Wednesday, September 02, 2009 | Tips & How-Tos, Uncategorized
Sleek center parts are the star of the season, seen on nearly every runway from the Gap to BCBG. The style is sexy and sophisticated with a hint of flower child thrown into the mix, but best of all—it’s practically effortless to achieve. Just be sure to keep your locks in tip-top shape if they’re long and flowing. Avoid blow dryer overkill to keep hair healthy; besides, a slight wave adds movement and life to this style.
Seriously sculpted up-dos are huge this season—literally—mostly due to the seemingly omnipresent 80s redux fashion trend. But don’t break out the Aquanet and spray your bangs into a three-foot wave just yet. This season, designers and stylists have reinterpreted “power hair” for the 21st century, presenting styles that are hip, modern and strong. Think high, voluminous buns and rounded, textured up-dos reminiscent of Princess Anne.
The side chignon is both elegant and stylish—and a great look for day or night. Start by parting hair on the side and pulling your locks back into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. Then, loosely twist the hair and loop it upward, winding into a doughnut shape. Secure with bobby pins and add a bejeweled clip (tortoise shell clips look great for less formal affairs). Finally, pull a few small strands of hair from the front to frame your face for a delicate, wispy finish.
Cutting your hair short is a great way to get rid of summer’s UV-induced dead ends and revitalize your locks for the new season. More interesting and even lower maintenance than the standard bob, pixie cuts are ideal for everyone from young professionals to moms on the go. To mix things up, have your stylist add choppy layers for more texture and dimension. Use styling wax to enhance the layered pieces, pulling them forward to frame your face.