There a classic look for long-haired women that has been around for centuries Ė literally. Not only
is it attractive, but itís functional. Yet it doesnít have a name, per se, just a description: pulled back at the temples. At some point
in your life, Iím sure youíve seen the look. A young girl or woman with long flowing locks has taken a slim lock of hair from the area of
her temples and pulled them back and bound them together behind her head.
Depending on the length of the hair, the locks may join just below the rear crown of the head, or
may drape along the sides and hang along the back of the neck. The join is usually festooned with small flowers or ribbons or maybe a
jeweled clasp for added decoration. The functionality of this style comes from the fact that it helps to hold long hair back out of the
face, while leaving the look of long, flowing locks.
There are numerous versions of this look, especially if your hair is long enough. You can braid the locks
at the temples let the ďtailsĒ of the braids combine where the braids meet in back. You can use multiple locks from each side, and
gather them all into one join in back, or into separate joins - one above the other for a tiered effect. The limit is the length of your
hair, and your imagination.
Iíve done the most basic example of this style (with a single lock from each side) in two separate
versions (braided, and unbraided) to illustrate the ease with which this style can be achieved.
For our demonstration, the manikinís hair was washed, conditioned, and blown straight then smoothed
with a flat iron. Once the hair was smooth and flat, I simply separated a square section of hair at each temple approximately 1.5 inches
by 1.5 inches. I lightly misted the locks using hairspray and combed them to help them hold while being positioned. The locks were
secured using small clips while I brushed the remaining hair into the desired style.
You can style the rest of the hair in any way you choose. I chose to brush the hair straight back,
but you could use a center parting, side parting, or be creative and use a zigzag or woven parting if you prefer. Once the remaining
hair was styled, I brought the two strands Iíd previously prepared to the back of the head and joined them using a snag-free elastic
band. The ends of the hair below the join were combed to blend into the rest of the hair.
The pulled-back locks were draped with a minimal amount of tension to give a slight curve to the effect.
For the braided variant, I used slightly larger sections of hair at the sides and wove them into
basic three-strand braids. The ends of the braids were secured using small clips while I styled the rest of the hair.
Because the braiding made the effective length of the strands shorter, I brought the two strands
straight back around the head to the bottom of the crown section of the scalp. The braids were joined with a snag-free elastic band,
and the ends were brushed to blend them with the rest of the hair hanging down the back.
Now you have the basic idea, so feel free to take the idea and run with it. It gives you a
simple, pretty look for long hair that can be completed quickly. Iíve seen it used on young girls with beautiful results. And they
onít put up a fuss, because itís so quick and easy.