Short cuts to help get your hair party ready

Nikki Parkinson Beauty 31 Comments

I went to a lunch yesterday, as you do at this time of year. It was a casual catch up with friends I hadn’t seen in way too long.

As I was getting ready and contemplating what I was going to wear, thinking about what to do with my hair, on auto-pilot, I  reached for my straightening irons. As you do for a quick run through in a vain attempt to look vaguely presentable. Something other than pulling my hair back in a pony. Again.

Something stopped me in my hair ironing tracks. And by “something”, I mean laziness. In my defence, it was Sunday. Really, did I want to be getting all hot and sweaty de-frizzing my hair only to have it frizz up the moment I left the house.

No, I did not.

This is what I opted for instead:

Beach hair, aka lazy hair

Beach hair, aka lazy hair

I’d love to tell you that this was a tricky creative, achieved after much curling, setting, teasing to create just the right amount of curl and body. But I’d be telling you a big fat porky.

The origins of this style started the day before at the beach. I actually went in the water, got my hair wet and was forced to do a quick shampoo and condition straight after. With no time for drying (blow dry or naturally) before an appointment, I simply twisted it up in a bun. And let it stay that way all day and night.

The upshot yesterday morning when I took out the hair tie was some passable curly/wave-like action. That’s when the (blonde) lightbulb went off and I reached for this:

O&M Surf Bomb Sea Salt Spray $24.95

O&M Surf Bomb Sea Salt Spray $24.95: www.originalmineral.com

O&M needs to change its name to OMG. I threw my head upside down, did a little spritzing and scrunching of Surf Bomb, flipped my hair back, pinned a couple of sections up off my face and, voila, I was ready to roll.

I’ve used sea salt sprays before but this one left my hair less crunchy than others, which is way preferable should the desire to swish or flick your hair like a rockstar suddenly overcome you. Swishing crunchy hair can cause injury. Just ask any ageing ’80s pop star.

Thanks O&M, this product really is the bomb. This style has just gone straight to the top of my summer party hair shortcuts list.

Here are some other tips that your hair will thank me for this season (you’re welcome in advance):

1. If you haven’t booked your pre-Christmas style cut and colour, stop reading this post now and pick up the phone. Those appointments disappear thick and fast. If your roots are done, greys covered and cut working for you, then most of your party hair work is done.

2. If you have a special occasion, you know … like your partner’s uber-swish office Christmas party extravaganza where you know NO-ONE, then make sure you have that styling appointment booked too. There’s no way I’m turning up looking anything less than polished for that party.

3. Give your hair a weekly hair mask/treatment. My current favourites are O&M Seven Day Miracle Moisture Masque, below left, ($31.95) and the new Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Lightweight Nourishing Treatment, below right,($9.99).

O&M Seven Day Miracle and Pantene Aqua Light Lightweight nourishing treatment

4. Add a leave-in hair oil (that is choc full of vitamins and antioxidants) after washing and towel drying. L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil, left, ($38) and Dove Nourishing Oil Care Nutri-Oil Serum, right, ($9.99) have been on high rotation in my bathroom

L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil; Dove Nourishing Hair Oil

5. Use a shampoo and conditioner that helps to nourish during those weeks of product/beach abuse. To protect your colour try Sebastian Professional Color Ignite Multi Shampoo and Conditioner, left ($34 and $36). To fight the seasonal frizzies, try L’Oreal Paris Elvive Smooth-Intense Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner, right ($6.95 each).

Sebastian Professional Colour Ignite; L'Oreal Paris Elvive Smooth-Intense

6. Find some celebrity style inspiration:  Kam Huckins, of Sydney’s Gallo Hair says: I’m quite partial to the textured braided looks that Miss Blake Lively wears on screen and off.  Whether it’s all the hair in a mussed fishtail braid, or just a section of hair braided and incorporated into a softly waved style, it really is a simple and summery look to achieve.

Miss Lively, boy do you have the ideal party style for a hot summer night.

Miss Lively, boy do you have the ideal party style for a hot summer night. Photo: Pinterest

How’s your hair looking? Happy with your current look? Could it do with a little TLC in the lead up to Christmas?

*Some of the products mentioned above were sent to me for editorial consideration as per my disclosure policy.

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  1. Gorgeous!

    I might have to give this one a go. I use another beach hair kinda product, but yes…my hair ends up a little crunchy, too.

    I love Blake – she’s gorgeous – but easy does it on the spray tan there, girlfriend! She’s lookin’ a little orange, non?

    Love ya work, hon. 😉 x

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  2. My new best thing is the VS Sassoon Wave Magic. A WAVING wand, not a CURLING wand. Much longer lasting, much more natural result, much faster. I’m so in love with it, and it’s only been 3 days. Magic indeed!

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  3. My summer hair is the thing I hate most about summer. Fuzzy-pumper humidity boofy world-of-wrongness hair is my typical summer look. Every year I swear to grow it long enough to put up, and every year I get to mid December and give up and cut it so short I could be mistaken for an oxford street door bitch. Summer identity crisis here I come. Hat anyone?

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  4. Ahh, you have discovered my secret of the bun in the hair (and not the oven) doing wonders for nice waves.
    Has been my method for years, only in my case it’s not to give straight hair nice body, it’s to give super, dooper, curly, crazy hair a gentler wave.
    Have not tried the spray though, may give it a whirl.

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  5. Oh Nikki, wait until you see my party hair from last month!
    I have a sea salt spray in my bathroom cupboard. I’m not a fan. Like you said your hair seems to go toffee like, and it’s just…gross. Great if you want to create faux dreadlocks, but otherwise…yuck.

    Moroccan oil is an ESSENTIAL here. Although it doesn’t tame the frizz for me 🙁

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  6. Its funny, ‘beach hair’ used to be an occupational hazard for me, and I used to spend my time trying to undo the harsh conditions. If it is in a bottle, perfect! Perfect for thoses lazy days when we can just pretend we have been to the beach!x

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  7. My hair is in such desperate need of a colour I’m trying to pass my regrowth off for balayage (it’s not working). I’m using the O&M Hydrate and Conquer shampoo and conditioner at the moment and I absolutely love it. No nasties in it, either. I’ve been eying off the sea salt spray and after seeing your pic I’m sold. LOVE the soft curls. Will be purchasing some today. xx

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  8. Not so fast but I recently found a video tute on Pinterest where you roll all your hair in a headband overnight, and voila – gorgeous, beautiful curls the next day! Fairly quick to do but you have to sleep in it or leave it in during the day, I will be doing it for Xmas this year!

    Also, if you plait your hair then use a straighter over the top of the plaits you get gorgeous waves/crimps! The thicker the plaits the wavier it goes, the thinner the plait the more crimp like it ends up! Again easy and fast!!!!

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