Hair Trends - Spring and Summer 2008Spring is here and it’s time to spice up your look, but you aren’t sure what the newest hairstyle trends are for the coming months. Well, the good news is that the hottest new hair trends are some old favorites. While our winter styles tended toward smooth, sleek styling and darker, richer hair colors, spring and summer will brighten up with lighter and brighter color, and more energy and movement in the styles. Here are the top trends for hairstyles in the coming months:
Victoria Beckham rekindled the world’s fascination with the bob cut by making it her own, and her pob has stuck around through the winter months, morphing into a more classic bob style. The popularity of the hairstyle has caught on and women all over are taking the classic look and making theirs, by sticking to their own style guidelines. We have bobs that are chin-length, shoulder-length, a-line, and even asymmetrical, each according to the special style needs of the wearer.
Click to enlargeRenee Zellweger is shown here with her new bob cut, which features a deeply tapered nape and a weight line that hovers near the occipital bone. The perimeter of the cut line is softened and the whole hairstyle has an almost mop-top effect. The resultant silhouette is one of a choppy, breezy style that is versatile and fun.
While the fringe never really goes away, it does seem to ebb and flow in its popularity, and it’s now coming back into prominence. Like the bob, fringe hairstyles are very versatile and can be adapted to suit any face shape or styling need. Fringe can be shaped to suit the face, to camouflage and balance features or simply to create a styling focal point. The fringe can also be blunt cut, razor-softened or even cut into choppy layers that blend with the rest of the style seamlessly. Talk to your stylist about options if you think fringe is a hairstyle element you’d like to try.
Click to enlargeA fringe is viable in many forms as seen in these examples: Victoria Hart’s feathered fringe; the smooth, side-sweep of Adrienne Frantz’s razored bangs; Nancy O’Dell sports a veil of fringe, parted and partially tucked behind one ear; Sarah Larson’s bangs are carefully styled to enhance her long-layered style’s smooth curves; and Abi Titmuss has her textured bangs styled into smooth curves of their own to frame her face and attract attention to her eyes.
There is one hairstyle element that seems to be popping up all over the place, particularly when an occasion calls for a chic, sophisticated look. That style element is the side-part. Look at any red carpet walk these days and you see nearly half the women present have their hair styled with at least a few inches at the forward top of the head parted on one side and smoothly styled to the other in sleek, clean lines. It is a simple styling trick and one that can be used to maximum effect to create a look of sophistication, without a lot of fuss in either up-styles or down.