7 Runway-Inspired Hair Trends

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The right hairstyle can set off an entire outfit or pull a simple one together. The hair trends popping up on the fall 2011 runways will not only give your style a boost, but they also are super easy to do.

“The runway is a great indicator of what’s hot,” said Maura Lynch, "Lucky" magazine’s senior beauty editor. “Some styles [we see on runways] we’d never try, like dyeing our hair gray. So it’s nice when the hairstyle is wearable.”

Lynch says that in years past she noticed that fashion and its accompanying hair trends aimed for the “rolled-out-of-bed, it’s-cool-to-be-undone” vibe. Now, Lynch says, the hairstyles seem more polished with intentional style.

The runway is a great indicator of what’s hot. ... So it’s nice when the hairstyle is wearable.

Maura Lynch, senior beauty editor, "Lucky" magazine

The Messy Bun (seen at Chanel, Michael Kors and Narciso Rodriguez)

This style is messy, but not so messy that your hair looks like you were caught in a tornado.

"It’s about lower nape-necked buns, which are the easiest thing [to do] in the world,” Lynch said. To create the look, gather your hair into a low, side or mid-ponytail and fasten it with an elastic tie. Then knot or coil the ponytail around the elastic and secure it with bobby pins. It’s easier to create a bun if your hair has texture, so use a texturizing product first if you have very fine hair.

When deciding on an outfit to go with your bun, opt for something that might seem mismatched, Lynch advises. “I think it’s always nice to mix a refined bun with something casual. It’s nice to do something unexpected, like a red lip with jeans and a T-shirt,” she said.

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Half-Up/Half-Down (seen at Nina Ricci and Miu Miu)

This trend challenges and expands the “up-or-down” way of thinking when it comes to styling hair. “It’s not a full commitment to the pony, making it nice for fall because you’re not worried about sweating, like you would be in the summer,” Lynch said.

To achieve it, add a heat protectant and a bit of holding product like a gel or a mousse before blow-drying. After hair is dry, pull half or even one-third of your hair into a loose ponytail, allowing some pieces to fall naturally. Use bobby pins or a pretty barrette to hold your pony if you want to step away from the elastic tie.

According to Lynch, famed hairdresser Guido Palau achieves the look by teasing the hair at the roots before pulling back 1-inch sections from above the ears and securing them loosely with bobby pins.

If you have naturally curly hair, apply an anti-frizz product and then loosely gather the top half of your hair. You can even make a bun with the upper ponytail portion. Allow a few pieces to fall to frame your face.

Ponytails: Slick, High or Low and Everything in Between (seen at Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Balmain)

The ultimate bad-hair-day 'do is at the front and center of fashion this season.

“It was weird if the models in a show didn’t have a ponytail [this season],” Lynch said.

Your hair needs to be as straight and flat as possible to achieve an intentional-glam pony, so use a flat iron to smooth out any texture. Then gather all of your hair into a taut, mid-to-high ponytail and secure it with an elastic band.

Hide the band, if you choose, by wrapping a small piece of the hanging ponytail around the band and secure the hair with a bobby pin or tuck the end into the elastic. Spray the top and ends with a shine serum and hair spray for hold.

Lynch suggests sporting a ponytail with a dressier outfit to show off your face and neck.

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Soft, Touchable Waves (seen at Oscar de la Renta and Marc by Marc Jacobs)

A good blowout never goes out of style. This season, aim for cascading waves full of volume rather than stick straight. To achieve the look, blow-dry (or air dry and flat iron) the hair so it’s sleek.

Part hair where you like then curl sections of hair from the nape of the neck down using a 1-inch curling iron. Use hair spray to make your curls stay. For curls that last, pin curl your strands with bobby pins after curling to let them cool and set. Fight the urge to brush the curls together; rather, use your hands to blend your curls.

This style goes with any outfit and is perhaps the most versatile of those seen on the runways. To get the most out of your blowout, use a dry shampoo to prolong the time between washes.

Braids, from Fishtail to French (seen at Pucci and Lanvin)

To create a loose braid, apply a texturizing product to wet hair for hold, then blow-dry without using a brush to straighten your hair. Once hair is dry, add a part (optional), then pull hair back and begin braiding it from the nape of the neck, allowing the front pieces to float free.

If you have naturally curly or coarse hair that would recoil at the thought of blow-drying without a brush, work with your natural texture and even loosen your curl with a few touches of the flat iron or curling iron. The aim is romantic, not wild, tresses.

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Deep Side Part (seen at Ralph Lauren, Prada and Balmain)

Lynch praised the side part worn by Rodarte models. “It was draped over the eye and pinned. … So sexy and so cool, exactly how I’d like my part to look,” she said.

A side part is more flattering on most people than a center one and is one way to change your hair and look in a flash.

To try it, straighten your hair, then create a deep side part with a parting comb so your hair falls over the forehead and slightly over one brow. Either loosely tie your hair into a low ponytail or let it fall free, as long as the part is fierce and deliberate.

Hair Accessories (seen at Valentino, Chanel and Prada)

Headbands, ribbons, barrettes, colorful ties and pins were seen all over the runways this season, so don’t be afraid to accessorize.

Adding a little something to your hair, whether it’s a jeweled barrette or a pretty headband, adds glam to the simple hairstyles of fall. Depending on the style and design of the accessory you choose, you can achieve a very ladylike and refined aura.

Headbands look great with pencil skirts and button-ups, while barrettes and pins complement a side part worn with a silky feminine blouse.

Product Must-Haves for Fall

  1. Argan oil products -- Many different lines are developing products with argan oil because they say it reduces frizz and adds sheen to the hair.

  2. At-home keratin treatments -- If you want to cut down your drying and straightening time, you don't have to do a professional keratin treatment in a salon. Simply head to your local drugstore for a kit you can use at home. Be forewarned that an at-home treatment won't last as long as a professional job, though.

  3. Elastic ties -- Find them in a transparent color, which is great if you don't want your elastic band to show.

  4. Boar bristle hairbrush -- This is the essential brush for hair styling because the bristles distribute oil from your scalp down the shaft of your hair and make blow-drying -- and styling -- easier.

  5. Texturizing products -- Whether it's sea salt spray, pomade, wax or gel, get your hands on something to build texture. To pull off the styles for fall, you'll need texture.

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