Not all pins are created equal, especially when it comes to your updos. And while bobby pins are one of the more common hair helpers in the market, they aren't the only ones out there. Old-school hairpins are a definite must have for any woman who is serious about her hairstyles, whether it be a simple topknot or an elaborate updo. The secret is that both types of pins are necessary for your achieving your desired style. But how do you know the difference? It's actually quite simple. Just keep reading for more.
Formal events for short hair can be an uphill battle. Since updos are out of the question, how do ladies who have committed to the crop pull off hair that's party-ready? The answer is actually much easier than you think. "Formal hair for women with short hair is all about texture," says celebrity stylist Mark Townsend, who has done hair for Christina Aguilera and Natalie Portman. "Go for a style that's a little bit more than your natural hairstyle." Get some easy styling tips for your next formal event when you keep reading.
Bright colors and loads of glitter flood Christina Aguilera's video for her latest single, "Your Body," but what really stands out is her hair. From pin curls to pastel pink wigs, stylist Mark Townsend worked with Christina to get the look exactly right. "Christina is such an inspiration to work with," he said. "[She] showed me references she had collected and told me about the concept of the video and a character formed." That character just happens to be a rough-and-tough lady with a penchant for murdering men in a flurry of paint splatters.
The vintage feel of the hairstyles came from collaboration. "During my whole career I have gravitated toward the hairstyles from the '30s and 40s," Townsend said. "The tight curls in the purple wig on the bed and the 'set' her hair is in when she gets in the tanning bed are probably the most obvious nods to my favorite time periods." The most outrageous looks are the ones where Christina is rocking a pastel style, which she had been seen sporting in her everyday life. And how did he turn the pop princess's hair those electric shades? "I got these amazing blond wigs and used temporary spray-on color for the purple and lavender hues," he said. "I then set the hair in tight curls." To see these and more of the vintage-inspired looks, make sure to check out the video after the jump.
There are a few key things to keep in mind before hitting the peroxide bottle, however. "Very light and platinum hair does require more attention and care than darker hair does," Townsend explains. To see his advice for getting flaxen strands as touchably soft as Christina's, along with steps for getting her exact style, just keep reading.