06 May 2014 by

Trend Tuesday: Prepare To Fall In Love With Spring’s Top 4 Romantic Hairstyles

Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2014 Met Ball (Rex)

We all saw the signs backstage: a floral headband here, lengths of hair extensions designated for long, ethereal plaits there. Yep, that’s right- pretty hair is back on the beauty radar! After countless seasons of grungy, undone styles, we’ve already fallen head over heels for Spring Summer 2014’s romantic hairstyles. It all started backstage at Dolce & Gabbana, where ornate flowers crowned the models’ heads and hair was given a super-soft texture by master-stylist Guido Palau and his team. We also spied whimsical plaits over at Alberta Ferretti and seriously stunning floral creations over at Jason Wu.

As hair hero Adam Reed explains, “Clean and pretty hair is back- displacing the messy, cool-girl hair of the last few seasons.” Read on to find out the 4 key romantic looks to perfect this summer- whatever your marital status…

1. Understated Accessories

(Jason Lloyd Evans)

Backstage at Dolce and Gabbana, Guido Palau declared that ‘Accessories are back!’ as he pinned botanical detailing into models’ hair. “But this time around, there’s a more DIY approach,” explains Adam Reed. “It could be as simple as wrapping a feather around the base of a ponytail, dotting in a few flowers or attaching a brooch to a hair slide.” We’re hooked on these garden nymph-style looks, wedding or no wedding.

2. Braids Maid

(Jason Lloyd Evans)

The humble plait has gone from cool to girly and back again over recent seasons. “Last year, everyone was sporting the halo braid, and there was a sense that the classic, long and simple plait felt a bit young,” explains Adam. “But it’s all done a bit of a U-turn. The long plait is now a sign of youthful beauty that almost anyone can wear. The trick is to keep it loose and low.” Try tying your plait with a ribbon or backcomb the end of the plait to secure it, band-free.

3. Romantic Textures

(Jason Lloyd Evans)

If talk of up-dos and accessories leaves you worried about your hair’s lack of body then fear not- the romantic trend is as much about texture as thickness. “Aim for hair that is undone and has movement to it,” explains hairstylist George Northwood, who has adapted his trademark ‘no-cut cut’ for this luxe aesthetic seen on the catwalk at Michael Kors and Honor.

4. Tie The Knot

(Jason Lloyd Evans)

Artfully knotted hair stole the show at Temperley and Carolina Herrera, rightfully claiming a place on our ‘styles to try ASAP’ list (fashion editors shop for clothing: beauty editors ‘shop’ for hairstyles, don’t you know). At Temperley, models’ hair boasted a beautiful, freshly washed quality that saw wisps of baby hair celebrated rather than disguised. Twist and wind your locks freely to create a bespoke style.

The new issue of Grazia is out now. Additional words by Poppy Lara.


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Loui Hair (Tue May 13 14:23:03 BST 2014): Love this!!!!