Forget basic beachy hair: The spring 2014 collections brought us romantic twists, intricate braids, and ethereal waves straight out of a fairy tale. Here, our favorite new styles to try right now.
Sleek Side Pony at DKNY
Yes, side ponytails are back — and they're way sleeker than anything Kelly Kapowski wore in Saved by the Bell. To keep the look at DKNY (above) polished, hairstylist Eugene Souleiman gave models a very straight blowout first, parting it on the side. Then, section by section, he spritzed hair spray over the hair and smoothed strands with a flatiron. He brushed the hair into a low ponytail, securing it with an elastic at the nape of the neck. Souleiman had a cool trick for adding shine without OD'ing on product: Rub a few drops of hair oil between your hands, then run your hands over the bristles of your brush. "It imparts a tiny amount of product, and as I brush it through, it detangles hair and gives it shine," Souleiman said.
Glamorous Rolls at Badgley Mischka
This glamorous, '20s-inspired look belongs on a red carpet. Hairstylist Peter Gray started with a small, hidden horizontal braid at the nape of the neck to serve as a base for the roll. He then dabbed Moroccanoil Light Oil Treatment for Fine and Light-Colored Hair onto the ends and misted in Moroccanoil Root Boost for texture. After a rough blow-dry, Gray wrapped sections of hair around a one and a half inch curling iron. Once he curled the entire head, he combed out each section with a skinny brush to achieve soft, smooth waves. Gray twisted hair into a small, loose roll and used U-shaped pins to attach it to the braid underneath. Finally, he spritzed hair with Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray for a glossy finish.
Embellished Updos at Zac Posen
Odile Gilbert went all romantic on us with this swept-back — but insanely voluminous — updo. "It was a spontaneous, imperfect way of fixing the hair," she said. First, she prepped hair with Kérastase Mousse Bouffante for texture (and a done-but-undone appeal) and wrapped sections of hair around a one and a half inch curling iron, pinning them to the head to set the shape. After curling and pinning the entire head, Gilbert let hair down and haphazardly twisted thick sections into loops, weaving them through each other as she made her way across the head. She secured each roll with a hairpin, and once she was finished, embellished the look with a bunch of not-so-tiny silk flowers. To keep everything in place, Gilbert misted a combination of Kérastase Powder Bluff dry shampoo and Kérastase Laque Dentelle hair spray and patted on handfuls of Kérastase Boucles D'Art curling mousse.
Soft Waves at Anna Sui
"It kind of crosses over between grunge and hippy and romantic," hairstylist Garren said of the hairstyle he created at Anna Sui. To get those ethereal waves, Garren used a triple-barrel waver and, starting a half inch from the center part, wrapped in two-inch sections of hair. Garren's trick to getting soft waves instead of crimps? Hold the waver at an angle — not horizontally.
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