Hair Trends: Three New Looks for Spring/Summer 2012

Damp, drizzle and blustery winds: universally recognised as good weather for ducks and as bad weather for everything else. Bad for your makeup, bad for silk and suede, and especially bad for maintaining a decent ‘do.

If you’ve been frizzy and frazzled over the grim spring we’ve been having, chances are you’re despairing: but worry no more! The sun’s on its way and Argos is currently stocking a bumper range of brilliant Babyliss hair care products. It’s time to shake the doldrums out of your head and your hair, and get prepared for the warmer weather that’s coming.

Below are three of the freshest trends for your tresses in ss2012, with options suitable for all hair types. Just rinse, repeat and you’ll be ready to go!

1.  Relaxed waves

It’s been all about the side-parting for some time now – luckily for those of us who don’t have Giselle’s flawlessly symmetrical features (which is, of course, ALL of us).

That’s because hair that sweeps across the forehead or parts between the temple and the crown can act as a balance to any natural quirks or differences between the left and right halves of the face.

So, the bad news: centre-partings are back.  The good news? They’re relaxed, wavy, low-maintenance and voluminous, so you can play with the look until it suits your style. Keep your parting slightly off-centre to create a look that’s on-trend but still flattering, and use hair straighteners to create gently undulating waves:

Babyliss big hair styler is available online from Argos, and is great for giving yourself deep, textured locks.  If your hair’s really thick, it’ll look fantastic with a scarf or band of fabric tied around the forehead hippy-style to hold everything in place – as seen in Luca Orlandi’s New York show.

2. Ponytails

If you want to keep the side-parting, but still want a fun, festival look, give your hair a bit of volume and tie it in a loose ponytail at the base of the neck using a patterned scarf like Emilio Pucci did for his S/S 12 collection.

Elsewhere, ponytails were poker-straight, often slicked down to the scalp and kept in place with an over-the-head band. Shop around – you don’t want anything that gives you primary school flashbacks: a thin black, silver or gold band in plastic, fabric or metal is the classy and grown-up way to wear this hair.

At Carolina Herrera, sleek ponytails were looped under to create a look that was halfway between a practical bun and doorknocker. If you fancied mixing it up for a day in the office, it’d be an easy and attention-grabbing style to try.

3. Punk and grunge

It’s time to get your rebel on a la The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney O’Mara – we know the film’s been out for ages but it’s only recently that the fashion forward have been bold enough to give her super-straight super-short fringe a go. The blunt cut she sports would work best on thick, heavy hair – for a version that would be easier to maintain day-to-day, ask for something slightly feathered. There’s a bit more movement to a choppy bangs but they’ve still got bags of attitude.

If you suspect your hair’s too fine to support such an architectural look, why not try on the punk quiff on for size? Twist a piece at the front of your hair up and away to the face and over your ear while leaving the rest of it loose, or construct a back-combed bundle of curls, flyaway s and fluff from your outgrowing fringe to balance above your brows like Belgian’s Haider Ackermann had his models do.

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