Global Hair Trends For Spring/Summer 2012

Courtesy of Guido Palau and Redken, we’re able to bring you a trend report for hair trends seen globally for the Spring/Summer 2012 collections at fashion week.

via Beautypress

Natural Order

“This Spring/Summer 2012 season was all about natural beauty, which was reinvented in modern ways. Each city had its own distinct personality—in New York we saw more casual and sporty hair, Milan had a very rich feeling, and in Paris we stepped out a bit more and really pushed the envelope.”

—Guido, Redken Creative Consultant

1. Water Sprites: A new spin on wet looks, with added texture.

This season, wet looks weren’t just about slicked-back hair. This season’s styles had texture, body and movement—for style that’s anything but watered down.

As seen at: Alberta Ferretti • Bottega Veneta • Diesel • Lanvin • Ports 1961 • Victoria Beckham • Yves Saint Laurent


The low ponytail seen at Diesel was inspired by a French girl’s hairstyle in the 1980s. “It’s easy and effortless, like she’s just come off the beach,” says Guido. “It has that wet look without actually having sopping wet hair.” To create it, wet hair and apply a generous amount of guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam from roots to ends. Scrunch to create a wavy texture, then pull into a low pony, leaving out some pieces around the face. Finish with shine flash 02 glistening mist.

2. Shape Shifter: Defined shapes with an artistic appeal

Whether sculpted into a high-drama updo or woven into intricate braids, this season’s styles were all about strong shapes.

As seen at: Dolce & Gabbana • Jean Paul Gaultier • Jil Sander • Louis Vuitton • Marc Jacobs • Rag & Bone • Valentino


With models sporting tattoos and piercings, the look at Jean Paul Gaultier was anything but tame. Guido relied on guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam and forceful 23 super-strength finishing spray to provide the body and control needed for this highly sculpted shape. To interpret it for everyday, shake powder grip 03 mattifying hair powder into your roots for lasting volume and grip, roll your sides back and slick hair into a neat bun.

3. Naturally Tough: Natural texture, with a bit of an edge

Think of it as texture with a point of view—tough, chic and utterly cool.

As seen at: Alberta Ferretti • Alexander Wang • Balenciaga • Lanvin • Miu Miu


Casual-cool was the look at Balenciaga. “It’s as if a girl is wearing the most amazingly designed clothes, but hasn’t bothered with her hair,” says Guido. To style models’ roughed-up waves, Guido created a messy center or side part,worked in tousle whip 04 soft texturizing cream-wax, then blow-dried hair until it was 80% dry. Hair was then left to dry naturally, to bring out texture—once fully dry, apply a small amount of powder grip 03 mattifying hair powder to the roots for added texture and volume.

4. New Lengths: Styles that make the most of longer locks

Whether wavy or straight, hair that’s worn down has undeniable elegance. “This style is always in fashion—it’s about updating it in new ways,” Guido says.

As seen at: Akris • Celine • D & G • Loewe • Prada • Sonia Rykiel • Versace


Sometimes, nothing but the perfect blow-dry will do. That was exactly the look seen at D&G, where models’ bouncy blow-outs stole the show. Get the look by applying velvet gelatine 07 cushioning blow-dry gel to damp hair and blow-drying with a round brush, then smooth on a small amount of All Soft Argan-6 Multi-Care Oil.

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