Locks by Line: The Best Hairstyles for 8 Necklines

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Locks by Line: The Best Hairstyles for 8 Necklines
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Choosing the perfect hairstyle is hard enough, but the task gets even more difficult when you throw a gorgeous cocktail dress into the mix. All the glitz, glam and glare of your oh-so-expensive and extravagant dress compete with your hair for attention. And what about all of those different necklines? Some dresses tightly hug the chin while others plunge to naval territory. If you want to look perfectly balanced, you'd better take your dress' neckline into account before choosing a hairstyle. --Written by Kathy Mayse

Sweet and Innocent
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Sweet and Innocent

A loosely wound bun shows off the sweetheart neckline of actress Shailene Woodley's dress. Wearing a simple style such as this with just such a dress draws the eye to the shape of the dress and Woodley's gorgeous shoulders. The style doesn't compete with the dress, but it doesn't fade into the background either. To get this look at home, simply pull your hair up into a loose ponytail. Wrap the ends of the ponytail loosely around the holder and pin in place, creating a bun.

Fantastically Enchanted
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Fantastically Enchanted

Take a pointer from actress and "Twilight" "it" girl, Kristen Stewart. Stewart's hairstyle flirts with the high, rounded neckline of her designer gown. Soft hairs spring out of this updo, creating a wispy, feminine outline. The length of her hair, rolled up in barrel curls and pinned, lends height and shape while the swept-up style avoids competition with the lines of the dress. Curl your hair with a small curling iron, roll the curls up against your head in barrel curls, and pin in place with bobby pins.

Sleek and Simple
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Sleek and Simple

Actress Mara Rooney's outfit screams for attention, and when an outfit tries to take the spotlight, you might as well let it. Rooney does just that with a simple, slicked-back hairstyle. To get this look, part your hair, slick it down with some pomade, and clasp it in the nape.

French Twist
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French Twist

The beaded neckline of actress Natalie Portman's dress dictates an updo. The embellishments would catch on long, loose hair, causing it to appear messy and thick. To get a French twist at home, comb your hair to the side, sweep your hair back and roll it in toward the back of your head. Use plenty of pins to keep this style in place.

Long and Curly
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Long and Curly

Actress Christian Serratos's dress shows a lot of skin. Without long curls to soften the impact, she'd be all shoulders, neck and bosom; the dress would fade into the background and so would her beautiful face. By wearing her hair down, Serratos balances everything out gorgeously. To get soft, long curls that frame your face, curl your hair with a medium-sized curling iron and finger style.

Side-Swept
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Side-Swept

The neckline of actress Casey LaBow's dress poses a challenge. The neckline is high, so you're thinking updo, right? While the neckline is high, the shear material makes the dress look like it has a much lower cut. LaBow's softly curled, side-swept mane does something else for her dress too. Her plunging, gorgeous locks draw attention to the unique geometrical pattern of her dress. If you want LaBow's hair for the night, curl your hair using hot rollers. Finger-style and hold hair to the side with a clip or small twist at the nape.

Soft, Voluminous Curls
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Soft, Voluminous Curls

Actress Elizabeth Olsen's curls hide much of her back, which is exposed by the plunging line of her dress. If you dare to go low, but feel a bit shy about it, this could be the perfect solution for you. Leaving your hair long will give you the confidence to wear a super-sexy dress. To get this style, simply curl your hair with a large-barreled curling iron and run your fingers through it.

Fishtail Braid
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Fishtail Braid

TV personality Kendall Jenner complements her loose-fitting gown with an intricate fishtail braid. The braid is created by holding the hair straight out from the head at a 90-degree angle while braiding. It looks awesome, but you might need some help with this one. Fishtail braids are almost impossible to do without help.

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