a few favorites from Allure’s beauty blog story 37 New Hair Ideas for 2010 by Victoria Kirby
A rumpled texture and casual pinning make the standard bun look sexier and more youthful. Use a large curling iron to create loose waves (if your hair is naturally wavy, let it air-dry). Gather your hair loosely at the nape and twist it around just once so the bun drapes low. Then, instead of wrapping it with an elastic, stick long bobby pins into the bun haphazardly to secure it, which keeps the style from becoming too tight.
Messy Door Knob Knot
Step 1. Flip your head upside down and finely mist your roots and hairline with an aerosol hair spray. (This makes the hair a bit coarse, which keeps the style in place.) For fine hair, tease the roots before spraying for fullness. If you have curly hair, skip the spray and instead rub in a dab of styling lotion.
Step 2. Lift your head up, rake your fingers through your hair, then gather it in a loose ponytail just above the nape of your neck. Wrap a thick elastic band around the base twice.
Step 3. Wrap the elastic around a third time, but pull the hair only halfway through, so the knob is on top and the ends poke out underneath. Pull out a few wisps around your face for softness, and tuck any longer pieces behind your ears.
Tousled, barely-there waves make hair look incredibly sensuous. Hold a one-inch curling iron vertically, and wrap just the center of each section of hair—not the roots or ends—around the barrel for only a few seconds. (Any longer and the curl will get too tight.) When finished, flip your head upside down and lightly skim a paddle brush over the curls to break them up, then shake them around with your fingers before bringing your head up.
To create soft finger waves, it’s worth buying a triple-barrel curling iron (about $35 on folica.com). Simply clamp it along dry hair, starting about three inches below the roots. Twist each waved section around your finger, and clip it to your head. When all of your hair has cooled, let it down and gently brush through the waves to soften them.
For a bun that’s neat but soft, skip the shine products. They can make smoothed-back hair look shellacked. Instead, use an aerosol hair spray to help strands stay in place. Do a light mist all around your head, then make a deep side part (or no part at all) and brush hair back into a chignon.
1. Apply a volumizing mousse throughout damp hair.
2. Remove the nozzle from your dryer. Flip your head upside down, and blow-dry while running a vent brush through hair.
3. When hair is almost dry, flip your head up and finish drying with a medium-size round brush.
4. Working in small sections, lift your hair off your scalp with your fingers as you aim the dryer, set on cool, at your roots—this roughs up the cuticle to add volume. Do this all around your head, then lightly smooth hair with a brush.
Slip on a stretchy, inch-wide headband (any thicker can look like a bandage) so it rests just an inch or two back from the hairline. Don’t push it back any further, or else it can slip off.
photography from story: MICHAEL THOMPSON, PATRICK DEMARCHELIER, CARTER SMITH (2), PATRICK DEMARCHELIER, WWD, CARTER SMITH, NORMAN JEAN ROY, MICHAEL THOMPSON, WWD, MICHAEL THOMPSON, FRANZ WALDERDORFF, MICHAEL THOMPSON, PATRICK DEMARCHELIER, WWD, THOMAS SCHENK, FRANZ WALDERDORFF, PATRICK DEMARCHELIER, WWD, RICHARD BURBRIDGE, DAVID STESNER, PATRICK DEMARCHELIER, MICHAEL THOMPSON, FRANZ WALDERDORFF, PATRICK DEMARCHELIER, NORMAN JEAN ROY, MICHAEL THOMSPON, NICOLAS MOORE, MICHAEL THOMPSON, REGAN CAMERON, FRANZ WALDERDORFF (2), WWD (2), THOMAS SCHENK, FRANZ WALDERDORFF, MICHAEL THOMPSON, GREG KADEL