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camillacamilla
May 3rd, 2008, 06:28 PM
I would LOVE to be one of those elegant, sophistocated, pulled together ladies. But I just can't seem to pull it off. Ever. What kind of long hair style looks elegant to you? Down and straight? A certain updo? What about bangs? None? Sideswept? How do you do it? I want to look posh, beautiful and sleek, and instead look like I rolled with the dogs after I did my hair. HELP!!!

Riot Crrl
May 3rd, 2008, 06:43 PM
Hair down can be tough, because it is subject to so many more factors, like wind, and clothes, train seats etc. rubbing on it.

I think one of the best bets most of the time is an updo, but it takes practice and experimentation to find the ones that are best on us and that we are most good at. (I could use more of this myself.)

If accessories used to put the hair up are showing, I like for them to be very sleek and simple. They can be decorative, but I don't like for them to be in a "volume competition" with my hair and clothes.

Don't worry if your updo turns out kind of "end-y." Usually when that happens to me, people are all, "OMG how did you pull out those pieces perfectly like that???" LOL. Just rock it, if I try to redo mine when it's like that it is never as good as the first one.

Usually when I think my hair looks weird is when I get the most compliments. There is a lot to having the attitude "I meant to do that." Haha!

Curlsgirl
May 3rd, 2008, 07:35 PM
I like updos the best when I want to look a bit more professional. When we have business meetings I usually do my hair up in a Figure 8 or a sort of log roll/french twist both with a simple wooden fork. I don't feel I look that good in buns and I have hard time getting them to look neat too. I occasionaly use a Ficcare too like with a folded braid or several braids bunned but I like the figure 8 or infinity better. I am not very good at other styles yet or either my hair is not long enough yet or too long for others. Interesting about leaving the sticky outy parts like they are. I do sometimes but never thought about it looking "interesting" hee hee. I love it!

Tangles
May 3rd, 2008, 07:43 PM
I have the same problem. If I just air dry my hair, I look like something the cat dragged in. Not good for interviews etc. What I did when I had long hair and needed to look more polished:

-blew dry on cool for smoothness and evenness
-or wore curly with some product for shine
-or did half up to get hair out of my face

Also, if you cut a few face framing layers and straighten ONLY those, that will go a long way towards making you look more polished. I know it sounds weird, but it works.

I think you look very much the lady in your siggy pic. I wouldn't worry too much :)

Saoirse
May 3rd, 2008, 08:02 PM
A sophisticated look? There is no prescribed hairstyle. It's all about attitude. :rockerdud

freznow
May 3rd, 2008, 08:05 PM
IMO, an updo without a part and with no bangs looks most sophisticated. But it also depends on your face shape and features, sometimes the severity of that look just doesn't work, and sometimes side swept fringe adds a lot to the updo. But down is definitely not sophisticated, IMO, because one movement will cause it to be disrupted (So maybe for a photo shoot it'd be nice, but not for a real event)

And I agree with saoirse, the attitude is major. Walking the walk and talking the talk will do more to that effect than a certain hairstyle.

camillacamilla
May 3rd, 2008, 08:22 PM
I have the same problem. If I just air dry my hair, I look like something the cat dragged in. Not good for interviews etc. What I did when I had long hair and needed to look more polished:

-blew dry on cool for smoothness and evenness
-or wore curly with some product for shine
-or did half up to get hair out of my face

Also, if you cut a few face framing layers and straighten ONLY those, that will go a long way towards making you look more polished. I know it sounds weird, but it works.

I think you look very much the lady in your siggy pic. I wouldn't worry too much :)

That is my siggy pic because that was a very, very good hair day. Thank you anyways for the lovely compliment. :D

seadaughter
May 3rd, 2008, 08:40 PM
For me, the hair need either to be tortured with blow-drying at a salon or put up and away from the face to look "polished". But then, it is largely an attitude thing, like Saoirse and Freznow say.

intothemist1999
May 3rd, 2008, 08:48 PM
I would LOVE to be one of those elegant, sophistocated, pulled together ladies. But I just can't seem to pull it off. Ever.


In my mind, the most sophisticated style is the French Twist. Not sure why...maybe because when I grew up that was THE "classy" hairstyle for ladies to wear on a night out.

That said, I can wear a FT and no way on earth can I ever be accused of being elegant, sophisticated, or pulled together!!

In my case I HAVE just rolled with the dogs...or the cats...or the rats! :D


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kwaniesiam
May 3rd, 2008, 10:48 PM
Updos, IMHO look the most elegant.

My one teacher always does the most professional yet still pretty updos I've ever seen, buns, french twists, french braids, and gibson tucks. The rare day her hair is down, it's wild and curly. Still pretty, she just tends to look more like a student that way since she is so young. The updo's add a good 10 years to her, but not in an old way, just in a put together professional way. It's definitely about attitude, but appearance can help carry it in your favor when done correctly.

CurlyNinja
May 3rd, 2008, 11:07 PM
My one teacher always does the most professional yet still pretty updos I've ever seen, buns, french twists, french braids, and gibson tucks. The rare day her hair is down, it's wild and curly. Still pretty, she just tends to look more like a student that way since she is so young. The updo's add a good 10 years to her, but not in an old way, just in a put together professional way. It's definitely about attitude, but appearance can help carry it in your favor when done correctly.

This is exactly what I try to get out of doing updos. I definitely look better with my hair down, but I don't like to straighten and an updo is a good compromise when I need a more classically-regarded "polished" look.

If it were entirely up to me I'd wear my hair wild and crazy all the time and tell everyone who thought it was unprofessional to [insert rude expression here I'm not sure I'm allowed to use]. But...as that sort of thing doesn't usually get one very far, I settle for a more "restrained" style. ;)

MotherConfessor
May 3rd, 2008, 11:34 PM
Depends on what version of elegant you are going for. As with just about anything it is not what you do but how you do it. Having your hair down can be perfectly elegant, but not if you have been head banging and your hair is a tangled mess. Just about any updo will work beautifully, as long as the updo is done well. My old dance teacher told us once that a simple dance that was done perfectly was vastly better than a complex and difficult one done poorly. A simple nape bun done perfectly can be all you need. So if you want to look elegant and put together just make sure the style is smooth and in place in a way that will hold all night.

That said, I have found that if I want that put together down to the last stitch look to put my hair up wet.

rubyredslippers
May 4th, 2008, 01:00 AM
In my mind, the most sophisticated style is the French Twist. Not sure why...maybe because when I grew up that was THE "classy" hairstyle for ladies to wear on a night out.

That said, I can wear a FT and no way on earth can I ever be accused of being elegant, sophisticated, or pulled together!!

In my case I HAVE just rolled with the dogs...or the cats...or the rats! :D


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The same :idea: goes off for me. For some reason, classy = French Twist for me. Not sure why that association is there.

Hypnotica
May 4th, 2008, 01:16 AM
When I do a FT with a little bun poof on the top, I instantly feel more classy.

hazelfaern
May 4th, 2008, 02:35 AM
The same :idea: goes off for me. For some reason, classy = French Twist for me. Not sure why that association is there.

Oh, me too! Perhaps because it's French? :p

But really, there are few hairstyles that look so steamlined, feminine, un-fussy, not-dated, classic, classy, easy and no-nonsense, all at once! (Oh, and when Grace Kelly's (http://gracemagazine.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/princessgrace3480.jpg) immortalized in it, you know it's timeless!)

If I were looking for a really classic look, though, I'd probably pick a couple of famous people who were known for their polished appearances and then use the google image-search till I found what I wanted (Eva Peron, for instance, had an amazing French-braid chignon combo that looked simple yet polished with anything).

Which is how I found this (http://http://stealtheirstyle.co.uk/Hair%20Styles/celeb%20hair%20style%20index.htm): I'm not so very convinced about the soundness of the styling advice and it does seem to focus a lot on having a certain "cut" to go with each style, but it's fun to poke around in what someone else considers a basic guide to celebrity fashion, classic and modern.

Anyhoo...

Periwinkle
May 4th, 2008, 04:31 AM
Definitely updos. I wouldn't say any fringe, and probably no part either. Think the kind of things you see in period movies. Alternatively, French twists: they've always seemed very professional to me.

goodenough
May 4th, 2008, 06:34 AM
I can't imagine working with my hair down. I wear mine in a bun, because it stays best that way. But I do a side part, because pulled straight back I look ten years younger:)

Boudicca
May 4th, 2008, 07:06 AM
For me, sophisticated styles would be: a chignon, a bun at the nape of the neck, or a low, sleek ponytail. I would probably leave out the hairtoys, too, unless they were very simply and discreet. For the low pony, what can look nice is a wide band of black ribbon wound around the top of the pony and taken down the ponytail a bit, which gives even more control.

Keeping everything sleek and controlled is important too. No escapee bits of hair or flyaways.

I think any parting is fine. A side parting can look quite chic, especially with a low bun.

I agree with Motherconfessor, too. I think putting up hair when wet results in a very smooth, finished look.

tiny_teesha
May 4th, 2008, 07:54 AM
French twists, low buns (chignon) and twirly updos seem to give me that impression... :) It's worth a try right?

Zindell
May 4th, 2008, 09:45 AM
Bree Van de Kamp (now Hodge) in Desperate Housewives seem to pull it of. But I guess she has a stall of stylists following her around during the shoots fixing her hair all the time. :D

I think a french twist will do it for me ...
Once I've learned how to do a proper one! :rolleyes:

Gwaihiril
May 4th, 2008, 10:09 AM
I also associate French twists with sophistication. Maybe because the people I saw wearing them always looked really classy? In any case, I think updos in general look classy, except for the messy ponytail-bun that is so common among my peers (i.e. high schoolers). That just looks messy. But french twists, buns, chignons, knots, that type of thing, are good.

UrbanEast
May 4th, 2008, 10:34 AM
I think that low sleek updos (like chignons) are the most elegant, but not necessarily the most flattering.

snowbird
May 4th, 2008, 03:20 PM
I usually wear my hair down, but if I do need to wear my hair and look a bit more formal I twist the sides loosely and do a gibson girl tuck in back. this takes a lot of pins but looks polished (or so I think at least)

savi
May 5th, 2008, 03:12 PM
Sleek low updos get yet another vote. There's just something about a bun around the nape of your neck. But pretty much anything sleek and low goes, imho.

nomadhome
May 5th, 2008, 07:55 PM
Keeping everything sleek and controlled is important too. No escapee bits of hair or flyaways.


Hehe. I wonder if I am the only one for whom having no escapees/flyaways is just not an option? It might be possible if I shellacked my hair down flat to my scalp, but otherwise I think for some textures at least imperfection is going to happen :shrug:

I choose to believe that natural simplicity makes for a sophisticated hair style, even when escapees are inevitable.

Bucatini
May 5th, 2008, 09:10 PM
My favorite is a low bun or a low half-up (half the hair, clipped at or below the level of ears) but WITH a part, the opposite of what everyone has said. I do the part because it looks deliberate.

If you have a lot of flyaways or babyhairs that look like bangs or fringe (like me) you would want to avoid anything tight or severe or slicked or shellacked because it WILL fall and that's what will make you look not polished. I have baby hairs that look almost like fringe/bangs (though I have never had bangs cut) so I stick to softer styles and nobody ever says boo.

<She>
May 6th, 2008, 01:26 PM
To me, sophisticated style is neat, shiny, slicked back hair in a bun. Any kind of bun. Or a french twist and french braid.

Tangles
May 6th, 2008, 01:36 PM
Actually, I've always found wavy hair kept half up with a barrette to be extremely sophisticated. It allows for some feminine softness while still keeping your hair out of your face!

Elenna
May 6th, 2008, 02:19 PM
But not everyone can wear these styles. It's whatever will work and still look sleek/sophisticated.