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Festive Styling

Alterna Ambassador, Sabrina Dijkman gives us her top three festive looks…
Twisted Chignon

Minimal styling that evokes elegance, this is the perfect desk to dancefloor look for the festive season.

Firstly, prep the hair with a texture spray or Dry Shampoo like ALTERNA My Hair. My Canvas. Another Day Dry Shampoo. 

Spritz the hair with ALTERNA Caviar Anti-Aging Professional Styling Perfect Iron Spray and then lightly tousle with a heated styling iron/curling tong to give it added texture, volume and movement.

Bring the hair to the back of the head into a loose ponytail and start to create your twist. Pin sections of the hair to create a beautiful shape and leave some pieces of hair hanging to show off loose curls you previously created and to give the style a softer finish.

Once you have created your desired twist shape, securing sections with hair pins, spray some ALTERNA Caviar Anti-Aging Professional Styling Perfect Texture Spray through the hair and lightly pull at some of the hair to give the style a more natural, relaxed appearance, paying particular attention to the top of the hairstyle to give it added volume and height in this section.

Finish by adding in some gold/bejewelled clips for added glamour and by spritzing through some ALTERNA My Hair. My Canvas. City Slay Shielding Hairspray for a light hold and added shine, as well as humidity protection.

Soft Romantic Updo

Soft, romantic, braided updos aren’t just for brides – they’re perfect for the festive party season too! These hairstyles are so chic, and you can add in a bejewelled clip or hairband to add an extra festive sparkle.

When creating this style, I always start by creating a base using the ALTERNA Caviar Multiplying Volume Styling Mist. I then go in and create three little ponytails at the back, securing each at the top with a hair elastic.

I then flip each ponytail through the top to create a more dimensional style.

Leaving two sections of hair out at the sides, I take the remainder of the hair at the back and create a ponytail before twisting this into a bun.

Using the side sections I wrap this around the bun to secure it in place. I always like to leave out some of the ends of the hair to give it a more natural, effortless look.

I then mist through ALTERNA Caviar Anti-Aging Professional Styling Perfect Texture Spray and lightly spray this through areas of the hair to give added texture and the hairstyle a further relaxed finish.

90s Inspired ‘Fluffy Blowout’ 

90s inspired looks have made a comeback this year and the big, bouncy, fluffy blowout has been a huge trend over the past couple of months – and it’s only going to become more on trend as we hit the festive party season for those looking for gorgeous, big, bouncy hair.

With this look, ensuring the hair looks soft, ‘fluffy’ and has a beautiful natural shine is key! Start by washing the hair with a high quality, luxury shampoo and conditioner. I love to use the ALTERNA Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner.

The Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture CC Cream is my hero product when it comes to creating this look. I apply it all through the hair before blow-drying and then reapply it to dry hair before curling. The product has 10-in-1 benefits including heat protection, anti-breakage, smoothness, volume, shine, UV protection and light hold.

Next, I use my heated styling tong working through the hair in sections to create my curls and pinning them into place to allow them to cool down allowing for a fuller, bouncier curl.

When you’re ready, remove your hair pins and brush the hair out gently to break up your curls for added softness and volume.

Finish with an ALTERNA Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Intensive Ceramide Capsule to get rid of any frizz and to provide the hair with shine.