34 hair ideas for 2014
When it comes down to it, there are basically two kinds of blowouts: stick-straight or bouncy-wavy. This in-between style combines the best of both. Sleek from the crown to midlength with a pretty sweep at the ends, it's polished but not too perfect. To get it, blow-dry hair straight with a boar-bristle paddle brush, then follow with a flatiron, turning it away from the face at the bottom to create soft bends. "That hint of wave gives the look an easy, effortless appeal," says hairstylist Ken O'Rourke.
Hairstylist Guido called the ribboned hair at the Nina Ricci spring 2014 show "simple and feminine." We call it one of the most elegant ponytails we've seen. Here's how to get it: Secure a low ponytail with a black elastic, then tie a ribbon in a bow to conceal the band.
You don't have to be Kate Moss or Eva Mendes to pull off a turban. Exhibit A: the bright, summery, totally unposeur-y scarves seen at the Marc by Marc Jacobs spring 2013 show. To get the look, prep dry hair not with gel or mousse but with texturizing spray. "You need that dry texture to give your look a messy nonchalance—and also to keep the scarf from slipping off," says Guido, who created the look. Twist your hair into a bun at the crown, then fold your scarf into a three-inch-wide strip and place the middle against your nape. "Pull the ends forward, crossing them above the center of your forehead and just behind your hairline," he says. "Bring the ends back to the nape—partially overlapping the fabric to create a turban effect—and knot them."
Hair-color daredevils, take note: The new look is a horizontal band of bleached hair that stretches from ear to ear. Also known as "splashlights," this hair-color effect is unlike anything we've seen. For New York City colorist Aura Friedman, who came up with it, that's the point. She wanted to duplicate the effect of "a laser beam hitting you in a certain spot," she says. Starting with the underneath layers, Friedman paints bleach in a small section. Then she covers the area above and below the bleach with a color close to the hair's natural shade.
The trick to creating textured plaits like the ones at the spring 2014 Alberta Ferretti show is scrunching first: Mist volumizing spray all over damp hair, then scrunch as you blow the hair dry using a diffuser. Then curl the top layer, comb through the resulting waves with your fingers, and tease the crown before weaving a classic braid at the nape of your neck.
Inspired by dancers (and, arguably, cinnamon rolls), hairstylist Guido gave models at the fall 2013 Nina Ricci show soft, romantic updos that wrapped around the entire back of their heads. "It's not a chignon or a bun or a knot, really," he says. "It's as if a dancer just twisted up her hair and pinned it." To re-create it, rake Redken Guts 10 Root Targeted Volume Spray Foam, a volumizing foam, through clean, damp hair before blow-drying it "to give the hair some hold and grip."
Leave the perfect donut buns to YouTube (and 2013). Hairstylist Mark Townsend, who has given celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Olsen this look, takes a more relaxed approach. First, prep hair by misting a flexible-hold hair spray on a flat brush and gliding it through your hair. To reach the bottom layers, spray the brush again, flip your head over, and brush the underside. Flip your head back up and gather your hair into a ponytail at the very top of your head in the center. Twist the ponytail around the base, tuck the ends under, and slide in bobby pins. To get a windblown look, let down your bangs or free a few loose hairs around your ears and face.
The glossy finish and deep side part lend structure to the soft, vintage ringlets Guido created at the fall 2013 Bottega Veneta show. To get them, use a small curling iron to create curls all over, starting several inches from the part and keeping the top smooth. Then brush out the curls to get the billowy, airy texture.
Unexpected headband placement
An elaborate updo is the hairstyle equivalent of a fruitcake: old fashioned, unyielding, and not exactly tempting. A soft, unstructured bun paired with a cool accessory worn in an unexpected way is a million times more appealing. And it couldn't be easier: Gather your hair into a low, loose chignon, then place a decorative headband just above it for a slightly Grecian effect.
A thick, jagged layer of eye-skimming bangs is sexy, cool, and all the other adjectives we usually ascribe to Jane Birkin. But who needs scissors? At the Emilio Pucci fall 2013 show, none of the bangs were real. To create the most believable version of clip-on fringe, hairstylist Luigi Murenu broke out tinted mousse (Roux Fanci-Full Styling Mousse) to add a bit of color and texture to the hair—real and fake—and blend everything together. "It's very British-fashion-in-the-'70s," he says. Bangs like these flatter oval and heart-shaped faces, but the real trick to acing them is the length: "The bangs have to be short in the middle and longer at the temples," Murenu says.