The older we get, the less we're generally willing to take a chance in the beauty department. But hell: It's a new year, and one of our "resolutions" (we prefer "affirmations") is expanding our sartorial horizons...in this case, those having to do with hair. While we've dutifully committed to a steady regimen of deep conditioning treatments and warm winter hats, we're also playing around with some new styling tricks that run the gamut from teased-out avant garde to slick-and-easy top-knots. With these seven hair trends to start practicing now, you'll have a new look for every day of the week in no time.
With bobby-pins and a good hair smoother, you, too, can channel your inner Natalie Wood.
Tousled just a touch at the base of the neck or swept to the side keeps these long braids from looking too "Big Love."
Give in to some extra drama (and volume) with a good fine-tooth comb and a little earth-friendly spray.
Above, clockwise from top left: Rachel Comey spring 2010 backstage photo by Lianna Tarantin; Tool Structure Tortoise Backcomber, $1.69, available at Sally Beauty; Longchamp spring 2010 lookbook; Frederic Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray, $23, available at Sephora; H&M Spring 2010 lookbook; Kiehl's Since 1851 Stylist Series Super Thick Volumizer, $18.50, available at Barneys New York; Thieves by Sonja den Elzen spring 2010 lookbook.
Use a long thin patterned scarf or giant bow to disguise and transform any bad hair day.
Above, clockwise from top left: Suno spring 2010 lookbook; H&M spring 2010 lookbook; Topshop Animal Headband, $18, available at Topshop; Urban Outfitters Bow Headwrap, $18, available at Urban Outfitters; Urban Outfitters spring 2010 lookbook; Marc by Marc Jacobs Runway Bow Headband, $70.80, available at Bloomingdale's; Lauren Moffatt spring 2010 lookbook; Sunshine & Shadow Silk Tie-Dye Scarf, $75, available at Net-A-Porter; Urban Outfitters Rubberband Balls, $8, available at Urban Outfitters.
Worn really low, these modern-day pig-tails have a glamorous effect.
You just need a bit of length--along with texturizer and some strong elastics--to get this high-class bun to work.
Above, clockwise from top left: Acne Pop Classics spring 2010 lookbook; Sessilee Lopez in Vogue Italy's Twitpic editorial; Marc Jacobs Spring 2010 Ad Campaign; Korres Lime Styling Gel, $15, available at SkinStore; H&M Spring 2010 Lookbook; Jonathan Product Spray Dirt Texture Hold Hair Spray, $29, available at Ultra Beauty; Urban Outfitters Rubberband Ball, $8, available at Urban Outfitters.
Not quite wild, the new wet look has a clean contemporary vibe that's easy to copy.
Above, clockwise from top left: 3.1 Phillip Lim spring 2010 runway, photo via Style.com; Jac for Calvin Klein pre-fall 2010 collection, via Fashion Copious;
Alexandre Herchcovitch spring 2010 lookbook=_blank>; Intelligent Nutrients Organic Styling Gel, $26, available at Barneys New York; Oribe Rough Luxury Molding Wax, $34, available at Barneys New York.