With Christmas fast approaching, it’s important to look your best for the holiday season, so I’m delighted to share some festive hairstyling tips that I picked up recently courtesy of The Corinthia Hotel London and Laurent-Perrier champagne.
I was invited, along with 11 other journalists and digital influencers, to a champagne fuelled breakfast in the stunning surroundings of The Corinthia Hotel London on Whitehall Place. They have teamed up with renowned champagne house Laurent-Perrier to bring you 12 Tips of Christmas, and presented each of us with a box containing a mystery experience/tip. Having previously visited the Corinthia for cocktails, I was delighted to revisit and to check out the festive decorations.
Regular readers will know that I’m also a fan of Laurent-Perrier, and their Cuvée Rosé champagne is a favourite.
I’m a sucker for surprises, and was excited to open my box and discover that I’d be sampling a party hairstyles masterclass. Fast forward a week and I was backfor my masterclass with expert hairstylist Ricky, at the Daniel Galvin salon in-house at The Corinthia. Handily located next to the spa, it’s open to non-residents and is a light and welcoming space. There’s a private room known as the Movie Makeover Room, useful for bridesmaids, celebrities or my masterclass today 😉
Firstly, it’s easier to style hair when it hasn’t been freshly washed. If it has, then apply some hair product such as styling lotion to give it some extra lift. To create a glamourous wavy look, the traditional method of using foam rollers secured with hair grips cannot be beaten. However if you’re running short on time as I tend to be, heated rollers or a curling wand will also create a good effect.
Leave the rollers in for at least 5 minutes, then once you’ve taken them out, blow-dry hair with a vented radial brush. Those are the small round brushes and it’s best to use one with natural bristles rather than plastic or metal which can apparently damage the hair. It might sound odd but you can even do a blow dry on dry hair, as long as you use a heat protection spray. Curl the hair around the brush and make sure to do it in different directions to give the hair some life.
Next, Ricky showed me a quick and easy up-do – I’ve never been able to master these correctly so was in dire need of some tips. Ricky suggests backcombing hair first to give it some body. Then pull your hair into a low pony tail – or if you wish, you can separate it into two pony tails, a low one and a higher one.
If you have layers around the front of your hair, pull a few free to soften the look. I was really impressed with the end result, and it lasted for days! Are you planning a festive outfit and hairstyle?