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10 Springtime Styles for Every Type of Hair

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This spring, new hairstyles are cropping up on the runways and in salons, giving us a batch of beautiful looks to try at home, or with our stylists.

Last year’s popular long and straight cut is always a classic, but this year, expect innovative, interesting and funky new hairstyles to be added to the “cool hair” list as well.

Below, we’ll discuss some of the stand-outs that have already garnered national attention, and maybe you’ll spot a cute new ‘do that’s just right for you.

Check out 10 on-trend hairstyles for spring:

 

1. Slick and Sophisticated—

No matter what your hair length, stylists have been having fun slicking hair away from the face for a high-powered and refined look that gives a classy feel to any cut.

Recently spotted on Chelsea Handler, the host of the E! Network’s Chelsea Lately talk show, this look can lend an air of authority to a business suit, or appear beach-bound and casual with a sundress or swimsuit.

Be sure to use a product that gives the hair a glossy look, rather than greasy, and wear this style with confidence.

 

2. Pony on the Down Low—

The low ponytail is back, and it’s lower than ever, with the hair often flat against the back of the neck for an incredibly elegant statement.

The low ponytail also looks great with slicked back hair, so feel free to combine these two hot trends for a chic, simple style that works for a day at work, or even paired with formal evening wear.

 

3. Tangled Tresses—

The deconstructed braid is being seen is many different forms, from frazzled French twists, to playfully rumpled plaits, and gives the wearer a romantically windswept look reminiscent of Renaissance days and childhood summers.

The tangled braid also boasts easy maintenance, as it’s not supposed to look perfect, removing the styling pressure with a relaxed, hassle-free structure.

 

4. Gentle Waves—

Put the straightening iron down, because this year, waves are not only acceptable, they’re awesome. Spring runways were covered with wavy-haired ladies with just-out-of-bed-head, and the trend is continuing to grow.

Rather than smoothly glamorous waves, this year’s hair looks more like a day at the beach, with a softer, tousled edge replacing the Hollywood waves of the past.

To create this look, let hair dry naturally and skip the brush, running fingers through the hair to keep it flowing and natural.

 

5. Part to the Side, Please—

Side parts have always been around, but this season finds them more extreme than ever before, with many hairstyles appearing combed over from the other side of the head.

The deep side part adds an androgynous vibe that can look fabulously fashionable, and has the added benefit of working with nearly any other hairstyle; giving a low ponytail, soft waves, or the slick-backed styles mentioned above an entirely different feel.

 

6. Milkmaid Braids—

Still messy on purpose, this style is similar to the deconstructed and tangled twist trend, but with a more Old World feel, with the braids wrapped around the head to give the wearer a very classically European image.

If your hairstyle looks like it might adorn a German girl serving steins of beer in a pub, you’ve captured the crown braids look – but feel free to wear whatever fashionable clothes you’d like with it, because it looks great with casual or formal wear.

 

7. Golden Glory—

An interesting new fad in the world of fashion is the addition of gold accessories to hairstyles of all types. This has taken various shapes and forms, from gold hardware holding back low ponytails, to glinting gold flakes sprinkled liberally through up-dos.

Gold barrettes, shiny headbands, sparkly glitter on eyes and in the parts of hairstyles are delightfully dazzling metallic touches that look good for casual club nights, but can still rise to a formal occasion (such as a wedding).

 

8. Short and Sweet—

Short hair has been becoming more popular than ever before over the last few years, with the pixie cuts that were all the rage last year growing out a bit into short bobs, asymmetrical cuts and spiky styles.

Texture is a big factor in the short hair trend, and even girls with wavy or curly hair like Halle Berry can rock this sassy look with confidence.

 

9. Fairytale Hair—

It’s all about the flowers placed in the hair, whether swept up or flowing and wavy – and just as long as it looks straight out of a children’s story, you’re doing it right.

Use a flowery headband to give it a ‘70s edge, or tuck flowers into a messy braid to create a delicate femininity.

 

10. Retro Curls—

These are the smooth and silky, structured curls featured on pin-up girls from the ‘50s that are loaded with a glamorous flair that turns any look instantly dramatic and stylized.

Feel free to combine the gold barrette, headbands and glitter trend with the retro curls for an extra-current appearance.

 

As you can see from the fun new hairstyles described above, this year’s hairstyles are going to be creative and whimsical, with plenty of personality to spare. Give one of the above ideas a try if you’re feeling like trying something new, and have fun with your hair, whatever you choose.

Pro-Care for Hair: 5 Top Tips for Terrific Tresses

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We’ve all made styling and hair-coloring mistakes in our lives, and usually know what works best for us, but sometimes we accidentally do something unflattering with our hair. Because let’s face it: nobody’s perfect, and sometimes it’s hard to be objective about one’s own appearance.

We also physically change as we age, which can make a style that once looked great become less-flattering as the years go by. Changing hair trends can also render a favorite ‘do no longer appropriate, necessitating a new look or color.

So how can we be sure to make smart hairstyle choices that flatter and fit us perfectly?

Read below about some of the top mistakes people make, how to find a suitable style, and how to avoid looking like a hair-don’t:

 

1. The Wrong Style—

When you find the right haircut for your face, you know it. Compliments from others about how great it looks, and how much younger you appear are clues that you’re on the right track.

A professional stylist will also be brutally honest if you give him/her permission, which you should, because the pros have no reason to lie. They have experience with multiple hairstyles, and know what works best.

If you are uncertain about a new hairdo you’d like to try, or nervous about making the leap, consider buying a wig in the style you’re contemplating and wearing it for a while to see if it suits you.

 

2. The Wrong Texture—

Girls with curls often want straight hair, and sometimes straight-haired ladies covet the waves. But all hairstyles don’t look the same on every hair type. Very thick or thin hair can also make a desired cut a no-go.

This means we have to face reality: if we have curly hair and we’re craving that cute, short ‘n’ straight haircut, it’s not going to look the same. A flat, short bob on a straight-haired woman will poof up into fluffy waves on a curly-girl, and unless you want to spend hours struggling with a straightening iron, you’re fighting a losing battle.

So stick with hairstyles that are realistic for your hair’s particular texture, and again, your stylist will be able to assess whether or not you can pull off the new hairstyle ideas you bring in very quickly.

 

3. The Wrong Products—

Using the wrong products for your hair type or style can make hair look heavy, greasy, crunchy, or simply not give you the effect you’re seeking.

For example, on someone with very thin hair, using gel or mousse can actually make hair look thinner or stringy, even if the product promises to add volume. And hair wax is great for creating a spiky rock-and-roll style, but if too much is used, hair can start to look in need of a good shampooing.

Excessive use of chemicals can also damage hair, so try to choose natural, gentle products, and a style that is easily achieved with the hair you’ve been given.

 

4. The Wrong Hair Color—

In general, when trying to achieve a natural look, it’s not recommended that you try to pull off a hair color more than 3 shades lighter or darker than your natural hue. So if you were born blonde and you want to go light brunette, keep it as close to your birth shade as possible, and vice-versa.

It’s also important to choose the right tone. If you have very golden hair or skin, whatever color you choose should be in the same family, and someone with a cool natural hair and skin type will need to keep this in mind when dyeing or bleaching hair.

And most importantly: Don’t ignore the eyebrows. The fastest way to ruin what should be a flattering new hair color is to have eyebrows in a too-dark or too-light shade. Eyebrows should be only slightly darker than a new hair color for a natural effect.

 

5. The Wrong Era—

The big hair and giant bangs of the ‘80s may remind you of some of the best years of your life, but it’s time to let that dated look go. Same goes for the ‘60s pageboy you rocked in your youth that used to give you a feminine, gamine vibe, but now looks like… well, a pageboy.

Sometimes a hairstyle will come back into fashion, such as the long, straight ‘70s hair we’ve seen on the runways over the last few years, with waves and flowers currently enhancing the bohemian feel.

But if you you’re old enough for your cut to be a carryover from the era in which it was first popular, you may look like you’re stuck in a rut. Change is fun, so find a potential new ‘do, talk to your good friends, and consult with a stylist about taking a refreshingly different hair direction.

 

The right haircut can make you look younger, flatter your best features and face shape, and make people see you in an entirely different way. Use the tips above to make sure you’re wearing a style that lets you look like the beautiful person you are on the inside just as lovely on the outside.