It may only be a slight change in terms of effort, but switching up your part can have a dramatic effect on your look. Center that swooping side part and leave tresses slightly messy for a bohemian chic ‘do that is perfect for warm-weather months.
(Givenchy, Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012, Photo: Style.com)
To achieve this style, first curl the ends of your hair with a curling iron or hot rollers and then lightly brush the curls to loosen them and add volume. If your hair is fine or tends to fall flat throughout the day, try gently teasing the front sections and spritzing on a bit of hairspray to help create some body. Gather hair into a twist and secure it with pins, allowing the curls to pile on top. Pin stray strands as needed, but don’t worry about every little frizzy or fluff. This style is supposed to be soft and undone.
(Badgley Mischka, New York Fashion Week S/S 2012, Photo: Elle)
What better way to celebrate sunshine and springtime than with a few playful streaks in a bright hue? If you think this trend is only for preteens and punk rockers, think again. Even celebrities like January Jones and Dakota Fanning are rocking the rainbow look. Like the idea but scared to commit? Opt for a temporary color that washes out in the shower—plus that way you can change up the color whenever you want!
(Peter Som, NYFW S/S 2012, Photo: Vogue)
Adding bangs is a great way to change up your hairstyle, and it’s all the better when they’re blunt baby doll bangs. For this look, cut hair so the fringe hits just below your eyebrows. An extra tip: Play up your lashes with layers of glossy black mascara so your eyes don’t get lost behind the bold bangs.
(Hermès, PFW S/S 2012, Photo: Elle)
This style can be a bit tricky, and it takes some practice to get the hang of it, but the good news is that any natural texture in your hair will make it easier for the finger waves to hold. Use a curling iron with a slightly smaller barrel than you would use for standard curls and clamp it from top to bottom along sections of hair, slightly rolling the iron outward while clamped. Plan to use a lot of spray gel or firm-hold hairspray to keep things in place.
(Anna Sui, NYFW S/S 2012, Photo: Vogue)
If the thought of using a curling iron or a blowdryer makes you shudder, this spring trend is for you. Keep things easy and simple whether managing post-workout hair or sleeking things back for a night out. Just run some gel through hair from your roots and down a few inches to slick it down. Leave the rest of hair more natural by switching out the gel for a smoothing creme or serum for those sections.
(Alberta Ferretti, Milan Fashion Week S/S 2012, Photo: Beautyeditor.ca)
It can be hard to keep your hair fresh and styled when you’re battling 100-degree Texas heat. Avoid looking like a hot mess (literally) by pulling hair up into a tight, high ponytail. Smooth any fly-aways with hairspray—you don’t want the wet look that gel creates.
(Monique Lhuillier, NYFW S/S 2012, Photo: Elle)
This is the ultimate sexy hair—the kind that all the Victoria’s Secret models have and all us normal girls wish we had (our boyfriends probably wish we did too). The style is voluminous but soft and smooth. It adds sex appeal to any outfit or occasion. To get the look, allow hair to partially air-dry before blow-drying in sections with a natural-bristled round brush. Wrap hair around the brush as you blow-dry, rolling it both over and under to get that touchable volume and bouncy swish.
(Versace, MFW S/S 2012, Photo: Style.com)
Whether you prefer them French. fishtail or inverted, you can’t go wrong with a braided updo this spring and summer. Try plaiting hair across the front and securing the rest in a low chignon, or weave strands around the back like in the photo. The trick to keeping this style from being severe or Heidi-esque is to leave hair somewhat loose and tousled with volume at the crown.
(Valentino, PFW S/S 2012, Photo: Style.com)
Reminiscent of French bombshell and style icon Brigitte Bardot, this hairstyle is one of my favorite trends for spring. Take the look from catwalk to sidewalk by opting for slightly less exaggerated volume on top. Gently tease and backcomb the crown after curling hair into very loose ringlets, then secure the top section into a bouffant before separating the remaining hair into low pigtails. After securing an elastic around each pigtail, scrunch it upwards slightly—just enough to create volume above the elastic without making the pigtail too tight.
(Jeremy Scott, NYFW S/S 2012, Photo: StyleBistro)