It’s the holiday season! This is the time of year with the most highly concentrated number of significant holidays to be found, the whole year. Certainly, there is no other time during our annual 365 day spin around the sun when there are more festivities amid a sizeable spread of occasions to get out and be seen. Have you decided how you want to show up at these various venues, from mall shopping to your corporate holiday fare? What will your look convey to other attendees? How do you want your hair to represent you? The style in which you design your hair has a lot to say about the way you feel on the inside–both from a philosophical point of view as well as the particular mood you currently happen to be in.
Show What You Want
All of a sudden, your hairstyle takes on a lot more gravity, when in consideration of its ability to communicate silent messages to the world at large about information you typically aren’t even aware of. To start, there must be a strategic blending of the look you like the most and the range of possibilities pertaining to what can be done with your specific hair type. Regardless of whether you’re going to a stylist who knows you, inside and out–or someone you’ve never met previously–one of the best ways to communicate your vision effectively is to bring photos. Sometimes certain celebrity-inspired hairstyles are either impractical or cannot be replicated from one distinct hair type to another. Compare textures, thickness and lengths first. Also, it’s important to know that these photo glossies of celebs are often photoshopped, or at least, the subject’s hair has been precisely styled, with the celeb remaining virtually motionless for the shoot. The manner in which their hair might respond to movement and environmental factors could produce an altogether different look.
First off, in determining the style you want, assign to it a category. Will it involve relaxing or straightening? Will it be up, down or half-up? Do you want to convey power, softness, availability, intellectuality, generosity, corporate belonging, or perhaps you’d prefer to show your more flamboyant side? These are all categorical details that your hairstyle will have said about you by the time you reach the center of the room.
Updos convey a certain sophistication, right off the bat. There’s a lot of room to play, within this category, as buns–regardless of placement and tidy/messy, always convey power, intelligence and a corporate or academic sort of mentality. Take that gathered hair, before forming it into a bun–call it a ponytail, and you almost portray the polar opposite: playful, casual, energetic and somewhat unrestricted. Braids are updos deserving their own category. French twist wizardry is always an option. You’ll need some statement earrings with one.
Holiday Happenings and Braids
There is no other hairstyle that embraces such a wide range of attitudes as braids. Whereas braids in women’s hair at one time, signaled simplicity, subservience and a certain compliance, today’s women have exalted braids to a level of absolute artistry. If your hair is long enough to be braided, you owe it to yourself to explore the vast scope of braiding techniques available to you, for an enviable presence at any holiday occasion. One thing’s for sure–you’ll come off as anything BUT simple!
Ungathered, unclamped and unrestricted tresses lend themselves to a myriad of styling. Heat curl with clampless wands, and ditch the brush for a minimal finger-combing. Spray with one of the cool new flexible hold hairsprays and dance the night away.