Perfect Christmas Party Hair

Whether it’s for the work Christmas party, a festive meal with friends, or Christmas Day itself, December is a great time to get creative with your hair. Here at Lucinda Ellery, we know our stuff when it comes to hair, so allow us to introduce some festive hairstyle ideas you’ll want to try this year…

No matter what color, style or cut you have, there are plenty of ways to jazz up your hair ‘do just in time for party season. There’s something about the festivities of Christmas that makes every girl want to twist, braid and curl to their heart’s content, but who wants to wear the same style to every party? Not us! We’ve come up with 3 simple styles that are bound to turn heads, and best of all, they’re all dead easy.

High Ponytail

ponytailThere is something effortlessly classy and chic about a pulled back pony that makes them perfect for the more formal dinners and black tie events. If you have the length for it, it couldn’t be easier to achieve.

Pull the hair to the back of the crown and smooth with a brush or comb. Secure the hair with a bobby pin or elastic band, making sure to tease the hair so it’s in a comfortable position.

Pull the hair to the back of the crown and smooth with a brush or comb. Secure the hair with a bobby pin or elastic band, making sure to tease the hair so it’s in a comfortable position.

As a trendy optional extra, you can grab a strand of hair and twist around the base of the ponytail, disguising the hairband. This adds an extra chic twist to this already sleek hairstyle.

Dutch Braid

dutch braidGet in touch with your inner European chic this Christmas with a practical Dutch Braid. Perfect for a stay at home Christmas or a festive drink out with friends. Similar to a French Plait but oozing with extra sassiness, this is a great option for anyone who is looking to be out the house for a long period of time. Get the hair out the way but look fashionable doing it!

Although a little trickier than a typical French Plait, once you get the hang of it, this style is a staple to anyone’s hair wardrobe. Take a section of hair at the top and separate it into three equal sections – left, middle, and right. Take the left section and cross it under the middle one. Then take the right section, and cross it under the middle, adding more hair each time, now repeat until you reach the bottom.

Soft Waves

soft wavesA classic set of soft curls can transform any look from chilled day to glam night! Curls can be created in many ways, whether that’s with hot tongs, straighteners or plaits, everyone’s hair works in different ways, but we’re sure we can all agree that a soft curl looks gorgeous on all hair types, especially at Christmas!

Take the Quiz

With all these hair styles to choose from, how do you know which will suit you? Take our quiz, to find out which Christmas hair style you are destined to rock this December! Will it be a messy bun, a sleek updo or something a whole lot more festive?

style quiz

Or, you could treat yourself to hair that’s going to wow no matter how it’s styled at one of our Lucinda Ellery studios. A new set of extensions, a festive cut and colour, or a whole new restyle. Get in contact to get the hair of your dreams – it’ll be a little early Christmas present to yourself, you deserve it!

Our Extensions Gallery has plenty of inspiring examples, or just go directly to our Contact page to call one of our studios or email us.

Have a great Christmas and New Year!

Long hair, don’t care

From the Fashion Week FROW to the Met’s iconic red carpet, hairstyles are turning heads like never before. And in the battle of the locks, a handful of celebs are going to extremely great lengths to come out on top. Whether it’s slicked back behind the ear, pulled high in a sky-scraper pony, or left loosely flowing in beach-babe waves, the hot-test hair styles of SS17 are the ones that go on. And on. And on.

NYFW saw Kimmy K’s signature dark tresses flow all the way down to her famous der-rière, while sister Kourtney’s sky-high pony cascaded down her back Ariana-style. But when it comes to asking the mirror on the wall who has the longest hair of all, there’s only one image that pops up. And it’s Nicki Minaj strutting her stuff around Paris. The real life Rapunzel had locks so long they were described by Vogue to be in ‘ankle grazing territory’. Yes, ANKLE grazing.

Dreaming of Lusciously Long Locks

While hair-down-to-your-feet is a bit OTT for us everyday gals, dreaming of lusciously long locks is something we can all relate to. And with the long bob taking last season by storm, most of us are further away than ever from this never-ending fairytale look. The reality is, hair takes a long time to grow. And even if we achieved this long haired look the natural way, we’d soon face a heart-wrenching dilemma when a pixie cut becomes the new must-have. No, the only way to have all the fun of a Barbie doll is to enlist a helping hand. And while many of these 32-inch trend-setters have the help of hair revolutionary Chris Appleton, you can rely on the expertise of Lucinda Ellery.

Turn Up the Volume

Of course, hair extensions do far more than lengthen your mane. For decades, stars have been using them to create the fabulously voluminous Hollywood hairstyles that grace our TVs and magazines today. And using hair extensions to thicken what God gave us is becoming more and more popular off the red carpet too. Extensions are increasingly used to combat the appearance of hair loss, and they’re also a great way to play around with color and style (without the worry of damaging your natural hair).

Hair extensions — also known as hair integrations — come in every length, color, material and price-point you can imagine. It’s easy to get tangled up in it all — so we’re going to break it down. First things first; the hair itself — human or synthetic? Well, when it comes to hair, you get what you pay for: 100% human hair (available in Euro-grade, Russian and Brazilian) is the most popular (and expensive) choice. While synthetic options are less natural than human hair, they’re still popular for one-off ‘fashion’ looks such as festival-favorite color pop pastel strands.

The Appliance of Science

When it comes to the application of hair extensions, new technologies are ever changing and different methods are favoured by different salons. The original and most basic way to achieve the long-haired look is the old-fashioned clip-in. In within minutes, out within seconds; these are the original old school extensions. The downside to clip-ins is that they don’t move with your natural hair, so they’re not great for styling (and near impossible for high-ponying). If you’re looking for a temporary solution with less bulk than the clips, there’s the option of tape-ins. Which; as their name suggests, involves a high grade tape that attaches the extension weft to your own hair, achieving a longer lasting result that you can both sleep and shower in. Like clip-ins, they don’t move with your natural hair so they can be tricky to style and conceal. Another popular option is weaving (or sewing) the extension weft in. This attachment method tends to be more popular among Afro-Caribbean ladies (and anyone else lucky enough to have a thick voluminous head of hair) because the signature can appear bulky under finer, thinner hair.

If you’re looking for a true Rapunzel reformation, your best bet is to opt for high quality human hair, applied with semi-permanent polymer bonds or micro rings. While not as favored as polymer bonds, micro rings are a popular purse-friendly way to achieve the long-lock look. They’re easy to maintain, remove and (most importantly) re-use; and we like to think of them as the new and improved clip-in. The limitations of micro rings are that the hair extensions themselves come in a limited range of colours, (unlike polymer extensions which come in thousands of colors) so depending on your own hair color it can be tricky to find that perfect match. Also — as with clip-ins — they leave a much bigger signature, so they are not suitable for people with finer hair.

The polymer bonding process, on the other hand, is ideal for all hair types and colors. It involves using liquid resin to bond free-flowing strands of human hair to the free-flowing strands of hair on your head. It’s important to note that this is NOT the acrylic glue found in pre-bonded extensions; this resin has been specially formulated to ensure hair extensions are safe, non-toxic and 100% non-damaging to your hair. As they are bonded strand by strand they move with your hair and look entirely natural, making them the ideal choice if you want to keep your hair extensions your little secret.
So that’s it for the lowdown on the wild and wonderful world of extensions. With so many choices there’s something for everyone, and the Lucinda Ellery advisors are here to guide you through. Whether you’re looking to lengthen, thicken or conceal; we say fake it till you make it.