Now that spring is here, we thought it’d be fun to expand our hair repertoire by recreating some spring ‘dos inspired by the runways of Alice & Olivia, Phillip Lim and Lela Rose. I grabbed three Blanche Macdonald staffers with long tresses and we picked out some lovely, DIY-worthy hairstyles – a windswept side braid on Sam, a romantic twist on Amanda and a whimsical chignon on Shaina! Here are three of-the-moment romantic and modern hairstyles that will take your hair off your neck and will keep you looking fresh and cool for spring.
For the Lela Rose spring ’11 runway, hairstylist Ted Gibson wanted to create a look that was easy and fun – one that exuded a carefree personality. Think riding horseback with your hair down and then pulling it into a quick braid. The more loose, messy and disheveled the better.
All you need is a texturizer. This is where Kevin Murphy’s Hair Resort and Bumble & Bumble’s new hair(un)dressing creme step in. Great products! I adore how this ‘do will save any bad hairday and how it gives an unfussy attitude to everything it’s paired with. Gotta love this voluminous face-framing plait!
1. Rub and scrunch in a texturizing product so that your hair is one hot mess.
2. Blowdry your hair. Lift at the roots and use your fingers to create more texture and volume, especially near the front and sides of your head. The bigger the better.
3. Gently sweep all of your hair over to one side using your fingers.
4. Without crushing the volume, loosely braid. If you have longer hair, braid more tightly near the ends.
5. Strategically pull out some chunky strands from the braid.
6. Spritz with hairspray to hold.
This romantic twist as seen on the Alice & Olivia fall ’11 runway is soft, sweet, sophisticated and super easy to copy. It works great for medium and long hair lengths and upgrades the ol’ ballerina bun in a bit of a whimsical way.
1. (Optional) Prep your hair with a texturizer or volumizing mousse and add body by blowdrying with your fingers.
2. Create a soft, centre part where the hair breaks naturally.
3. Take a section of hair near your temple and twist away. Temporarily secure the end with a bobby pin as you do the same on the other side.
4. Pull your hair back, take out the bobby pins and finish off with a loose, low and messy texturized bun or chignon.
5. Slip in a couple of bobby pins and spritz with shine spray and hairspray to hold.
If you wish to opt for a dressier rendition of the romantic twist, try this pretty ‘n playful updo as spotted on the 3.1 Phillip Lim spring ’11 runway. The extreme side part helps make this style modern.
1. (Optional) Apply a volumizer to damp hair and blow dry until hair is completely dry.
2. Create a deep, defined side part.
3. Brush your bangs to the front and leave that section of hair loose.
4. Take a section of loose hair in front of your ear, clip the rest of your bangs away temporarily. Curl the loose section with a 1.25″ or 1.5″ curling iron.
5. Tie the rest into a low chignon.
6. Simply twist the loose section and wrap it around your chignon, securing it with a couple bobby pins.
7. Swoop your bangs in front of your forehead and pin it to the twist with a bobby pin.
8. Finish with hairspray!
Warm weather? Oh hi. We’re ready for ya!
Thank you SO much Sam, Amanda and Shaina for being such gorgeous models and Serena for always taking these beautiful photos!!