Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Spring 2011 Looks

Season Transitions can leave us all with that bittersweet feeling inside.. Because although we are in the midst of entering Spring, right now can be one the hardest times for our Wardrobe and Appearance. I am sure many of you have the tendency to become overly anxious when seeing Spring Editorials in Magazines, or inspired Runway Shows.. but this is to our advantage when preparing for the next season and trends! As being a Hairstylist, I always become inspired by trends on or off the Runway. Whether they are extreme or effortless, I love to alter or make a solid attempt for them to be "Street Worthy". Below are the following popular trends, and a brief description of how to achieve this look in your own bathroom mirror!

For me, I feel this is a classic Spring trend that never gets old. It's that look of "just got off the beach, destination vibe". Headwear can definitely be something incorporated into your bathing suit, or beach outfit. To achieve this look, simply section your hair in either a center or side parting, and secure all Hair into a low Pony. Once Hair is pulled back, wrap the Pony tail around the elastic, creating that "loose bun" effect. This look is not about perfection, so don't worry about it loosening a bit. Once wrapped, grab a generous amount of Bobbi Pins, and begin securing the bun with your pins. After your finished, grab whichever Headband you want, and gently bring it over your head, placed far back enough that you can still see the parting.
In terms of your Headwear.. it is very easy to find inexpensive Headwraps in any Womens Department Stores. Ex. Forever 21, H&M, Urban Outfitters.

Low Pony, with a Sleek Side Parting:

 One of the biggest trends on the Runway and on the Streets, are the Low Ponytail, with that dramatic part. Although this look is a lot more edgy, it maintains femininity at the same time. To achieve this look, have a Styling Lotion or Light Gel handy, as this will help create sleekness and perfection on all angles. Some of my favorite products for this look, are the Bumble and Bumble "Styling Lotion", and the Bumble and Bumble "Gellac". You can get either of these retail items at any salon which carries Bumble. 
Once you have applied a generous amount of product to freshly clean hair, begin by sectioning your hair to the side ( almost lined up at the end of your eyebrow). With a comb, start combing through the hair so everything will smoothen out, working the product through. Once hair has been completely smoothed, slowly comb hair into your hand (which will be your ponytail). When the hair has all reached your hand, grab a thin tight Hair Elastic and secure!

Imperfection at its finest:

To create this Loose Beach Look, begin by towel drying freshly washed Hair, and applying Bumble and Bumble "Styling Lotion" and Bumble and Bumble "Thickening Spray". Another alternative product to use before blow drying is the Sebastian Professional "Volume Active Spray". Begin by sectioning a center parting, and start rough drying with your fingers. This will allow for imperfection in the part, and allow some lift at the root. Feel free to flip your head upside down and continue to dry and gain that ultimate volume. Once 80% dry, use a large round brush; take large sections of the Hair and start at the front, project 180 degrees with the brush, to give maximum volume. Direct the brush beveling under and also upward for uneven texture and to enhance any layers within your hair.
Once completely dry, finish with a Light Holding Spray of your choice, my fav being "Aero Gel" (in a pink and white can). Also the "Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray" is a great product for this look. 
Big Volume and 80's Waves:

One unexpected Spring Look that has made a huge comeback, has been the 80's "Farrah Fawcett" look. This trend is great, paired with any sort of Tribal or Floral spring printed top or dress. The tools you will need for this look, is a 1 inch and a half curling iron, or Marcel Iron (gold wand one). A setting spray, preferably "Aero Gel", mainly because it acts as a pre styling spray and setting spray when your finished. Begin by sectioning the hair into 4 sections.. (down the middle, and ear to ear). Starting at one side, continuously wrap hair around the iron, if you use the clamp on a basic iron.. it will not create that "wave" effect, so make sure you are just wrapping the hair around and not using the clamp. Whichever direction you choose to wrap the Hair around, will be the result of the direction of the curl. Continuously work your way around the head, curling 3/4 inch sections. I cannot stress enough, that you must not touch a single curl, or put your hands through them. When heat is applied to hair to create any sort of texture, the Hair needs time to "Set", and cooling allows that. Once you are finished, and your entire head of curls are "set" and "cooled", flip your head upside down and begin working your fingers through the curls and shaking it all out. Once everything is pulled through, flip your hair back up, and Set with your finishing spray! If anything feels out of place or you want more volume at the root or crown of the head, use a Tail Comb, and gently and lightly backcomb some sections for minimal volume.

Sleek Chignons:

I can't help but think of a Chic French Woman, when seeing this look on or off the Runway. It is the new and improved "Model Bun" for Spring and Summer, and still compels elegance, class, and simplicity on all levels. Begin with 80% freshly dried Hair, with have already worked in a Styling Product of your choice. Particularly a gel that works great for this look, is "Sebastian Professional, Gel Forte" 
which is a light holding gel, that also gives a "wet effect". Using a quarter size amount to start, work through partially damp Hair. Make sure the hair is combed through prior, because as this look is very sleek, it also allows for some uneven texture too. Gently start pulling the Hair back into the lowest pony tail as you can, being mindful that the sides are tighter then the top portion. Once your pony tail is secured with an elastic, twist the hair before wrapping around the elastic. Once the hair is wrapped, using larger than normal Bobbi Pins, begin pining the bun in place!

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