Get yourself onto the nice (hair) list with our picks of the advent calendars
Long gone are the days of advent calendars being reserved for the young ones among us. Now, the big kids can get in on the action with hand-picked goodies that go above and beyond bite-sized chunks of chocolate. Whether you want to try out a new styling tool or are on the hunt for some travel minis, these beauty advent calendars are just the treat your hair needs! Best be quick though, the Christmas countdown is officially on and these festive heroes are sure to sell out!
Net-A-Porter Beauty Christmas Advent Calendar, £150
Packed full of downsized goodies, the Net-A-Porter advent calendar offers 25 days of beauty from best-selling brands, such as SACHAJUAN and Oribe. Whilst the selection also offers miniatures from across skincare, makeup and fragrance, we're particularly impressed by the array of haircare products on offer, such as R+Co's 'Park Ave Blow Out Balm,' which preps hair for the perfect blow out. Other favourites include the cult Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, a pre-shampoo treatment to intensely nourish hair cuticles, as well as not one but two of Oribe's hair heroes - the Straight Away cream to smooth frizz and flyaways, plus the Run-Through Detangling Primer to protect from heat damage. For those looking to upgrade their #shelfie game, this is the advent calendar for you.
Balmain Paris Hair Couture Limited Edition Advent Calendar, £137.95
Unlike the other amazing advent calendars on offer, the limited edition Balmain Paris Hair Couture selection is a mixture of 10 best-selling products from the range worth £199, giving you (or a very special recipient) the chance to countdown to Christmas in the chicest way possible. Behind every door is a very special treat, including a travel size shampoo and conditioner, plus the argan elixir and a texturising salt spray. That's not all though, as this deluxe offering also includes some handy hair tools, such as a miniature All Purpose Spa Brush for on the go styling, as well as the Elastique Pour Cheveux - a luxurious handmade hair accessory to switch up your style in an instant.
Birchbox Beauty Advent Calendar, £65
After the fantastic success of last year's calendar (which sold out in just 24 hours), this year Birchbox has upped its game even more with a fantastic array of beauty brands, including top hair heroes Philip Kingsley and Bumble & Bumble. That's not all though, as hiding behind one of the 24 doors you'll find a miniature Amika SOULFOOD nourishing mask, giving you the chance to try out the cult US brand which has recently landed on UK shores. To keep your tresses in top condition whilst on the go, there's even a Compact Styler from Tangle Teezer, which is the ideal accessory for carrying in your handbag. With 10 full size products featured, it's a great chance to try out new brands and discover your own hair heroes for the season ahead.
Space NK Advent Calendar, £250
Full of favourites from across Space NK's stocked brands, this 25 piece showstopper includes the likes of Christophe Robin and Ouai, as well as skincare and makeup treats for the true beauty aficionados amongst us. As the first ever advent offering from Space NK, it comes as no surprise that their stellar lineup includes cult classics like the Oribe Mystify restyling spray to give hair an extra lift, as well as blogger favourite Rich Kid air-dry styler from IGK. The miniature Ouai Wave Spray is also ideal for taking in your carry-on if you're looking to create loose, beachy waves post dip in the pool. With so many minis to choose from, it's the perfect chance to mix up your regular haircare routine.
Feelunique The Little Beauty Parcel, £75
With a total value of £250, Feel Unique's advent offering is amazing value for money, featuring a selection haircare full size and deluxe treats, as well as plenty of skincare and makeup treats too. Inside you'll find a fantastic mix of products from the likes of Percy & Reed, KMS and Living Proof to keep your hair in fantastic condition right through the festive season. The Percy & Reed Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish is a lightweight finisher for any style, giving intense shine and invisible hold to make your look last longer on the dance floor. To prep your hair before a big night out, the KMS MoistureRepair shampoo and conditioner will restore locks to being sleek and healthy, while minimising breakage and replenishing moisture. This really is the advent gift which keeps on giving!