Whether you have long hair or short hair, you shouldn’t have any excuse of not dressing it up. Often there will be one or two hairstylists to set up the hairdo for dancers at a competition event. Let’s face the truth: First, they are pretty costly; I once paid 65 dollars for a 10 minute updo! Second, how much time can they spend on each dancer? Unless you set your hair up the day before and sleep with it(if you can sleep with a big bun on the back of your head), or you wake up at 5-6AM to be the first customer, you usually would get 20 to 30 minutes the most. My one and only experience with the onsite hairstylist was horrible because the first client took long time to get done, thus everyone got pushed back to a later time. She literally finished my hair in 10 minutes….10 minutes before my first heat! Therefore, I became committed to do my own hair. You would think setting up your own hair probably is the most difficult task of all. In fact, setting up ballroom hairdo is the easiest and the most “forgiving” form of hair updo. The two key players are hairnet and lots of lots of “good” hairspray. Our goal is to look glamorous and dramatic like red carpet celebrities so we’ll stand out among the other dancers. Be creative and be bold. The number one rule of thumb is it’s Never Too Much on the dance floor! Having said that, your hair and makeup should compliment with your dance costume and your dance style. For standard or smooth ballroom dancing, majority tend to put the hair up beacuse you want to create a clean and sleek look. There are hundred of ways of doing it. For people with long hair(shoulder length or longer), you can start with a simple ballet bun or high bun. You need 1. spray bottle with water and a pinch of salt. 2. hairgel 3. harispray. 4.Bobby pins. 5. Comb. 6. Hair net(same color as your hair). 7. Elastic band or hair tie (no scrunchies). Then follow three easy steps I called it 3S. 1. Sleek and clean look-make sure all the hair is pulled back. You can spray or gel and repetitively comb through until all your hair(including your stray hair “baby hair”) is in place. It is better NOT to wash your hair right before the competition- no sooner than the night before. Spray with some salted water which will help to tame the hair and get better control over it. Depending on the shape of your face, your style and preference, you can either backcomb(tease) your hair to give some volume like the picture shown. Or press down your hair tightly and pull them all the way back like this one. After you have shaped your bun, you then put a hair net over it, tuck in all the edges into the bun and secure with bobbypins. 2. Spray till your whole hairdo is hard rock!!That’s right! We shouldn’t have to worry about our hair falling down during dancing. That’s how we get distracted and lose our frame! My all-time favorite spray I must say is Schwarzkopf’s Got 2b Blasting freeze spray, or any hairspray for making spikes and mohawk styles. You can find these products in major conveninet stores or pharmacies. 3. Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle!- Again, you don’t need to make the perfect bun but the key is to “dress” it up for ballroom dancing. My favorite way is to decorate my bun with headpiece strands with colored rhinestones that match or compliment your dance costume. Simply bobby pin them to your hair in different areas and styles however you want it. Key is to create defined lines and keep them smooth and neat.You can buy these rhinstoned headpiece strands at any competition events and I do think it’s worth the investment even though they may be pricey. Or you can make your own by glueing rhinestones on ribbons. Catch is to find the right ribbon with certain thickness but flat surface area where you can glue the stones on. Michaels and Joann Fabrics are places you can go to look for materials for it. Keep in mind that doing your hair is like learning how to dance. Gotta give it some time to master the skill. I used to wake up 4 hours before competition to prepare my hair and makeup in the beginning. Now I’m down to 1hour! Again, it just takes practice, practice and practice. Once you master the basic hair updo with a bun, you can step it up by adding some “twists” to the hair or modify you bun to different styles. Pictures shown here are the hairstyles I did for myself recently in competitions. I’ll share with you how I did it…next time. Happy Dancing!
When you browse the websites about ballroom hairstyle, they usually say you don’t have to do what a pro does since you’re Just an amateur, I STRONGLY disagree. What do the judges see the moment you step on the dance floor? Neither your footwork or your frame, it’s how you look and stand out among the crowds, from head to toe. They don’t know how much time and effort you’ve spent on ballroom dancing but if you show how serious you are about how you present yourself extra points will br given to you.