Updos have the potential for elegant and classy styles, as well as sporty and casual styles. Curly hair has a distinct difference from wavy or straight hair primarily due to its tendency to frizz and the messiness it seems to create when put up. Fortunately, some easy updos are available to those who have curly hair to create a beautiful and elegant look.
Like any other hair type, curly hair is easy to put into a ponytail. Unlike other hair types, it might seem more challenging due to the curls and potential to frizz while brushing and teasing the hair up. In reality, a simple ponytail is easy even when you have curly hair.
The first step is to always use a comb to work out any tangles. This is easier when you have damp, recently conditioned hair rather than dry hair because it will not frizz while wet. Once the tangles are out, simply gather the hair in your hands, starting from the front and sides and then pulling the back up last. Secure everything in place with a ponytail holder.
Greek-Goddess Half-Up Style
The Greek-goddess half-up hairstyle recently worn by Angelina Jolie on the red carpet is a simple style for anyone with curly hair, and it looks subtly elegant. It is also ideal for women with longer hair. Simply gather the front and sides so that your hair pulls away from the face, and use bobby pins to secure it all to the back of your hair. The result is a low, elegant half-ponytail.
For this style, try using bobby pins that are the same color as your hair. As an alternative, you can also use clips to hold your hair back.
A messy updo is perhaps the easiest style to create for someone with curly hair as opposed to straight or wavy hair. This style is perfect for a casual day or for any formal occasion.
To achieve a messy updo, simply tease mousse into the hair while it is still damp. Separate out large chunks of hair, starting from the front and sides. Pull the chunks away from the face, twist them and then use a bobby pin or two to hold everything into place. Repeat for each chunk, working from front to back. In the back, gather the chunks of hair in an upward fashion, and pin everything up.
Keeping the ends free will allow curls to form and shape around the head, creating a messy and elegant style. Add a headband with jewels to make the style more formal.
The classic bun is as simple as a ponytail. In fact, it starts from a ponytail. Pull your hair back into a ponytail and secure it with a hair tie. Gather the ponytail and then give it a twist. As you twist the hair, wrap it around the ponytail until you reach the end. Secure the bun with bobby pins to keep it in place.
Curly hair is appropriate for beautiful updos, and in fact is easier than most other hair types because the hair has the perfect texture for putting it up and creating a romantic, elegant look. The curls make it possible for messy as well as sculpted styles to look amazing.
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There’s no doubt about it – women’s hairstyles and updos should change with the seasons, and summer is certainly no exception. As such, this article aims to provide ideas for 6 cute summer hairstyles that you can wear at both casual and formal events.
And best of all, most of these summer hair styles incorporate some form of a ponytail. Thus, they are super simple to create, taking only a couple of minutes each! Read on, save time and look stunning!
Side Bun Hairstyle
This stunning hairstyle features an elegant side bun. For create this, you will need a hair tie, bobby pins, and (optionally) a nice hair accessory like a ribbon or flower. Simply gather your hair into a side ponytail and secure it with the elastic hair tie. If you opt for a hair accessory, make sure you affix it to the front side of the ponytail as you secure it. Once the ponytail is complete, simply wrap it around the base and the hair accessory to form the bun, and hold it all in place with a couple of bobby pins. Easy, fun, and elegant!
Japanese Top Bun
The next of our fabulous and quick cute summer hairstyles is the Japanese inspired top bun. For this style, the first step is to gather your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with a hair tie that is roughly the same color as your natural hair. Now, when you secure the pony, do not go all the way with it; leave a loop. Then tuck the end of the ponytail into the loop to form a bun, fan the bun out slightly, and secure it into place with a few bobby pins. Add an elegant hair accessory to complete the look.
Braided Side Knot
The third of our summer haircuts, the braided side knot, begins with a side ponytail. Then split the pony into 2 sections and braid them together. Secure the braid with a hair tie, and gently fluff out the braid with your fingers for a little extra volume. Then twist the braided section around itself to form a bun, and secure everything in place with your favorite hair accessory.
Twisted Rope Braided Hairstyle
The fourth style is the twist rope braid, and it’s definitely one of my all-time favorites! Give this one a try and I think you’ll like it a lot!
First, take all of your hair on one side, make 2 sections, and twist each section around itself so that both are nice and tight. Then wrap both twisted sections together in an inward fashion so that they lock together. Finally, use your fingers to gently fluff the twist so that it appears thicker and more voluminous. Secure with a hair tie and you’re done!
Korean Inspired Hairstyle
The fifth style – the Korean inspired IU top bun – also starts with a high ponytail. Once finished, bring the ponytail to the front of your head, and wrap it around itself into a high bun and secure it at the back. Secure with a few bobby pins, and finish off the look with a beautiful headband accessory.
Messy Ponytail Updo
The last of our lovely summer hairstyles is a messy updo ponytail style. Again, the first step is to create a high ponytail. Then spread the ponytail and insert a couple of bobby pins into the center of the pony near the scalp to push the hair forward. Then use your fingers to gently pull apart the main section of the ponytail for that messy look. The final step is to embellish it with a nice scarf or headband accessory.
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There have been a lot of ways to decide how to catagorize skin type and decide on colors when matching clothes. The most popular (and I think the most useful) I have found is the seasonal categorisation. But before you run out and get a tan and highlights because you dream of being ‘Summer’, think again. The use of the Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring categories are just a poetic guideline. In fact as you will discover ‘Summer’ doesn’t naturally mean blond and tanned. In fact it has been said before that a Summer’s paradox is how impossible they find it to get that warm Summer glow!
OK so now we know the seasons lets find out which you are.
Summer’s will usually have grey to blue eyes, or even green. Their skin ranges from very pale to pink and beige and their hair sits between pale/ash blond to what is commonly referred to as ‘mousy’ brown. Summers do not suit bold colors. So when color matching stick to more subtle shades. Think cool greens, soft reds and pinks and the lighter, softer shades of blue and grey. The lighter a Summer the more pinks and grey blues they should gear towards in their outfits, but the darker a Summer gets the more aquas, greens and purples are a go.
Autumn’s eye color has a wide range. The most prominent colors are warm browns (hazel and light brown) greens, clear blue and even black. The skin tones vary from Ivory to beige (from light to golden) to olive and golden brown. As for the Autumn’s hair it ranges from blond to deep brown but characteristically has red undertones. Think Strawberry blond to auburn. Color matching with an Autumn depends on which end of the spectrum you sit on. Autumn’s with darker eyes and skin suit those natural Autumn colors with a bit of boldness. Think cool greens, warm reds, yellows and browns, medium blues and soft purple. If you are at the lighter end of the spectrum (hazel eyes with warm beige for example) you will suit much more soft and earthy colours. Aqua, natural shades of green, soft purples, peach, terracotta and salmon.
Winter’s eyes start with blacks and dark browns and include the cooler shades of blue and green. A winter;s skin tone ranges from black, deep to cool brown and then moves to medium beige and milky white. The common definer is that Winter’s skin tones generally lack a pinky or peachy hue. As you may have already surmised a winter’s hair starts with jet black and moves through the cooler colors of brown and even grey. Now before you winter’s out there begin to curse the wind that your general hue is ‘cold’ think again. This coloration means you have your pick of some truly varied and bold colors. The darker winter’s can get create great outfits using black, browns and reds, soft yellows, turquoise, royal blue and a range of the brighter pinks and purples suit the paler shades of winter.
Spring’s eye colors are the warmer lighter shades. Blues, Hazels, greens and turquoise. Their skin has a large range from Ivory, medium brown, golden brown and bronze. Some Spring’s will also have freckles. Basically Springs have a more peachy complexion. As with their skin Spring’s hair has red warm colors. Think deep to medium brown, golden blond and red. Light toned springs can explore warm browns and oranges, (be careful with hair color however) paler blue and violet, grey browns, and light yellows. As Springs become darker the colors can become more vivid, with bolder blues, deeper greens, greys, peaches and pinks.
Now bear in mind this is a guide only. It is here to help you explore the right color matching you should be aiming towards. Just hop out with some friends after taking note and try some things on and ask their opinion. You could even take the guide along and help them out! Good luck matching clothes to your season.
Andrew M Duvall has worked in the fashion industry for over ten years and is passionate about creating new looks and advising people on how to go about matching clothes and color coordinating.
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