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That winter ball you've got planned calls for an elegant formal 'do. Up or down, your hairstyle needs to shine as much as your dress. Consider an updo if you have a graceful neck and shoulder line, or a flowing down 'do if you love your long, healthy locks.
An elegant coif shows off your facial features, keeping hair close to your head. If your locks tend to get frizzy, this look lets you dance the night away without a stray strand. Plus, when you pull on a wrap or long winter coat, your strands won't budge. That makes it a surefire elegant look, which will give you confidence to boot. Part your hair on the side for the ultimate in sophistication.
For a softer updo, try a loose bun. As a variation, try a top knot -- a bun right on top of your head or at your crown, with some sexy, loose strands. Let a few of your front tresses hang free, and gently roll the side sections back into the bun. This adds a little volume and softness, and it's especially chic if your hair has some curl. Like the coif, this hairstyle is totally safe when you pull on your winter garb.
Teased-Up Half Updo
Tease up your hair at the crown for a sexy voluminous look, then pull your hair into a half up-do. Fasten it with a pretty barrette at the back of your head. Leave bangs or front strands hanging free, and use a curling iron to add some curl if you don't have it already. This classic 'do has a romantic look that's perfect for the formal feel of a winter ball. Be extra careful when pulling your warmer winter wear on or off, so you don't mess up your pretty curls.
Hardly a style could be sexier than big blown-out waves. Grab that diffuser and get to work, with your head upside-down to build volume. If your hair is curly or wavy, this look keeps winter weather from frizzing out your strands. If you catch a few snowflakes, just let 'em dry. If you have thick, straight hair, it'll also look stunning in a blow-out style. Pull the ends out in front of your face as you dry to create a bouncy, curled-under look that will blow your date away.
Think hats are out when it comes to a winter ball? Think again. Bring back old-fashioned charm with a fascinator hat, one of those little (well, sometimes little) hats women used to wear back in the day. Fascinators can have all sorts of shapes, but usually they sit off center, and feathers, lace or a big bow (sometimes all three) are the focal point. You can thank Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, for helping this whimsical look make a comeback. Celebs such as Emma Freedman have been spotted wearing an array of fabulous fascinators. Choose a hat that sits off-center, and combine it with luxurious curls pulled into a loose side pony or chignon.