Your Christmas hair sorted…Anya Dellicompagni Francesco Group’s Director of Hairdressing on the season’s hottest party looks

Christmas is fast approaching, and with it being the ultimate party season, it’s the perfect time to have fun with your hair and experiment with many different styles for those big nights out! For all the party nights you will need many different looks and styles to go with each outfit for each event – but fear not, Francesco Group have you covered!


This season’s key looks will be very feminine but in a much more relaxed way than previous seasons’ feminine looks. Hair ups will be very loose with waves rather than curls, tendrils will be left out around the hairline and plaits and twists will be a dominant trend. Ponytails will be another popular hair up choice and there are some great styles to suit everyone. Team your ponytail with a texture to make it look effortless or go for a super sleek ponytail style to give a chic statement.


Buns will also be popular for the season but will be lower and again more disheveled and chignons will be back on the scene. The good old half up half down style, taking inspiration from the 60s and 70s in shape, but a lot more free, will also be an emerging trend, along with ornamentation, which includes hair accessories that can enhance any look! We will see many high street shops trying to entice customers to add a sparkly accessory such as a clip, head band or hair chain to give the hair a boho chic feel during the festive period.


For those who prefer to wear their hair down, sleek styles that were huge for AW17, remain popular for AW17, however, when opting for this look it’s important to ensure your locks are oozing with health and shine. For an ultra glamorous look, a strong gel like Wella Eimi Sculpt Force can be used to gel all the hair off the face or sleek on side behind the ear. Nonchalant waves are another popular choice for those who like to wear their hair down. This is a flat wave that gives the hair a natural texture without too much volume. Using irons, taking big sections of the hair and pinching in different directions to create a flat S shape, can create this look. However, it’s important to always use your fingers to brush through the hair afterwards to diffuse the texture.


To make short hair seasonal, add a toner, think festive silvers and ice whites or go for a rich mulberry red shade if you dare to take the plunge! These red and copper tones will be huge for the festive party season. The glowing colours of autumn inspire many to change their hair to warmer colours to compliment the change in seasons but if red isn’t your thing, try a caramel, honey, butterscotch, cinnamon, or spice shade, these colours will instantly add some warmth to your skin tone.


Ask your hairdresser to demonstrate how to wave your short locks to the side or for more drama, ask them how to do a quiff off the face. Whatever your seasonal look, have fun with it and add drama!

Anya Dellicompagni is Francesco Group’s Director of Hairdressing. She has created numerous collections for the salon group, as well as styling for leading publications and working backstage at London Fashion Week.Find your nearest Francesco Group salon at