hairstyles By Whitney Weatherington
Straight to the Point
Simple doesn’t have to mean boring
when it comes to your hairstyle, as
the fall is combining straight and
easy with rich and lustrous
airstyles this fall are all about the clean and polished
ﬁnish. The clothing gets more structured and tailored
and the hair reﬂects that. Beach style waves and loose
carefree curls are extremely popular during spring and
summer, but when fall comes, it is time to smooth out
your locks and tailor your hairstyle. I chose sleek and smooth for
Lauren’s hair, which is a perfect hairstyle for the fall.
Sleek, smooth, straight hair is always a go-to look, and is very
traditional and timeless. Straight hair at any length gives a sultry ef-
fect. Your hair looks touchable and clean and appropriate for any af-
fair. During the fall your clothing is more formal and dressy and the
contrast of smooth, sleek hair gives your look such a great balance.
I love styling hair smooth and straight. It allows a woman’s nat-
ural beauty to shine through, because your hair is not a distraction.
When a hairstyle is straight it also reﬂects shine, so your hair looks
healthy and desirable. Most women that wear their hair straight
feel as though it is easier to manage. The hair is less prone to tan-
gles and usually looks great for a second day of wear.
This look is so easy to create, but there are a few things to re-
member to make your hair as sleek and smooth as possible. The ﬁrst
thing is sectioning. Be sure to take appropriate sections depending
on the density and texture of your hair. The more thick or curly your
hair the smaller your sections should be. The next tip is use a light
amount of product. Straight hair shows oiliness really quick.
Most importantly, use a heat resistant comb to separate the hair
as you ﬂat iron. Flat irons are like clothes, they’re not one-size ﬁts
all. The length and thickness of your hair should determine the size
of your iron. The right size iron will be easier to maneuver, straight-
en your hair more efﬁciently, and decrease the risk of overheating
and damaging your hair. For short, thick or ﬁne hair: Use an iron
with narrow plates ranging in size from half-an-inch to one-inch
thick. For long, thick or ﬁne hair: Use an iron with wider plates
ranging in size from one-and-a-half inches to two-inches wide so
you're able to cover more surface area in less time. If you remember
these easy steps it will make achieving straight hair a breeze.
Straight hair can be worn for any occasion. During the fall
this style looks great worn at casual affairs where jeans are ap-
propriate as well as to formal events when wearing a gorgeous
evening gown or cocktail dress. The style is practical and when
done appropriately, it looks great worn anywhere.
H PHOTOS BY TED WEST
Model Lauren Barnette, from Wise, Virginia,
won her ﬁrst pageant title in 2001 when she was
crowned Miss Virginia Teen USA 2002 and com-
peted in the nationally televised Miss Teen USA
pageant. In 2006, she won the Miss Virginia USA
2007 title, becoming the sixth former Teen title-
holder to win the Miss crown. Lauren represented
Virginia in the Miss USA 2007 pageant which was
held in Los Angeles. She placed in the top 10.
Since giving up her title, Lauren has been a "suit-
case girl" on NBC's hit show, “Deal or No Deal”
and was also the feature model in the country
music video “Anything Goes” by Randy Houser.