How To Match Your Hairstyle And Dress Neckline Perfectly
Last updated on : June 03 2017
Every part of your look matters when putting on a sexy dress. From the top of your head to your toes, your overall look needs to compliment your style, bring out your personality, and give you feminine sex appeal. This means finding the right hairstyle to match your dress, particularly it's neckline.
If you fail to choose the right hairstyle your look may fall flat. Opt for an updo and you may tiptoe into being too formal, or go for a free flowing style and it may make you appear unkempt.
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Rules for Matching Hairstyles and Dresses
When choosing hairstyles to wear with your dress consider these three major factors:
- Your neckline - your dress was designed to achieve a particular look that is both flattering and trendy. If your dress shows lots of skin you won’t want to hide any and so need to choose an updo or half-up-half-down style.
- Your mood - if you are feeling flirty and fun then your hairstyle should reflect this by incorporating colorful clips and braids. Likewise if your mood is sober and sweet than a sweeping ponytail full of curls is a better option.
- Your dress length - the length of your dress determines how conservative or flirty you want to be. It influences your hairstyle because you want to keep the look fluid. Longer dress lengths might need more conservative and modest hairstyles while shorter lengths, well, are designed to tempt all the boys.
Although most necklines work well with a variety of hairstyles, to bring out the best in your dress you must choose a hairstyle that flatters it's neckline rather than conflicts with it or conceals it.
As a general rule necklines that are more elaborate and detailed work best with hairstyles that are pulled away from the face, so that the dress is appreciated for its intricate and feminine design. Necklines that are more simple, like strapless or sweetheart cuts allow more variety in your hair and so your hairstyle will depend on other factors we’ve mentioned: your mood and length.
In this article we run through some specific examples. We've used a selection of dresses from our famous bandage dress collection to illustrate - and all the dresses below and more can be found in this collection.
Gloss Up Your Hair
The right hairstyle and dress combination will have your hair looking healthy with sheen and gloss throughout. Towards the end of this article we cover important steps to get shiny hair and sexy tresses to complete your entire look.
High-necked dresses are designed to wrap around the base of your neck. These dress designs include turtlenecks and some halter styles. The best option for these necklines is a style that gives the neckline visibility, like an updo. This is because the neckline is a prominent part of the overall dress design and so you want to put it on display.
If your hair is short to chin length feel free to wear it down and try blow drying it to give it extra bounce. For longer styles consider an updo with either a center part, side part, or no parting at all. Add a dash of smooth texturing balm for control and to protect your part all night long.
For a sexy edge add some waves or full curls to your updo. Use a curling iron for this and separate your hair into parted sections of about three inches to achieve neatly overlapping waves and curls that fall freely. There are also pinned up ponytails featuring braids and buns to consider, or buns.
Minty wears our Lady London Dress with a loose bun
Dresses with a V-neck
A v-neck dress is sexy and offers glimpses of cleavage and skin. If the neckline is extreme and requires showing off then choose an updo that will keep your hair from interfering with it. Otherwise v-neck dresses are best worn with half-up, half-down hairstyles. These hairstyles are designed to pull hair away from your face but give you a sweeping feminine style with loose locks flowing behind you.
The half-down, half-up is a classic combination that softens the angles and lines of a v-neckline. To achieve this look start by applying a smoothing cream on your tresses while they are still wet. Then, blow dry your hair until it achieves it's natural texture, curly, straight or somewhere in-between. Take a few of the top layers onto the back of your neck, and pull them together, into a twist. You can use bobby pins or a hair tie to hold in place. Moving on to the front, gently pull out a couple of tendrils for a soft and feminine look. For more half-up, half-down styles consider these.
Lees showing off a half-down half-up in a bandage dress
Round and Square Necklines
A round or square neckline is designed to show off your shoulders while giving you a soft and flattering style. Most round or square dresses feature an array of sleeves including cap sleeves or long and short sleeves.
These necklines work best with free flowing styles that are simple, and could incorporate braids, clips, or twists. Round and square necklines are best worn with your hair pulled off your collar or away from your face. For a sultry more exotic look free flowing curls around your shoulders work well. For shorter hairstyles go for a pixie look.
To achieve a pixie look put gel on your hair and blow dry it using a hairbrush. Stick to only one direction while brushing your hair. Once it dries, use styling wax to complete the look. Sweep up the side tresses onto the back, and any bangs onto the side. Separate the bangs along your forehead and twirl them in random spots, so there is a lot of movement.
Tanya with a flowing hairstyle in a round neck A-Line dress
Strapless dresses offer a sensual display of your shoulders and frame your face in femininity and subtle sexual invitation. Like square and round necklines the strapless neckline is versatile and works well with both updo and free flowing hairstyles.
With strapless dresses your hairstyle polishes and completes and is determined by the look you want to achieve. For a sexy and stylish look go for an updo hairstyle that lets you show more skin. For a more conservative look wear your hair down in free flowing curls.
With strapless dresses, you want to accentuate your collarbone. Apply smoothing balm and blow dry your tresses whether you are choosing an updo or free flowing dress.
Breanna in a stunning white strapless dress with free flowing hair
How does dress length and design affect your hairstyle?
As mentioned earlier dress length and design play a key role in your hairstyle because both create and influence your overall style goals. Short dresses are more provocative and so should be worn with hairstyles that compliment, try feisty bangs, messy ponytails, or free flowing seductive curls. Dresses of longer lengths should be worn with more conservative styles such as slick ponytails, twists, or buns.
Each dress is designed to not only be flattering to the wearer but convey a message and style. Plunging necklines that show more cleavage convey a style of purposeful sexual invitation. These dresses are best worn with styles that give convey seduction such as just woke up frizz or hanging tresses.
How to get Shiny Hair and Sexy Tresses
Every woman desires healthy and shiny tresses.
Alongside glowing skin the state of your hair is an outward sign of your eating habits, hygiene regime, and more. Every cell in your body, including the ones in your hair require a consistent and steady supply of nutrients. For healthy, tameable hair begin loading up on nutritious superfoods and natural hair treatments that will nourish and protect.
Say goodbye to dull and straggly tresses within a few weeks by following this simple guide. These holistic habits should improve your hair strand by strand as well as keep your skin healthy, strengthen your nails, and even add a gleam to your eyes.
Best Foods to Eat for Shiny and Healthy Hair
For any major changes to your diet or if in any doubt ensure that you consult your nutritionist or physician first.
For optimum hair care, you should consume a diet that includes all major food groups as well as the right vitamins and minerals. For example, a protein deficiency or a diet that is low in iron may lead to anemia which can result in excessive hair loss. On the other hand, a diet that is rich in protein but low in vegetables and fruits may also result in hair loss due to a lack of essential nutrients.
Aim for a balanced diet that covers all corners and levels of the food pyramid. Remember that foods serve a distinct purpose and naturally support the various functions of your body based on their individual properties.
Antioxidants for soft hair
Free radicals in the air, exposure to the sun, and over-drying with a blow-dryer result in hair that is often rough, easily tangled, and dull. The optimum solution for getting softer hair is to load up on antioxidants. Dark colored fruits such as blackberries, blueberries, pomegranate, and cherries contain polyphenols that soften your hair. Polyphenols also provide the body with a secure line of defence against degenerative diseases such as cancer or cardiovascular diseases.
Biotin for strong hair
Studies show that patients who have more biotin in their diet are less prone to hair problems such as breakage. Foods such as eggs, salmon, and avocado are ideal for ensuring you are getting a balanced diet. Biotin is a variety of vitamin B and is also sold as vitamin B7, biotine, and coenzyme R. Biotin is essential for your body and helps promote healthy and strong skin while also supporting the proper functions of your nervous system.
Vitamin C for hair growth
In healthy individuals, it takes a month for hair to grow a centimeter. If your levels of vitamin C intake is lower than the recommended RDA of 75mg, chances are that your hair likely takes much longer than that to grow a centimeter. Consider adding fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, and strawberries to your diet to increase your vitamin C intake.
Proteins for thick hair
Hair is made of protein. To ensure strong and healthy hair you must consume adequate amounts of healthy proteins in your diet. This includes chicken, turkey, eggs, dairy products, fish, oysters, as well as kidney beans, nuts, and legumes.
Natural Hair Treatments
Deep conditioning or moisturizing your hair is recommended at least once a month. Ironically, many of the superfoods you consume to manage and condition your hair are some of the same foods you are able to apply topically to it.
These superfoods give your hair a noticeable sheen and strength and make very powerful hair treatments. Many of these treatments are easily made in the comfort of your home and with ingredients that you are likely to find in your kitchen.
Try the hair masks below, a once a week application should provide you with shiny and sexy tresses if you are doing everything else right. Apply the mask, light a few therapeutic candles, and relax in your bathtub while it works its magic – you deserve the pampering.
There are many benefits to using aloe vera gel on your skin but what about your hair? Many people don't realise that aloe vera is a great treatment for smooth and shiny hair.
To make a hair mask from aloe vera, all you need is one teaspoon of almond oil and the gel from one aloe vera leaf. Cut the leaf down the middle to extract the gel. Mix the gel with the almond oil, and apply the mask to your hair directly. Cover your head with a polyethylene cap, and let it set for at least 20 minutes. Rinse the mixture out of your hair with warm water. Style as desired and enjoy clean, shiny, and smooth tresses.
A banana is one of the most nutritious fruits. It contains a high quantity of necessary potassium and is easily digested.
Bananas are not just tasty treats but are also viable options for treating dandruff and improving the quality of your hair. To create a banana hair mask begin by mashing a fresh banana with one teaspoon of honey. Apply this mixture to your hair and scalp. Allow the mask to set for 20 to 25 minutes then rinse out with warm water. Not only does this treat dandruff but the banana and honey mixture is also known to give you more volume and shine.
If you think avocados are only good for guacamole, think again. This exotic fruit is perfect for nourishing your hair through topical treatment masks.
Mix the flesh of one ripe avocado with an egg, a teaspoon of honey, and a teaspoon of olive oil. Once the mixture is of a smooth consistency, apply it all over your hair from roots to the tips. Let your hair set in all the goodness for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse the mask away with warm water.
We've attached a little infographic for easy reference below which you are free to use provided you provide credit back to this article.
Haircare Tips to Fight Damage Caused by Over Processing
Your hair is constantly exposed to the sun, chemical treatments, inadequate diet, hormonal changes, washing hair with hard water, and more. These environmental changes affect its strength, manageability, and shine.
It is best to reconstruct and rebuild your hair follicles in conjunction with healthy eating. Here are a handful of tips to reconstruct damaged air at home. For severely damaged hair consult a hair stylist.
- Condition! Condition! Condition! There really is no getting around properly conditioning your hair. While there are many “reputed” conditioners out there, ensure that you are choosing one that has plenty of proteins and moisture enhancing compounds. It is also important to choose a conditioner that is pH balanced. In order to restore proper moisture balance to your hair leave the conditioner on the tips of your hair for at least 3-4 minutes before you rinse. This ensures that your tresses receive the conditioning and moisturizing they require.
- Keep away from chemical treatments and styling tools as much as possible. Blow-dryers, straighteners, and hair curlers are recommended for special occasions and should be used sporadically through the week. Excessive use of hair styling tools and chemical treatments such as dyes, perms, and relaxers regularly damage your hair and cause it to be brittle and difficult to manage.
- Opt for fingers instead of brushes. One of the best ways to get smoother tresses is to run your fingers through your wet hair when you need to detangle it prior to using a brush. If you are using a comb be sure to choose a wide-toothed comb to limit breakage particularly while your hair is wet.
- Apply a lightweight serum to provide your hair with the moisture it needs. Your hair is weaker when it is wet. Restore your hair’s natural resistance by using a serum that contains moisturizing components such as argan oil, shea butter, olive oil, or glycerin. This serves to strengthen your hair but also assists in managing frizz and preventing split ends.
- Shampoo every other day. Do not take your haircare routine too far by shampooing every day. Along with dirt and grime, shampoo also removes natural oils from your scalp. If you shampoo your hair excessively your scalp may become dry and make it prone to flaking and frizz.
- Get a trim once every 6 weeks. Cutting your hair regularly is the best way to grow it. Trimming may sound counter-effective but it is not. The truth is that trimming helps remove the unhealthy parts of your hair, which in turn, boosts your hair growth.
- Opt for a haircut that suits the shape of your face and accentuates your best features. For example, a round or pear shaped face is best complemented with a layered look with steep edges. A strategic and stylish hair cut also adds the right amount of volume and bulk to your tresses as well.
This article covers the rules for matching your hairstyle to your dress neckline using a selection of bandage dresses with different necklines as examples. it also acknowledges that having healthy and shiny hair is important in any look and so covers steps to improve the health of your hair.