Bridesmaids! How to Match Hairstyles to Necklines

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Bridesmaids! How to Match Hairstyles to Necklines
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Being a bridesmaid doesn’t always come easy. From planning showers to prepping your look on the big day, you’ll have a lot on your plate. That’s why knowing what hairstyle to wear with your dress can make things a little less stressful. Whether you’re choosing your own 'do or helping the bride-to-be narrow one down, knowing what styles match and flatter your dress neckline is key to looking your best at the wedding.

The Perfect Match
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The Perfect Match

Coordinating your hairstyle to the neckline of your bridesmaid’s dress -- like actress Zoe Saldana does here at a movie premiere in Hollywood -- may seem unnecessary, but not doing so can be unflattering. “If the hair doesn't match the neckline, people may fail to see the definition and dimension in both the hair and the dress,” says Julia Papworth, a Los Angeles-based celebrity hair stylist.

Strapless and Wavy
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Strapless and Wavy

For a strapless dress that cuts straight across the chest, Papworth suggests wearing hair down with long, loose waves, like the look actress Jennifer Lawrence shows off here at the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards. “Wrap sections of hair around a medium-sized iron, leaving out the ends,” Papworth explains. After hair has cooled, separate with your fingers and finish with a salt spray for texture.

Sweetheart on the Side
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Sweetheart on the Side

Sweetheart necklines, which dip down slightly in the middle of the bust, go well with messy side buns, as the style shows off the heart-like shape of the dress, Papworth says. Get a look like TV host Brooke Anderson’s -- shown here at the 2012 Golden Globes -- by creating a deep side part and curling hair to add texture, Papworth suggests. Fasten curls on one side, then wrap hair around and pin pieces up for a casual look.

Asymmetrical and Sleek
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Asymmetrical and Sleek

If the bride-to-be chooses a one-shouldered bridesmaid's dress, Papworth says a high ponytail -- like the one TV personality Kim Kardashian shows off here at the Teen Choice Awards -- is the way to go. Flat iron hair to create a smooth look, then brush it back into a sleek pony. “Take a piece of hair from the pony and wrap it around the elastic to hide the band,” Papworth advises.

Swept Back With a Halter
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Swept Back With a Halter

When a halter neckline is your look for the big day, try going for a chignon with some height, like actress Amanda Seyfried shows off here at the 2013 Oscars. “Start with a side part and tease the back half of your hair to get some height,” Papworth says. “Smooth it down and pull your hair back into a low ponytail, keeping the height on top.” Backcomb the pony for volume, then create a chignon.

Loose and Plunging
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Loose and Plunging

For a low-cut, V-neck dress, Papworth suggests going for a low, loose updo, like the look actress Eva Longoria pulls off here at an event in London. Create texture by curling hair, then pull it back into a loose ponytail at the nape of the neck, Papworth advises. “Pin up pieces randomly to create the updo,” she says, “and allow some loose pieces to come down around the face.”

Covered Up on Top
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Covered Up on Top

If you’re hidden behind a crew-neck dress, opt for a high ballerina bun to bring attention to your face, Papworth advises. To get the look -- like the one actress Emily Blunt shows off here at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards -- pull hair up into a sleek high ponytail and secure, then wrap hair around itself and pin in place, Papworth says.

Wide and Glamorous
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Wide and Glamorous

For a dress with a boat neck -- a wide neckline that runs from shoulder to shoulder both in front and back -- try a glamorous side ponytail, like the one seen here on actress Laura Prepon at an event in Pasadena, Calif., Papworth suggests. “Blow your hair out to encourage volume and a slight curl, and pull your hair over to one side,” she says.

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