And how to recreate them at home

 Once you’ve perfected a party season make-up tutorial and got your nails done, only one thing remains for you to really make an impact at Christmas parties: a party hairstyle! But what are the Christmas party hairstyles that you’ll want to rock around the Christmas tree this year, and how can you create them at home? We asked the ultimate hair experts – George Northwood, Lee Stafford and Mark Hill – for some serious party hair inspo and their top tips on how to get the look yourself.


“Hailey Bieber’s hair look at the most recent Met Gala is the perfect example of great party hair,” says George. “Instead of looking too ‘done’, Hailey’s taken a more laid back, undone approach that’s all about looking like you, but a little bit extra. It’s like no make-up make-up, but for hair.

“Natural, effortless looking hair has really become the new glamour. Simple styling with a subtle wave gives the illusion of having just rolled out of bed with perfect, undone hair,” he continues.

“Hailey’s style is a great example of this look on medium length hair,” George says. But can it work on different hair lengths and textures? Of course! “The same styling techniques can be applied to shorter hair, for example, a bob. The undone bob is one of my signature styles, and something that I do for Alexa Chung very regularly,” he explains. “On a different hair texture, the nonchalant California waves I did for The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, are another good example. Although her hair is a bit longer and thicker, this style looks incredible on her.”

How to do it at home

1. “In order to achieve this look at home, give your hair a rough dry with a hairdryer or leave it to air dry, this will make sure your hair doesn’t look too studied.”

Try: BaByliss Berry Crush 2200 Hairdryer (£40)

• 2200W Power

• 3 heat / 2 speed settings

• 2.5m power cord

This hairdryer will dry even thick hair super fast, and its quartz-ceramic and ionic technology means that it’ll keep frizz at bay and enhance shine, too!

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2. “Spritz the hair with a quality holding spray; I’d recommend my Wave Holding Spray which will ensure the style stays put, and also includes heat protection which is key for maintaining good hair health.”

Try: Undone by George Northwood Wave Holding Spray (£15)

• Size: 250ml

Even an undone style must stand to attention, which is why a holding spray is essential for this look. The fact that it also offers heat protection doesn’t go amiss, either.

3. “Next, use your tong of choice to add some subtle waves into random sections of the hair. You could also use a flat iron in a zigzag motion which will add understated waves that look super natural.”

Try: L'Oréal Professionnel Steampod 3.0 Steam Hair Straightener & Styling Tool  | Limited Edition x Karl Lagerfeld (£235)

• Removable comb

• Integrated water tank re-fill bottle

If you want to heat style your hair with less of the damage that, well, heat causes, you might want to style it with steam instead. Plus, this steam straightener (and styling tool) has won at least two industry awards including ‘Best Hair Innovation’ at the 2020 Marie Claire Hair Awards and ‘Best Smoothing Straightener’ at the 2021 Cosmopolitan Summer Beauty Awards.

4. “Finish the style with a pea sized amount of my Moisturising Cream through the lengths and the ends which will add texture and definition, giving the hair that beachy appearance while still looking polished.”

Try: Undone by George Northwood Moisturising Creams (£15)

• Size: 250ml

This isn’t a moisturising cream for your skin of course, but one for your hair; and it helps to create the perfect canvas for styling. It’s enriched with beetroot extract to help increase volume, minimise frizz and make hair easier to brush, resulting in less breakage.


How do you turn Gigi Hadid’s red carpet high ponytail into a festive hairstyle? “Adding soft waves to the hair gives it that polish and makes it stand out from the ponytail you normally wear at the gym,” says Mark. “This look is easy to recreate on most hair textures. Ideally hair should be longer, but you can fake the look on shorter hair by the use of a hairpiece.” Styling it up with a snatched ponytail like this is super on-trend this season.

How to do it at home

1. “Spray your hair with The Hair Lab by Mark Hill Anti-Humidity Spray and use a bristle brush to smooth into a high ponytail. I like to use a bungee band to secure a high ponytail in place as it’s easier to achieve a tighter hold.”

Try: The Hair Lab by Mark Hill Anti-Humidity Spray (£9.99)

• Size: 300ml

• Cruelty-free

• Vegan

• No mineral oils

• No synthetic colours

• No artificial fragrances

This spray delivers a fine mist that fights frizz and enhances shine while providing environmental and UV protection. In other words, it’s perfect for smoothing your hair up into a high ponytail.

2. “When your hair is pulled back, use your chosen barrel to create the waves. I'd recommend our Pick ‘N’ Mix UniCurl Barrel or the Pick ‘N’ Mix Round Brush for those soft glam waves.”

Try: Mark Hill Pick ‘N’ Mix Unicurl Barrel (£16.99)

• Handle sold separately

This attachment makes curling your hair incredibly easy, even if you’re a beginner.

Try: Mark Hill Pick 'N' Mix Handle (£17.99)

• Twist lock system

• Swivel cord for maneuverability

• Includes heat protection glove

This multipurpose base is a game-changer. Swap your barrels for countless styles.

3. “Don’t touch the waves until you’ve done all of the ponytail, and then use a curl comb or afro comb to separate and enhance them.”

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Try: Mark Hill Style Addict Detangle Curl Comb (£3.50)

This eye-catching comb will turn rigid curls into soft waves, while ensuring that they don’t drop entirely.

4. “Use an accessory to finish the look.”

Try: Boots Barrette Silver Flower Trio (£8)

How gorgeous is this? Not to mention suitably festive! You’ll be wearing it long after December’s over and well into wedding season.


“A look which will be highly requested this party season was worn by Alicia Keys at the 2021 MET Gala: a sleek, wet-look, low bun with added sparkle,” says Lee. “A style that oozes Christmas chic, it’s sophisticated, yet playful and I absolutely love the sparkling accessories.”

“Alicia’s style can be worn by most hair types, textures and lengths. If your hair is super short, you can still recreate the wet-look and diamanté element, just lose the low bun and instead scrape the hair back and down and leave it there! If your hair is too thick or long for a low bun, opt for a low ponytail or plait.”

“One of the best things about this look is that it requires minimal products and time!”

How to do it at home

1. “Spritz my Heat Protection Shine Mist all over the hair to protect against thermal damage, then straighten hair.”

Try: Lee Stafford Original Heat Protection Shine Mist (£6.99)

• Size: 200ml

This is a styling staple if you want smooth and shiny hair without the guilt of damaging it too much in the process.

Try: Dyson Corrale Straightener Fuchsia Nickel (£399.99)

This is the only straightener with flexing copper plates that gathers hair neatly on each pass, making straightening a much less laborious process and reducing damage. It delivers up to 30 minutes of cord-free styling and has three heat settings - 165°C, 185°C and 210°C.

2. “Create a middle parting and using my Smooth & Polish Paddle Brush, brush the hair down to your ears and around, so it falls to the back of the neck and secure with a band. Remember to keep brushing until there are no flyaways or bumps as this look is super smooth!”

Try: Lee Stafford Smooth & Polish Paddle Brush (£11)

An excellent everyday hair brush for detangling hair and helping to tame frizz!

3. “Wrap the ponytail around the band and secure it with bobby pins.” Choose a shade close to your own hair colour for a discreetly stylish finish.

4. “My Hair Up Styling Brush is perfect for taming flyaways and ensuring that you’re left with an ultra-sleek look. 

Try: Lee Stafford Hair Up Styling Brush (£6)

Sometimes you need a smaller, more delicate hairbrush to tidy your updo. This one is built for the job.

5. “Finish off by applying some diamanté studs all over the hair, or whichever pattern you desire!”

Try: Kitsch Rhinestone Bobby Pin Rose Gold (£9.50)

Sparkle and security? This set of three hair pins is the perfect finishing touch to any party season hairstyle.

All prices correct on date of publication
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