Now and Later: Simple Styles That Go From Work to the Party

Your after-work gathering is at 6 pm, but you’re stuck at the office until 5 pm. And to top it off, you need to pick up a few things before the party, fill up the empty gas tank, and then get all the way across town. How are you going to get it all done, plus get dressed, and do your hair with such little time? With the right morning prep, you have nothing to worry about.
Straight and Smooth Hair

Transitioning a smooth hair look from day to night is simple if you start with a solid blow out. Begin by applying Redken Pillow Proof Primer Spray or a similar primer to freshly washed hair, followed by a medium hold mousse like Biolage Hydrofoaming Styler Mousse. Using the concentrator tool on your blow dryer, dry your hair in a controlled downward motion for shine and smoothness. Finish with a light spray like Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Touchable Hairspray for a light, workable hold along with heat protection and shine. After work, create one of these two looks:

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Full, sleek bun

Pull your hair into a secure ponytail, positioned as high or low as you like. Section off pieces and gently back brush each one. After the entire tail is back brushed, lightly brush only the outer most hairs of the tail to smooth any bumps. Gather the now-full tail and twist it into a bun around the base of the ponytail, securing it with bobby pins.


Tousled, messy braid

Spray your roots with a dry shampoo for grip and texture—Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo is a winner. After it dries, scrunch and tousle your hair for texture and volume, then braid the length and tie it off with a rubber band.

Curly or Textured Hair

With textured and curly hair, a variety of day-to-evening style transitions are possible with just a little effort. All you need are a few products for shine, support and hold.


For naturally curly hair, simply apply a defining and smoothing product like DESIGNLINE Curl Lock Leave-in Moisturizer to damp hair, then let it air dry. Resist touching as it dries to prevent frizz from happening.


Freeform curly bun

An up-do doesn’t need to be complicated to be beautiful. Pull curly hair into a ponytail. Separate small sections of the ponytail, take the ends and pin them down to create a bun-like shape. Repeat until the whole ponytail has been pinned into your desired shape. Spray with a finishing product like Redken Control Addict for humidity control, extra hold and shine.

Flirty braided bun

A low bun looks even prettier when made with curls. Pull your hair into a low, side ponytail and secure it with an elastic band. Create a three-strand braid with the ponytail and secure the ends with another elastic band, tug at the sides to make the braid loose and wide. Twist the braid into a bun shape and pin into place. Finish with a firm hold spray like Sexy Hair Big Sexy Spray and Stay.

And Now, Make it Sparkle

Short or long. Curls or straight. Adding a decorative hair pin, headband, or barrette is a simple way to make every hairstyle look dressed up and ready for the party. Keep a couple of simple-but-sparkly hair accessories in your purse to add a quick finishing touch to any look.


If you want help getting your hair ready for the party, stop into SmartStyle anytime. Our stylists are skilled at making your hair look amazing when time is of the essence.

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