Elegant Hair

An Elegant Beauty, 63.5 x 53.3 cm, Private col...
An Elegant Beauty, 63.5 x 53.3 cm, Private collection (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Simply elegant hair is almost effortless. By keeping hair simple we always have a smile on our face knowing that we are put together impeccably and not a hair is out of place.  Elegant hair doesn’t always mean an up-do.  Although the classic french chignon is timeless elegance we do find a simple bob or shoulder length hair just as elegant. There are no chunks of color here. If you must have highlights use the finest of strands to note a subtle change of color.  Black hair becomes harsh as we age and may be adjusted to a complimentary brown that is softer to the eye. Blonde hair is high maintenance and must be tended to regularly. As with any color, always keep it smooth by conditioning regularly and use products that make it flow smoothly rather than become stiff and dull.  Shine is always elegant in hair and is most important as we age as well. Simple elegant hair is flowing, smooth, with a simple cut that is pleasing to the eye, classic but not dowdy, and reflective of one’s personality. If you want to be taken seriously and take pride in being professional then use a brunette up-do or bob to your advantage. If you are bubbly and upbeat socialite then by all means use your blonde to it’s full potential.  Hair is often typecast like that and although we are always free to choose any color and style that we like, it does us a service to pay attention to the common notions that go with a style.

This may all sound a bit stuffy and you may balk at my blatant old-fashioned reasoning but go ahead and take a casual poll among a diverse group of people and you will find that brunette still says “scholar and serious” while blonde says “social and rarely serious”. Changing your hair may not change your social status in a day but it may eventually take you down a different road. Beware of the cost of not being yourself.

 

 

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Simple Skin Care for the Elegant Woman

English: An elegant beauty. Oil on Canvas, 195...
English: An elegant beauty. Oil on Canvas, 195.9 x 117.5 cm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

Becoming an elegant woman does not require one to spend money on each new skin care product that declares itself  to have the newest state of the art research. Expensive skin creams need not be included in your beauty regimen. There are some natural products that do well in taking care of your skin without additives or toxins. One may use a pretty jar to put them in to dress them up or hide them away in their beauty basket for safe-keeping. An elegant woman never reveals the secrets of her beauty regimen except to consult with her closest friends in private. Skin care as well as the full beauty regimen should be carried out systematically in a timely manner. That is not to say that an elegant woman may not enjoy her routines as such. Part of the joy of being an elegant woman is the full knowledge and confidence that she is taking great care of herself. Simple skin care begins with consistency and effort.

 

*Upon rising splash cold water on your face.
Never use soap in the morning as it washes away the nourishing oils that have protected your skin while sleeping. (The exception to this is the young woman who is still experiencing an overproduction of oils in her skin.)

 

* Exercise
Performing strength exercises such as yoga or pilates and aerobic exercise such as dance, walking or running is part of a good skin care regimen. This ensures that one has optimal circulation and causes us to sweat which is the body’s way of ridding ourselves of toxins.

 

*Dry skin brushing
After exercise is the time to use dry skin brushing. Use a natural brush with stiff bristles as one can stand. Brush your skin in small circular motions as you move gradually up towards the heart. If you have a history of poor health/blood clots speak to your doctor before you try skin brushing. It must be done with care for the body. Dry skin brushing is good for circulation as well as exfoliation.

 

*Shave
If it is the tradition of the ladies in your culture or region to shave your body then do so at this time in your regimen every morning to maintain a clean and smooth appearance. Should you need to address facial hair, do so on a day or a time that you can spend privately. Take your time to do it carefully and leave your skin bare for a time afterward to allow it to recover from the stress.

 

*Cleanse
Each morning after exercise, skin brushing, and shaving is the time to shower or bathe. One may use an antibacterial soap if your immune system is poor or an elegant french or Italian-milled soap. Shower gels with moisturizers are lovely as well. You may find these specialty items at liquidation stores for a frugal buy. Cleanse your whole body carefully and completely. Consistent cleanliness is one of the most important aspects of being an elegant woman. One may be dressed in the finest of clothes or be part of the highest society and yet not considered elegant if they are not clean.

 

*Moisturize
Use natural products to moisturize your skin such as coconut oil which has its own pleasant fragrance or olive oil that you may add a few drops of scent or essential oil to for a heavenly fragrance. Cover every inch of your body to deter the dry winter wind or the effects of water and sun in the summer. Moisturizing every day assures the elegant woman that she is beautiful and glowing.

 

Riches Do Not Equal Elegance

Elegance Of The Epoque
Elegance Of The Epoque (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

It is surmised that riches equal elegance. This is simply not the case. Elegance may be studied if the woman was not raised with lessons in manners or style. The study of elegance is not limited to social class or endless bank accounts. It is the determination to become a lady of gentle nature whose kindness, grace, and style reflect the subtlety of quality. One does not need a vast amount of funding to accomplish this task. An elegant woman need only to be quietly frugal with her funds so as to buy quality pieces of clothing and home decor. Quantity is never elegant but a small number of quality items reflects her conscientious and responsible nature. The less one has, the less one has to manage. The elegant woman keeps things simple as well as efficient by taking great care of a few fine things. Worn or broken items that may not be mended well are to be replaced as soon as she is financially able to do without compromising the family bank account. She does not run up her credit buying needless things to satisfy her inhibitions. Planning well her wardrobe as well as her household buying she is rewarded with an outstanding reputation as well as a peaceful home.

 

 

An Elegant Morning Routine

Elegance
Elegance (Photo credit: atdesignz)

 

The art of an elegant woman’s presentation is seen by first impressions as well as last. An elegant woman would never “run to the grocery store in her pajamas”.

 

Presentation is important. It does not have to be elaborate or overdone. On the contrary, it is to be a simple enhancement of the beauty and poise that is already within you.

 

*Rising early each day exercise first. This allows you to take care of your body properly without interruption in schedule or form. Participating in such things as Yoga, Ballet, Pilates and Walking are all elegant forms of exercise that also encourage proper posture, elongation of the muscles, and grace as you move in every day life. Whether in a group or a quiet place at home this is the most gentle way to take care of you.

 

*Upon finishing your exercise regimen you should bathe immediately. Establishing a morning routine of dry skin brushing, shaving, shower, and moisturizing is conducive to an efficient use of time and energy. Applying your makeup directly after this routine ensures that you are prepared for the day.

 

*Keeping a minimal wardrobe that consists of a few very good quality pieces that you are able to mix and match is the best way to dress well as an elegant woman. Fussing about what to wear or taking a long time to decide the outfit for the day is not elegant. It is dramatic and childish. Plan your wardrobe from these simple but elegant pieces and you will always look amazing as long as you make sure you smile-always.

 

*Now you are ready to sit down with grace and have your morning tea or coffee with a light breakfast. Always make sure that you plan a morning routine and stay on schedule so as to appear efficient and confident. A well-dressed woman running frantically out the door with a travel mug in hand is never elegant.

 

*Being organized is a part of being an elegant woman.