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You're headed to a masquerade ball -- how fun is that? To preserve the masquerade mystique, a mask that covers most of your face is a must. All that prettiness hidden underneath, however, calls for a hairstyle that is superbly styled. Something voluminous and elegant is definitely in order, but don't be intimidated. There are easy hairstyles to create that will permit you to hit the ball in stunning style.
For a simple hairdo that's still fancy and elegant enough for your masquerade ball, try a looped style. Rake your hair back with your fingers and hold it in a ponytail shape against the back of your head, just below the crown. Secure an elastic around the ponytail; the last time you're pulling the hair through the elastic, stop halfway. This creates a loop in your hair; use a couple of bobby pins over the sides of the loop to secure it. Pull out some tendrils on both sides of your face and curl them with a 1-inch wide curling iron.
For a hairstyle that works perfectly for a masquerade ball, try out a modern bouffant style. Work a volumizing product through your strands, then blow-dry your hair using a round brush. Curl some ends up and some under as you blow-dry, to get lots of texture and movement around the ends. Tease the hair around the crown section of your head, make a small center part and pull the top section of your hair back behind your head, toward the crown, and pin in place.
A ballerina bun hairstyle is chic and fabulous, and works really well as a hairstyle for your masquerade because it's higher up on your head and really voluminous. It stands out instead of hiding behind you and your mask. Slick your hair back, pulling it into a ponytail at the crown of your head; any lower, and the bun won't have the same prima-ballerina effect. Secure with an elastic, then tease the top few inches of the ponytail hair using hairspray and a backcombing brush. Wrap the ponytail hair around the elastic clockwise; depending on how long your hair is, you may have to make a few rotations around. Once you're holding onto the ends of your hair, slide a couple of bobby pins in over the ends and around the rest of the bun to hold it in place.
If you do want to leave your hair down, a straight or even wavy style is just a bit too bland for a ball. Instead, use a small-barrel curling iron -- 1-inch wide will do -- to create spiral curls in your hair. Work in sections no larger than an inch wide and hold the curling iron vertically, straight up and down, when curling each section to get a tight, spiral curl. Finish your style with a generous coat of some flexible-hold hairspray. If you want your hair pulled back, rake together the top half section of your hair and secure it in a ponytail for a cascading curls effect.