Ask Chuck: Create classy Christmas updos with bobby pin comeback

By Charles Colson
Dec. 13, 2012 at 6:13 a.m.

I recently heard that bobby pins may be making a comeback. Am I dreaming this or what?

Yes, they certainly are. Just in time for the holidays and they are quite classy. According to magazines like the First for Women, classic hairpins are reviving hairstyles to the point of becoming more attractive. What is their secret? It is perfect pin placement to create different looks based on the height of the forehead. No, I didn't stutter. As I mentioned in previous articles, we are seeing more often than any given time from our profile appearance.

The trick in balancing a tall or wide forehead, which measures 3 inches or more from the brows to the hairline, is to add volume, then secure hair at a diagonal line with what they call, an embellished pin. Using this method simply distracts from the forehead's height. That classic pin up also lifts the eyes and cheekbones. This also places more emphasis on the hairstyle, creating that youthful look. So, jazz it up and go for it with a sparkled hair pin that makes everyone jealous. All right dudes, settle down.

But my forehead is quite low. Is there help for me too?

Oh yes, your hairdresser is ahead of you. He or she would suggest creating a free-framing style by sweeping hair horizontally and anchoring it with a neutral-hued pin. This emphasizes volume at the back of the crown to help the forehead appear more in proportion. A good trick is to also part the hair over the arch of one brow and pin it above the opposite brow. This takes you away from any heavy bang effect. So see, there is hope for any purpose. Just be creative.

If I remember correctly from last year at this time, you gave us explicit instructions on how to really make the hair sparkle for that special party look. I think it was accomplished by using different colors of glitter. Am I right?

Certainly are. Just pick the color of glitter that best blends with your hair shade. After completing the styling, place glitter in your left hand and, using small pinches, pick up glitter with the right hand and flip and toss it over the hairstyle about 8 to 10 inches away. This will distribute the glitter more evenly and not fall into clumps.

You can actually do this at different sections of the style, but once you get that perfect look, immediately spray the hair with your favorite hair spray about 12 to 14 inches away from the style. This method creates a more natural look than one that is not so set looking. I once heard it's best to KISS - keep it simple, stupid. Don't worry, it will all shampoo out after 12 lathers. Just kidding, have fun and be the sparkle of the party. Now, for you handsome dudes, wait and try this for your Happy New Year event.

I went to one fancy Christmas party and would you believe some had real flowers attached to their hairstyles. Is this really worth trying?

Oh yes, this is a perfect way to really class up a hairstyle, no matter what age one may be. I bet these ideas probably first come from the kids who had the nerve to try anything at least once and more times if it looked good.

I, too, have seen real flowers used in hairstyles even as far back as the '60s. Back then, orchids were quite popular for many occasions, especially at garden parties and weddings. Now, you might even see daisies, petunias and especially poinsettias during the holiday season. Many times, flowers cover up a hidden mistake with the hairstyle.

Just make sure this is the last item attached to the style, especially after spraying has been completed. Make sure you keep these flowers refrigerated until ready to use. And don't forget, using classy hair pins to add that special touch that simply carries the name beautiful. Merry Christmas to all, and thank you for taking time to read my columns.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to or call 361-575-5331.



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