Every year at christmas, in an effort to boost morale and help workers work better as a team, companies hold lunches, dinners and  parties.   Employees in most cases look forward to these events, but the ladies are apt to worry about what to wear to the staff christmas party.   Here is an event that requires careful engineering. How do you look professional while taking the time to let your hair down after a hard year’s work?

For this instance, I mean that literally.  A change of hairstyle is a great way to lighten the air at the staff party.  If you are that person who is always in a severe pulled back chignon, how about let it hang loose for the night.  Are you someone who usually  wears a ponytail, maybe some loose curls just for the night?   A hair ornament with some bling to adorn a new hairstyle works too and can become a conversation piece to break the ice.

Here are some dos and don’ts for the office party scene:

  • Do think about what you want to wear so you can plan your hairdo accordingly;
  • Do make your appointment and let the stylist know what you have in mind.  The time to make your new hairdo might take longer than normal;
  • Do talk about any hair ornaments you are planning to wear so she can offer advice or bring it with you for a trial.
  • Do make your appointment a few hours before the party so you are not rushed.
  • If you are doing your hair the day before, let the stylist know so she can offer advice on sleeping to preserve the style.
  • Do let the stylist know if you have a long travel and she could let you know if the style will hold up.
  • Don’t try some complicated hairdo if you are not hair savvy; a few waves are better that a head of curls that fall out because you got stressed while dressing.
  • Don’t go overboard with the clothes, remember these are your coworkers not family.  Too skimpy or overdressing can sometimes be the same thing.
  • Don’t be too late; plan your time carefully
  • Don’t be offended if people don’t recognize you right away; people will usually realize this if you just say hello.  They are probably thinking you are a guest because you have a new look.

The bottom line at these events is to mix and mingle responsibly with members of your organisation, so have fun.   It will likely go a long way in building inter-office relationships and net you new friendships.


By Paula Barker, Silkie Locks Hair Design

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