It’s that time. After months of gradual invitations creeping back in, party season has hit like a whirlwind of glitter—Christmas parties with colleagues you’ve only really seen on Zoom for the past 18 months, pub meet-ups with friends and, of course, New Year’s Eve. The month of tinsel and Mariah Carey is back, and that means it’s time to team your outfits with the best party hairstyles to match. “Whatever type, texture or length of your hair, the party season is the perfect opportunity to try something different,” says Martin Crean owner of Mode Hair. Whether you have long straight hair, the statement shag cut or a short hairstyle, the party season is the time to amplify your everyday look.
“If you usually wear your hair straight, reach for the tongs and salt spray and try some soft waves. And if you are naturally curly, try a voluminous, bouncy blow-dry for a special occasion. Avoid poker-straight hair—the contrast will be too great—but adding some bounce through the ends will look natural and playful,” suggests Crean.
It’s not always about the style itself, either. Some of the most on-trend party hairstyles this season will be pared-back looks enhanced with statement hair accessories. “There are so many simple styles that can be dressed up,” says Karen Perry, co-owner of Room 97 Creative. “This is a big year for hair accessories, and the blingier, the better. A cluster of sparkly hair grips add an eye-catching addition to mid-length and long hair, or add some small diamantés on your parting. One statement piece looks great on short, textured hair.”
There’s one that’s a no-no for party hairstyles this year, and that is perfection. “Undone glamour is very 2022 and looks soft and feminine; a tight bun or hard hairline can look too severe,” says Perry. “Add some softness to long hair with dishevelled braids. Try a fishtail braid or messy bun at the nape for an effortless look.” When it comes to products to hold your look, if you find that styles like waves and curls drop easily, Crean has the following advice: “Prep is essential for this style to stop the hair dropping out. Using a prep spray such as KMS HairStay Anti-Humidity Spray will prevent hair from frizzing in hot pubs and clubs and keep the hair looking gorgeous all night long.”
Short fringes can be high-maintenance with the constant trims, but they are so chic. Wash your hair the morning of the party and blow-dry with the concentration nozzle facing down to seal the cuticle of your strands for shine.
The waves are laid. If you have a low cut, pre-party, make sure you have applied your holding product, and keep your do-rag or scarf on until you’re ready to leave to give your waves enough time to set.
Ditch the parting for the night and brush your hair back into a humble low bun. If you have short layers, you’ll need a spritz of hair spray like the Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong Hold to stop your strands moving about.