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True story: I used to run around the house singing (rapping?) the Beastie Boys’ Fight for Your Right to Party at the top of my lungs when it came out back in 1986, and it totally threw my parents for a loop. Bless their hearts, they were first generation Americans, and they didn’t always grasp the subtleties of pop culture or understand my appreciation for things like rap.
“You gotta fight for your right to party.”
— Beastie Boys
Never mind that I was only 11 at the time. My mum literally thought that I was ready to fight for my right to party, and she reacted like any responsible parent would. She banned me from dating until 25 and said “No parties until you finish medical school at the top of your class!”
That plan didn’t last long, of course. I went on my first date at 14 and never quite made it to med school (I can’t stand the sight of blood). As for the partying, well, I did my share in college, but not enough to turn me into a cautionary tale.
These days, the parties I go to usually involve the letter B — bridal showers, baby showers and birthdays (NOTE: more often with inflatable bounce houses than kegs). But every once in a blue moon someone will invite me to a fancier shindig, and when they do, WOOHOO! It’s time to bust out the Spanx, put away the stretchy pants and build some big, bouncy curls.
When it comes to party hair, I like BIG volume and curls (think Victoria’s Secret runway hair). It can look hard to style, but it doesn’t have to be if you have enough time and the right tools.
I learned this particular method from a hairstylist I visited before an event a few years ago, and I’ve been using it ever since.
It begins with a dry head of hair and three things — a curling iron, a heat protectant spray and a bottle of flexible/soft hold hairspray. I usually get the best results one or two days after my last shampoo, but freshly washed dry hair works too.
Next, working with a single one-inch section of hair at a time, I spray a small amount of heat protectant from roots to ends. Then, to give the hair some hold, I spritz hair spray along the length of the same section before popping it into the curling iron. I let the iron do its thing for anywhere between 30 seconds and a minute before gently releasing the curl.
As I do each section, I alternate the direction of the curls (clockwise and counter-clockwise), with some facing outward and some inward, to keep things from looking too uniform.
After the last section, I let the curls cool for about 15-30 minutes while I finish getting ready. Once they’ve cooled, I gently run my fingers through the curls to break them up, and then spray my entire head again with hair spray to lock the style into place.
Whoa-oh, we’re halfway there (whoa-oh, livin’ on a prayer!)
I have a lot of hair, so this takes me about an hour to do. It may take you a little more or less, but when you’re done you’ll be rewarded with big, bouncy, runway-worthy curls that are ready to dance the night away.
My calendar is currently clear of parties, but it never hurts to be prepared.
Do you have a go-to party hair look, or do you like to switch it up? What are your favorite party girl hair styles, and how do you do them?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict
P.S. Happy Monday!