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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?
Some women make the mistake of buying a really ornate and heavily-detailed dress with lots of embellishments, and then choosing a very intricate hairstyle and lots of jewelry with heavy, dramatic make-up effects. The end result is that they look TOO made up. It’s overdone and the viewer is left unable to find a focal point for the look.
For the best results, pick a primary and secondary focus for your look. If your dress is heavily embellished (lots of glitter and sparkle) and you want everyone to really appreciate your dress, then choose complimentary jewelry, make-up or hairstyle as your secondary focus, and let the remaining two aspects take the background.