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Party season is the time of year that you can really pull out the stops with your hair styling. You’ve worn all the 2018 hair colour trends, from rose gold hair to platinum blonde or pastel hair hues.
But New Year’s Eve is always extra special. Why? It’s the one night of the year that you’ll be wearing your hair in 2018 and 2019 simultaneously, so it needs to be memorable. Lacklustre locks just aren’t going to cut it in your celebratory NYE selfies.
“Party wear is getting more elegant with black tie and long dresses so hair styling is much more intricate this season,” says Guy Kremer, L’Oréal Professionnel Ambassador, “Normally I say less is more, but for New Year you can really go for it and experiment.”
Whether you want to wear your hair up or down, we’ve got the styles that are guaranteed to upstage your party frock whether you have short hair, long hair and anything in between.
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The ultimate accessory for any black tie ball? A bow tie - except this year they feature in your hair instead of on your neck… Think chignon with a party season twist.
“Turn your traditional chignon into a bow style knot at the nape of your neck – keep it vertical instead of horizontal so it looks more chic than novelty,” Guy suggests.
PARTY TRICK: Make sure your bow isn’t too strict. Soften the look with looser pieces, so it’s party at the front, business at the back.
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Take a step away from the cliched glitter and freshen up a NYE hairstyle with flowers. As seen on the SS19 catwalks, adding in pretty floral features is the instant feminine update for your hair – and the perfect antidote to sequins.
“Wrap your hair into a low twist or bun, and add small, silk flowers to punctuate the look,” Guy suggests.
PARTY TRICK: If you’re organised enough, try and use coloured flowers that bring out the detail of your party look.
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If summer is wavy season, curls rule the dancefloor at New Year. To get a smooth, voluminous curl use a large barrel tong after blow-drying. Pinning up as you go will help set the curl.
“Go for curls - but keep them loose and modern,” Guy says. “Big, bouncy curls are perfect if you love to wear your hair loose but still want to look ‘done’.”
PARTY TRICK: Give your curls some extra body and modern texture with a light dusting of powder.
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Don’t hold back it when it comes to accessories for this New Year’s Eve – the blingier the better. Place a showstopper sparkly grip in a relaxed, textured knot and it instantly looks more ‘done’ and dancefloor-ready.
Guy says: “People play a lot with accessories for New Year parties - you can try everything from a tiara to embellished grips, just make sure it suits the hairstyle.”
PARTY TRICK: If you’re getting an up-do at the salon, take your accessory along so your stylist can base your style around your statement grip.
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“It’s all in the preparation when it comes to NYE hairstyles with hold – use the right styling products and they’ll last ‘til midnight and beyond.” – Guy Kremer, L’Oréal Professionnel Ambassador.
Embrace the braids for an unexpected, bohemian twist on your New Year up-do. They instantly soften an up-do and give your hair a romantic, ethereal feel if you’re feeling the love for 2019.
“This isn’t festival hair. Add in small, loose braids throughout a glam up-do to get a hairstyle with contrasting texture. It’s soft and bohemian-looking,” Guys says.
PARTY TRICK: Use discreet hair coloured grips to secure your mini braids so it doesn’t detract from your hairstyle.
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Not good on late nights? Meet every red carpet goer’s SOS hairstyle - the high pony - thanks to its instant face-lifting powers (especially handy if you’re flagging towards the party season finale). For a high pony that looks less strict for NYE, try adding in some loose waves through the length and finish with a metallic accessory.
PARTY TRICK: Use a touch of serum on the ends to give your hair a sleek look and protect it from styling.
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