Christmas is fast approaching, and with all the office parties and festive social events that are coming up, you’ll definitely want to be at the top of your hair game! Attending multiple parties in a short period can be daunting, but looking good to make a great impression doesn’t have to be. One of the most effortless ways to turn heads is to have a healthy luscious mane. Glamorous locks can gather attention like a diamond on display. Here are some great tips to help you look your very best for this Christmas.
1. Get waves quickly
No time to bother with a curling iron, but still want some waves? Then braid your hair in three-strand braids. Do it at least for four sections of your head, including sides and back. After braiding your sections, run your hands in water and dampen your braids a little, but not too wet such that they are drenched. Then, let them set for at least two to three minutes. After setting, unbraid your hair, finger comb it, and voila! You now have instant natural waves. For longer-lasting waves, put your hair in braids hours ahead of your party (if you can) and unbraid them before you head out.
2. Choose the side part
For an easy day-to-night transformation, you can switch up your look for an evening party by creating a deep side part to get a sleek and sexy look. Use a hairspray and pin your hair down to allow it to set and dry. This will come in handy if your hair initially resists falling where you want it to go.
3. Try a blow-drying trick
If you’re choosing to get a blowout or do your own before a party, the best way to make the blow dry last longer is by twisting your hair loosely as high as you can get it and fasten with large hairpins. Five large hairpins usually does the trick. This will help prevent any dents or marks in your blow out.
4. Rethink the way you wash your hair
Industry experts argue that less is more with regards to washing. Over-washing can be damaging for your hair, especially if it is bleached, coloured, has been chemically treated or is naturally very dry or porous. When you wash your hair every day, it strips away the natural oils and proteins that you need to keep the hair and scalp healthy, so try to limit hair washing to three times a week if you can. But it also depends on your hair type, so the best way is to consult your hairstylist on what’s most suitable for you.
5. Always use protection
Hair can be damaged by both UV and heated tools, such as straighteners, tongs and even your trusty hairdryer, so it’s crucial to give your hair as much protection as possible. When you dry your hair at home, always use a heat protector to condition from the inside out and shield against damage from straighteners and colour-zapping rays. When drying, also be sure not to hold the hairdryer too close to your hair to prevent split, fluffy ends.
6. Use the right tool for your hair
Your hair is just like your skin. Remember, what you put on it will affect it. Therefore, investing in good quality products and tools will keep hair looking and feeling healthy and strong. For example, you should have a round brush for blow-drying, a Mason Pearson brush for styling and a tail comb to move hair around a little. Good brushes are worth investing in. Though they may have a heftier price tag, they will last forever if well taken care of. You can keep your brushes clean and free from hair, oil and product build-up by washing them in a mixture of baking soda and warm water monthly.