Take your party hair up a notch; Dress, bag, shoes - tick. Now it's time to tweak those tresses into the crowning glory of your red carpet outfit. KATIE WRIGHT brushes up on three fab updos.
IT'S not every week you want to go the whole hog and properly pin up your hair. But a red carpet-worthy updo isn't as tough to achieve as you might think.
We've got step-by-step guides to a trio of styles that you can try at home. The Textured Twist is an easy-peasy chignon that looks great no matter how messy you make it, while the Topsy-Turvy is an Eighties-inspired updo that you can definitely DIY.
The Halo Braid might take a bit of practice, or a helping hand from a pal, but the angelic end result is definitely worth the effort.
So, it's over to the pros for your hairspiration how-to...
THE TEXTURED TWIST MAKE like a model on the Calvin Klein spring/summer 2015 catwalk with this artfully undone updo, recreated by Unite stylist Daniel Jordan.
1. Start by using Unite Boosta volume spray to add weightless body. Use sparingly from roots to ends, then add Unite Texturiza spray through the lengths and ends, to create instant body and movement.
2. Using your fingers, bring the hair to the back of the head and secure in a pony at the crown or nape of your neck.
3. Once secured, start to wrap, twist and pin sections of the ponytail into a loose chignon. Play around with it until you find the shape you're happy with, then spray Unite Tricky Spray (PS20.50, urbanretreat.co.uk), as this will add texture and hold.
Pull tendrils of hair loose around the face for a bohemian twist.
Unite Boosta Spray, PS16.60 (www.urbanretreat.co.uk) Unite Texturiza |Spray, PS23 (www.urbanretreat.co.uk) THE TOPSY-TURVY UPDO REMEMBER the Topsy Tail, the Eighties hair tool that had its own infomercial? Here, Raf Manay, a stylist from Regis Salon's artistic team The Edge, takes this Topsy technique and combines it with a grown-up twist to create an elegant updo.
1. Start with day-old, unwashed hair if possible. If you have just washed your hair, spritz some hairspray, like Sebastian Shaper Zero Gravity, onto your fingers and run through hair to create texture for extra hold.
2. Brush through the hair and run through a small amount of oil or serum to reduce flyaways. Section a triangle from the front to the crown, backcombing at the roots before pinning out of the way at the front. 3. Bring the top section of hair into a ponytail. Loosen the ponytail slightly, create a hole in the space above the elastic and bring it through the top - similar to the Topsy Tail style.
4. Repeat the steps with remaining hair, creating three ponytails as you move down the head. 5. Plait the remaining hair and twist into a bun at the nape of the neck, securing tightly with grips.
6. Take the top triangle section (the one that was pinned out of the way) back to give the style some height, and pin into place above the first twist. Pin hair into place to hide hair elastic. Finish with a light hold hairspray, or Wella SP Light Oil Spray, for extra shine.
Sebastian Shaper Zero Gravity, PS16.50 (www.regissalons.co.uk) Wella SP Luxe Light Oil Spray, PS13.50 (www.lookfantastic.com) THE HALO BRAID ORIGINALLY created for the Erdem catwalk by Charles Worthington, the Halo Braid can be worn loose with lots of flyaways to create the halo effect, or taut and tame for a sleeker feel.
1. Prep the hair using Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Body Booster Mousse, working it through the hair and paying particular attention to the hairline. Blow dry hair upside down, creating a slight flick at the ends, as this will help when plaiting the hair, then gently brush through.
2. Start with a classic French plait from the nape of the neck just above the left ear, and work around the hairline from left to right (you are braiding from ear to ear), and ensure that you bring the hair up to the front of the head as you braid. 3. Braid around the head in a circular motion, clockwise. When you reach the opposite point, start to pull in the isolated section of hair to continue where you started. Once you get to the end, finish the lengths and ends with a normal plait and secure with a clear hair band. 4. If you have any excess hair, fold this back on itself and tuck under the original plait to disguise where the plait starts and ends. Then hold in place with a couple of grips. 5. Finish the look with a fine mist of Charles Worthington Style Setter Long Lasting Max Hold Spray, and use your fingers to buff the front of the hairline to break up the plait and create a soft, fluffy halo effect.
Charles Worthington Volume |& Bounce Body Booster Mousse, PS5.99 (www.boots.com) Charles Worthington |Style Setter Long Lasting Max Hold Spray, PS5.99 (www.boots.com) The halo braid was created for the catwalk by Charles Worthington | The textured twist at the Calvin Klein Spring 2015 collection is modelled during Fashion Week, in New York | The topsy-turvy updo and products to help you get the look The |halo braid, front and back