From Stage to Salon
The hottest hair trends always start on the catwalks of fashion designers. Here, Rob Eaton, the current North East Hairdresser of the Year, guides you through the hottest spring/summer 2012 trends – and how you can introduce them to your hair and your overall look.
Just like fashion, hair trends evolve and develop each year and, unlike jewellery, hand bags, shoes or belts, hair is the one accessory that women wear every day. Here are the trends that are lighting up catwalks and filtering into the salons right now…
This spring, centre-parted styles reign supreme and glamour makes a big return – so combine both for this summer’s hottest hair looks. Dig out those heated rollers and dust off that big round blow-dry brush: think Kate Middleton shine and Olivia Palermo bounce. Simple centre-parted locks are given extra volume with subtle waves and a high-shine finish. Try blow-drying your hair upside-down to add some extra va-va-volume. Check out this month’s Vogue to see our amazing teams showing how to create the best, most luxurious, expensive hair.
“Emphasis on simplicity”
Braids & Twists
Braids and twists are a big trend at spring/summer-time, but for 2012 the trend has been given an extra high-fashion twist. Opt for a head full of twists and tight braids to really give the look a fashion edge, as seen at: Alexander McQueen S/S 2012 show. McQueen’s girls wore a wrap of tightly-woven braids, but if you’re not feeling brave enough for some of the quirky twisted styles, then a great way of getting the look is to create a simple side-plait – very modern, simple and understatedly elegant. Halo braids were softer and prettier than ever at Valentino and this romantic style is one for anyone with long hair.
This is great for fans of cool and casual styles. After a few seasons of side-parted looks, things are going front and centre once again. This look is all about having beautifully colour with healthy, well blow-dried hair – with the emphasis being on simplicity.
The beehive is back! Not just a little bit of volume at the roots, but full-on Big Hair. It has been seen at Diane von Furstenberg’s S/S 2012 shows. This is a fun trend that can be worn as casual or formal as you like. It’s all about making a statement. Sixties beauty also emerged backstage at Carolina Herrera. This larger-than-life look requires some serious structural assistance. With half-head wigs and lots of back combing and a ton of Aveda Control Force hairspray. The 60’s beehive, the bouffant, the backcomb – call it what you will – but this chic style is the perfect compliment to all the SS12 trends. It works from the office to the red carpet. Plus, a mussed up version is sexy and sophisticated.
20’s and 50’s Vintage
Keira Knightley is embracing one of spring/summer 2012’s most prevalent trends. The actress’ hair has swept into a pretty up-do with a twenties-inspired waved fringe. Designers have introduced a stylish fifties influence to their collections and this translates to hair perfectly. Designers constantly look through the archives for inspiration and this season isn’t any different. There are two season-defining silhouettes – from the art deco 20s and the 50s, the decade of our Queen’s coronation, and the glamour and waves of that decade’s hair.
Colour – Pale and Interesting
This is one catwalk trend that we have seen move quickly from catwalk to salon. It’s an amazing way of modernising and giving blonde hair a fresh new look. The collections are drenched in the palest of washes for spring. Avoid ultra-girlie candy shades and choose subtler, slightly washed-out pastels such as bitter lemon and dusty pink. Other shades like glacier blue were seen at Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton gave us spearmint green, Carolina Herrera offered bitter lemon and Lanvin damask rose.