Spring’s Most Wearable Hair Trends

10 Jan

Sick of everyone rocking ultra-red tresses and overdone Kim Kardashian-length hair? The world is (hopefully) ready to say goodbye to this year’s most pervasive and annoying hair trends with the emergence of these versatile looks on S/S ’11 runways and magazine previews. Refinery29 shows us that last season’s topknot heads downtown, the pixie gets revived, and dramatic side-parts and bang trends are here to stay. Nothing is over-styled and most of these chic trends can be worn with any hair texture. Peep this season’s most wearable trends after the jump.

Source: Refinery29

The Low Chignon — Buns shift from the ever-wearable topknot of last season, but fret not — this year’s neck-grazing chignon is just as versatile and wearable. You can rock this look with any part for casual or formal occasions, and endless accessory possibilities.

Guido Palau, creator of this look for Nina Ricci’s spring show, recommends beginning with a low ponytail covering the ears, then twisting the ponytail into a loose knot. Keep the initial ponytail loose and wispy for a more bohemian feel — a too-tight ponytail can take this look from whimsical to overly austere.

The Dramatic Side-Sweep — Last year the side part got an extra jolt from stars like Cassie and LaLa Vasquez taking this look to the extreme with a shaved side look. Urban Outfitters featured this style heavily in their spring catalogue, and both long and short hair lengths can achieve this style without such extreme measures. Any hair texture from sleek and straight to wild and kinky curls look great.

Begin by placing a comb flat against the side of your head. The spot where your head leaves the comb is where the part should be placed. Pull hair into a sleek, low ponytail or secure curls with a few bobby-pins.

The Blunt Bang — Mulberry, Twinkle, and a slew of spring designer look-books have proven that 70’s blunt bangs have carried over from last year’s trends.

The bang itself is the main accessory in this look and should be heavy, slightly longer on the sides, and kept below the eyebrows. Layers are long and flowing, with a slight angle below the chin. Blow dry bangs with a brush, then spray hairspray on a comb and comb through to make them look solid and thick.

The Punky Pixie — Warning! Only attempt if you are ready for a big change in 2011! If you’re willing to go super-short, try this messy, punk-inspired cut that popped up on the spring runways including Balenciaga and Carmen Kass. Maintain femininity by keeping some length up top while adding a little rowdiness with a disheveled look.

To style, use a texturizing spray when wet, followed by a wax-based styling product once hair is dry.

Creative Braids — Braids have already been buzzed about heavily this year with both Kim Kardashian and Solange Knowles debuting major braided looks in 2011. Lacoste, Charlotte Ronson, and Jason Wu have all incorporated plaits into their spring ’11 runway looks, from the complicated sculpted look to the simple and casual.

Start with a side part and try braiding large chunks into french-braids to frame your face. Sweep your hair into a low bun or side ponytail for a touch-and-go style.

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