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hair up or down for a ball?

(21 Posts)
ilikepie Sat 07-Feb-15 17:37:32

I'm 36 and average looking and want to look and feel fab for this do. I'll be getting it cut and blow dried (a treat as i have boring straightish brownish hair which just gets a quick trim and no styling ever) or getting a proper hairdresser to put it up....what would be nicest?

MarshaBrady Sat 07-Feb-15 17:38:26

What's your dress like?

ilikepie Sat 07-Feb-15 17:53:58

floor length black, one shoulder strap, kind of grecian. Going to have some big showy accessories to add oomph.

MarshaBrady Sat 07-Feb-15 17:57:52

Up I think with one shoulder strap.

DurhamDurham Sat 07-Feb-15 17:59:22

I think it depends on what you usually do.

I wear my hair down on a day to day basis so when I want/need to dress up I have it up. My sister wears her up on a day to day so on an evening out she has it down.

There, I haven't been any help at all have I grin

Minion Sat 07-Feb-15 17:59:44

Ball dress :up
Casual dress: down

squoosh Sat 07-Feb-15 18:01:21

How long is your hair? I personally think that most people look best with some hair around their face. Hair that's completely up highlights all your face's flaws whereas a bit of loose hair softens them.

Also, sometimes up styles can look a bit dated and when you've got a show stopper dress and lots of accessories a simple blowdry can look more modern.

MarshaBrady Sat 07-Feb-15 18:02:36

Yes not too fancy, if up.

squoosh Sat 07-Feb-15 18:03:25

If you do have it put up, I'd do a half up, half down style.

CMOTDibbler Sat 07-Feb-15 18:10:50

I think it also depends on your hair - with the best blow dry in the world, mine looks tatty an hour after. An up do will still look great hours after for me

Allalonenow Sat 07-Feb-15 18:16:53

Up. to show off your shoulders and the single strap feature of the dress, also it will high light earrings if you are wearing them.

ilikepie Sat 07-Feb-15 19:17:02

ok, so Up seems to be taking the lead. Day to day it's usually pulled back but not piled up, and nowhere near voluptuous tresses piled up on the top of my head. I'm trying to think how i'd like it up, as I'd agree with PP i need some tendrils or the like loose to soften my round face! Been googling up-dos but nothing is quite right...Anyway, thanks for the input!

tak1ngchances Sat 07-Feb-15 19:18:43

I agree with half up.
Loose tendrils can look seriously awful, I would strongly advise against those

ilikepie Sat 07-Feb-15 19:20:41

I def don't want straggly wispy bits...isn't there a more robust version of tendrils?...if i find the right picture i'll post it up.

tak1ngchances Sat 07-Feb-15 19:21:54

Have you got layers?

ilikepie Sat 07-Feb-15 19:26:48

not really, just a layer/feathery bit at the bottom if you know what i mean. But I'm having my hair cut and may well get some more layers. I've got bad hair right now as i have post baby regrowth which is about 3 inches long sticking up from the top of my head; i lost so much hair after DC3 and it's all growing back thank goodness, but it makes my hair look very frizzy.

fredfredsausagehead1 Sat 07-Feb-15 19:31:31

Have you got a fringe or swept fringe? I'd have it up if you have nice earrings and make up, I am very jealous wink

burnishedsilver Sat 07-Feb-15 19:46:30

I'd say up.

burnishedsilver Sat 07-Feb-15 19:48:21

Kate Bekinsale does a lot of one shoulder dresses with various hairstyles. Have a look on Google images.

ilikepie Sat 07-Feb-15 19:57:36

I will, thanks burnished . I just wish i was as skinny and toned as her!

ilikepie Sat 07-Feb-15 19:58:05

No fringe, but i might get one recut.

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