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Everything you need for dreamy hair this Christmas

From game-changing products to the chicest catwalk styles (with easy how-tos from celeb hairstylist Liam Curran), here’s everything you need for a good hair day this Christmas. Frizz the season to be jolly...
Longer length? Try the half-up/half-down
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Longer length? Try the half-up/half-down

‘Prep dry hair with a heat protector. Then, using Mark Hill Pick ’N’ Mix Ellipse Waver Barrel, wrap hair around the tongs, leaving the very ends.

Spritz Pantene Perfectly Undone Texturizing Sugar Hair Spray all over, from root to tip, for weightless volume.

Backcomb the top section, creating height. Leave the sides smoother and, pulling back, secure with Boots Blending Grips.

Finish with L’Oréal Paris Elnett Flexible Hold Hairspray.’

Short hair? Give finger waves a go
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Short hair? Give finger waves a go

‘Take a tail comb to damp hair and create a parting. Apply VO5 Mega Hold Styling Gel and focus on the front areas, where the finger waves will be.

Starting at the front, style hair into an S-shape bend, combing your hair as flat to your head as possible – behind the ear for a more subtle look, or onto the face for a 1920s feel.

Set with Schwarzkopf Got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray.’

Curls? Work the 19th-century ringlets look
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Curls? Work the 19th-century ringlets look

Wash hair with Bouclème Curl Cleanser. For healthy-looking curls, regularly use a mask, such as Philip Kingsley Stimulating Scalp Mask.

Apply Kristin Ess Hydrating Curl Defining Crème to your hair: comb through, from roots to ends, with the Babyliss Styling Rake Comb.

Using a diffuser hairdryer, start to gently dry your hair – avoid touching it, where you can, as too much scrunching can cause frizz.

When dry, take a small section of hair from each side of your head and twist it in a circular motion all the way to the ends, securing with a pin. Finish with OGX Coconut Miracle Oil Flexible Hold Hairspray.’

Textured hair? Rock a 70s ’fro
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Textured hair? Rock a 70s ’fro

‘For this look, the bigger the hair, the better! First, create your parting on dry hair.

Using a small amount of Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Leave-In Detangling Hair Treatment, start to brush through with the WetBrush Original Detangler Black Hair Brush to help distribute it evenly.

Once hair is brushed through, set the look with Bumble And Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Dry Oil Finishing Spray.’

Boundary breakers
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Boundary breakers

Innovations on our wish list to Santa…

Meet the ultimate multi-tasker: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Deep-Conditioning Treatment. Want elasticity, moisture and strength? Use as a sleek styling cream on natural, tightly coiled hair, thanks to smoothing castor seed oil, or leave on overnight for a salon-like treatment.

Tangle Teezer & Go Brush in Sweet Pea makes styling a breeze. The patented teeth technology dries hair sharpish and the whizz-bang vent limits frizz.

The Dyson Corrale™ Straightener is a straightener with flexing copper plates that shape to gather hair. It enhances styling with less reliance on heat. And even better – it’s cord-free!

Red revolution
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Red revolution

Whether you’re a natural red-head or looking to fake it, getting a great DIY red shade can be a struggle. Red dye has a bad rep: it can lack vibrancy, and it’s tricky to find real tones. So it’s time to get inventive. Start with Garnier Nutrisse Deeply Nourishing Permanent Hair Colour in Natural Dark Red you might find it’s the perfect hue for you. However, if you want to add more of a multi-tonal effect, opt for Josh Wood Colour Semi-Permanent Treatment Gloss in Champagne Blonde, which will add a flash of lightness and lots of shine. *Adds to basket*

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Your detangling heroes

No need to get your tangles in a knot or wince at wet hair! Whether you want to tackle your little one’s stubborn locks or ensure a smoother brushing experience yourself, there’s now a Tangle Teezer detangling hairbrush and detangling spray that work together for every hair type. Check out these new ouch-saving heroes for a morning-to-night good hair day.