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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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!

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!