Although the maximum temperature takes the heat up to a whopping 230°C (hotter than GHDs,) there are six different temperature controls to ensure you're never using excessive heat and unnecessarily damaging your hair. Perfect for creating curls and waves, the temperature settings allow you to style without overheating - it's incredibly difficult to 're-curl' a section of hair if the original heat was too hot. The plates are super smooth and heat up within fifteen seconds, making them perfect for when you need to quickly touch-up your style or when you find that one little annoying bit of straight hair amidst a mass of curls. What's also really handy is the automatic safety shut-off, which turns the straighteners off automatically after an hour; there's no need to worry if you rush out the door and realise you've left the straighteners on, as they'll turn themselves off while you're enjoying a cocktail. The straighteners are a delicious (and festive appropriate) red colour too, so there will be no confusion as to who they belong to in the work toilets when you're getting ready with 30 other women.
If you want to create a truly striking look for the party season but don't really know where to start, here are my top three simple styles to take you from desk to dancefloor in under fifteen minutes.
1. Subtle Waves
If you can create sexy texture using your straighteners then you're halfway there. Create subtle volume and wave by keeping your tools on a medium setting and working from the front to the back. Take a section of hair no bigger than three centimetres, locking the plates around the top and folding away from your face. Work the plates around by 180 degrees and pull away from your head to create the curl - you should be left with a subtle wave that looks great when you spritz a little hairspray and ruffle through with your fingers. For tighter curls, simply use a smaller section of hair and turn up the heat.
2. Pinned Up
For a vintage inspired look, curl your hair as above but add a little something extra by pinning up your waves. To create a simple but glamorous look, leave the top section of your hair loose and concentrate on the lengths underneath. Pinch the end of individual curls and fold them underneath themselves, pinning in place on the lower section of your scalp. Repeat this roughly on all the lengths of your hair and you'll give the impression of a cute Gatsby-esque bob. This works even better on layered hair and the messier the better. Why not even add a cute grip, flower or headband to tie everything together?
This is a personal favourite of mine as it's so easy to achieve and looks super complicated. Once you've curled your hair, take a section above one of your ears and twist the hair upwards; add in sections and continue to twist, until half your hair is away from your face. Secure the hair with some kirby grips, inserting them from the bottom and securing hair upwards (which also hides the pins.) Take the remainder of your hair on the other side and roughly twist up and pin into a bun, pulling out curls to keep it modern. Spray in place and you're good to go.
The Nicky Clarke 'DesiRED' hair straighteners make these three styles super easy to achieve, so there's no excuse for you not looking fabulous this Christmas. What are your favourite festive hair styles? Are you a pro curler?
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Nicky Clarke Electricals.