We’re not suggesting taking your tresses to any too-styled level, but nothing shakes things up like a new ‘do. We give a nod to short with the pixie’s rocker cousin; buns go low; and try something serious with a more severe side part. Plus, from an off-to-the-side swoop to thick, Jane Birkin-esque ’70s fringe, bangs are definitely back. So, whether you’re down to take some style risks or just want to effortlessly change things up, we’ve got your new look covered.
The Low Bun
—Last year may have been the year of the top knot, but that’s all about to change as buns make a shift to the nape. Pair the style with some sexy-glamorous sunnies for a relaxed-yet-elegant, warm-weather vibe.
*Tip: Guido Palau, who created the look for Nina Ricci’s spring show, recommends starting with a center part. Next, pull hair into a low ponytail, making sure to cover the ears. Then twist the ponytail into a loose knot. Remember, a too-tight style will look overly austere, so keep it loose for a touch of bohemian flair.
The New Side Part
—We’ve been digging the extreme side part for a while, but now we’re really crushing on them because of the versatility. The look works on both long and short hair and can go sleek and minimal or curly and wild.
*Tip: Place a comb flat against the side of your head. The spot where your head leaves the comb is where the part should be placed. Pull hair into a sleek, low ponytail or secure curls with a few bobby-pins.
The Jane Birkin Bang
—Though there’s a decidedly ’70s feel to this look, blunt bangs are very of-the-moment, as proven by Mulberry, Twinkle, and a slew of spring designer look-books from Spring ’11 Fashion Week.
*Tip: With this look, the fringe becomes your main accessory. Bangs should be heavy, slightly longer on the sides, and kept below the eyebrows. Layers are long and flowing, with a slight angle below the chin. Blow dry your bangs with a brush, then spray hairspray on a comb and comb through to make them look wild and thick.
The Punky Short Cut
—Ready for a big change in 2011? Go short with the messy, punk-inspired cut that popped up on the spring runways. Keeping some length on top maintains femininity, while a bit of disheveled drama makes it a little rowdy.
*Tip: The most versatile way to get this look is an undercut with length on top. To style, use a texturizing spray (such as Beach Blow by Blow) when wet, followed by a wax-based styling product once hair is dry.
—Wear either au naturel or super sleek, this bang is in for 2011.
Tip: Loosely pin your bangs to the side, either with bobby-pins or a barrette. Use a dry shampoo (such as Faux Dry by Blow) to add texture or gel for hold and shine.