Take your hair to the next level!

December 17, 2009

Get gorgeous party hair that will turn heads without spending ages at the basin. Actually, work these styles from day to night! By é salon Creative Director Emiliano Vitale.

Unkempt, classic Chignon

This is a great style to go from the office to after-work drinks or a Christmas party. It’s fun, yet classic which works both for the office and social occasions.

1: To begin, pull your hair into a low ponytail on the opposite side of the head to your part and secure with a band.

2: Loosely braid your ponytail; you can use any braid however a fish tail braid tends to work best, as it pulls apart beautifully. Once you have the braid completed, secure with a snag free hair band.

3: With your fingers, slowly and gently begin to pull the braid apart, from the outside. Don’t do this all at once; move through the braid section by section. Keep doing this until you have a very wide-open braid/plait.

4: Then, take the end of the braid and gently wrap around the ponytail and secure in place with pins. This is where you can be creative, depending on whether you desire a tighter bun style or a looser, messier chignon style.

Afternoon Do

You have spent the day at the beach and your hair has that lived in rough sea look to it. Quickly wrapping this into a rough FLAT French roll gives you the perfect afternoon “CASUAL” look for the summer. Alternatively, you can create a couple of little braids through the sides into a ponytail and a roughed up quiff through the top to give it a rougher, yet romantic element.

Evening Hair Wear

Loose, side-swept curls are the ultimate this summer. All you need is either the VS Sassoon Ultimate Retra-Cord Multi Curls or the VS Sassoon 25mm Ceramic Instant Heat Tong, and lightly set/ curl your hair, pin one side tightly behind the ear and let the rest fall through nice and loose. For a more elaborate look, you may also like to braid the side back to accentuate the waves on the other side.

Loose Waves

If you’ve worn your hair out or in a loose, low ponytail during the day, you can create a no-fuss beach-inspired style in 5 minutes. Pull your hair into a mid-placed ponytail on the head, braid it, and spritz with a light hold shine spray.

Using your VS Sassoon Goddess Conditioning Ionic Steam Straightener, place the braid between the plates to heat the braid through.

Let the braid cool for a couple of minutes, remove the ponytail, shake the braid loose and you have a beautiful, Sex In The City-like loose wave. Finish with another spritz of the light-hold, shine spray and away you go!

Upgrade your ponytail

With Romanticism a key trend for hair this summer, the quiff has also made a comeback. To inject some party flavour into your everyday ponytail follow the following steps:

1. Before pulling your hair back into a ponytail, take the front section of hair and tong and tease into a beautiful quiff.

2. Loosely pin the quiff in place before pulling your hair into a high, smooth and glossy ponytail. Secure with a band.

3. Ensure the quiff stays in place to give a high voltage spin on your regular ponytail.

4. For a different take, pair the quiff with a braid on each side of the head, braiding them back into a low ponytail.

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Picture from “Gossip Girl”.

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