to do, and will become a go-to favorite for rushed mornings, especially if you have long hair.
Worn by celebrities from Nicole Kidman to Rihanna, here’s how you can rock this look too:
Tie your hair to the side in a low pony, securing your hair with an elastic hair tie. The hair tie should be up as high as it can go
Divide your pony into two even sections.
Pull a thin strand of hair from the outside of the left section. Pull it over the top of the left section, and weave it under the right section.
Pull a skinny strand of hair from the outside of the right section, pull it over the right section, then weave it under the left section.
Keep alternating sides, incorporating new hair into the strand you weave over and under (so it doesn’t run out of hair), until you reach the bottom of the braid.
Tie off the end with an elastic and carefully remove the hair tie from the top of the braid. If you feel that the fishtail is too tight, use your fingers to gently massage into the strands a little to loosen it slightly.
If your hair is really long, you can go a step further, tucking the hair into a bun or weaving it around your head or across the front. It may help to practice on someone else’s hair first, and after a few tries, you’ll have your technique perfected.