Spring 2012 hair trends from the runway
- Created on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 20:31
- Written by Yasmin Grothe
Take a behind-the-scenes look at hair and makeup from fashion weeks around the globe.
1. Water babies
Slicked-back, saturated, "fresh from the pool" looks were created for the biggest fashion houses around the globe. It’s a new spin on wet looks, with added texture. To achieve the super-saturated style, Sam McKnight uses mousse, as "gel can be difficult to manipulate", he says. For Guido Paulau, creative consultant for Redken, “It’s easy and effortless, like she’s just come off the beach. It has that wet look without actually having sopping-wet hair.” To create it, wet hair and apply a generous amount of volume spray foam from roots to ends. Scrunch to create a wavy texture, then pull into a low pony, leaving out some pieces around the face. Finish with glistening mist.
2. Natural order
This season is all about natural beauty, which was reinvented in novel and modern ways. Each city had its own distinct personality—in New York we saw more casual and sporty hair, Milan had a very rich feeling, and in Paris we stepped out and really pushed the envelope.
As anyone who follows fashion knows, braids are here to stay. To get the look, divide hair into three sections and French braid, starting in the middle and continuing counter-clockwise around the hairline. Crimping might come in handy to add texture to fine or limp hair.
3. Big bouffants
Fifties styles set the mood at Jean Paul Gaultier, Diane von Furstenberg and Fendi. The more voluminous look was in all its glory at Jil Sander, where Paulau's sleek faux bobs melded past and future. Feminine, deftly gathered looks added a dash of prettiness on the Louis Vuitton runway to create the romantic touch we all crave for spring. Here, back-combing and hairspray are your best allies.
4. Bouncy curls
Sometimes, nothing but the perfect blow-dry will do. That was exactly the look seen at Dolce & Gabbana, where models’ bouncy blow-outs stole the show. It gives long hair a groomed, elegant yet relaxed finish. Inspired, in part, by the '70s fashion revival—and seen across many of the 2012 looks-—it’s an easy, super-chic 'do that all the girls will want to flaunt at the prom.
5. Super texture
These styles are tough, chic and utterly urban. Casual-cool was the look at Balenciaga. To style models’ roughed-up waves, Paulau created a messy center or side part, worked in cream wax, then blow-dried hair until it was 80 per cent dry. Hair was then left to dry naturally, to bring out texture. Once fully dry, he applied a small amount of mattifying hair powder to the roots for added texture and volume. To achieve this look at TIGI, creative director DJ Riggs started by prepping the hair with spray and blow-drying it around the crown to thicken and texturize. Then, brushing the top section back, he created a twist in the center of the head to prep the section for loose waves. After, the hair was separated into layers and sprayed again.
Photos Courtesy of Redken & Tigi