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Go back to nature

india Updated: Dec 31, 2008 13:25 IST
Coleen Khan
Coleen Khan
Hindustan Times
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Next season, hair is a lot more romantic – it’s playful, casual, not straight or stylised. Instead of straightened or permed hair, loose waves are in, as is a trend towards a more natural look.

When it comes to length, both short and long lengths are in. For short hair, it’s the bob that is the dominating trend, but with some twists. Besides the regular bob, asymmetrical, choppy, graduated and even texturised bobs are in. The bob is also not restricted to straight hair. Even women with curly and wavy hair can opt for a bob. For those with mid-length to long hair, big natural waves are in.

Bangs of all kinds are also in, from wispy texturised bangs over the eye to forehead bangs – but make sure you get longer bangs. When it comes to colour, two trends are in – either subtle shades of global colour or highlights placed strategically according to the haircut – either locks of colour or slices of colour. If you are opting for a global colour, then choose subtle but darker, deeper shades of brown and red. When it comes to highlights, the trend is moving towards brighter, happier and more adventurous shades.

What’s going out of fashion? Overburdening the hair with lots of products. Right now, choose a look that leaves you with natural, easier hair that moves a lot rather than an artificial hard set look.

When it comes to hairstyles, hair updos are in for formal occasions. Again, a natural look is the one to aim for, don’t use too much hairspray. You want to achieve a casual but structured look – leave some tendrils around the nape of your neck or framing the face.

Another formal style to adopt is the ponytail – I’ve seen lots of actresses wear this to award functions and red-carpet dos. When backcombed and stylised, a ponytail can be a very formal look indeed. The right accessories to choose next season are subtle, delicate and very feminine hairbands and clips – preferably with small accents of bling.