Hairstyle Inspiration: Hair off of the face

In this post, Valentina D’ Angela would like to discuss styles which pull most of the hair away or off of the face. Styles that pull hair off of the face can be sculpted around the face and head shape to compliment all types of face shapes. When playing with styles that pull hair off of the face, it is important to pay attention to the silhouette of the head shape. For instance, if someone has a more prominent chin, it may be necessary to create more height and volume near the forehead to create balance in the head shape. These types of styles accentuate jaw lines, and beautiful facial features, such as lips and eyebrows. These types of styles can appear very classic and elegant or creative and loose. We would like to share some of our favorite inspiration photos:

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These style are soft and feminine while being formal enough to wear to any special event. These are great examples of perfectly balanced up-styles.

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This style is more organic. The photo on the left has less body in the fringe area than the the photo on the right.

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This beautiful up-style is perfect for weddings. It is very soft, yet polished enough for formal events.

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If you are entertaining the idea of something bold, take inspiration from this glamorous style. This style mimics classic hairstyles and shapes the models face beautifully. 

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Chic Bridal Styles Cont.

This week we want to highlight some elegant touches that are sure to create a stunning vintage style. We like to use soft accents, which boast an aura of femininity. Please enjoy!


 The Hair


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The hair for this type of look can be worn up or down, but we have chosen to highlight these beautiful up-styles because of their adaptability when working with all different textures and densities of hair. Soft curls are strategically pinned to showcase the shape of the curl pattern. We love the accent hairpiece placed asymmetrically, although this style is beautiful with birdcage and traditional veils as well.


The Makeup


Soft makeup

Beautiful soft pinks and oranges for the lips and cheeks, and neutral tones on the eyes keep this look soft and natural. The rose colored lip looks beautiful with ivory wedding gowns.

 


 The Dress


Lace and ivory detail

An easy way to achieve a vintage feel to your bridal style? Lace! We love gowns and veils that are accented with lace trim, or in the case of the photo, gowns made completely of lace. Trumpet style gowns are a popular cut for this look also.


 

 The Flowers


Beautiful Bouquet

When designing a bouquet to fit you vintage style, be creative! Ask your florist to help you choose a variety of flowers that will compliment one another. We like pale colors in vintage style bouquets. Think pale greens, soft pinks and oranges, and lilac/lavender tones.


 

 

 

Chic Bridal Styles

Wedding styles are not a one-size-fits-all kind of affair. The key to designing a beautiful bridal look is to take influence from the styles that the bride naturally gravitates towards, and incorporate tasteful touches of their style into a look that compliments the brides’ desired features. These features can include the dress, a piece of jewelry, the hair, or even a bold lip. Please enjoy this beautiful, natural bridal look.


 

The Hair


Natural Hairstyle

We love this soft, effortless style. The model is wearing a center-part in the hair, but using a side-part or no-part is an option as well. You could dress these curls up a bit more, depending on the desired effect. Looser curls are more appropriate for a more relaxed feel. Recommended head dresses include, lace headbands, nature-inspired crowns, and fresh floral accents.


The Makeup


 

Natural makeup with a pink lip

Soft natural makeup is the best complement to this look. The hair is very soft and natural as well, so for proper balance, try playing up the eyes or lips. Staying within a neutral color palette will ensure that the makeup does not overwhelm the relaxed style of the hair.


 

The Dress


Natural finish dress

This dress does not offer embellishments and the overall finish on the dress is quite matte, as opposed to a satin or lace finish. These little details work harmoniously with the hair and makeup to inspire a timeless, elegant, and naturally gorgeous style.

Beautiful, simple crochet dress

This dress is simply but extremely elegant. Less is sometimes more when it comes to effortless beauty. Notice the beautiful crochet detail.


 

Check out more bridal styles by Valentina D’ Angela next week!

 

Summer 2014: Low Ponytail

The low ponytail is a fantastic hairstyle because there are so many different versions of this style. It can be soft, dramatic, romantic, fierce, and it’s usually appropriate for shoulder length or longer hair. Hairstyling products make a huge difference in the finish of this style. For sleeker styles, use something to tame frizz and add shine. For styles that have more body in the crown, like the example photo, use a light holding hairspray and rat-tail combs or teasing brushes to achieve extra height.

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An example of an intricate low ponytail, and a low ponytail with volume in the crown.

Low ponytails can be flattering for a variety of face shapes, depending on how the shape of the style is balanced. They are a great option for bridal styling as well. They complement dresses that have a strapless or asymmetric neckline. When wearing a dress with an asymmetric neckline, consider styling the low ponytail more to the side. We usually recommend styling the ponytail off to the opposite side of the strap. This is just one of the many ways to customize this style for almost any occasion.

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Dressing up the ponytail is another fun way to tailor this style. The knotted ponytails in the example photos are great options for long hair that doesn’t have much layering. Layers in the hair can make it more difficult to get a smooth appearance on the wrapped hair. Clip-in hair extensions can be used to add intricacy or volume to the style. Another great way to enhance the ponytail, texture! Soft curls can be polished and impart a beautiful, cascading effect.

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The left photo is an example of cascading curls in the ponytail.

Never underestimate the potential of this simple style and try it out for a diverse range of events. Happy styling!

More Summer Hair Trends 2014

Let’s talk curls this summer! Down styles and long luscious locks are becoming increasingly popular for special occasions. Here are a couple of looks that we adore here at Valentina D’ Angela. These are great for everyday styling as well.

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Retro waves are a sophisticated way to add timeless beauty to any look. The example photo showcases three ways to wear this kind of style. The hairstyle in the center photo can be dressed up or down, the one on the left is a great casual look, and the hairstyle on the right is appropriate for bridal/special event occasions. You can achieve a casual version of this style yourself by using either a barrel curling iron or a clipless wand. Start sectioning in the back of the head and curl all of the hair in the same direction. Use hair spray and a brush to comb out the curls. This is just one of many ways to achieve this look in a quick, casual manner.

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Beach waves are great because they have a natural look to them. They are soft and romantic, which makes them great for beach weddings or casual wear. We love the two photos on the left as examples of relaxed, casual styles. Dressing up the style with a couple of pins and some polishing will make it appropriate for special occasions. The style on the right is a great example of this look. Pinning some of the hair up allows you to add a little bit of volume to the style and dress it up, making it ideal for that tousled, naturally beautiful look. All of these styles can be achieved using a clipless wand. The size of the section of hair and products used will influence the finished look. Some curling wands even offer different tapered designs which also change the look of the finished style.

Spring 2014 Wedding: More Runway Trends

Let’s discuss some more incredible looks taking over the Spring 2014 runway. Valentina D’ Angela is going to show you how to turn these grand fashion runway hits into a reality on your special day. We love designing styles for brides! The hair, makeup, accessories, and dress should all compliment one another and create an overall look. Here are two of our favorite looks for Spring 2014.

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This is an organic, enchanting, effortless type of style. The gowns are simple in shape, but little accents like the unique cuts and the placement of special adornments provide an absolutely elegant and intricate finish. Tousled curls can be left down or loosely pulled back into a low up-style, and decorated with an extravagant barrette, or jeweled headband.

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This style is glamorous, sophisticated, and polished. Because of their strong dress shape, trumpet gowns accentuate this style perfectly. Their strong silhouettes and contours compliment a woman’s figure and can be paired with a hairstyle the offers similarly strong design lines. Hairstyles that have more defined silhouettes will enhance the beautiful design lines of the gown. Defined, elegant waves and polished up-styles are adorned with ornamented barrettes and combs.

Check our blog next week! We will look at some tips and tricks from our artists to create the perfect smokey eye!

Spring 2014 Wedding: Lace Gown Trends

The trends for bridal gowns in 2014 are absolutely extravagant. One of our personal favorites: lace! We are seeing lots of lace on the runway, so this week, Valentina D’ Angela would like to share with you some complimentary hair trends to pair with these beautiful gowns.

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Lace is such a soft feminine fabric. It is important to not overwhelm these subtle touches of elegance. Soft curls and loosely pulled back up-styles enhance the overall look. Styles with less volume can compliment lace nicely as well.

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Both of these hairstyles feature less volume, and in both of these hair styles, the point of focus is lower on the head shape. There is diversity here because this particular balance can enhance a high-class, glamorous, vintage look, or a more free-spirited, naturally elegant type of look, both of which are being seen all over the runways for Spring 2014. More beautiful looks next week!