Hairstyles for dance competitions

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Hairstyles for dance competitions
Dance hairstyles can be fun and flattering. (dance in colour image by Leonid Tarassishin from

Just as dancers have a complete outfit including shirt, skirt and sneakers for competitions, women will often coordinate their hair as well. Hair is incredibly versatile and can be styled into a number of flattering looks that both keep hair out of a dancer's face and highlight her make-up and facial expressions. Whether your hairstyle is determined by the competition judge, team vote or on your own, you can have an attractive, flattering look for your next competition.

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Braided Bun

Keep hair out of your eyes so you can stick to your moves while still looking pretty and stylish with a braided bun. Hair is sectioned into four areas and then each is braided. Once you have four long braids, wrap them around each other to build the bun, then secure each in place with a hair clip. Wrap the whole bun with a ribbon in your team's colours or a sparkly scarf or leave glittery strands from a pom hanging down to sparkle as you dance.

Half Up, Half Down

If your dance competition requires you to have at least some of your hair kept down, keep it under control and out of your face with the half up, half down style. Gather the top and sides of your hair into a high ponytail, pull the hair partway through a scrunchie or rubber band, then leave the loop. Push down slightly to flatten it to your head. Curl the rest of your hair and add ribbons, glitter and barrettes to match your uniform.

Ribbon Braid

Take your dance uniform to a craft store and find a piece of ribbon that matches the main colour; buy about two lengths of your arm. Start the process of braiding your hair; separate your hair down the middle and make two equal sections. Separate one of the sections into three, then grasp one group and add the ribbon, then braid as usual. Continue wrapping hair over and under so the braid wraps around the hairs. When you come to about 2 inches from the bottom of your hair, secure with a rubber band, then wrap the remaining ribbon around the band to hide it and tuck the ribbon end under the band to secure it. Repeat with the other side of your hair.

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