Trendlooks 2016

BBC Proms in the Park

BBC Proms in the Park
Gemma Arterton demonstrates her style wearing an artful updo
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As the BBC Proms season comes to its spectacular culmination this weekend with Proms in the Park, make sure you’re looking your absolute best while you sing-along to the stars with the rest of the nation!

  • With final night celebrations being held all over the UK including London, Northern Ireland, Glasgow and Caerphilly, wherever you are you can join in with the festivities and give yourself the hairstyle to match!

  • Paz Vega
    Spanish actress Paz Vega ("Spanglish") gathered her long dark hair to a simple undone looking chignon.
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    If you’re one of the lucky ones attending Hyde Park’s Proms in the Park on Saturday, you might want to opt for a low chignon. Keeping it casual will look pretty whilst rocking out to Red Hot Chilli Peppers. The elegant do will also be perfect for the move into evening chic, listening to the Royal Choral Society. This hairstyle is also a highly practical option considering British weather if it turns out to be on the breezy side! With this in mind, it would also be a good idea to pack some hairspray and hair slides along with your picnic hamper and bubbly this weekend to hold your hairstyle in place and prevent flyaways.

  • To create the perfect chignon:

    • Apply styling mousse through wet hair after washing.
    • Partially blow-dry your hair using a large round brush, pulling the hair under as you go. Then, whilst it is still slightly damp, roll sections of your hair into large rollers and blow-dry completely.
    • Leave to cool before removing the rollers and pull the curls into shape using your fingers. For a more volumised look, use some styling powder at the roots.
    • Gather your hair at the back of your head, low to the neck, leaving sections at the front of your hair free and twist it into a loose chignon. Use hair pins to secure the chignon. You can also use extra-gloss hair spray to hold your style in place whilst also adding shine.
  • Virginie Ledoyen
    Virginie Ledoyen ("Farewell, My Queen") swept her hair to one side.
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    If it’s a hot day then sweeping your hair to the side will give you some relief from the heat and results in an elegant but practical look.

    To recreate this sophisticated style:

    • Create a low side parting to add some volume on the top of the head.
    • Take large sections hair and curl them using a curling wand or hair straighteners.
    • Once complete, use a comb to sweep the hair back from the face on the lower side of the parting. Take a small amount of hair gel or wax and apply it to this section to keep it looking slick.
    • To hold the hair in place, take some hair grips and fix the hair at the base of your neck. Pull the curled hair over your shoulder and finish with some hairspray.
  • Jennifer Hawkins
    Jennifer Hawkins with well-defined curls
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    The lucky few who have tickets to the Royal Albert Hall might want to experiment with even more glamorous styles. Why not let your hair down for this indoor event and create some curls.

  • To achieve this look:

    • Take wide sections of hair and, starting mid-way up your hair, curl them around a curling wand or hair straighteners.
    • Once all your hair is curled, apply a little hairspray to hold the curls in place while still leaving it looking and feeling natural.
    • If your hair is too tightly curled, brush it through gently with your fingers or a paddle brush to soften them.
    • Finish with some gloss spray for a particularly glamorous look.
  • So, whether you’re watching on TV from the comfort of your living room at home, or have managed to snag tickets to this unique occasion, make sure you grab your best friends and some bubbly, spend some time creating your ‘Proms’ look, and enjoy this very British event in style!