Chignons were sleeker. Braids were bolder. Curls were quirkier. And ponytails were powerful.
"There was definitely high glamour... decadent glamour," said Guido Palau, the creative consultant for Redken. "I believe this season, the designers wanted looks like the '70s, '20s and '30s that echoed eras where women had powerful looks."
The British-born stylist reveals he used more products than ever before during Spring 2011 Fashion Week to style these impactful 'dos. "These girls looked like they were drenched in perfume and ready for the night," said Palau.
From the slick, wet strands at Bottega Veneta to the seductive swoops at Louis Vuitton to the clean-lined ponytails at Calvin Klein to the high-textured tresses at Marc by Marc Jacobs, spring hair is pulsating with personality.
And while these hairstyles required more products and more tools, Palau believes there's nothing wrong with having soft hair and an easy chignon: "I'm just trying to show women there's this other way of being that's liberating."
Palau defines the season according to four hair-trend categories: Lacquer Look (high shine that commands attention); Close Up (sleek styles worn close to the head); Bigger Is Better (high-volume, high-texture with a playful touch); and Pony Tales (fresh takes on the classic ponytail).
For Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2011 runway show, Palau perfected a rolled chignon with a center part. Fresh faces, bleached brows and glossy red lips added a sophisticated touch to this severe updo.
To re-create this hairstyle, apply Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Sculpting Gel throughout strands before making a strong middle part. Roll hair inward, working horizontally across the head. Secure the chignon with hairpins, then layer on Redken Pure Force 16 Non-Aerosol Fixing Spray for a lacquered finish.
Find out how you can get the hottest haircuts of the season.