Special events like weddings or senior pictures deserve a special outfit and hairstyle. When you look your best, pictures look most presentable. Face it, you don’t see a picture of a graduate wearing sweats, hair in a ponytail and glasses with no makeup. That’s not normal for a picture that means so much in the long run. Some of the best pictures are taken when hair looks its best, ask any girl. It truly isn’t hard to style your hair for special event pictures, you just need to know the appropriate styles for them and how to achieve those styles.
As a senior in high school, you have so many responsibilities and things to prepare for. One of the items on your agenda are your senior pictures. Most kids get theirs taken about the summer between their junior and senior year in high school. This is a time where students look their best for a few pictures to be displayed at their graduation party and also to give out as memorabilia to friends and family. Obviously kids wouldn’t want to be known for looking sloppy and as if they don’t care. That’s why senior pictures are so important- teenagers want others to remember them in ten years as looking sharp, not sloppy.
The most appropriate hairstyle for a senior picture would be to just straighten it and let it hang over your shoulders. It looks the most professional and it won’t be too over the top. You could also curl your hair but typically when your hair is curled, you can have a little more frizz and flyaways that can stand out. When you use a hair straightener, you are more less likely to have those stubborn stray hairs showing in your pictures.
Weddings are the exact same way, except even more important. It doesn’t help to have an awful hair day on the biggest day of your life. Women want to look absolutely stunning in their wedding pictures and why not? In ten years when you and your husband look back at the pictures, you’ll want to think, “Wow we made great memories that day” after seeing a beautiful style surrounded by gorgeous makeup and perfect hair. You don’t want to be thinking “Remember how awful that day was because my hair kept falling out?”
For a wedding day, the appropriate style to sport would be an updo. To keep all that hair out of your face and look the most glamourous, you definitely need to have a high bun or some kind of style to keep hair clear of your face. Most importantly, your best features are in the face- your eyes, your nose, your cheekbones. And when you let your hair hang in your face on the most important day of your life, those beautiful features are hidden.
These are just a couple of those important events in life where you should actually care what you look like. Some might say “oh it’s just a picture!” but it’s true when they say that a picture is worth a thousand words. What you look like in your pictures can reflect how that day went or how you acted at that time.
People often ask me what my natural hair looks like. Recently, I have been lazy about styling my hair each day and just have had no time to do anything besides shower and let it hang the whole day. Of course it dries as the day goes on but so many people ask if I straighten my hair after it dries because it looks pin straight, draping down my shoulders. The truth is, I probably have the straightest hair known to mankind. Having naturally straight hair does have its perks at times but it definitely is not as fun as having wavy hair.
When I wake up in the morning and begin styling my hair, I realize how straight my hair already is and instantly, I know that my routine will not take as long as most girls my age. Since my hair is so naturally straight, I can cut about twenty minutes off of my “getting ready for the day” time each morning. I either let it go for the day, only running a brush through the ends or I throw it up in a ponytail. This is a benefit of having straight hair because it allows me to focus on eating a bigger breakfast, doing my makeup better, or picking out a prettier outfit. But there are some cons to having straight hair too.
Each time that I look in my hair in the mirror, I am reminded how dull and boring it is. I wish that somedays it would hold a little bounce in the roots. I can barely even tease my hair because it’s so thin and fine and straight. Thicker, curlier hair tends to hold volume much easier. It’s also not fun having straight hair because you can’t really mix up your style each day. It gets boring wearing my hair straight day after day while other girls can scrunch their hair with gel some days and show off their natural waves.
I do use hair straighteners, but not as often as most people my age. This could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. It saves me some time and damage to my ends but it also limits what else I can do to style my hair each morning, especially if I don’t have time to do something fun like curl it to be bouncy. There may be others in the world with the same problem that I have, but I must say, my hair has got to be one of the straightest out there.
Recently, my high school held a little event we like to call winter formal. This is just one of three of the craziest times of the year for high school students. Hallways are filled with conversations about spray tans, dresses, and most importantly the perfect hairstyle! For homecoming, simple styles with straight or loose waves are more common for girls’ hair. Winter formal and prom are two completely different stories from homecoming, though.
Dances like winter formal and prom aren’t just events for girls to show up wearing a ponytail; this is one day in the school year where a girl can actually get glammed up with lots of makeup and huge hair without being judged…unless someone brings out her inner trashy! Time for the fashion police to begin handing out some fines.
When you walk into the school (or wherever else your event may be held) you want eyes to be on you in a good way, not in a bad way. To find a hairstyle where you can avoid trashy, go with a celebrity-inspired style. One of my favorite go-to girls to find classy styles from is Jessica Alba; she has the prettiest low ballerina bun with a sweet twist like throwing in a braid. Nothing says sassy yet classy like a small (1-inch wide) braid, and let me tell you, this girl knows how to pull it off!
If you’re looking for even more ways to avoid trashy, I’d say to avoid leaving too much hair down. At my school, I saw lots of girls who liked to put only some of their hair up and leave giant strands down to hang in their face. This doesn’t let others see your beautiful face and makes you look self-conscious; be proud of your face and own your beauty! I would suggest maybe even using some hair shears and trimming the bangs off at an angle to give you a perfectly elegant look. When the bangs begin above the brow and go at a diagonal down to the ear, you create a swoopy look that is sure to highlight your best features!
The number one tip of keeping hairstyles classy for prom and winter formal season is to get it back! Get it up out of your face and prevent it from blocking your sparkling eyes and stunning cheekbones! Popular styles for school dances are french twists, curly messy buns, and poofy bouffants. There are plenty other ways to keep your style classy and not trashy. For example the way you wear your dress. Another story for another day; keep your look classy at your next school dance with these great tips for great hair.