With Christmas just around the corner and party season in full swing, we're getting ready to celebrate in style. You've chosen your outfit, picked out your shoes and repurchased your favourite lipstick for the occasion – but how will you wear your hair?
Stylist at Paul Edmonds London, Lizzie Hearn, talks us through party season at the salon and some of her favourite event-ready hairstyles to see you through the celebrations.
Slicked-back high pony
Few hairstyles can make you feel as confident, classy and sophisticated as the slicked-back high pony. With its unique ability to make a statement without looking too OTT, it can take any look from day-to-night with ease.
Lizzie is a big fan of the style: "At the minute, we're seeing a lot of slicked back high-ponytails – either super long and sleek or with big waves." Not only does it level up any Christmas party look, it's also practical – especially at this time of year. "The slicked look is very in at the moment because it's weatherproof, so on nights out in the winter it doesn't matter if it's windy or rainy."
To keep your locks secure, Lizzie recommends the Sam McKnight Modern Hairspray Multi-Tasking Styling Mist. It's a firm-hold hairspray with a brushable formula, and as Lizzie says: "It's great for keeping your Christmas party hairstyles in place."
If you're looking for the perfect finishing touch to your party season hair, you could elevate your ponytail with a fun accessory like a velvet bow or a gold metal hair tie. It is Christmas, after all!
Sleek low bun
For a chic and understated take on the trend, a sleek low bun is another good option for your party look – especially if you're going all out with a statement dress and want to complement your outfit without overshadowing it.
You can style your hair at home with minimal effort. "The sleek bun is a great look you can achieve at home. All you really need is a good gel, a hairband and a pin, and it can look so slick and expensive."
To keep it in place all night, we recommend the Davines This Is A Strong Hold Cream. It's quick-drying, residue-free and works on all hair types. It also leaves hair with a wet effect and eliminates frizz, helping you really nail the sleek look.
If you're not a fan of the sleek up-do and want to add some timeless glamour to your party look instead, Lizzie is loving big bouncy blow-outs this season. They're the perfect pairing for a romantic, off-the-shoulder dress that lets your hair do all the talking.
"If you're going to a Christmas party or black-tie event, then you could opt for Hollywood glamour waves or a bouncy blow-dry." Lizzie says: "I find these looks help clients feel really glam – like they're walking the red carpet!"
To help your curls maintain their bounce and structure, we suggest applying some of the Davines More Inside Curl Mousse to towel dried hair before styling. It really helps to add a hydrating and defining boost to your curls so they're looking their best all night.
Getting you ready for party season
This time of year is all about looking and feeling your best, and at Paul Edmonds London we want you to leave your appointment feeling amazing, with the confidence to enjoy every minute of your Christmas parties.
Lizzie knows this time of year can be a bit daunting for a lot of people, and that's why we make every effort to ensure our salon is a welcoming space for everyone. "As soon as the client walks through the door, I want them to feel super important and relaxed. I think salons can be very intimidating, so I'm conscious of the way my clients are feeling and I definitely want to help them feel super chilled and special."
And it's not all about the office parties – this festive season is the perfect time to celebrate all kinds of occasions! "Whether it's an anniversary, date night, birthday or graduation – it's really meaningful getting to see my clients at different stages of their lives and experience their special moments with them. It's not all about the hair – it's about how you make that person feel."
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