With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, rather than solely focussing on your outfit for the biggest party of the year, why not up your hair game with a fresh party style? For those who don’t have time to hit a salon, Ruksher Malik, Co-Founder of Pastels Salon details three terrific options that will ensure you have show-stopping hair!

The Twisted Braid

STEP 1: Prep your hair by applying a volumising mousse to mid-lengths and ends. If you’re starting with wet hair, blow-dry until completely dry. Brush through.

STEP 2: Take the front side section of your hair and bring it around to the nape of your neck, twisting it slightly as you go. Secure in place with a bobby pin while you do the same on the other side. Remove the bobby pin and tie the twisted ends and the rest of your hair together into a low ponytail.

STEP 3: Bring the end of your pony up to the V section where your twists connect and create a little hole in the hair, behind the hair tie. Pull the whole pony through the hole and wind the hair around the newly created twist to cover up any visible bits of the hair band.

STEP 4: Fold your ponytail up toward the V section again, but this time, tuck about the last inch or two of your hair into the twists. The longer your hair, the more you may need to tuck in, or else you’ll be left with a very large bun.

STEP 5: Continue tucking in the hair until it forms a nice, neat bun, then coming from an upward angle, push bobby pins into where you’ve just tucked in the hair, and secure as neatly and out of sight as possible. Spritz with some shine-enhancing hair spray to keep your look in place.

 The Bubble Ponytail “Braided” Updo

Incredibly easy and a nod to the athleisure trend that has dominated fashion for the past few seasons, the bubble ponytail just requires at least shoulder-length hair and a lot of elastics.

STEP 1: Gather some hair into a ponytail at the centre of the head and continue gathering all the way down – like a French braid but ponytails.

STEP 2: After securing each section, tug up and out on it to tighten and form the “bubbles.”

Add an accessory

If your time is really short, then why not opt for an accessory. Hairbands, hair jewels and ribbons have been everywhere this season. If you are a hair accessory virgin, a plain black velvet ribbon is a failsafe go-to chic addition for those who want to add an essence of French Girl into their style. After putting your hair into a pony, tie a ribbon around the hair tie, and voilà, you’ve transformed a boring pony into a runway-ready look.

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