Tuesday, December 15, 2009
As I listened to Sade's new single "Soldier of Love" for the umpteenth time, I started thinking about the importance of signature style. When you hear her name you immediately think of her hair slicked back into a low ponytail or chignon, strong brows, and red lips. Iconic, beautiful, classic. All of the great Hairnistas of our time are known by their hairstyles: Cher, Anna Wintour, Audrey Hepburn, Farrah Fawcett, Diana Ross. While we all may not be stars on the big screen, there's no reason our own style can't be legendary. Here are a few tips to help you find your own Signature Style:
1. Just say no to crazy trends
A shaved head may work for Cassie, but unless you're a 20-something popstar this probably isn't the look for you. Classic looks work for a reason. Don't shortchange yourself constantly chasing different looks. At the end of the day the health of your hair usually pays the price.
2. Get a Second Opinion
Sometimes another set of eyes are better than our own. Ask a group of friends whose style and opinion you trust about their thoughts on your hair. There may be a look you've rocked that could be considered "signature-worthy" that you didn't realize. Hairnistas we can often be way to critical of ourselves and miss a good thing.
3. Classic doesn't equal boring
If you love a bob and want this to be your signature style, make it your own. It can be asymmetrical or even add a blonde streak for an edgy factor. Would you ever call Sade's look blah? Exactly.
4. Keep it Fresh
When you do settle on a signature style, every 6 moths tweak it just a tad. Love stick straight hair with a center part? Keep your center part but try soft waves (Demi Moore does this well). The essence of the style is still intact but your look stays fresh.
5. Who is Your Style Icon?
I love big curly hair a la Diana Ross, but I can't walk around looking like a 70's disco queen in 2009 :) So while she is definitely and inspiration for me, I have a look that is all my own. Flip through fashion and beauty mags and tear out pics of Celeb Hairnistas whose style you admire. You'll find after a few pages that there are is usually one that speaks to you the most. Take into account your everyday life and what you want your overall style to say about you.
Hairnistas as you get ready for the new year, your first goal for 2010 should be to establish your signature style. Unlock your iconic beauty within!