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Formal Hairstyles

Whether you are preparing for a prom, a wedding or another special occasion, there are many formal hairstyles to choose from that fit all hair lengths and types. Try a classy bob, if you have short hair, or if your hair is medium to long, an "updo" is always a good bet.

Many people have their formal hairstyles set by professionals, but if you are willing to practice and want to work along with a friend, you can create wonderful formal hairstyles at home. Just make sure that you try the formal hairstyle you want at home instead of risking a trial run on the big day.

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Striking formal hairstyles for short hair include sleek, straight dos. You can sport a classic bob that is super-shiny and very close to the face by using sprays and gels for maximum sheen. After a shampoo and conditioning treatment, sculpt your bob with gel or mousse. Blow dry and straighten with a flat iron. Finish by giving your style definition, setting it and spraying it once again with a spray that holds well and gives the hair a shiny look.

Updos quite popular formal hairstyles, and if you have even a little hair to spare, you can make a great formal updo. A chignon is a popular type of updo, which is a neat, elegant hairstyle made famous by Reese Witherspoon at the Oscars. To make your chignon:

  • Shampoo and condition hair-although you might want to shampoo your hair the day before the event, since freshly washed pony tails can be a challenge to work with
  • Rinse out the conditioner and follow with a cool rinse for shine
  • Dry the hair with a hairdryer and a paddle brush
  • Once your hair is dry, spray it, and make a ponytail at the nape of the neck
  • Fasten the pony with elastic the same shade of your hair. Divide the pony into three sections
  • Curl each section of the pony and pin the curl until it cools. Then remove the pin.
  • Gently brush the curls and tuck the pony into the elastic band forming your chignon.
  • You might want some tendrils to hang loose on the sides

Many people love formal hairstyles that combine updos with curly looks. You can create a nest of curls on your head by following these steps:

  • Wash, condition and dry hair
  • Form a pony tail in the center of your head.
  • Divide your ponytail into 5 sections
  • Curl each section with a curling iron and pin the curls
  • Leave the pins in the curls and spray with hairspray
  • You may want to add flowers, baby's breath or hair jewelry.

Another great updo combines a French Twist and ringlets. This is a great style for medium to long hair.

  • Shampoo and condition your hair.
  • Roll sections of your hair with sassy curlers and leave in for 30 minutes
  • Once you have taken out the curlers, separate the top section and pin it up.
  • Roll the bottom section into a French twist. Secure it with bobby pins
  • Comb out the top sections and once the curls are arranged, pin them in place.
  • Complete your look with flowers, and hair jewelry
  • Spray to keep the style

It is important to remember the importance of using a good hairspray for formal hairstyles. No one wants their bun to come unrolled at the prom or curls to droop and fall. Since formal occasions, such as weddings and proms, involve dancing, this is especially important to remember.

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Even if your hair feels a bit stiff, a little shampoo will wash the spray out. In any case, no one wants to worry about losing their style at a formal occasion.


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