Guido Palau

Redken Creative Consultant Guido Palau. Photo courtesy of Redken

The Spring 2010 runways were filled with the usual strand suspects: chignons, ponytails, afros, and braids.

But these classic styles were given a modern spin thanks to collaboration between the designers and hairstylists -- and the results have the beauty world talking about the emergence of a "new hair attitude."

Yesterday, a handful of editors gathered to hear hair maestro Guido Palau, the creative consultant for Redken, recap the major runway tress trends.

"For a long time we've seen pretty hair but now it's a bit more adventurous," said Palau.

From the touseld plaits at Alexander Wang to the extreme buns at Lanvin to the teased pigtails at Prada, spring hair is all about having fun and taking risks. But, Palau ensures us, the risks are refreshingly reasonable, and it's safe to try versions of these hair styles at home.

"Women sort of look at these styles on these young girls on the runway and think they can't pull it off - we've got to get them to try it out," he said. "It can be invigorating or confidence giving to change your hair.

"The perfection is the imperfection of these 'dos."

Palau's ballerina bun at Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2010 runway show. Courtesy of Redken.

Palau breaks the season down into four style categories that he urges "real women" to embrace: Urban Romance (gritty and slightly disheveled); Past Perfect (playful and textured); Slick Move (wet and polished) and Extreme Measures (over-the-top).

But he admits that the standout trend for spring was this concept of an urban romance. "It's not romantic hair in the usual sense, not down and free flowing - it's more for the city woman," said Palau. "Shapes have an edge, and it's worn up in a ponytail or a knot."

For Bottega Veneta's Spring 2010 runway show, Guido created a messy ballerina bun (pictured right). The wispy strands and headband adds a youthful touch without coming across as too childlike.

To recreate this hairstyle, apply Redken Thickening Lotion 06 Body Builder to damp strands and air-dry. Pull hair up into a ponytail and secure into tiny knots with bobby pins. Finish with a chic bow or band.

And viola, you're rocking spring's hottest hair trend.