Spring is just around the corner, and even though I live in sunny southern California, I am eagerly looking forward to spring and its hot new hairstyle trends that have been seen on the runways. Judging from what I’ve seen so far, the styles are best summed up as fun and flirty, effortless and edgy—each one reinventing iconic looks of the past. From low buns and loose braids, to extreme side parts coupled with natural waves. Spring 2011 is ushering in fresh new creative coifs to go along with the season’s latest fashion trends.
Here are this spring’s standouts:
1. Extreme side parts – Simple yet oh so striking. The extreme side part has been a recurring theme in recent collections of designers like DKNY, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera and Narciso Rodriguez. Perhaps one of the best things about this hairstyle is its versatility. Wear it up, down, stick straight, loose and wavy, or romantically wispy … this is a style that is sure to see many of this spring’s daylight.
2. Low chignons – While last year’s hot trend was top knots, this spring is the return of the elegance and sophistication of low buns. Far from austere, the trend suggests more of a relaxed, effortless look. Basically, close to the nape styles are hot right now, including low ponytails, whether slicked back and straight, or mussed up and wavy. This is a style that can be combined with an extreme side part for a more modern and edgier take.
3. Loose braids –Both Boho chic and classical romantic with wisps of hair contouring the face, this style is playful, practical and a perfect way to look done up when you’re short on time. It can soften any look and provide great contrast to edgy threads. The point is to have fun with it and be creative. Various takes of woven locks can be seen in the runway collections of Hermès, Valentino and Givenchy. You can loosely weave down the sides of your head and gather them into a tousled bun, wear a fishtail side braid, or braid along the hairline, which again is great with an extreme side part.
4. Messy waves – Bedhead or sexy beach waves are in. Whether or not you spend hours and tons of products to style it, the look to go for is effortlessly sexy and carelessly tousled for that natural allure and seductive charm. It looks great with all lengths, from long locks to short hair and even bobs. It’s super versatile, so you can easily go from work to play, or even to more formal evening affairs for that perfect balance of casual elegance. It’s been spotted on catwalks for John Richmond, Anna Sui, Christian Dior and Thakoon.
5. Big hair – While we’re not reverting to the big bouffants of the 80s, voluminous hair has gotten its sexy back. The difference between the poodle-perm hair and cotton-candy heads of decades past and this spring’s new trend is that now the hair is slicked and smoothed back before dissolving into a full-blown poof, as seen in Marc Jacobs’ spring collection. He took a fresh approach to the 80s perm by keeping the top straight and then crimping the rest of the hair for dramatic flair. This style looks great with a sharp side part for a more modern edge.
6. The swoop – This spring’s hot new trend can easily be achieved in one fell swoop (pun intended). It adds style and grace to any look, and is great when paired with an accessory to keep it in place, like a flower or a cute barrette. It can be worn rather messy for that effortlessly stylish look, or smooth and sleek using gel or mousse. All you need to do is create a side part, loosely gather your hair over your forehead and to the side, and then pin it.