Five Formal Hairstyles for 2010

Whether you’re getting ready for big night out or a formal celebration, you’ll want your hair to look fabulous with a formal updo. Trends in 2010 updos have followed celebrity trends, including long hair updos and short hair updos that are both hip and classy. When choosing an updo for your special occasion, choose one that nicely frames your face, accents your outfit, feels comfortable and will hold well past the end of the event.

The following 2010 updos have graced the red carpet and can be found in the latest popular fashion magazines:

1. Chignon. The chignon is a classic long hair updo that also works well with medium-length hair. The style is basically a knot of hair at the back of one’s head. Dating back to ancient Greece and China, and made popular during the Victorian era, the chignon is considered by many hair experts to be the best formal updo hairstyle.

No longer do we use an enourmous amount of false hair and pads to create this symbol of French elegance. Chignons can be formed in different ways according to where the knot sits on the back of the head. The most popular placement of this fancy bun is centered low on the head. This hairstyle looks great when accented with a tiara, sparkling hair pins or small flowers.

2. French Twist. The French twist is a formal updo that celebrities ranging from Audrey Hepburn to Rachel Lee Cook have worn. This updo is one of the easier to do on your own with almost any length or type of hair. The French twist has inspired a host of variations, including a messy style seen on Linsay Lohan. It can be personalized with fancy hair pins, flowers or a sparkling hair comb. This formal updo looks great with a tiara, as well.

3. Side Hairstyles. Back from the 1980’s, side hairstyles are hot among 2010 updos. This hairstyle can range from an elegant side ponytail to an off-centered bun. Side hairstyles are versatile in that they look good with parted hair in the front, with bangs and with any shape of face (when the front hair-part is done correctly).

Celebrities like singer Carrie Underwood have favored wearing a low, side ponytail. The ponytails are often pulled through the middle of the gathered hair, right above the elastic band used to hold the hair together, to create a simple, elegant twist and a more formal updo.

4. Half Updos. Half updos are also popular 2010 long hair updos  and can be worn with or without bangs. In addition to simply pinning the front of one’s hair back, half updos can also be held together with a mini chignon, bun or short French braid on the back of the head. For those with shorter hair, other updo styles can be modified into a half short hair updo.

{mosimage}5. Braids. Inspired by European fashion, braids are in demand. No longer just seen in portraits of Frida Khalo, braids are appearing on celebrities in the form of Heidi braids that incorporate all of one’s hair and tiara braids that use one’s hair to form a headband. Braids are popularly used in 2010 updos to wrap around buns, create galmourous chignons or hold a half updo. When braids are worn on the red carpet or on runways, the wearer is also typically showing off a pair of exquisite earings that cascade down the sides of her face.

Braid variations include the English braid, French braid, Dutch braid and fishtail braid. English braids are simply made by dividing hair into three sections and weaving them together. The French braid starts with three small strands of hair that have more tresses added to them as the strands are weaved over each other. Dutch braids are the inverted counterpart of the French braid. Instead of the strands of hair being woven over each other, they are woven under each other. The fishtail braid, also called a “Grecian braid,” resembles the French braid but uses only two strands of hair instead of three.

The hardest part about choosing a formal updo is deciding between all the great options available. Well before an event, experiment with different ones to see which suit you best.

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