Saturday, 14 May 2011

10 Easy New Hair Ideas for Summer

Where we saw it: Chanel
The scoop: For the slick, polished style hairstylist Sam McKnight created at Chanel, apply mousse to your roots, then comb it through to the ends. Create a clean center part, pull all your hair back into a low ponytail, and secure it with an elastic. Add some polish by running a flatiron over the ends and adorn the base with a dramatic hair accessory (feathers and pearls are hot right now).

Where we saw it: Donna Karan (shown here) and Proenza Schouler
The scoop: To create these flouncy updos, hairstylist Eugene Souleiman gave the models' hair a tousled texture by prepping it with Wella Professional High Hair Ocean Spritz when it was dry. He made a deep side part before loosely pulling the hair back into a low ponytail. He then rolled the tail up (not under) into a loop that he secured with a few pins. Don't stress if it doesn't look perfect—it's not supposed to. "We wanted the hair to get a little messed up when they were putting on their clothes to give the style even more texture," Souleiman said.

Where we saw it: DKNY
The scoop: Souleiman created sleek low loops for the DKNY show. In real life, these make a polished alternative to sloppy ponytails but keep you just as cool. He parted the models' hair on the side—"not too low or harsh," he said. Gathering it at the nape of the neck, he anchored it into a low ponytail, which he folded over and retied with an elastic, creating a side loop. The finishing touch? Souleiman spritzed a fluffy kabuki makeup brush with hair spray and glided it over flyaways. "Think of it as setting powder for your hair," he said.

Where we saw it: Anna Sui
The scoop: At Anna Sui, hairstylist Garren used a double-barrel curling iron to form soft waves, creating a "bohemian vibe, as if the hair had air-dried," he said. To get the look, work a styling mousse through wet hair, and twist about four to six sections into little buns, securing them with hair clips. When they dry (you can air-dry or use a diffuser), remove the pins, shake the hair out, and you'll get beachy waves. (P.S.: Go ahead and skip the floral wreaths.)

Where we saw it: Calvin Klein
The scoop: On lazy summer days when you want to exert minimal effort, skip washing and re-create the style at the spring 2011 Calvin Klein show. Hairstylist Guido gave the hair a fuzzy texture (which most of us have in the summer naturally) by parting it down the middle and loosely pulling it back into a low ponytail complete with flyaways. To accentuate your flyaways, pull strands of hair out of the top of your ponytail.

Where we saw it: Lanvin
The scoop: Guido wanted the ponytails for Lanvin's spring 2011 show to look "sexy, sporty, and wet—it's like a girl who has just gotten out of the shower and pulled back her hair," he said. To get the look, he wet the models' hair and applied Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Styling Gel from roots to tips. He raked it back with his fingers, pulling it above the ears and into a ponytail at the nape of the neck. After tying it with an elastic, Guido spritzed the tail with more water and rubbed it between his hands so it looked naturally disheveled. To amp up the shine factor, he sprayed Redken Shine Brilliance Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist all over on the finished look. Bonus: You can execute this lazy look straight out of the shower—or the pool.

Where we saw it: Derek Lam (shown here), Balmain, Cynthia Steffe, and Elie Saab
The scoop: For the Derek Lam show, hairstylist Orlando Pita wanted the look to feel effortless and not "too done," he said. The result? A '60s-inspired silhouette: a center part worn loose and straight with a slightly disheveled finish. To get the look, Pita prepped dry hair with T3 + Orlando Pita Plump Heat-Seeking Liquid Hair Plumper and T3 + Orlando Pita Elevate Heat-Seeking Iron Volumizer, used a round brush to lift the roots, and blow-dried the front forward, then created a middle part.

Where we saw it: Oscar de la Renta
The scoop: To mimic the supersize buns Orlando Pita created for the Oscar de la Renta show, follow these steps: Part your hair down the center and tie it into a high ponytail. Tease the tail to make it big and thick, twist it, then wrap it around the base until you've created a perfectly rounded and oversize bun. Then secure it with pins and finish with a strong-hold hair spray.

Where we saw it: Michael Kors
The scoop: To create the laid-back style at Michael Kors, Orlando Pita prepped the models' hair with Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, drew a deep side part, and twisted small sections into coils, clamping down on them with a flatiron for crimped texture. After securing the hair into a low ponytail, Pita split the hair into two sections and tied a double knot at the back of the head, and using a few pins to keep it secure. A chunky piece was left loose in the front of each model's style; the sections haphazardly fell into the models' faces as they walked down the runway.

Where we saw it: Dolce & Gabanna
The scoop: To create this sexy, slept-in look, Souleiman raked side sections of hair (the ones over the ears) back, twisted them together into one piece, and pinned it in place. He randomly pulled out smaller sections, pinning them to the crown to add texture. The piece left hanging down at the back was then tucked under into a loose loop and secured at the nape of the neck. Finally, he blasted the models' hair with a blow-dryer to create more flyaways.

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