With November 5th well out of the way, and as we slip further into November, Christmas is the next thing on all of our minds. With the colder weather and the darker nights making us feel all the more festive, our minds are thinking ahead to all the Christmas parties that we have to attend over the coming month!
Whether your calendar is filling up with gatherings and functions, or if you’ve got your sights set to look forward to one big, seasonal get together, planning what to wear can be both exciting and daunting. With so many different things to consider, including colour schemes and whether or not to opt for a coat, selecting what you’re going to wear for these occasions can sometimes preoccupy you, causing you to forget about the smaller details until the last minute.
For some of you, styling your hair can seem intimidating and can prevent you from wanting to try something new. Here at Forty Nine & Fifth, we’re here to inform you that trying a new hairstyle is easier than it may seem! Below, we’ve included a couple of styles for you to try at home before the party season commences.
1 – Polished bun
A bun is the perfect, easy option for those of you who want a quick resolution to any hair crisis that you may be having! With the winter months bringing an unpredictable wind, having your hair up in a simple bun will ensure that you’re left looking polished all night.
There are so many different options when it comes to buns, but for your Christmas party, act for a more sophisticated option to compliment your outfit. One of our favourites is a high bun, positioned on the crown of your head. Liberally using hairspray will make sure that there are no stray hairs compromising the neat nature of this look, and securing any shorter strands of hair with pins will support the structure of the bun. If you’re looking to make this more glam, why not consider accessorising the look with ribbons or buns, hiding any untidy ends from around the bun?
2- Faux bob
Around the Christmas period, you may feel swamped for time, with a quick trip to the hairdressers for your regular trim slipping down your list of priorities. However, if you want to try something new, there is never a better time than the festival season. Not only will trying out a faux bob leave your friends and family wondering how you’ve managed to slip in an entire hair transformation into your already busy schedule, but could also leave you wondering whether the new year is the perfect time for a new style!
Faking a bob might seem challenging, but having a few practice runs beforehand will make sure that completing the style runs smoothly on the day of your party. One of the easiest ways to make sure that this style looks realistic is by curling the hair first. This step gives your hair some added texture, and makes the false ends of your hair look choppier, masking the fact that it isn’t a real bob! Once the hair has been curled, tuck the strands up and under, bringing the curled ends to above your shoulders!
3- Waterfall braid
Christmas is the perfect time to pamper yourself by taking some time to get ready. On an average day, your morning swipe of mascara and a quick brush of your hair may suffice, but on the day of your party, give yourself some extra time to complete your hair and makeup. If you’re wanting to give your hair some well-deserved attention, why not curl it? With a range of different sized curling wands, the type of curls that you can go for will depend on the styling tool you use; the smaller the wand, the tighter the curl, so keep that in mind when selecting your curler for the night!
When trying to amp up the look, incorporating braids is one of the easiest ways to make your hair look “done”. We recently wrote a blog post which can be found here on the easiest braids for windy braids, if you’re after more inspiration. One of the best to work on curled hair is a simple waterfall braid. We’ve included the steps below to help you out.
- After prepping your hair, part your hair down the centre of your head.
- On one side, take a selection of hair before splitting into three – as if you were about to begin a normal braid.
- Taking the top section of hair that is the highest of the three, cross this over the middle section of hair.
- Next, bring the bottom section, cross this up and over the new middle section.
- After this, drop the middle strand down, allowing it to blend into the rest of your hair.
- Next, from near your part, pick up a new strand of hair which is a similar size.
- This new strand becomes the new top section, so cross it over the middle to continue the braid.
- With the bottom strand, cross this over the middle strand once again, before dropping the middle section.
- Repeat steps 3-5 again until you have reached the middle section. Once at the centre of your head, secure with a clear elastic before repeating on the other side.
If you’re after something special this Christmas season, you could always pop into our hairdressers, Barnstaple. Whether you fancy a root touch up in time for your big night or fancy a complete hair transformation, get in touch with us to plan your hair revamp!
Let us know what your go-to hairstyle is for those special events on social media. We would love to know what styles you all opt for over the Christmas period, and if there are any festive touches that you add!