7 Hairstyles to Wear with a Strapless Dress

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7 Hairstyles to Wear with a Strapless Dress

Whether it is for a wedding, a black tie event, an end of year dance at school, or just an evening at a nightclub, a hairstyle can make or break a woman's look. The choice of hairstyle should, at least in part, be influenced by the style of the dress. Strapless dresses are a popular choice for any occasion, and they have the advantage of flattering a variety of body types. For women with apple and pear shaped figures, strapless dresses draw attention to the bust and away from the waist and hips. Strapless dresses also accentuate the curvy hourglass shape. Women with straight figures can create the illusion of curves with with ruffles and other ornamentation.

The strapless dress is enhanced by a variety of hairstyles. Women with long, short, or medium length hair; straight locks or curly waves, can find a hairstyle that works with a strapless dress. The key to choosing the right hairstyle is to match the tone and design of the dress. For a dress that is sleek and structured, an equally coiffed hairdo is essential, while a loose, flowy dress allows for a hairdo with free falling curls. In addition to the variety of hair products that help to achieve certain looks, women can complement their dresses and hairstyles with accessories, such as flowers, headbands, and clips, all available from eBay.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Hairstyles for Strapless Dresses

When choosing a hairstyle for a strapless dress, first consider the occasion and the setting: whether it is relatively formal or informal, indoors or outdoors. Then factor in how revealing the strapless dress is. Finally, the shape of the face is vital to finding just the right hairstyle.

Occasion and Venue for the Strapless Dress

It is important to keep in mind the occasion when choosing a hairstyle to wear with a strapless dress. A chic updo may look stunning with a structured satin strapless dress, but it may not be appropriate for a casual get together with a simple cotton strapless dress. Women should also consider where the event is being held. For an outdoor party where the wind, sun and elements play a part, a loose updo may be better than a tightly pinned style, but an indoor party allows for greater flexibility.

Revealing Strapless Dresses

Strapless dresses that are more revealing, such as a mini dress, suit styles where long hair is left down, with some simple techniques to keep it straight or wavy. The hair helps to balance out the overall look and to keep the dress from being too exposing.

Face Shapes and Hairstyles

A hairstyle can highlight or hide features. For example, an updo draws attention to the neck, while a style that is teased to give it volume at the top makes a face appear longer. So, it is a good idea to choose a hairstyle that highlights the best features of the face. In order to do this, women need to know their face shapes. An easy way to find out is to stand in front of a mirror and trace the outline of the face using lipstick, eyeliner, a bar of soap, or anything else that wipes away easily. Afterwards, compare the outline to the face shape profiles in the table below.

Face Shape



Slightly longer than it is wide, with a rounded jawline

Widest at the cheekbones, with a wider forehead than chin


As wide as it is long, with a rounded jawline

Widest at the cheekbones


As wide as it is long, with a broad, angular jawline

Straight cheekbones


Longer than it is wide, with an angular jawline

Straight cheekbones


Widest at the forehead or cheek bones, with a long, pointed chin


Widest at the jawline, with a narrow forehead

Women should bear mind that their own faces may not fit perfectly into one category because every face is unique, so they should find the shape that matches the most features. An oval face is considered ideal and nearly any hairstyle flatters it, but every face shape can be complemented by a variety of hairstyles.

Hairstyle 1: Above-the-Shoulder Curls

Curls that fall above the shoulder can draw attention to a woman's collar bone and the neckline of her dress. As an added benefit, messy curls look gorgeous, while still seeming effortless. Use medium sized curling tongs to create spiral curls, and then spritz with hairspray to keep it under control. While women with medium length hair can create the above-the-shoulder style easily, women with long hair can achieve the same effect with some kirby grips, by pinning the ends of the curls underneath at the back of the head.

Additional Advice

This hairstyle works best for women with heart-shaped faces, as well as square and round shapes. Of course, women with the oval faces can enjoy this curly style, too. To add a little bit more volume and a dramatic effect, smooth the fringe and sweep it off to one side.

Hairstyle 2: Sleek Bun or Chignon with No Fringe

Buns and chignons are very similar. To be considered a chignon, though, the bun has to rest at a low position at the nape of the neck. In addition, while a bun is always twisted around itself, a chignon may simply be folded or tucked. For a classic and sophisticated look, start by gathering the hair at the back of the head. Tease the top of the hair to add some volume, which lengthens the face, and then twist or fold the bun or chignon. Use hairspray to hold the hair in place.

Variation 1: Add a French Twist

Consider adding a French twist to a chignon. To do this, pull the hair to the back of the head into a loose ponytail and using kirby grips pin it slightly off centre. Then roll the hair to the opposite side to create the twist, and pin it in place again, letting the ends of the twist hang down.

Variation 2: Use a French Plait

Consider using a French plait. Separate the locks of hair at either side of the face and French plait them starting at the crown of the head. From here it is easy to pull hair into a bun or to continue to plait to the end, then fold it over and pin it into a chignon.

Additional Advice

This style requires long hair. It works well with oval, round, or square faces, and even subtle heart shapes. For added flair, tuck a flower into the side of the bun or chignon, and consider using some glosser to give hair a slick sheen without looking oily.

Hairstyle 3: Messy Faux Bob

Long hair can be made to look shorter with a messy faux bob. This casual look works well with bare shoulders and is a fun way to change the length of the hair without having to resort to drastic measures. An easy way to create a faux bob is to use volumising spray gel all over the hair and then separate it into two layers. Pile the upper layer on the top of the head. Plait the bottom layer, starting the plait behind one ear and running it across to the other. Then tuck the remaining hair under the plait and secure it with kirby grips. Let the top layer down gradually, a lock at a time, and pin it underneath the plait to hold it in place. Finish with hairspray.

Additional Advice

A bob is a versatile hairstyle, so it works with a variety of face shapes, but in particular oval and rectangular. To make a dramatic statement, add a bold necklace that attracts attention.

Hairstyle 4: Long Waves

Hair can also be let down for a night, with a straight or side parting. This balances out a mini dress or other revealing looks, and can keep an outfit from seeming overly polished, if a less formal look is desired. There are a variety of ways to achieve this, but the key requirement is a volumising hair product.

Additional Advice

This style works well for rectangular, square, and heart-shaped faces, as well as oval shapes. Depending on whether the hair is naturally straight or wavy, some women may need to blow dry their hair or even add gentle waves with a curling tong or rollers. Use a hairspray that also adds shine to the hair.

Hairstyle 5: Half Up, Half Down

An ideal compromise between an updo and leaving hair down is a half up, half down style. This pulls hair away from the face to highlight its best features, while still leaving length at the back. The style works with both wavy and straight hair. A sleek, straight style adds sophistication, while a wavy style has a romantic look.

Additional Advice

A half up, half down hairstyle is ideal for women with oval, round, heart, and triangle faces. Use kirby grips for an unobtrusive look, or accentuate the hairstyle with a jewelled clip or a flower. Alternatively, rather than grips, use plaits running along either side of the face.

Hairstyle 6: Sideswept Curls or Bun

Rather than a bun or chignon centred at the back of the head, sweep hair off to one side. Use rollers or a curling tong to curl the bottom half of the hair, and use a straightening iron for the fringe and sweep it to one side. Tease hair at the top of the head and use a product to add volume, and then pin it all to one side with kirby grips. Leave the curls as they fall in a loose ponytail, or pin them up into a messy bun with kirby grips.

Additional Advice

When curling hair, use a product that relies on heat to lock in the curl. Accent the entire style with a flower or a jeweled clip for a touch of flair, and consider using some bold make-up. This style works best for oval, heart, square, and round faces.

Hairstyle 7: Short and Simple

Women with short and straight hair also have options when it comes to hairstyles for strapless dresses. Consider leaving short hair as is, or use just a bit of hairspray or other product to keep it smooth. This hairstyle can be accessorised with a pretty headband or a flower, or just dangly earrings and a matching necklace. Women who have a fringe can sweep it to one side and add texture with a wax based styling product.

Additional Advice

Short hairstyles work well on women with a variety of face shapes. The key is choosing a cut that complements a woman's face shape and features. For example, pixie style haircuts work well for women with oval or heart-shaped faces, while a cut that is a few centimetres above the chin is ideal for women with round faces.

Buying Products on eBay

To start searching for hair styling products or strapless dresses simply enter keywords into the search box on the eBay home page or any other page on the site. While you are not required to log in to browse for products, it does offer some advantages. You can save searches and items that you are interested in to revisit later, as well as communicate with sellers and manage payments.

Buying Hair Styling Products and Accessories on eBay

To search for hair care products, enter a keyword such as "hair volumising spray" or "hair shine". From there you can filter the results by price or other features. For accessories, use keywords such as "jewelled hair clip" or "lace headband". When browsing for items, always research the seller. eBay recognises sellers who deliver items quickly and demonstrate excellent customer service by designating them as a Top-rated sellers, but in general, good feedback and high ratings indicate reputable sellers.

Buying Strapless Dresses on eBay

In addition to locating hair care products and jewellery, you can also purchase strapless dresses on eBay. You can search for dresses by material, such as "silk strapless dress". From there you can filter results by size and colour. When buying dresses, always double check the sizes, as they vary by country and even by designer. When in doubt, take current body measurements and compare these to the dress.


Strapless dresses can complement a variety of body types, but equally important is the hairstyle that women choose. Women with heart-shaped or round faces can easily wear curls that fall above the shoulder, while women with square face shapes can try a low set bun or chignon. A messy faux bob is playful and works well for women with rectangular faces. Leaving hair down in long waves is a good way to keep a strapless dress from being too revealing. Women who prefer to keep their hair away from their face can compromise with a half up, half down style. Women with short hair have options too. Accessorise a short hairstyle with a glamorous headband or jewellery, and sweep the fringe to one side.

While women have a lot of leeway in deciding which styles work for them, they should be careful to match the hairstyle to the dress. A structured dress works best with an equally structured hairstyle, while a more flowy dress is complemented by an equally flowy hair style. In addition, the hairstyle and dress should match the occasion and the venue. For example, a fancy dress and hairstyle would be out of place at an informal family get together. When shopping for a strapless dress, or hair products and accessories, eBay is an excellent place to start.

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