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The No. 1 rule in the world of hairstyling, “Hair follows fashion,” couldn’t be any truer this spring. And thank goodness the runways had some good stuff for us this season! The Michael Kors gals sported uncontrived versions of the go-to ponytail. The Betsey Johnson models brought sexy bedroom hair back with sultry texture. Marc Jacobs gave us glammed-up curls by mixing the regular old spiral curl with a bit of messy texture. Read on to get real-life tips on how to bring these styles to the streets.
Textured waves are all the rage this coming spring. To get the look, you’ll need a curling iron, setting spray and a little bit of time. Start with clean, dry hair. Use a medium-sized curling iron (3/4-inch for fine hair and 1- to 1 1/4-inch iron for medium to thick hair). Beginning at the nape of the neck, take sections that are about 2 inches wide and 1 inch high. Spray each section with a light hair spray before winding the hair in a candy cane motion. Wind the hair in different directions to avoid the pageant look. Stay about 2 inches from the part before wrapping your final sections so the root stays flat.
Next, turn your head over and run your fingers through your hair. Lace or tease for added volume and give a final blast of spray. That’s it, ladies. Be warned, this style is not for the meek. A combination of classic ’40s hair meets unfussy ’70s hair gives it a fashion-forward flair.
The voluminous blowout is back. Hooray! We’ve been sleek for far too long. To get the look, prep wet hair with a volumizing spray. Rough-dry your hair until it’s about 75 percent dry. Then, using a medium-sized round brush (try a blonde boar bristle for extra shine), take sections that are equal to the width of the brush size; that will typically mean a 2-inch section. Blow-dry each section, wrapping the hair around the brush while applying heat. Keep taut, but don’t pull too much. Try to keep the hair wound around the brush. To get maximum volume, you want to move the dryer rather than the brush. Continue until all sections are complete. On fine hair, you’ll want to pin each section for extra hold. Give a final dose of a light hair spray, let the sections cool, and rake your fingers through the style for a gorgeous sexy look.
Pretty ponytails are a gal’s best strategy for a lazy yet stylish day. They’re also a great second-day look for either of the above sets. To bring allure to your pony, pull it up high and sleek by using a flat bristle brush. (The more bristles, the better for a smoother finish.) Next, lace or tease your pony for added fullness. Spritz lightly with your favorite workable hair spray and you’re off to a fabulous day in a flash.
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