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Christmas party hairstyles: straight vs. curly

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Straight vs. curly

How about this for a New Year's resolution: stop stressing about your hair! If you're looking for some understated holiday hair inspiration that won't take all night to recreate in your bathroom, we've got you covered. The only question is, curly or straight?

Poker straight

The style

Perfectly straight, the lengths of the hair fall either side of perfectly center- or side-parted hair for this on-trend look. For added sophistication, slick back hair with a small amount of gel for a style that's stepped straight off the catwalk. No flyways, no frizz, just chic, simple and sleek!

The look

To avoid looking too harsh, it's essential to play down this look with a statement accessory and fun, ultra-girly makeup. Leave the eyeliner at home and opt for a natural look that brings out your inner glow, for a finished look that's polished and feminine without appearing too strict.

The result

Understated glamour, particularly if your hair is mid-to-long. A word of warning when it comes to choosing your outfit: don't take the trend too literally! Avoid too many form-fitting pieces, or risk looking like a schoolmistress. We're aiming to look subtly put together, not overly done, so keep it simple when trying to achieve this look: a good pair of straighteners and a dot of L'Oréal Professional's Wet Domination gel are all you need.

Wild 'n curly

The style

Reminiscent of the classic 80's perm, this style is ideal if you want a dramatic, glamorous look with tons of volume. Forget parting your hair: the keys to mastering this style are length, volume and movement, so work with your hair's natural texture for a retro look that doesn't appear too thought-out.

The look

When it comes to picking your perfect curly girl outfit, choosing pieces that are too voluminous will only detract attention from this dramatic style. Leave the shoulder pads and long, flowing trousers at the back of the closet and opt for a contrasting fitted style that plays with colour and textures. When it comes to jewellery, though, more is more! Accessorise with statement earrings or a bohemian-inspired cuff for a touch of Studio 54-esque glamour.

The result

If your hair is naturally straight, you're going to have to commit to a little more time in order to give your curls the necessary staying power. L'Oréal Professional's range of Hollywood Wave products are perfect for creating bouncy, voluminous curls that don't fall flat, so you can set free your inner lioness in time for the holidays!

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