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Hair Trends from NY Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011

By Lindsay Leff


Photos: Jon Gurinsky for Aveda
Braids, 2nd from right; Ponytails, 1st from left; Curls & Waves, 2nd from left

Fashion Week is NOT only about the cocktail dresses, A-line skirts, sheer blouses, and long, flowing dresses. Of course, we can’t wait to get our fashion-hungry hands on the must-have shoes, it bags, and hottest looks that came down the runway. But Fashion Week is also about the beauty trends we were dying to try the second we left the Lincoln Center tents. What we’ve been going crazy over since NY Fashion Week? The hair! Styled in grungy waves, pulled back into tight chignons, triple-braided, and pin-straight. Which trends transported us to hair heaven?

The hottest hair trends & hairstyles we’ll be sporting this fall . . .

Hairstyle Trend: Undone Curls & Waves
On the Runways Of: Chris Benz, Prabal Gurung, Rebecca Minkoff, Vena Cava, Christian Siriano, Rebecca Taylor
Unlike waves and curls from seasons past, this season’s hair look was all about undone, loose, tousled waves, floating somewhere between romantic and morning-after. While many of the waves were made with small curling irons, then brushed out for an undone, casual effect, others were created by braiding sections of hair and adding heat with either a flat iron or blow dryer. The more imperfect the waves, the truer you’ll be to this hair trend. Our favorite part—the DIY factor makes the look easy as can be.
Hair Care Products for the Undone Curls & Waves Trend:
Ouidad PlayCurl Volumizing Foam, $22
Fekkai Coiff Océanique Tousled Wave Spray, $24
Ted Gibson Fix It Styling Gel, $19.99

Hairstyle Trend: Textured Ponytails
On the runways Of: CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Fashion Show, Tibi, ADAM, Joy Cioci, Kate Spade, Rodarte
Plain ponytails? So last season! Think volume and texture vamped up to the fullest. The ponytail hair trend was windswept and natural at Rodarte; low-slung, grungy-girl at Tibi; and ’60s mod elegance with side ponytails at Kate Spade. No matter the inspiration, the key to the ponytail look here is texture, texture, texture! Add waves or curls, blend in thin braids and twists, or scrunch in texturizing spray to bring the ponytail trend up to date.
Hair Care Products for the Textured Ponytail Trend:
Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray, $26
René Furterer Vegetal Mousse, $23
Rsession Tools Pin-Up Girl Hair Styling Kit, $24.99

Hairstyle Trend: Defined Parts
Seen on the Runways Of: Lela Rose, Nicole Miller, Sachin + Babi, Tadashi Shoji, Timo Weiland, Proenza Schouler, Marc by Marc Jacobs
Deliberate, severe parts were key in the hairstyles seen on the runways for fall. Whether parted in the middle at Nicole Miller and Proenza Schouler, or deep down the side like the models at Timo Weiland and Tadashi Shoji, the parts were clearly defined and polished. Behind the scenes pro tip—use a rattail comb for foolproof hair parting.
Hair Care Products for the Defined Part Trend:
Catwalk by Tigi Your Highness Weightless Shine Spray, $19.97
Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 Cushioning Blow-Dry Gel, $15.29
Rsession Tools Runway Series Pin Point Straightening Iron, $79.99

Hairstyle Trend: Braids with a Twist
Seen on the Runways Of: Herchcovitch; Alexandre, Mara Hoffman, Erin Fetherston,
Jason Wu
We’ve seen French braids, fishtail braids, and loose side braids. We’re always up for a braid trend, and for fall, braids took a change for the interesting. And we LOVED every twist and turn. Tousled, relaxed braids dressed with turbans at Mara Hoffman evoked a warrior goddess feel. Six-stranded brands that required not 1 set of hands but 2 or even 3 represented creativity-gone-genius at Herchcovitch; Alexandre. Backstage tip—day-old hair works best to create these classic braids gone 21st century. Princess Leia would be jealous.
Hair Care Products for Braids with a Twist Trend:
Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme, $26
Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray, $18

Hairstyle Trend: Dramatic Volume
Seen on the Runways Of: Bibhu Mohapatra, Cynthia Rowley, Marchesa, Vivienne Tam, L.A.M.B.
One our favorite hair trends making an entrance on red carpets and fall runways alike is dramatic height. Whether pulled into a tight, messy bird’s-nest bun à la Vivienne Tam or gathered into sky-high pompadours at Bibhu Mohapatra, the key to making these hair looks modern is the bigger-is-better attitude.
Hair Care Products for the Dramatic Volume Trend:
L’Oreal Professionnel Infinium 3, $24
Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel, $24

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