September 24, 2013
Now that fall is here, it's time to let down that messy bun you've been sporting all summer. Fall is the perfect season to experiment with your tresses - it's not too humid, not too cold, and best of all, the season is brimming with exciting new styles.
Find the right look for your with these catwalk-inspired beauty trends and hair products.
If you want to try something different but still want your hair off your face and neck, then opt for a sculpted bun. This style works best with straight hair, so flat iron your curls before you start.
To achieve this impeccable bun, part your hair down the middle and pull it into a tight ponytail at the nape of your neck. Firmly twist the ponytail around until you have a bun and securely fasten the hair into place, making sure that no loose pieces are sticking out. Once everything is set, spray the bun with a hairspray that's sure to keep the flyaway pieces down, such as the Steiner Stay Put Extra Firm Finishing Spray. The product will also give your modern look a glossy shine.
If you miss rocking your childhood braids, here's your chance to update the look. The hide-and-seek braid is a fun-yet-sexy way to play up any medium-to-long hairstyle.
After parting your hair in the center, take a two-inch section of hair on one side your head. Beginning from an inch below your roots, tightly braid the hair, leaving another inch or two of loose ends for an alluringly messy style. Secure the braid with a clear elastic and you're good to go.
For those who want their hair pushed back, a hidden braid along your hairline exudes a bohemian chic vibe that's also incredibly functional. Take a two- to three-inch section of hair from the front of your part and slowly French braid it along your hairline until you reach the side of your head. After securing the ends with a clear elastic, tuck the braid behind your ear, letting your loose hair fall over it. For a soft, romantic look, finger-twist your hair into beachy waves.
Feel the wave
It's no wonder that waves are front-and-center this fall - the incredibly versatile hairstyle can be fun, classy and sexy with the right hair products and designs. For rich waves with a ton of volume, curl large, top-layer pieces of your hair away from your face with a curling iron. Tease out the bottom pieces on all sides of your head for a volumizing look, then finish by pulling a large section of hair straight back and secure with several bobby pins, making sure that you still maintain the volume. For damaged hair that needs some extra oomph, the Steiner Abundance Intense Volumizing Shampoo will resurrect your flat locks, leaving them full and luxurious.
Waves also look amazing away from your face in a style like the soft ponytail. Curl your hair vertically around the iron, but don't clamp the iron down. Once you've curled your entire head, gather the soft waves with your hands and loosely bring them into a ponytail at the nape of your neck. Use your fingers to gently mess with the hair at the top of your head for a slightly teased look, and add a jewel-encrusted barrette to the ponytail for a bit of glam. Spritz your hair with Steiner Gloss Mist Shine Spray for an all-over glossy sheen.
If you're looking for something in between, take two inches of your hair from either side of your middle part and twist them above your ears to the back of your head. Secure with bobby pins, but don't make it too tight - the twists should match the fluidity of your waves.
Whichever waves you choose to try, just remember that damaged hair is never attractive. Safeguard your hair from the curling iron heat with a protective hair lotion that will keep your locks from getting charred.
Straight as an arrow
Not feeling the waves? Fortunately, straight hair is always in. For a sultry, mysterious vibe, try a textured blowout. Blow dry your hair like normal then wrap three large sections of hair at the top of your crown in hot rollers. Gently mist the hair with Phytolaque Soie XL Finishing Spray, wait for about 10 minutes, then unwrap the hair, smoothing it out with a flat brush. A deep side part looks best with this ultra-alluring style.
Top it off
If you still want to keep the messy topknot bun you perfected all summer but with a chic twist, then accessorize with a thin headband.
First, tease the crown of your head with a texturizing spray before pulling your hair into a topknot. If you want an extra lift, use your fingers to tease out the crown some more. Place a cute rhinestone-encrusted headband about two inches from your hairline to hold the messy hair in place. You'll have a red-carpet hairstyle in minutes.
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