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How To Pick A Party Hairstyle - Step By Step


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Whether you're planning to attend an informal party like Homecoming or a Fall or Winter Formal, you want your hair to look smashing, regardless of your natural texture. More importantly, you'll probably want your hair to work in harmony with your party dress.

Before you even to start to worry about how to wear your hair, decide on the look you're going for.

Define Your Overall Look

Do you want to go for a classic look like wavy tressed Jennifer Aniston or do you love the Boho look popularized by curly/wavy haired Nicole Richie?

Maybe you want to fog up the room with a sleek but sexy look that Angelina might wear.

Your hairstyle should always complement your dress or gown, not compete with it. How formal you dress is dictates the direction you go with your hair.

For a chic, modern ensemble like a simply cut gown or dressy suit slick hair back into a chic wave or curl infused chignon or wear your hair bone straight in a sleek blow-out. Of course some natural curly girls don't want to go straight but it's always an option for those who do.

For Boho styles, corsette style frocks, or any other period-influenced but, wear hair in loose ringlets and curls. Let your curls rock out either with hair accessories or loosely tied back or worn over to one side.

Elegant or gowns with tails or trains or big skirts may look best with dramatic curl infused updo. The last thing you want to do is compete with your gorgeous gown.

If you opt for a one-shoulder or a dress with an ornate collar or bib then wear hair so it's positioned off the accent areas.

Once you've defined your overall look you can put together your budget which will help you decide whether to do your hair yourself or held for your favorite updo expert.

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Do Your Research

If you're unsure how you might want to wear your hair grab a few of your popular fashion magazines like Glamour, Vogue or Comso to check out the hottest trends for fashions.

Study the hair closely to get some ideas of what hairstyles are currently steaming up the Red Carpets.

Although her part on Warehouse 13 was smaller than some of the other co-stars, she made a splash as the take-no-prisoners head of a secret agency. Will CCH be returning with Warehouse 13? Maybe, it's hard to say at this point.

CCH Pounder was also beloved as veteran detective Captain Claudette Wyms for seven seasons on FX's The Shield.

The character of Mrs. Irene Frederick is just one more of CCH's characters who tend to be enriched with strong but positive attributes.

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It's a testament to this actress' abilities that she continues on such a high plane in a nearly three-decade career.

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Born on Christmas Day 1952 in Guyana, she was raised on a sugar cane plantation. Her parents moved to the States while she was still a young girl, but she and her sister were sent to a convent boarding school in Britain where they were introduced to art and the classics.

Following high school graduation, she arrived in New York and studied at Ithaca College, where her acting talents were discovered.

Regional and classical repertory theater followed, earning roles in such productions as "The Mighty Gents" with esteemed actor Morgan Freeman at the New York Shakespeare Festival and "Open Admissions," her Broadway debut.

Curls And All That Jazz

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Her preference for a warmer climate led to her move to Hollywood in the late 1970s. CCH Pounder made her acting debut in the 1979 film All That Jazz.

From there she went on to act in I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982). She found cult status in the art-house film Out of Rosenheim (1987) ("Bagdad Café" in the US) as the offbeat owner of a roadside café, but Pounder's ultimate success and prominence came with television.

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Usually cast as a confident, strong-minded professional, she is known for her understated intensity and earned an Emmy nomination for her stint on the hospital drama "ER" (1994).

She has performed in a number of highly acclaimed topical dramas, including Go Tell It on the Mountain (1985) (TV), Common Ground (1990) (TV), Murder in Mississippi (1990) (TV), Funny Valentines (1999) (TV) and Boycott (2001) (TV), for which a number of kudos have come her way.

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The Shield was about an experimental division of the Los Angeles Police Department set up in the fictional Framington district ("the Farm") of Los Angeles, using a converted church ("the Barn") as their police station, and featuring a group of detectives called the Strike Team who stopped at nothing to bring their version of justice to the streets.

Michael Chiklis was the Strike Team leader, but the show was an ensemble cast so all the key actors were routinely featured.

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CCH Pounder played the role of Captain Claudette Wyms is a veteran detective. Claudette, along with her partner Dutch, could be viewed as the voice of morality at the Barn. As a result, she was often at odds with Vic over his tactics. Later in the series, Claudette revealed to Dutch that she had lupus for fifteen years.

Claudette had been on the police force for more than 25 years, and was one of the few female African American officers in the department at that time. During her early days at "The Barn," she went against the lead detective on a case and ended up solving the crime. This earned the respect of Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach, who requested that he be partnered with Claudette.

Curls, Wavy, Kinky Or All Of The Above

In Season 5, she was appointed Captain after several attempts in previous years. After finally being promoted to Captain, Claudette proves to be at least as capable as her predecessors.

However, during the final and seventh season, her lupus returned and began to interfere with her ability to do her job. In the final episode, she admitted to Dutch that she was in the terminal stage of her illness. She appeared in all seasons of The Shield.

The Shield began airing its seventh and final season on September 2, 2008, and concluded on November 25, 2008.

Short Natural Curly Hair - Type 4 Kinky, Curly, Tightly Coiled

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For her long term role on The Shield the actress who appears to have Type 4a or b kinky curls (as initially identified by Andre Walker in his book (Andre Talks Hair!) and embraced by the natural curl community wore her hair very short and "natural" throughout her term as the no nonsense Claudette Wyms.

The hairstyle was perfect for the role she played and definitely showcased her strength and professional role.

Although it's difficult to tell exactly whether CCH has Type 4a which has a S shape or Type 4b which has a Z shape, it's obvious her natural hair has been carefully nutured for maximum moisture, fullness and sheen.

Going natural for people with Type 4 hair is an excellent choice but often requires carefully application of moisturizing products to pump up the hair's sheen.

For her role on Brothers she appears to be wearing a lace front wig which would instantly transform her hair into a different hairstyle without requiring CCH to do anything drastic to her hair. Many African American celebrities like Lil' Kim, Ciara, and Brandy use a variety of lace front wigs to instantly change up their appearance with very real results.

In her private life CCH Pounder is an admirable activist. As one of the founders of Artists for a New South Africa, Pounder has energized awareness of post-apartheid and HIV/AIDS issues.

In an interview, she said about the pandemic: "When it's this massive disease, and it's affecting things in five thousand different ways, it requires great strength and power—and there is power in numbers. So we need to involve as many people as we can, like we do with ANSA. I call it my little engine that could. It is a remarkable, tiny organization with a huge outreach. We use actors and artists with the biggest voices so they can use every opportunity to talk about AIDS."

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Hair Texture, Face Shape & Styling Options

CCH is a beautiful and elegant woman who looks spectacular with her hair coiffed in her short all natural hairstyle. It's wonderful to see CCH honor her natural hair and her heritage for her ground breaking role on The Shield.

Of course it should be noted that actors and actresses often don't get to pick how they wear their hair for various roles, which may explain why she wore intricate braids in her role on SyFy's Warehouse 13 or her current long loose lace front wig on Fox TV's Brothers.

Note: Check out CCH Rounder's Celebrity Hairstyle Gallery here at

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Follow the steps listed below to recreate CCH Pounder's short tightly coiled natural hairstyle:

1. One of the most important issues with CCH's hair when she wear's it natural is making sure it is always infused with moisture.

Start by selecting a moisture enriching shampoo and rinse out conditioner with a color safe formula like the Phyto Colored Hair System, to preserve any highlights or lowlight hues like CCH's red hue.

If your hair is chemically treated or colored like LLH's hair, onsider using a color appropriate shampoo like Rene Furterer Okara Repairing Shampoo or select a shampoo that works with your current texture, type and condition of hair. Eliminate dry strands with J.F. Lazartigue Micro Pearl Shampoo for Dry hair.

Remember, when you wear your hair natural, adding back moisture is key. If your hair is chemically treated the need for moisture is doubled.

2 Apply a rinse out conditioner that works for your hair's normal texture, type and condition. Consider trying a color co-ordinated mask such as Okara Restructuring and Protective Radiance Mask to intensify your existing color. Avoid using the conditioner on super fine hair or near the roots.

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3. Finish with a cool/cold rinse to close the cuticle and help add natural shine.

4. Towel blot (never rub or rough dry) to remove excess water.

5. Coat damp strands with your favorite customized styling product cocktail containing styling tools such as a defrisant, volume building mousse, gel or other styling products that work best with your hair texture and type.

Importance Of High Quality Styling Products For Natural Hair

Styling products are also key to a gorgeous natural style since they coat the tresses. Look for styling products with limited or no synthetic ingredients which can build up and dry out tresses over time which can cause breakage.

Popular styling ingredients with petroleum and/or mineral oil coat can coat the hair shaft and seal out the always important moisture. In the process they also attract toxins, dust and dirt to the surface of the hair and cause coils to look dull and drab.

Utilize styling products which will infuse moisture and help to penetrate into the hair adding strength to naturally fragile tresses. Use products with the highest quality of ingredients.

Natural hair craves moisture. Look for moisturizing ingredients such as flax seed, jojoba oil, honey, agave, aloe, and sodium PCA

6. Detangle coils working slowly to remove any knots. You may wish to use your fingers, a pick or a wide tooth comb to detangle. Use the system which works best for you.

6. Allow hair to air dry whenever possible.

7. As hair dries use your fingers, a smooth edged comb or pick to lift hair near the roots for desired volume and form.

8. If desired apply a glossing cream. If you prefer apply a small drop of shine serum to the tips of your fingers and massage into the palms of your hands. Lightly brush your serum infused palms over the top of the finished hairstyle.

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CCH is an incredibly talented, successful and beautiful actress. She ismarried to Senegalese anthropologist Boubacar Kone. The couple was married in an African ceremony in Dakar, Senegal and again remarried in Los Angeles, California six months later. Kone is the founder of The Boribana Museum in Dakar, Senegal for the study of cultures of the African diaspora.

Their union has produced three children, Nicole (b. 1971), Libya (b. 1973), and Matthew (b. 1982). The couple has no grandchildren at the moment.

CCH Pounder used to own a jewelry shop called Banji Girls with her business partner Conni Marie Brazelton, but now sells jewelry through her website.

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