By Dion Padan
Party season is well under way, and our social calendars are set to be pretty full throughout the entire month of December. Whether it’s the annual office party, a night out with friends or big family gathering, we all need to plan our outfits and, of course, hairstyles for the upcoming events.
The office Christmas ‘do’, in particular, can become a pretty overwhelming experience, especially with the added pressure of wanting to make the right impression and really showcase your style credentials to your colleagues.
It’s always good to make a grand entrance and wow those people you work with, many of whom may have never seen you in a social environment before.
So with this in mind, what hairstyle should you opt for?
You should always look to style your hair based on what you’re wearing and the occasion. For example, a messy bed head isn’t entirely appropriate for a formal black tie dress code. If you’re attending an event where you are expected to dress smartly, wearing a suit and tie, then it would be wise to complement the look with traditional, neatly-groomed hair.
However, regardless of how you normally wear your hair, for this time of year I think it’s important to have a sharper haircut that is well maintained and in great shape. Try opting for a classic cut that can be worn in different ways, for ultimate versatility.
Personally, I would suggest going shorter through the back and sides to keep the edges looking clean and tidy. If you maintain some length through the top then the hairstyle can look completely different depending on the way it’s blow dried and your choice of styling product.
If you are going to be wearing a tuxedo or suit, look to style your hair in a classic way. Try applying a high-shine product to give off a more polished appearance and add that final level of refinement.
Three timeless hairstyles immediately spring to mind for formal occasions: the side parting, a side-swept quiff and, for those with long length on top, slicked back hair.
It’s always best to style your hair with your suit on, in order to get a true feel for the overall aesthetic; I know I feel very different when I’m dressed in a full suit. I’m sure some of you might be worried about appearing over-styled, but it really does depend on the occasion. Everyone does go the extra mile for such big events, therefore it’s the ideal time to get adventurous and try something different.
If you are attending a less formal Christmas party, your hairstyle can be more relaxed – try scrunching it or opting for one of the dishevelled styles we featured recently on FashionBeans.
Make sure you show off the texture of the haircut and have some fun with how you wear it. Try working a product like Kevin Murphy Hair Resort or Bangstyle Mousse into the hair before you blow dry, in order to give it some serious volume.
It’s nice to have a bigger or more exaggerated hairstyle at these events, especially when you consider the more conservative way many of us wear our hair at work. Experiment and get creative – it’s only hair, and if it gets too big you can always calm it down with some hairspray or by running your fingers through it.
Looking After Your Hair
Regardless of whether you have short or long hair, it’s important to keep it in the best condition possible. Due to the fact you are going out more during this period, you should also find you are washing your hair more frequently. Therefore, it’s imperative you condition your hair and scalp to keep it healthy and manageable.
I personally find that I consume a lot more alcohol over the festive season, which leaves my skin and hair feeling dehydrated. Make sure you counteract this by drinking plenty of water and, if need be, leave your conditioner to penetrate and soak into your hair for a few minutes whilst in the shower, which helps force moisture back in.
If you don’t have time for this, try applying a leave-in conditioner lotion/spray and then blow drying it in.
So there you have some quick tips on how to style your hair this party season, along with what you need to do in order to keep it in tip top condition. Remember that just like your ensemble, adjust your hairstyle and overall appearance to the event and dress code in question – this is a hallmark of any well-dressed gent.
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