Bestow the honour of "junior bridesmaid" upon favourite girls who outgrew the flower girl role, but who cannot yet fully perform bridesmaid duties. Experts differ on her maximum age. Peggy Post of the Emily Post Institute sets an age limit of twelve, while Ruth Muzzy and R. Kent Hughes suggest sixteen. Since parents typically finance a junior bridesmaid's dress and preparation, treat her to a day of beauty or choose a hairstyle that does not require an expensive visit to the salon.
A ponytail appears on the red carpet as an alternative to a formal bun. To transform a casual style into a an elegant coif, use detangling hair products to prevent frizz. Gather long hair in a high ponytail. Twist the fringe. Pin them back diagonally. Embellish the hair do with rhinestone clips. If you cannot find a fancy ponytail clip, purchase and cut a satin or velvet ribbon to contrast with her dress. Sew a portion of the ribbon around an elastic ponytail holder to prevent it falling out. Tie the ribbon in a bow. Choose an elastic holder that is covered in fabric and labelled specifically as one that will not break the hair.
Sleek and Straight
A straight and sleek style starts with a trim. Visit the hair salon a week before the wedding to cut dead ends and even up layered fringe. On the day of the wedding, condition the hair and allow it to air dry as long as possible. With a ceramic or deionising blow dryer, finish the hair with a wide round brush. Comb the hair out to eliminate tangles. Straighten the sides and fringe with a flat iron. With a fat curling iron, angle the edges under slightly. The intent is not to curl the hair, but to have the hair lay all in one direction. This look works most dramatically on a girl who normally favours a tousled style.
French Braid Updo
Braid her hair in a French braid beginning at the temples. If the junior bridesmaid has fringe, style the fringe and start braiding at the crown. Alternatively, hide the fringe by clipping them to the side with a rhinestone or crystal clip. Finish the braid with an elastic holder matching her hair colour as close as possible. Place a hair clip in the elastic. Tuck the end of the braid underneath near the nape of the neck. For longer hair, roll the end around itself several times into a bun and then fasten with hair clips.
Short and Sparkly
Very short hair styles range from intentional pixie cuts to the cropped tresses of post-chemo growth. Use pomade or gel to artfully arrange stray pieces around the ears, forehead and nape. Choose products that hold hair stiff versus preserving movement and body. While barrettes may not hold in extremely short hair, hair clips will. Hot glue crystals or other findings to the ends of hair clips or purchase pre-made alternatives. The pins may hold a strand or two or merely serve as embellishments. Part the hair on the side to give the illusion of parted and clipped hair.
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