Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal, and the Spring 2009 runways were alive with this theme. Spring 2009 is all about being bright and full of life and hope. While few of us can afford to wear runway designs, the hair we see in fashion shows is definitely within our reach.
The look at the Monique Lhuiller and Alberta Ferretti ready-to-wear (RTW) show was all about deconstructed buns. This look is easiest to attain on medium to long hair, and can be achieved with any hair texture or type. While it works best on “day after” hair rather than freshly washed, it can be done with either. On clean, damp hair, spritz generously with John Freida Beach Blonde Sea Spray Texturizing Spray and blow dry, using hands to tousle hair. On “day after” hair, simply apply the texturizing spray and tousle your hair. Using ONLY hands, pull hair back, leaving the shorter bits around the front, sides, and back to fall loose. Twist the main part of your hair into a bun, then secure using only one or two pins, so the look is loose and natural. Don’t worry if pieces fall out – it only adds to the easy beauty of this look.
Paul Smith channeled mermaids at his spring 2009 RTW show. While you may not want your hair looking dripping wet, you can still get an uber-shiny, gloriously wavy look at home. Your hair should be at least shoulder-length to pull this off, but if you have shorter hair, you can still do your own version of it. Wash your hair in the evening, then allow to dry about 50% (blow drying or air drying). Part your hair in the middle, then french braid each side, to about an inch from the bottom. Secure with an elastic. In the morning, you’ll have incredible bendy waves. Spray with got2B Dazzling Shine Spray and comb through to the ends. On shorter hair, tousle your hair as you dry it, adding a wave-enhancing mousse or conditioning gel, then spray with Dazzling Shine Spray to get that ultra-glossy look.
Half-up/half down hair rocked the Alexander Wang RTW show, and it’s no wonder. It’s a look that can be playful or sophisticated, depending on how the length of the hair is styled. Working with your natural texture is certainly easiest, playing up your hair’s natural wave or curl with a bit of mousse, then drying with a diffuser. Pull the top half of the hair back into a ponytail holder and secure. Or, blow your hair out, followed by the flat iron to ensure maximum straightness. Add a dollop of John Freida Frizz-Ease Hair Serum for sleekness and shine, then pull back the very top of your hair, the bit just above your forehead, twist, then push forward for a bit of a bump and secure using a barrette or two bobby pins.
Sophisticated hair looks were everywhere on the RTW runways. For long or short hair, simply on either side, sleeking down each side. Short hair can add a jeweled barrette to one side, longer hair can gather in the back for a ponytail, right at the nape of the neck. Add a spritz of shine spray across the top. In the back, add curls, first using Pantene’s Soft Waves and Curls Styling Milk, then with a large barrelled curling iron held vertically. Fluff out curls once they’ve cooled, add a touch of hairspray, and you’re on your way.
Visit elle.com for your own peek at the 2009 Spring Collections and to see each of these styles in action.