Retro Big Hair Styles For The Prom
Big Hair never really goes out of style. It just returns on a regular basis making it's re-appearance on the fashion runways and celebrity Red Carpets.
Morphing between the heavily lacquered beehive styles of the 1960s and the wild innovative teased looks of the 1980s, big hair trends can be easily modernized by creating an array of shapes and profiles which combines the best of the past.
Hair fashion trendsetter Christina Aguilera has been a big fan of big hair styles.
The wild rocker wowed fans in the past with a stunning big hair style which was a spectacular cross between a 60s beehive, an 80s big curl and in the back, a messy French Twist seam.
If you didn't know what year it was when Christina showcased her big hairstyle you would've sworn that you had been jetted back in time.
Models such as Katie Chonacas, Michelle Deighton (America's Next Top Model) and Janice Dickenson have all worn huge teased out retro hair styles which ranged from sky high beehives to huge pompadours ending in ponytails which were big hair trends in 2005 and 2006.
Big hair continues to be hotter than ever. Recently big hair was sizzling at the Spring Diane von Furstenberg show. World famous celebrity hairdresser Frederic Fekkai was the hair genius behind the runway bouffant styles and whipped them into an array of shapes.
The key to big hair is either having enough natural hair that can be teased and sprayed to new heights, or utilizing human hair add-on strands, extensions or wigs that can easily be back combed into the desired big shapes.
Retro big hair is always based on the concept that "anything goes".
As celebrity hairdresser Ken Paves pointed out recently "women are all about wearing hairstyles that make them feel beautiful, sexy or special" regardless of how big it is or isn't.
If you're attracted to the latest retro hair fashions and want to try one of the big hair styles give it a whirl.
One of the advantages to big hair is that it can be changed up to look fabulous with any face shape. Remember that you can purchase one or more add-on ponytails to save your own strands from potential teasing damage.
To steal some of the retro big hair styles worn by Christina Aguilera, Katie Chonacas and some of the other runway beauties, follow the steps listed below.
Step By Step Instructions
Since back combing and teasing can cause wear and tear on the your strands, be sure to treat them with extra tender loving care. Deep condition in between big hair styles.
hair with a
product designed to address your hair's
special needs. If you
color, highlight or chemically
treat your hair, select a shampoo that supports those
treatments. If you prefer, use a dilution formula or a
conditioning only (CO) treatment.
Note: Big hair styles are often easier to style when hair is slightly aged from the last shampoo. Newly washed, soft, or slippery hair, can often be trickier to work with then “day old” hair.
If your hair is naturally slippery, you may wish to let your hair "age" a few hours after shampooing before attempting this style.
2. Apply the appropriate rinse-out conditioners. (Avoid if hair is super thin or fine). Keep in mind that if hair is too soft it will be harder to back comb.
3. Finish with a cool/cold water rinse to close cuticles and encourage natural shine.
5. For extra volume along the crown and sides, apply a firm holding or sculpting gel.
6. Blow dry hair straight using a blow dryer with a concentrator attachment. If hair is naturally curly or wavy, apply a straightening balm like Phytodefrisant or similar to damp strands. Use a boar's head style paddle brush and separate hair into individual sections.
Note: For detailed tips on how to blow dry hair perfectly straight read Celebrity Hairdresser's Tips: Blow Drying Your Hair
7. When hair is completely dry, spray entire head with a firm holding spray.
8. Clip all of your hair except for a one inch section at the nape of the neck out of the way.
9. Take the one inch section of hair and pull it tight. Using a comb with tightly spaced teeth, gently back comb it up towards the scalp.
Focus on directing the back combed hair towards the root area about 2 inches from the actual roots. Consistently pack the hair tightly towards the scalp to achieve a strong base to for a bigger overall style.
For more details click on the link to How To Back Comb Your Hair for step by step instructions.
10. After you have achieved the desired fullness and height, spray well with a strong finishing spray. Let the hairspray dry while you move to the next section of hair.
11. Repeat the back combing process working completely around your head from side to side until all of your hair is backcombed to the height and volume you desire. Take your time and focus on using a consistent back combing technique.
12. Use your hands or a Mason Pearson, Kent or similar boar's bristle brush to gently smooth all the teased hair down.
Steal Christina's Big Hair Twist
Follow the steps listed below to steal Christina winning big hair style:
If you prefer to create a French Twist with a pronounced seam like Christina's follow the instructions for a classic French Twist. Leave the top section of the crown full. Create one or two dramatic curls.
1. Gather the back section of your hair into a
loose ponytail shape with a base halfway between your crown
and nape and slightly to the left of center. Don’t
anchor the ponytail. Leave the crown section
Steal Katie's Big Coif Pony
Follow the steps listed below to steal Katie's winning
big hair style:
2. Separate a 1 inch section of hair from the side of the newly formed pony and wrap it around the elastic band. Anchor it in place with a bobby pin the same color as your hair.
3. Once the ponytail is created to your desired style you have many options. You can wear it stick straight like Katie or with curls and waves.
Note: Depending on the type of texture you desire for your tail, use a hot curling or straightening iron.
4. When the entire pony tail is curled, waved or straightened, finger tousle pony to integrate the new texture.
5. Spray well with firm holding styling spray.
6. Apply a light touch of shine product to add shimmer. Remember not to apply too much shine product.
7. Gently pull the tail of the pony so that it cascades over one shoulder.
8. Add appropriate accessories such as earrings, necklaces and where desired, hair accessories. Scale them to work with the length and size of the finished spiked hairstyle.
Big hair is a trend which never really goes out of fashion on the Red Carpet and the Catwalks.
If you want to go retro, give big hair a whirl. Whether you go for a traditional beehive, a bouffant or a combination of an up/down style the options are limited only by your imagination and your willingness to tease your hair into a tower of strand submission.
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Original Publication Date: 09/08/2005 - Revised Publication Date: 05/22/10
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