Haute Inauguration Hair

Hair Styles for the Inauguration

ESSENCE.COM Dec, 15, 2008

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ESSENCE.com has your go-to guide for getting glam this weekend during all of the inaugural events. Regardless of your itinerary, you want to remain pretty and polished. The addition of a chic jeweled barrette takes this look from funky to formal.

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Get carried away in the spirit of change with an amazing do like this. This style is fancy yet free and we love these kinky curls. You will need two hair combs for each side of your head to get this taunt look. Pull your curls back tight and spike the back of your mane out for effortless-looking beauty.

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The bob oozes sophistication and is perfect for a fancy gala. The many variations of this cut allow you to customize it to suit your face shape. We suggest getting a bob that is layered for added body and dimension. Request a whimsical side-sweep bang for sheer feminine perfection.

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Maintaining a marvelous mane is top priority for you this weekend while you rub shoulders with the who’s who of Black America. Put your best strands forward with this heavenly hairstyle. Using a medium to large-size curler barrel, wrap small sections of hair around the curler in a spiral motion. Each curled piece of hair will create the look of cascading curls with tons of movement and body.

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Are you ready to make a grand entrance? Eugena looks ball-ready with her darling updo and hair pin that sparkles. Add a hint of jewels in your mane for extra party appeal.

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This do strikes the perfect balance between formal and flirtatious. Use hot rollers to create elongated curls. We suggest taking 1-inch sections of almost-dry hair and set each piece into rollers. Unroll and smooth out with fingers for larger-than-life body.

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Just because you’re celebrating a new president doesn’t mean your strands have to be super serious. For instant dazzle, use glittering accents like these beautiful flower hair pins with pearl accents that add a touch of romance to your do.

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Make heads turn with a chic blown out style like this. What makes this do so appealing is that it looks shakable yet packed with shine. Use a styling aid that is not too greasy or heavy. Get this silky smooth look by using FHI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Styling Iron, $119, drugstore.com.

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This updated shag is sophisticated enough to wear to brunch in Georgetown yet sassy enough to rock to the District’s hottest club. An important element to maintain in achieving a style like this one is a precision cut. Be sure to add a moisturizing yet light pomade to ensure your style lasts throughout the night.

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For a modern twist on the traditional French roll, opt for a sleek updo like this. Perfect to accompany your sexy sheath (In case you want to channel Michelle Obama.) and dangling earrings at the Inauguration gathering of your choice.

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The bob is an all-time favorite cut because it offers so much versatility. Whether worn to a sit-down dinner with your senator or at a sweat-inducing night of dancing with your girls, the bob is never out of style. We love the fierceness this angled bob with side part offers and suggest keeping a similar cut looking fresh with a light spray of oil sheen.

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While D.C. is known to be a conservative town, you shouldn’t be afraid to let your personality shine. Experiment a bit with this adorable look. Spiral curls, which can be achieved with rods or a small barrel curling iron, were lightly pinned to create a Mohawk-inspired style that will be sure to turn heads at your all inaugural events.

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