June 4, 2012
Now that summer is here, women everywhere are looking for the newest, cutest hairstyles. We have done the legwork for you and gathered a few of our favorites here for inspiration. We know our readers have all sorts of different lengths, textures and styles, but at least one of these should work for you. Go ahead and give one a try....and be sure to send us before and after pics!
Ombre Colored Hair
Ombre colored hair is popping up everywhere. And for good reason -- it’s a fun way to add a pop of color to your hair. Ombre is a French word that literally means shaded; it’s a graduation of color from light to dark, or vice versa, starting from the roots. It basically looks like your hair color has grown out…but in a good way. I like it because it is low maintenance, it’s a good way to grow out your roots, and did I mention how fun it was?
This next style is a blast from the past: Box braids! They have become wildly popular within in the last year, largely due to Solange (a style maven in her own right) rocking them. Box braids were really popular with young black women in the 1990s. I know had some when I was younger. They are basically single plaits, sometimes done with extensions-- but the beauty lies in the simplicity! Some wear them super thick (think Janet Jackson in the 90’s), and others add colors. My favorite look is the one with all types of bright colors. I like them because you can do so many different styles with them and -- major bonus! -- you can get up and go without having to do much to your hair. This is definitely a trend I am going to be trying…
It’s safe to say that the fishtail braid or plait is the "it" style of the season. Whether perfectly neat or purposely messy, the texture and seemingly complicated pattern of this sea-inspired style provide a refreshing visual twist on your typical 3-strand weave. But before you go braid-crazy on your locks, you've got to learn the basics. Do your research; there are tons of tutorials on YouTube and blogs. I like this style because it’s simple and it instantly turns your hair into high-fashion form.
The bohemian crown may have started off as a wreath of flowers, but now the look has evolved into a 360-degree braided headband. I knew that this hairstyle would take off because of the character that it adds to every look. We loved the braided crown on celebrities like Sienna Miller and Emma Watson, though some of us were intimidated by the level of difficulty. But don’t worry! Once again, YouTube will teach you all that you need to know to pull off this style correctly.
The messy bun is the perfect answer to the summer heat. The last thing you want is matted hair stuck to you face and neck…Not cute. Don’t fall victim to this. I like the messy bun because it’s low maintenance, chic, stylish, and suitable for many occasions. And the best part is you don’t have to worry about fixing your hair throughout the day because it’s supposed to be messy!
Asymmetrical bob haircuts were huge in the 1980s, and they're making a comeback among women who live on the (jagged) edge. Asymmetrical cuts and layers are in high demand and women are running to their local beauty salons to put in their request. If you are thinking about making a major style change, this is a trend you might consider if you want to add a touch of edginess and attitude to your style. I like it because it is fierce, fun, and flirty. Serve it up. *two snaps*
Hope this provided some inspiration for your next hairstyle! Don’t be afraid to try something different…fabulous hair is awaiting you.