The top six matric dance hairstyles

Monday, 29 July 2013

Choosing the perfect hairstyle for your matric dance is no simple task and usually involves hours paging through magazines and surfing the net. We say if you’re stuck for a style, turn to Hollywood for some inspiration!

We found our top six red carpet hairstyles that can easily be recreated for a matric dance. Try one of these styles for a timeless yet modern ‘do, Tinseltown-style!

Matric hair ideas 1

Sleek and straight
If you have long hair and like to keep it fuss-free, opt for something straight and sleek like Lea Michelle. All it requires is a simple blow-dry and a side parting. This simple style looks great when paired with intricate or attention-grabbing gowns.

Loose up-do
If you’ve chosen to wear your hair up, be sure to keep it loose and flow-y. Stiff up-styles will age you and look dated rather than date-able. We love how Taylor Swift’s romantic waves have been pulled back and secured loosely, while a few strands hand around her face. As this style opens up your neck area, pair it with a striking necklace or sweetheart cut dress.

Modern ponytail
The ponytail never goes out of style, and is perfect for a fresh, youthful overall look. We love it because not only does it look great, but it keeps hair manageable (even if it’s windy) and opens up your back and collarbone to show off your gown. If you’re opting for a pony like Ashley Benson’s, be sure that you secure it with hairspray to avoid it from falling flat on top or coming undone.

Matric hair ideas 2

Classic curls

If you have naturally straight hair, you’ll probably be tempted to curl it for your big night out. We love these classic curls Selena Gomez seems to rock so often. They’re structured without being stiff and have a beautifully romantic feel to them. Best part? They work on shorter hair too!

Pretty plait
A romantic plait is the epitome of young femininity. And in our opinion, the looser the better! Fishtail plaits work just as well as normal plaits, and look gorgeous when plaited to the side. Provided it’s not too windy, allow a few pieces to fall out and hang around your face – the looseness of it keeps it young and modern.

Short and funky
Girls with short hair often feel that their styling options are limited, and with good reason! But don’t despair just because you can’t wear a pony or a plait – girls like Miley Cyrus and more recently, Charlize Theron, have shown that short hair needn’t be boring. The trick is to go all out – style it so that it’s poufy on top, create a dramatic side-parting or add loads of volume. If it’s too short to do any sort of styling, wear some funky clips or a striking Alice band.

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Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Mialise Tolmie

    Love all these different creative hairstyles! Definitely will lead to a stand-out night.

    2 years ago •

  1. Queen Shai

    I wanna try all the hairstyles even if I’m not exactly going to a matric dance anytime soon (been there done that and didn’t have the fab hairstyle ideas).Iit will work great for weddings though. Although I love Mileys hairstyle, that’s the one look I wont try. At least not with my own hair.

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    A pretty plait always looks pretty for me :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    The loose up do is my favourite of the lot, simple and not too mature.

    6 years ago •

  1. ABeauty

    I love the loose up do and the plait. I didnt go to my matric farewell, but probably would have with these hints :D

    6 years ago •

  1. Cornelli

    I wish I had these tips when I went to my dance!

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    If I could go back to matric I would go with the loose curls. Love this look!

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    The loose up do is such a romantic look and wearable at any age.

    6 years ago •

  1. Adele

    Love these styles! I will share with my niece who is in matric.

    6 years ago •

  1. Khalisi

    My twin sisters are in matric this year and I will definitely be sharing these tips with them, thank you!

    6 years ago •

  1. Abby

    The pretty plait is so beautiful. I went for curls for my matric farewell. I have naturally curly hair but put curlers in my hair so that they looked more elegant.

    6 years ago •

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