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Hair Trends From Mercedes-Benz Spring 2012 Fashion Week

Fall hair trends seen bounding down the runway at New York Fashion Week ranged across the style spectrum. Low texturized ponytails, high ballerina buns, messy waves, bouncy curls, super sleek, dramatic volume; there was something for everyone. Here are a few looks I’m falling in love with this season.


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Braids have made a big comeback and are not fading with the summer sun. This woven masterpiece may require the help of a talented friend or your stylist but it’s worth the effort. Exuding romance and beauty, it is perfect for a Fall wedding or special occasion with that certain someone.

James Pecis explains how he created this elaborate design for Nanette Lepore’s show. Mist small sections of hair with hairspray and blow dry with a paddle brush to add texture. Tease the front hairline and mist with more hairspray to give it a lift. Weave a french braid beginning at the right temple and pick up more hair as you reach the left temple. Create another layer of braids in the opposite direction and criss-cross them holding in place with  bobby pins. Backcomb the remaining ponytail and blend into the braided effect. Finally, to free up the braid for a looser, softer look, massage the braid with your fingers to keep it from looking too hard or controlled.

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Charlotte Ronson’s models wore tiny braids that blended in with hair for an edgy take on the latest trend. Imperfect, messy braids are what make this look, so it a definite DIY.

Pinned Back Bangs

Derek Lam updated this school girl look with a grown up, more chic version. Slick back top pieces of hair and secure with lots of hairspray and a barrette.

Chanel and Dolce & Gabana gave a modern edge to the classic chignon. To get this look, start with a deep side part, which were rampant on the runway. Gather hair into a side ponytail, braid last 2 inches and secure with elastic. Tie into a ball and secure with bobby pins. Let front pieces fall naturally.

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