It’s another year of extreme cuts and bold, simple looks for women’s hairstyles in 2009; the year’s top fashion trends are a mix of classic and futuristic themes that call for sleek bobs, romantic waves and extreme side parts that are sure to attract a few glances.
2009 salutes the pixie crop, the 1940’s mermaid wave and brings back milkmaid braids from an era gone by. If you’re ready to transform your look this year, here are a few ideas for hairstyles, straight from the runway:
Return of the Pixie Crop
Victoria Beckham leads the hairstyle trends for another year with a super-short pixie crop in 2009. The pixie crop is a good match for heart-shaped faces and women with sculpted cheekbones. It’s a bold and daring look for the modern woman, and can be styled with super-hold gel for a sleek, schoolboy-inspired look.
The Cropped Bob Lives On
It’s another year for the classic bob cut right below the ear, and this year calls for a fresh and funky twist with blunt bangs, blonde highlights and sky-high volume at the crown. The look is well-suited for round, square and oval face shapes since it draws attention towards the nose and chin area. If you’ve been thinking about chopping off those locks this year, this might be your extreme style of choice.
Do the Wave with ’40s Mermaid Locks
Mermaid locks are a variation of the classic layered and wavy look with their dramatic side part. This was a classic look in the ’40s, and returns this year for medium and long hair to draw attention to the collarbone, shoulders and plunging necklines of the season. In its roundup of top 2009 women’s hairstyle trends, Fashionising.com reports that the side part is the best way to sport this classic look. Add a stylish barrette or clip on the side to hold the hair in place on a blustery day, or just settle for keeping the hair brushed on one side.
Bleach Blonde Highlights
Make a radical change to your look with a complete hair color transformation or layers of platinum blonde highlights, right in time for Spring. It’s the year to go for a dramatic change and enjoy a sun-kissed look any season.
Milkmaid Braids for a Romantic Touch
Stars on the Red Carpet have already pulled off this romantic look that matches well with the oncoming year’s Grecian goddess and Roman beauty collections. It works best with longer hair that can be wrapped into thick braids and wrapped around the head like a crown. Save this one for special occasions and hold it in place with glamorous hair pins and clips for a chic touch.
Long-Layered and Wavy
If you prefer longer locks for the season, stick with a flowing, below-the-shoulder length and a simple middle or side part. Medium-length and longer hair styles can be modernized with a few simple curling rods or a curling iron to create romantic waves that frame the face. It’s a top trend on the Spring 2009 fashion runway, and is versatile enough to last you through the year.