SPREAD some festive season cheer with hair fit for holidays and beyond.
WITH all of the cooking, eating and partying you have to do this holiday, the last thing you need to worry about is hair. Therefore, we suggest the most versatile of hairstyles: curls. They can go from elegant and sophisticated to fun and sexy and are easy to create. Our chosen looks are perfect for everything from Christmas dinner to a New Year’s Eve party. Plus you can get the look with any hot tool in your possession. Master these celebrity worthy curls and you’ll be ready to stun for the season.
FOR soft, shiny waves like Izabel Goulart, put down your curling iron and use a straightener instead. Start curling from just below your ears so the crown stays smooth and gently brush out the curls. End with a spritz of shine spray to stop flyaways and to ensure a glossy finish.
TO recreate Rachel Brosnahan‘s soft waves, start with a slightly off-centre parting (this adds lift at the roots) before pulling hair into a ponytail. Then curl just the tied section with a wide-barreled curling iron. Tuck one side of your hair behind your ear and accessorise with an on-trend clip – or three.
TIP: Faux-pearl hair clips are a bona fide trend. Not only are they easy to wear (it’s as simple as popping one on and you’re all dressed up) they can also be styled in endless ways.
THE secret to the Duchess of Sussex‘s face-framing centre-parted loose waves is winding hair around the wand of the curling iron in a clockwise direction on the right side of the face and a counter-clockwise direction on the left side. In other words, away from the face towards the hairline. Finish by running a wide-tooth comb through the strands to loosen the curls.
A super fast technique can get you Jasmine Tookes’ effortless beach to happy hour waves: section hair in manageable pieces, form twists, then carefully run a flat-iron over them. Requiring only a few minutes, this style will elevate your holiday look in only a few minutes.
WHEN it comes to irons, the smaller the barrel, the tighter the curl and if large, looser waves, like Amal Clooney are what you’re after, use a large barrel curler. The secret: make sure your hair tool is facing down to the floor rather than horizontally.
TIP: Invest in a styler designed to create a multitude of styles: straighten, curl or wave.
IF you’re lucky enough to be blessed with naturally curly locks, your only worry should be how to keep them moisturised and looking healthy. As any natural hair devotee knows, the bane of the curly girl’s life is dryness. Infusing hair with oil, like coconut oil, shea butter and a leave-in conditioner will be just what the doctor ordered for any kind of textured hair.
OUR Miss South Africa World Sasha-Lee Laurel Olivier’s hair is just as flawless as she is. Similar curls to what we’ve seen the beauty queen wearing can be recreated in an easy way. Start with hair that’s almost dry, wrap hair around a hair donut and pin the ends. Allow it to dry overnight. Remove the next morning and spritz with a curl holding spray.
WINNIE Harlowe’s 80s throwback hair will definitely put you in the mood to party. Unfortunately, there’s no way to get this look without a crimping tool. Crimping is a stylist’s secret to creating incredible volume and big hair. Professionals all carry a crimper in their kits. Crimp in very small, manageable sections. So making sure hair totally knot- and tangle-free before starting is a must.