The holidays are here and the New Year is fast approaching; even though things tend to slow down a bit when it’s all over, looking our best is most definitely the first step to a smooth transition into 2013. We saw trends we loved repeat this season from last year and a few new ones we had to adopt into our routine. Highlighting the best runway hair and the products to achieve it, we’ll be ready to move right into the spring season polished and poised with sleek style.
Low knots were ladylike and sleek with a modern minimalism for a subdued kind of delicate beauty that added smart sophistication to collections at Altuzarra, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, and Givenchy. Every strand was smoothed into place with Kiehl’s Clean Hold Styling Gel and coated with Frédéric Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray for a flat-lacquered effect. Knots were twisted into a variety of styles that were easy and wearable, then sealed with anti frizz spray for locked in shine.
Woven braids looked expensive and elegant with plaits that pulled hair off the face in new and imaginative ways. Helmut Lang inspired updos oozed sex appeal at Jason Wu, while simplicity created a chic equestrian image at Hervé Léger and Balmain. Hair was secured with a halo of Kérastase Double-Force Hairspray to for a modern shine that kept the look clean.
The low pony found its way back on our radar in full force, proving that once again, this was the quickest way to achieve stately elegance without the fuss of an entire hair team to recreate the look. Alexander Wang was by far our favorite twist on the trend, embellishing the simple do’ with a modern stripe of electrical tape down a strong center part for a futuristic take on the classic style.
Slick hair was clinquant and contemporary, softly pulled away from the face and pinned at Carolina Herrera, Rag & Bone, Rodarte, Nina Ricci, and Alberta Ferretti. A new take on last season’s wet look, hair was slightly less saturated and more controlled with Kerstase Fibre Architect for modern refinement.
Rock n Roll Waves
There was movement and texture in a new relaxed style at Versace, a complete step away from the geometric lines and sharp fringe from last season. This was the definition of sexy- colorful and varied at Diane von Furstenberg and deliciously unkempt with Fredrick Fekkai’s Perfectly Luscious Curls Wave Activating Spray at Proenza Schouler.
We were happy to see hair accessories continuing to adorn elaborate styles, dominating runways for the last three seasons. Chanel is always a favorite; each CC-logo pearl bauble was strung up with elastic and tied into models’ low-slung, middle-parted knots. Pastel colors brightened embellished headbands at Fendi and modernist beehive hats accented honeycomb motifs at Alexander McQueen. Hair ornaments were soft and sweet, as well as over the top and ostentatious coming in a variety of shapes and sizes giving the wearer overwhelming options for the new season.
Updos were relaxed and a little messy, prepped with Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-In Treatment to add softness and easily swept up without worry for keeping things too tidy. Romantic texture was “poetic” at Valentino and delicately feminine at Bottega Veneta, with loose pieces of hair softly falling around the face.
Vintage Inspired Updos
Marc Jacobs revisited a classic favorite that is always in style- vintage inspired updos were chic and flirtatious, and took a turn for the sophisticated in a swept up beehive topped with satin ribbon at Louis Vuitton. Hair hit impressive heights with Redken’s Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam and finished with Redken’s Quick Tease 15 for pop art opulence.
Deep Side Parts
Hair parts shifted from strong and centered to soft and side swept at Helmut Lang, Lacoste, Hervé Léger, and Altuzarra bringing the in the new year with a more youthful edge to texture. Pulled back or left loose, this can be exaggerated and worn by all lengths of hair to compliment any look.