The year of 2009 will be extreme in many ways. Not only will be people be tightening their belts in an attempt to deal with a sagging economy, they will also take other things to the extreme; including fashion and beauty.
Hair trends for 2009 will focus on the short and the long of it. Haircuts will most often range from super short pixie cuts to long, flowing locks. Those in between may end up feeling a bit out of place.
The bob, which was a mainstay in 2008, will go shorter and will become sleeker, layered or fringed. Some new bobs will definitely be extreme in their short length. They will feature a style that is a cross between the traditional pixie and a modified bob. Take a look at Katie Holmes’ new do for a perfect example of a 2009 pixie-bob.
Still, even these short dos will show a touch of feminine glamour from time to time. For night, ladies may opt for a 40’s finger wave or flirty fringes that frame the face perfectly.
Some pixies will be cut close to the head in a modified boy cut, like the one Mia Farrow made popular in the 60’s. Others will spike at the top for a funky look. Still others, like Natalie Portman’s sassy do will add depth and dimension at the top for a softer, more feminine touch. The one thing each pixie-bob will have in common is they will be distinctive and particularly suitable to the woman who chooses to wear it.
Jennifer Aniston’s long beach casual locks will once again be back in style as some women opt for the long, super straight, uncomplicated style. However, one can’t count out the gently curled locks of her arch nemesis, Angelina Jolie, either. Some women will choose to keep their feminine curls and waves in their long, flowing tresses.
Look for a return of the Veronica Lake peek-a-boo bang and mermaid waves around the crown of the head. Think Bette Davis as Margo Channing in “All About Eve.” Classic glamour styles will be unusually popular, especially for women who don’t want to go bone straight.
French twists, buns, and chignons will move from the red carpet to the boardroom on longhaired beauties that want to express a no-nonsense style. Even nighttime updos will be a bit more structured. They will hearken back to the golden age of Hollywood when it was ruled by cool blondes like Grace Kelly and Kim Novak. They were strong women with a delicate look that often belied that inner strength; a perfect contradiction for today’s corporate woman.
Look for braiding to be a part of some of the hairstyles of 2009. A few will simply accent sleek new updos while others will be a bit more playful. Think Swiss miss and you will automatically know one of the key braided styles that will be once again be donning the head of some of the world’s most beautiful women.
This year will also see a return of the almost extinct peroxide blonde. Women will take their light tresses even lighter in hopes of catching some of the glamour of a Jane Mansfield or Marilyn Monroe. Others who aren’t quite as bold may simply add a few stark light highlights to their hair.
Don’t expect brunettes to go anywhere, though. Dark hair beauties can easily stand up to their blonde counterparts. Some previous blondes have even reclaimed their once dark tresses, like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” Sarah Michelle Gellar.
A few redheads will crop up here and there. But unlike the recent past, expect to see those that do to be natural. Red tresses out of a bottle will not be common this year. Color, like cut will be in the extremes, which means women will take it ultra blonde, dark brunette, or keep it natural.
The one thing that isn’t likely to change is the fact that women will choose what they want despite the trends of the day. Today’s fashionista is comfortable in her own body and she won’t let anyone convince her otherwise.
Note: While many beauty shops may claim they can do any cut, when seeking a trendy new style it is best to stick with those who specialize in that area. While places like Pro Cuts, Super Cuts, or Hair Cuttery can easily do a trim or simple style, they may not have someone on board who can handle something extreme. Do research before choosing a salon.
References: Glamour Magazine and Elle Magazine