Graduation day may symbolise moving from one level of school to another, the completion of school or entering into the workforce. Many graduations feature the graduation costume, including a long robe and a cap, called a mortarboard. Although the cap covers quite a bit of the head, graduates can still express their personal style through a variety of hairstyles. Some hairstyles work well with the cap, avoiding pitfalls such as hat-head and even helping hold the cap in place for that walk across the stage.
A braided hairstyle works well for graduation for a number of reasons. First, it keeps all of your hair out of your face, which is beneficial for outdoor ceremonies. Your hair won't blow in your face in the middle of a photograph or get caught in your lipstick. A braided style also keeps your hair in place to avoid the dreaded "hat-head" that may come after keeping a mortarboard on your head for a few hours. Braids are also versatile; you can wear a simple single braid from the nape of your neck or a more elegant French braid. There are also lots of options such as cornrows and mini-twists; just be careful that the mortarboard won't crush or press down on the twists causing breakage or pain.
Men and women with long hair can show off school spirit on graduation day by temporarily spray painting their hair school colours. Hairspray is available in bright, neon colours (although very prevalent during Halloween, coloured hairspray can also be found in party supply stores, costume shops and mass merchandisers). Styles can be created out of your school colours, such as red and gold, by spray painting stripes down the length of your hair or bursts of colour in a polka dot pattern. If your school has just one colour, such as purple, you can spray your entire hair or use masking tape to section off rows. When you spray over the masking tape, then remove it, you'll have coloured stripes. Avoid spraying the section of hair where your mortarboard will cover; the hat may cause sweating and the spray may run. The slightly sticky composite of the spray may help hold the hat on your head during gusts of wind. Spray comes out with the next washing.
Graduates with medium-length hair might be interested in the flip hairstyle. The style involves focusing on the bottom few inches of hair, which works well with the graduation theme, since the mortarboard will cover up the hair on the top of the head. Flips revolve around curling up the hair so the ends point up to the sky. Depending on the thickness and length of hair, flips may be wispy or thick and barrel-like. Although the original way to get a flip was to secure hair overnight around orange juice cans, flips can be quickly created with a large-barrelled curling iron or even a roll brush and blow dryer. You can even create your flip while wearing your mortarboard the morning of graduation to get the positioning just right.
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