Hi everyone! With Summer around the corner, or already here if you are in south Florida like me, I was thinking I would share some hairstyle tips to keep yourself cool and stylish while dancing this summer. It is perhaps no easy to feat to pull off gorgeous hair and makeup along with gorgeous belly dancing all while it’s 90 degrees with 80% humidity but perhaps with some of these hairstyles you can do just that!
First things first. Take time to learn your hair’s natural texture and habits. After dancing look at what it’s doing and see if you can use it in your favor. For example, my hair will get curlier and curlier as the night progresses so I would never ever try to attempt a straight and sleek look. Meanwhile I have friends whose curls drop as soon as they leave the house and they should never try a curly look, at least when performing all night. Work with your hair’s texture not against it or you’ll turn into a pumpkin before your gig is over.
Once you’ve determined the texture you would like to keep your hair now it is time to plan your style. Be sure to test run any hair styles with props, especially balancing props like swords, shamadans and candle trays, with your hair style before committing to it.
For your typical hot night you may not need to do anything but keep your hair in your exagerrated natural texture. Be sure to comb and tease as best you can before any photos.
1- The Preppy Bump: Perfect for those hot nights where your bangs just refuse to look nice or when you really needed to wash your hair the night before but didn’t. This is also a great end of the night look when your hair is soaked and all you have hand is a few bobby pins.
- To start take a handful of your hair at top front part of hair and comb straight pack. If you have wavy or curly hair you can simply twist the middle of the hair together and push forward and secure with a few bobby pins. For thin or straight hair you may need to tease this section first or use the excess hair as a rat* (see directions below on how to use your own hair as a rat)
2- Side pony tail/ messy braid: A little more time consuming, but also able to be done backstage with sweaty hair.
-Start with parting your hair to the side and combing it all over one shoulder.
-Take the front piece of hair from the OPPOSITE side of your head and pull under and around rest of hair
- Secure with a few bobby pins add flowers or accessories and you are good to go!
- For a more secure hold tie a pony tail around side ponytail first then loosen hair around it before wrapping hair around pony tail to hide i.
- For braided look just take pony tail and braid it in your favorite style loosely then tease out of braid.
For those nights when standing in the refrigerator at the back of the restaurant or the client’s pool is looking especially tempting.
1- Half up Half down: Sometimes the simplest hair is the easiest and it’s amazing how much cooler you will feel with part of your hair on top of your head. For a more funky look try it with braids. *Note had to use photos from Game of Thrones cause not only can you see the braids better in blonde hair but my hair doesn’t do tiny braids when dry... ;)
2- Vintage Raquel Welch: One of my favorite styles for those hot nights. It stylish and easy and once you get the hang of it, very easy to reproduce.
- Start with your typical half half down amount of hair. Depending on your face shape will depend how much of a bump and how wide of a bump you like. Experiment with the amount of hair you take till you find the perfect fit
- Take this half up amount of hair and begin rolling it under your top hair, thin hair may have to tease first. Once you have rolled all your hair under the top hair secure with several bobby pins
-If you made a more narrow bump then take remaining side piece of hair and secure at base of bump. Decorate with flowers and you’re done!
When you’re playing with the idea of getting a desk job, or jumping into the ice or “accidently” falling into the pool.
1- Greek Goddess: Also a very easy and classic look, be sure to allow room for your balancing props if that’s the sort of thing you do.
-Begin with putting your hair in a ponytail, tight and high as you can stand, gel it back to keep flyaways at bay
-For straight or unruly hair fold hair over and secure with a lot a lot of bobby pins to at base of globe.
- For curly hair that will stay curly and frizz free throughout the night bobby pin up sections creating a crown of curls.
- Decorate with flowers or old broken necklaces or pearls for a more Goddess look.
2- Braided Bun: For an understated brilliance try a braided bun or low chignon
-Begin with your favorite braid, french or fishtail and either leave it down or begin wrapping it to form a wide bun.
- Tuck tail of braid into the bun and decorate with flowers or leave plain.