Flores de Mayo is a well-celebrated Filipino tradition during the month of May. At the end of it is the Santacruzan, where a ritual pageant is held featuring beautiful floral arches and, of course, beautiful young women who represent biblical figures, Marian titles, and other traditional personifications—the most important of which is Saint Helen, hence Reyna Elena.
With its roots built on religion, the Santacruzan also serves as a festive and grandiose celebration that a lot of young women look forward to participating in. It’s like bringing to life their childhood dreams of becoming princesses and donning crowns and elaborate gowns, walking hand in hand escorted by their prince. This is one day that they get to primp and glam up with makeup and beautiful Flores De Mayo hairstyles.
Are you one of those chosen to participate in this parade of beauties? Here are Flores De Mayo hairstyles that you can try.
Look Lovely in these Flores De Mayo Hairstyles
1. Chignon hair
Nothing beats a true classic like a chignon. This hairstyle looks effortlessly elegant and sophisticated, that’s why it is perfect for occasions like the Santacruzan. We recommend going for a low chignon in order to have the crown fit perfectly on top. If you want to play it up a bit, you can also go for a side low bun.
2. Lace braid updo
Considering most “reynas” consist of mostly young ladies, braids are definitely a great way to inject some youth into their look. You can even combine them with a bun hairstyle just like the lace braid updo. The result is a fresh, youthful hairstyle that makes for a unique ‘do.
Editor’s Tip: The secret to making the braids stick and not come undone is having and applying the right hairspray. In this case, you’ll need TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray to ensure that no strand will pop out and you’ll look as flawless as you are in the morning all the way to the evening.
3. French twist
Look timeless and sophisticated by putting your hair in a French twist. This may as well be considered as the go-to look for royalty—whether in real life or in fairy tales. That’s why it comes as no surprise that a lot of “reynas” go for this tried and tested updo over the years.
Editor’s Tip: Keep your updos on point and in place with TONI&GUY Body Amplify Creation Hairspray. This product gives your hair the body and volume it needs while also making sure that it stays that way from day to night.
4. Lazy bun
If you don’t want to look too made-up with a tight and slicked-back bun, then you may want to consider adding some loose tendrils on the side. The lazy bun will look great—even regal—once you have your crown on since these loose tendrils can give you a softer and more feminine look.
5. Half up criss cross
Who says you can only wear updos for Flores de Mayo? Don’t be afraid to slightly break out of tradition and let your hair down with a sophisticated half up criss cross hairstyle. Just make sure that the top part of your hair is still pulled back so as not to cover that beautiful face of yours as you parade down the street.
If you want to wear this hairstyle the sleek way, straighten your hair first using a flat iron to get smooth, frizz-free hair. Don’t forget to spritz heat protectant before you reach for your flat iron.
6. Sleek and fierce ponytail
A high ponytail may be a popular hairstyle choice for parties, but it can also be perfect for Flores De Mayo. Like half updos, it deviates from the bun hairstyles usually worn in such occasions. With a sleek and fierce ponytail, you look equal parts feminine and sexy, especially if you have a mermaid-cut Santacruzan gown. You also get to showcase your smooth, long, and shiny hair without leaving it down and unstyled.
Editor’s tip: Wash your hair with Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Straight Conditioner to tame frizz and flyaways. This conditioner will also give you smoother and straighter hair that’s sexy, glamorous, and definitely fit for a queen.
7. Half updo with bun
This look puts another twist to the usual Flores De Mayo hairstyles. Stand out in a sea of chignons and top buns with a half updo with bun. This hairstyle is fresh and youthful and allows you to show off some beautiful waves cascading down your back.
8. Halo braid
If you love braids, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t wear one as your Flores De Mayo hairstyle of choice. A beautiful halo braid keeps hair off your face and highlights your beauty. Also, when you have long hair, a halo braid keeps all your strands in place. All you have to do is enjoy the Santacruzan limelight.
Now, you’re ready to walk like a queen with these gorgeous Flores De Mayo hairstyles. We’re sure you’ll be a stunning beauty, and no one will be able to take their eyes off of you.
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