We love getting dolled up on special occasions, but aren’t really the type to spend hours in front of the mirror perfecting every strand of hair. Who has time for all that when appetizers go fast (yum…chocolate covered strawberries!) and open bar ends at 7PM? We’d rather use that time wisely to get ourselves (and our hair) out the door (and on the dance floor) in minutes. Read on to learn how to up the va-va-voom factor on hair for any special occasion.
Do a Quick Color Fix
Roots aren’t cute, so make sure you touch them up before your event! Having a pretty hairstyle (oh wait! minus the visible skunk line) won’t look polished. This is a fancy event, right? And you’re a fancy lady. Try this: Root Touch-Up. Tip: If you’re touching up the day of the event, be extra careful not to stain your skin. Dab a little petroleum jelly to your hairline as added protection. A cotton ball soaked in toner or lemon juice can remove any mishaps!
Plan in Advance
Color your hair within seven days of your big event, not on the day of or even one or two days before. That way if you don’t like what you see, there’s still time to make changes. This is especially important for brides!
The quickest, easiest way to take an up-do from day to night is adding by adding an accessory. A pretty flower (real not silk) or a feminine hair clip (sparkles not plastic). One rule of thumb is that nothing plastic should go in your hair for any special event, and that if a teenager would wear it, it’s a no-go. If a princess would wear it, go ahead. Think ‘40s and ‘50s glamour, classic Hollywood—subtle, sparkly, beautiful headbands, barrettes and pins. It’s jewelry for the hair.
The great thing is your favorite everyday styles can actually be pretty for a party. Just remember to add a fun flair. A ponytail with a twist. A low side bun with a braid. Natural waves pinned away from the face. Here are some of our favorite classic party styles with a twist!
Pump Up the (Volume)
Nothing says life of the party like big, voluminous hair. If you’re going with a style that’s down, be sure to give your hair some body. Take a 1-inch section of hair from the crown of your head and gently tease the underside of your hair. Smooth the top of the hair with a fine-toothed comb. Spritz with a medium hold hairspray. Continue teasing around just the top of your head. If you’re on your way out the door and notice your locks are looking limp, switch your parting to the other side to make your hair look instantly fuller.
Go For a New Kind of Blowout
We know the electric slide came on. Although you swore you’d never do it again, somehow you found yourself boogie woogie woogie-ing. It’s okay, we forgive you! If your hair turns limp after a night of tearing up the dance floor, head to the ladies’ room and give it some body by tipping your head forward under the hand dryer. Or, spritz a little dry shampoo at your roots to soak up any sweat you’ve worked up and a boost of volume.