Party LooksIt's time to end the year on a high! Right now everyone wants to have a little fun, whether that's via their nail art or a fun party hairstyle. This blog brings your tips and trends and a couple of get the looks too!
"Sleek looks are definitely one of my favourite party hairstyles! A slicked-back hairstyle looks elegant yet sexy and is super easy to create. One of my favourite styles is a flirty ponytail. To recreate, using a gel or a serum on the hair for a sleek effect, make a high ponytail. Once you've created the ponytail, take a think section of the hair and wrap it around the elastic that's securing the ponytail a few times, and grip in place. This slicked backed style also looks great when worn off the face and straight. I always recommend that you start by backcombing the roots, as this gives the hair volume, before using a strong gel to slick all of the hair off the face ot smooth it to one side behind the ear for a glamorous look. This style works best when it's super shiny so once the gel has dried, finish by using a shine spray to give the hair some serious shine!"
Karen Thomson, KAM Hair and Body Spa.
Everyone seems to agree; at this time of year it's all about nails that sparkle and shine...
"For AW18, glitter nails are back in season! Think sparkly and mesmerising. Glitter nail colours are particularly great for the festive season and are a fantastic way to add glamour to any outfit. Rich reds are always popular so play with cherry reds and burgundy reds that can be teamed with either a glossy or matte topcoat. Glossy and matte topcoats are so popular - the matte ones are a great option for clients who want to try something a bit edgy and unexpected."
Kelly Thornhill, Leah Durrant Hair Salon & Beauty Re:Treat
"From single dots at the centre base of the nail to ombré glitter fading from the top down, the options are limitless this season. Nude, understated nails paired with one simple dot in a berry shade is simple yet striking Winter look, and the use of chunky gold glitter alongside soft, pale pink is something we can expect to see more of. It's all about eccentric accents, abstract design and lots of glitter!
Kirsty Rodziewicz, Perfectly Posh Salon
"Metallic and chrome nails are set to be popular for Winter and are a fantastic way to bring attention to any outfit with their eye-catching mirror shine! To create this look for your clients, you can use chrome nail polish, metallic nail wraps or even a highly pigmented powder. Whether the client opts for a gunmetal shade or rose gold, this look is super cool and the more polished and mirrored - the better!"
"Darker colours are also set to be popular this season and are great for adding a touch of glamour. Darker shades look particularly striking on shorter nails, especially those with a rounded or oval shape. Darker makeup looks are definitely influencing this almost Gothic trend, so moody purples, dark chocolates, smoky teals, greys and blacks are very on-trend right now."
Rebekah Young, KAM Hair and Body Spa
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"As soon as party season kicks in there's an immediate change in my client tanning requests. Autumn is all about keeping that summer glow for as long as possible, but as soon as Christmas comes, the demand to go darker comes back. It's an opportunity to bare legs and reveal a lot more skin, so clients will be choosing deeper, darker tanning products.
In between tanning treatments I advise my clients to use an intense sugar scrub to even out any remaining tan lines from the Summer. I'll tell them to do this on a daily basis for two or three days, ahead of using a self-tanner. Also, bra straps can compound dead skin meaning that skin in this area can appear darker, therefore leaving darker tan lines behind. It's important to exfoliate for a few days ahead of treatment to create a glowing, even colour." James Harknett
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