There's just something about spring that makes even the most steadfast among us ready for change, at least when it comes to the beauty front. Whether it's the warmer weather that whispers of hot summer days to come or the first glimpse of sunshine after a long, dark winter, adopting a new hairstyle for spring could be just what you need to shake up your look. If you're in need of a little inspiration, both the runways and the red carpet offer their fair share of styles worth mimicking. Here are six cute hairstyles for spring that you may want to consider adopting the next time you're at your local hair salon:
Faux short hair.Shorter styles are all the rage lately (see #4!), but if you're not ready to lop off your locks just yet, this trendy take on crops and/or bobs is the perfect compromise. Whether you decide to go for a pseudo-pixie look or a chin-length style is up to your personal preferences, as well as the length of your hair. Here's how to do it: Begin with hair that has not been freshly washed – it will lend your locks a texture that is easier to work with and manipulate. Next, part on the side for a flattering look. Then, pin the ends of your hair to where your hairline begins at the nape of your neck. Take care to hide the bobby pins as much as possible, but don't worry about wispy pieces that fall out here and there; it's meant to look tousled and romantic. Finish by setting with lightweight hairspray. Freida Pinto is just one celeb who has been seen out and about with this look.
Blunt cut bangs.Face-framing fringe is a perennial favorite, but for spring, consider cutting thick, eyebrow-skimming bangs straight across your forehead. One of the best aspects of this style is that it doesn't require much maintenance beyond a regular trim; you can just wash and go! (Keep bangs clean even if you skip a day or two between shampoos in order to ward off the limp/greasy look; try a comb-through dry shampoo of you don't want to get your whole head wet.) Ladies like Zooey Deschanel have been working this look lately to fabulous effect.
Messy braids. Braids are enjoying a comeback, and if you keep things casual, you won't have to worry about appearing childlike. One of the most popular ways to make a braid look modern is to go for a sideswept version, which is easy to create once you've added a little texturizing product to your hair. Pull your hair over one shoulder and twist into a loose braid. Secure with a clear elastic and finish by pulling out a few stray strands to frame your face. Kate Bosworth has been seen wearing beautiful braids for spring.
Cropped hair. If you already swear by short hair – or you're ready for a serious change – you'll be happy to know that the crop is having a moment yet again! Not only will this cut leave you feeling cool and refreshed for the impending summer months, but you'll also be right on trend. Ask your stylist for a cut that tapers at the beck, where your hair meets your neck, but leave a bit of soft fringe around your face by keeping the front slightly longer. This will give your 'do more versatility and a greater number of styling options. Think Carey Mulligan, or Audrey Tautou, who has been loving this look for years.
Updated ponytail. Some women think ponytails are only acceptable at the gym, but just try to tell that to a diva like Beyonce! In fact, Ms. Sasha Fierce is bringing ponytails back in a big way, and you can now feel free to wear your hair in this sassy style anywhere – including black tie events. The key is to sweep your hair up high on the crown, and tame flyaways with a maximum hold product. You want to look sleek and sophisticated, not lazy or messy. Add some extensions for extra impact, and always cover the elastic with a lock of hair wrapped around the base of the ponytail.
Long, flowing waves. Always a classic, this feminine style looks especially fresh for spring. Just ask Alessandra Ambrosio, who swears by loose, Bardot-esque waves, no matter what her hair color may be! Create waves by using a large-barrel (1” or bigger) curling iron, then running your fingers through the curls after they've set. Congratulations – you're officially a bombshell!
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