Christmas Hair Tips

By Amy Lawrenson

Akin Konizi is HOB Salons International Creative Director and the winner of the 2009 British Hairdresser of the Year award. We called him up to pick his brains about festive hair. Here are 6 tips to get your hair party ready fast;

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1.    “Remain on trend this Christmas by investing in a pair of good crimping irons. Keep it simple and interesting by crimping panels to create a dual texture, which is quick and easy to achieve. Avoid crimping all over for a modern take on this look.”

2.    “Go from desk to disco by slicking back a side panel of your hair and leaving the remaining hair down to contrast for a ‘fake undercut’ edgy look. Working with the panel running from your temple, down behind your ear to the back of your head, simply apply a gel such as Wella’s High Hair Flubber, £9, and style smooth and polished against the head. Secure in place with a grip inserted out of view, and leave the rest of the hair to fall to the other side.”

3.    “For quick glamour and timeless party style, opt for a tousled bun. From high crown top knots which are very now, through to side placed low-slung buns, this style is classic and very chic. Either keep loose throughout for a more ‘undone’ style for a feminine and soft finish, or go for a more polished structured knotted bun for a bang on-trend style – but beware you need the cheekbones to carry this off!”

4.    “Twinkle this Christmas by opting for a catwalk inspired faux bob as seen on House of Holland’s spring summer 2010 show. This look works with tonged tresses, split into four sections – two at the back and one each side. Take each section and roll it under and pin in place with Kirby grips to give an illusion of a bob. Dishevelled and undone, the key to this look is keeping it loose and soft for a feminine, understated feel.”

5.    “Want to be the belle of the ball this Christmas? Remain on-trend with 80’s inspired curls and texture by creating small, tight curls – the BaByliss Porcelain Curling Wand, £24.45, is an ideal tool for this - and then backcombing through the curls to give a less structured finish. For a glam, party look gather up your curls and randomly pin sections up at the back of your head for a tousled updo.” (Pictured above, part of Akin's winning collection).

6.    “Accessories are big news this season and can take you from day style to festive fashion in minimal time. Grips worn as outwear are really hot – stack them in a row for effect as seen on celebs such as Diane Kruger. From smaller jewelled accessories through to larger scale pieces, remain bang on trend by combining textures and materials such as ribbons, chiffon, netted pieces and vintage lace for an on-trend look. Always secured off centre, work your accessory by carefully placing behind the ear for a hidden from view for an alluring and sexy style.”

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