how to prep your party hair

Every year it’s the same. New Years Eve = a desire to look my coiffed and ready best. To waft into celebrations turning heads – or at the very least not like the kids have been playing noogie with my barnet all day.

With the festive run in mind, I recently underwent my very first colour transformation courtesy of Siobhan Jones, Colour Director at Headmasters. What. A. Revelation. As I’m not a highlighting blondie, it’s taken me a while to join the colour club. But I’m so glad I did. Goodbye greys and hello sumptuous shiny mahogany-tinged tresses. It’s amazing how something so subtle takes almost 4 hours, but then hair colouring is an art form;  the best effects are those that can almost go unnoticed. Kind of like barely-there foundation.

The kicker? Hair colour can be expensive. However Headmasters can help – join the HM Club online and you get 25% off services between 9am-4pm midweek or 10% on evenings and weekends. Its super easy and it costs nothing. Every little helps, right?

Speaking of which… as gorgeous as your salon might make you look – cut, colour or blow dry – you need the right haircare kit to keep those tresses looking hot at home. I’ve shortlisted my 3 favourites to help keep your hair party-ready.

affordable haircare that delivers a salon finish at home

1. best for colour

OH! OrganicHead Blonde Shampoo, £5.25 & Blonde Conditioner, £5.25 – BUY!

Given the seal of approval by our resident blonde Ashling no less, the OH! OrganicHead products are rich in essential oils and comprise a full range of everyday shampoos and conditioners to provide professional grade care for blondes, brunettes and over-processed hair.

2. best for curls

Boucleme Travel Kit, £22 – BUY!

Anyone with curly hair will know that it has a life of it’s own and needs products specifically designed to tackle it’s unruliness. Bouclème does just that. Designed by a woman frustrated with the lack of haircare on the market for curly locks, try this sample kit for products that use pure natural actives to deliver moisture where it’s needed. Finally, a frizz-free finish.


3. best for condition

Hask Charcoal Purifying Shampoo, £6.99 & Purifying Conditioner, £6.99 – BUY!

If your hair needs a detox and you’re after some serious shine, this range is for you. Charcoal, a hero ingredient derived from coconut shells in the Philippines, acts as a magnet and attracts and removes impurities – like product build-up – so you are left with hair that is full of body and shine. Imagine the best salon wash you can get for a totally purse friendly price tag.

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