From Alexander Wang to Theyskens' Theory, effortlessly cool straight hair was all the rage on the Fall 2012 runways. To counteract the bulk of heavy sweaters and cold-weather jackets, stylists stripped down their models' hair and kept it straight and shiny. The most important part of getting this urban-chic look right is to give your hair a good prepping. Keep reading to see how.
To get your grunge on, spritz damp hair with a fixative, like Alterna Bamboo Boho Waves Tousled Texture Spray ($22). Finish by scrunching your strands with your fingers when blow-drying to create free-flowing curls. For extra wave, run a curling iron through random sections as needed.
"Refreshing your hair [for Fall] could be something as simple as giving yourself bangs," says Alberto VO5 hair expert Chris Lospalluto. "They don't have to be the straight-across Naomi Campbell moment; they can be a '60s-Jane Birkin where they're long and fringy." That way, you have options. They're long enough that you can easily pull them over to the side, but also short enough to look wispy and cool when worn down.
And to keep that wispy style from skewing stringy by day's end, Lospalluto recommends dry shampoo. "You just want something to soak up a bit of the oil; refresh it so you can leave work and go to dinner and not feel like you have a greasy forehead." In a pinch? Try baby powder instead.
To adopt the look into your beauty routine, give a classically sweet ponytail an element of surprise by topping it with a spiked hair band, like the gold-toned Asos Spike Ponio ($10) elastic. And for a truly fashionable approach, try a bedazzled turban, such as the Gold Saturn Studded Turband in Black ($59). Ease into the trend with Topshop Spike Kirbies (six for $18) hair pins, or channel your inner cool-girl with Urban Outfitters Westside Spiked Hair Comb ($19), affixed off to one side. Whatever route you choose, you'll be pointedly in the know. Heh.
Summer doesn't officially end for another month-and-a-half, and that means there's still plenty of time to get in on this season's biggest hair trends. While there are braids, buns, and ponytails galore, you'll also love the latest take on ombré, not to mention hair color in general. Who knows? You might find a new look that you'll want to wear it well into 2013.
"Distribute the gel evenly in the palms of your hands and pull it through your hair from the roots to your ends," he explains. Then it's up to you how to work it. Gel the front liberally and place the rest back in a ponytail à la Monique Lhuillier (middle left), or go for a retro, Mad Men kind of vibe with a semiglossy faux bob, as seen at Jil Sander (middle right). The shiny style also provides the perfect way to stretch out needs-to-be-washed hair with an avant-garde twist.
The chicest hairstyle to hit the red carpet in Cannes is also one of the simplest. Ponytails are getting glamorous at the film festival, with stars such as Diane Kruger and Freida Pinto showcasing decidedly elegant versions of the classic style. We're guessing a few more posh ponytails will debut before the festival wraps up, but in the meantime, get inspiration for your own next-level style. On Kirbie: H&M.