Three New Year's Eve party hairstyles you can create speedily with hair straighteners

These party hairstyles can turn you into a festive queen within minutes. Hair straighteners to hand? Get the on-trend looks with our help

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Looking for some festive party hairstyles for Christmas and beyond? If you’re already a committed user, you’ll know that the best hair straighteners can help you create great party hair really quickly. But how do you get the on-trend looks this Christmas? We’ll show you the way. 

Use our step-by-step guides to style yourself the festive season’s hottest party dos.

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1. How to create bouncy ringlets

Bouncy ringlets in brown hair created using hair straighteners

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Ringlets will transform limp hair into a barnet with bounce – but one that looks elegant enough for the most formal and dressed up of get-togethers.

1. Your hair needs to be just or recently washed. Make sure it’s completely dry before you start as well as tangle free.

2. Heat up the hair straighteners. If there’s a choice of settings, keep the heat lower for finer hair and opt for a higher setting for thick or frizzy hair.

3. Use a heat protector spray either all over your hair, or section by section (see below).

4. You’ll need to work section by section, starting with the hair on the lower part of your rear scalp from ear to ear. Clip the rest on top of your head out of the way. Position the straighteners horizontally near the top of each section of hair you work on, then close together. Turn the straighteners to wrap the hair in a complete loop (see picture), then run them gently down to the end of the hair.

5. Continue section by section until you have the volume of curls you’re after.

6. When you’ve created all the ringlets you want, mist your hair with hairspray to help hold them in place all evening long. Don't brush out!

2. How to create Charlie’s Angels flicks

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Giving yourself extravagant 1970s style flicks is a great way to get into a festive party mood, and they’ll show off glossy conditioned locks beautifully.

1. Start with clean and completely dry hair. Comb out any tangles.

2. Heat up the hair straighteners. If there’s a choice of settings, keep the heat lower for finer hair and opt for a higher setting for thick or frizzy hair.

3. Use a heat protector spray either all over your hair, or section by section (see below).

4. Work section by section, beginning with the lower part of the rear scalp from ear to ear and tying or clipping the remainder up on top of your head. You can add flicks on the lower part of your hair only or higher up as well.

5. To create the flicks, position the straighteners horizontally half way down the length of a hair section. Close the straighteners and turn them through 180 degrees, then, maintaining the turn, move them down the section of hair. To create the big flicks this style needs, makes sure the movement of the straighteners down each section is slow.

6. Finish with hairspray to hold the flicks in place.

How to create flat waves

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Want a look that’s more laid back? This textured style is perfect when you’re partying with friends and will liven up straight hair without making you look over-coiffed.  

1. Make sure your hair is clean and thoroughly dry before you start.

2. Heat up the hair straighteners. If there’s a choice of settings, keep the heat lower for finer hair and opt for a higher setting for thick or frizzy hair.

3. Use a heat protector spray either all over your hair, or section by section (see below).

4. Work on a section of your hair at a time, beginning with the lower part of your rear scalp from ear to ear. Clip or tie the hair above out of the way.

5. Start near the scalp. Position the straighteners so they point downwards and close them then rotate through 180 degrees away from your face, and move them down the section of hair. To create straight ends as here release the straighteners before the end of the section.

6. On the next section repeat the technique, but this time rotate the straighteners towards your face.

7. Repeat (and repeat) till done.

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