It's anything but stuffy or sticky this season. You definitely don't want a "done" do. Go easy on the hair spray. Think cotton candy in a good way."From manipulated texture to natural Afros, texture is hot," says Jamie Suarez, a hairstylist in New York with the Regis Salons. "The more texture in the hair, the more you should show it off."
Nico Aceyes, a hairstylist at the Bumble and bumble salon in New York City who also styles models' hair for the New York runway shows, also predicts the "deconstructed" look will be a big trend. Loose ponytails at the spring designer shows of Yigal Azrouel and Ohne Titel were "roughed up a bit" to give them a relaxed feel.
"You can work with the hair spray, so that you have soft flyaways that are flattering but not sloppy," says Aceyes. "I also like the look of hair blown out naturally, then curled at random points along the shaft (like at Karen Walker's show) to give a softer wave."
It doesn't take much to get this natural hairstyle, according to Aceyes.
"A little bit of spray and a little finger styling help add to the deconstructed feel. These tousled styles are especially great for summer because once you create them, you don't have to worry about messing them up a bit at the beach or in the heat - they end up looking more natural, not less."
Architectural updos and stylized buns were also seen on the spring runways. This season's updos had a wrapping theme. At Margaret Howell, models' hair snaked around the head in a way that made it impossible to tell where the style began and where it ended. At Sans, the look was even further embellished with bits of colored string woven throughout for a child's "string art" effect. Buns at Costello Tagliapietra were reminiscent of a '20s film star, while at Brian Reyes' show the aerodynamic bun was achieved via curling irons, back-combing and hair powder.
If the more polished look is what you like, the neat, high-swept feminine updos at the New York shows may inspire your hairstylist. At Nanette Lepore, the models' hair was heightened like a French twist with lots of teasing at the crown. Designers Akiko Ogawa and Charles Nolan opted for smooth locks gathered at the crown, with a ballerina bun wrapped in a 1-inch fabric and a cheerleader-style bouncy pony. Hair worn loose was brushed out to enhance a naturally healthy glow. Neatly set, shiny hair ruled at Antonio Berardi with low, side-parted ponytails.
As for the cotton candy hair, all it takes is adding a little fuzzy texture to those loose locks with lightweight styling products that have some shine to them. You can put away the curling irons for this look.
For more of a "hard candy," look at the Paris show of designer Veronique Branquinho. The Bumble and bumble team set the models' hair in individual braids, flat-ironed and then brushed the hair to achieve a halo of fuzz.
All of you girls out there who have naturally frizzy hair, this is your year to go for it.
Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association.
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