IF YOUR HAIR IS…
Long: Before creating this Tory Burch plait (far left), saturate mid-lengths and ends in a hydrating oil to keep frizz at bay and party hair hydrated. Create a middle parting and braid hair, starting at the nape of your neck.
Curly/afro: Big, fluffy styles call for zero heat damage. Make a centre parting, turn your head upside down and use a paddle brush downwards for the ultimate Miu Miu finish (top left). Hold with a shine hairspray.
Bob: This Rochas look (bottom left) keeps products and styling to a minimum. Create a middle parting and smooth hair down to the mid-lengths with styling cream. Tuck behind your ears and leave the ends au naturel.
Sleek: Try the Oscar de la Renta low pony (centre) by making a centre parting and tying hair up in a ribbon instead of a band, which can damage locks. Prefer a side parting? Copy this Emilia Wickstead style (right) by using your fingers to take one side of your hair all the way over to the other to leave a deep side parting, then keep in place with wax.
Great festive hair starts with amazing colour, à la Mary Katrantzou show (right). ‘If your locks are already damaged – dry, brittle or lifeless – use a semi-permanent formula, as it’s a gentle process,’ advises Clairol UK ambassador Michael Douglas. Clairol Natural Instincts Conditioning Colour (12 shades) lasts for up to 28 washes, while Josh Wood Shade Shot Gloss (100ml; 4 shades) is a treatment that conditions and colours.
Great-looking hair is all in the prep. Follow these top tips for lathering up. All that styling during the party season can put your hair through its paces, so it’s time to rethink how often you wash it. ‘A lot of people shampoo too much (ie, daily), which strips locks of natural oils and banishes shine,’ explains Ken O’Rourke, Charles Worthington brand ambassador. Crank up your technique, too. ‘You may not be rinsing properly either, so try the “squeaky test”,’ he says. ‘Grip strands between your fingers and if they squeak, your hair’s clean; if they don’t, keep rinsing.’ Choose an exfoliating shampoo, such as Soap & Glory Junk The Gunk Charcoal Scalp Exfoliating Shampoo EXCLUSIVE (250ml) for a deeper cleanse. And don’t over-condition: ‘Use a 50p coin-sized amount and only apply it from the mid-lengths to the ends, to avoid hair looking flat at the roots,’ Ken advises. ‘Make sure you remove the towel as soon as possible or hair will tangle,’ he says. ‘Pat it with the towel and only blow-dry when locks are almost dry.’
Morning after? If you’ve overslept, dry shampoo is your go-to, obvs. But remember to brush it out! Leave it in and hair will get dirtier – dry shampoo latches onto grime, which disappears when
brushed away. We love Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk.
However fab your hair looks on the outside, the heat from styling tools dries it out, leaving it brittle on the inside. To help prevent this, use a heat protector, invest in a hair-friendly heat styler and make sure you use it correctly.
Glide irons through each section of hair once – going over them repeatedly causes damage. The Remington Keratin Protect Intelligent Hair Straightener* continuously monitors hair’s unique moisture levels and adjusts the heat accordingly.
Keep the nozzle of the hairdryer half-an-arm’s length from your head to avoid scorching your scalp. The sensor on the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Fuchsia * measures the temperature of the air flow 20 times per second to regulate heat and help avoid drying hair out.
Curl with care
To prevent hot spots, keep the curling wand moving through hair – don’t stop and start. Remington Advanced Colour Protect Curling Wand has a ceramic coating infused with shea oil to give hair a conditioning treatment each time you use it.
Clairol UK ambassador Michael Douglas on the best formulas for your hair type
Afro: ‘This is thirsty hair, so the oilier, the better. Apply Cantu Daily Oil Moisturizer (384ml) after shampooing and leave in.’
Wavy: ‘Apply Aussie Miracle Recharge Moisture Infuser Leave-In Conditioner (250ml) to damp hair and air-dry for fab beachy waves.’ Super-fine ‘Schwarzkopf got2b Volumaniac Bodifying Mousse (250ml) helps protect, adds volume and holds finer locks.’