No party outfit is complete without a flawless hair-do, and we are loving the curls and undone waves spotted on the SS19 runways.
Alberta Ferretti and Etro chose a relaxed finish with natural movement, while at Giorgio Armani, Roberta Bellazzi created curly up-dos for the catwalk. We enlisted an expert, Angelina Stengler at Pastels Salon, to share with us a step-by-step guide to achieving this festive-ready hair look at home.
When it comes to curls, it is a case of go big or go home. Whether you are hitting a dancefloor for a Studio54-like office party or are planning a cosy, intimate dinner, a bouncy set of curls will up the ante of your overall look and with the right tools and products the style is easy to create.
Step 1: Brush out your hair so it’s knot-free and as straight as is possible. Place a small amount of Kerastase Fondant Fluidealiste in the hair. This product will gently coat the hair fibre to seal, smooth and tame it and will bestow the hair with frizz control, fluidity and shine.
Step 2: Take a curling wand – for big curls, I love using the EIDEAL Curlie as it has a diamond-coated barrel to give the hair a sleek appearance, plus its temperature control ensures you can vary the heat to avoid damage. Using a bobble, section the hair into 1-2cm pieces and then wrap each piece around the barrel in turn, holding for approximately 15-20 seconds.
Step 3: For best results, slide the barrel out slowly and at an angle as this will create a natural fall to the curls and provide the most flattering effect. Then, I back-combed the top to create some volume before rubbing some Kerastase Oleo Relax in my fingers and gliding them across the top of the hair to smooth it down.
Step 4: Run your fingers gently through your hair and finish with a good dose of L’Oreal Elnett to hold this curly style in place.
This style is a terrific base for creating a sophisticated look – you can keep the hair down or do a half hair-up by placing some hair in a ponytail at the back or side and using a bejewelled accessory to hold it in place, which is a big trend this season.