Get your hair ready for a Christmas party in no time with these quick styles

You’ve got your dress sorted but you haven’t left much time to think about your hair – no problem. You don’t have to spend hours tonging, styling and spraying your lengths in order to get a party-perfect look.

There are quick and easy ways to style your locks while still looking like you’ve sauntered right out of the salon.

Here’s how you can pick your perfect style based on how much time you have to get ready…

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If you have: 15 minutes

Cheat a polished pony with an on-the-go bow

*Spritz towel-dried hair with a heat protection styler (we love Percy & Reed The Perfect Blow Makeover Spray, £12.50) then flip your hair upside down and dry completely – ‘the key for speed is to set the hairdryer to a high heat,’ Michael says. Pull your hair back into a low pony and tie with a hair band.

*‘Split your ponytail into three or four sections and wrap each around a curling tong for several seconds,’ says Michael.

*‘Gently comb through the curls with your fingers, tie a thick satin bow over the top of the band and finish with a spritz of Wella Glam Mist, £13.60, to add gloss and tame flyaways.’

TIP: Keep the ponytail near the nape of your neck instead of high, so when you add a ribbon it’ll be more grown-up glam.

If you have: 20 minutes

Give yourself a ‘half-up’ in half the time

*Prep towel-dried hair as before, then flip your hair upside down and blast with a hairdryer until it’s about 95% dry. ‘Finish by lifting the roots with a dense brush, like Denman Finishing Brush, £11.95, and drying the last 5% with your hairdryer and a nozzle,’ says Michael.

*Then take four large sections of your hair then wrap each around a large barrel curling tong – ‘10 seconds per section should give a nice movement,’ Michael says.

*Pull back the top section of your hair (starting at the temples), then secure with a band and cover it with a pretty hair slide (our model wears Pearl Cluster Barrette, £5, from Accessorize).

If you have: 30 minutes

*After washing and towel-drying Michael recommends prepping with Shockwaves Instant Root Lift Spray, £3.49 (‘it’s cheap and unbelievably good’), to get body, bounce and hold into hair in record time.

*‘Blow dry upside down, and use a metal brush to help dry the hair more quickly.

*Then use a wide-barrel curling wand to create loose waves – it’s much faster than using a round brush.’

*Finish with a mist of Silvikrin hairspray, £1.49.

TIP: No time to go to the salon for a blow-dry and colour refresh? No problem. Intensify your tone and shine at home with Clairol Conditioning Colour Booster (£6.99 in five shades), a new DIY way to cheat a salon backwash treatment.

*‘Leave it on for 5 minutes after shampooing, and it’ll instantly  give more richness and gloss to the hair,’ explains Michael. ‘The cool blonde mask knocks out brassy tones, and the caramel shade warms up blonde hair that’s gone too light, or just looks a bit dirty. There are also brunette and red shades to add depth to darker hair.’

(Our model used the Colour Booster in Mocha for our shoot).

Photography: David Venni. Makeup & hair: Maxine Smith using Clairol and Shockwaves haircare, Nars make-up & Elemis skincare. Model: Lara at MOT                         

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