As you try to decide on your hairstyle for a professional setting, you may want to use different hair accessories to make sure your style stays in place longer. A well-placed comb, clip or fashionable hairpin can go a long
way toward stabilizing a hairstyle and making sure it stays in place throughout your hectic day. But is that rhinestone-crusted comb appropriate for your board meeting, or the parent-teacher conferences?
When you are dressing your hair for a professional setting, make sure you have accessories that are neutral to serve the purposes you need them for. A tortoiseshell clip or comb will
look elegant and professional as opposed to the flash of its metallic or jeweled counterpart.
Casual situations are usually the easiest and most-flexible when it comes to hairstyles. These are the times when you are simply out to enjoy yourself without worrying overmuch
about impressions and other’s perceptions. That’s not to say that you don’t want to look nice, just that you want a style that’s easy to do and maintain, and will be in keeping with your activity.
The key is to remember the same rule you follow to dress for a casual function. There is such a wide range of activities that fall into the “casual” category that there is only one
real rule for styling the hair for a casual situation. Here is the rule for a good Casual situation hairstyle:
• Keep It Activity Appropriate
Nothing looks more out of place than a too-fancy hairstyle on someone at a very casual function. Wearing an up-style that consists of more than a few hairpins and a twist just looks odd when you’re on a picnic or at the
bowling alley. Good casual hairstyles include ponytails, simple braids and using Alice-bands and barrettes.
Of course, as we mentioned, “casual” situations are varied in their scope, sometimes you do need more than just pulling the hair back from the face. But typically speaking,
you never want your hair to be fussier than your clothing. For instance, if you’re wearing jeans and a tee shirt or sweater, you would look a little strange if your hair looks as though you’ve spent two hours curling it
and primping. Conversely, you may be going to a casual dinner party and decide on wearing slacks and a blouse and would look odd if you just tucked a ponytail through the back of a ball cap.
Formal situations are the times when you really want to put your best efforts into how you look. These are the fancy-dress parties and special occasions that come only a few times a
year at best. You’re going to pull out your finest garments from your closet and want to pull all your best tricks from your styling kit, too. Formal situations are special in that they allow you to break out all the stops.
There are several tips for dressing the hair for a Formal situation, and they all relate to the kind of clothing you are planning to wear. However, there is a tip that can help you as you plan your look for the evening:
• Pick a focus.
You want to pick the aspect of your look that is going to be the focal point. Is it your dress? Your hair? Your jewelry? Or you?