Cute Step-by-Step Hairstyles for a Winter Semi-Formal Dance

Dianna Agron wears pinned back curls to the 68th annual Golden Globes.

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If you have a semi-formal winter dance in your future, you'll want to make sure you look fantastic. That includes your hair. If you are a little stumped on how to make your hair look perfect for your winter dance, don't worry. All you need is a little instruction and you're on your way to perfect dance-ready tresses.

Romantic Curls

If it's a little chilly out, you might want to wear your hair down to keep you a bit warmer. Instead of wearing your locks straight, try bouncy, romantic curls. Part your hair on either side or on the center, depending on what you prefer. Then, use a large barrel curling iron to curl hair in sections. Hold your iron vertically to make sure to create a good curl. Once all your hair is curled, gently run your fingers through it and finish it off with a mist of hairspray to keep it in place.

Half-Up

If you've got your curls in place, but you want something a little more styled, try a half-up or swept-back look. Make it simple by taking a sparkly barrette. Brush one side of your hair back and clamp it in place with your barrette. If you want your hair up more, take a section of hair along the hairline at the front of the head. It can be a smaller section or a larger one depending on what you prefer. Take that hair, and use a fine-tooth comb to tease it at the roots. Then gently brush it back and pin it with bobby pins. Make sure your bobby pins are the same color as your hair so they blend in.

Simple Chignon

Pull your locks into a sleek chignon. You can wear yours down at the nape of the neck, pulled to the side or all the way at the top of your hair. Start by applying a dollop of soft gel to your hair to keep fly-aways in place. Then, brush your hair into a ponytail. Twist your ponytail into a bun shape and secure it with bobby pins. If you want something more interesting, take your curled hair from your romantic down 'do and twist that into a curly chignon.

Dressed-Up Ponytail

A full and curly side ponytail is also perfectly dressy. So, once your hair is curled, pull it to the side and at the point where you would secure it with an elastic band, twist it. Then use a few U-shaped bobby pins to keep your ponytail in place. Make sure not to forget your hairspray. If you're going to be dancing the night away, you'll need a little extra insurance to your curls will stay in place.

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