Spring/Summer 2011 Hairstyle Trends

When it comes to spring/summer 2011 hairstyle trends the best word describing them is “contrast”. From silky straight to sexy, glamorous curls, from messy chignons to extremely polished updos, from bangs to middle partings, or from the already popular wet effect to tousled, natural hair, next season comes with a myriad of ways to style your tresses. Retro-chic versus edgy and modern, past versus present, yet the one trend that remains on top is minimalism. Spring 2011 blooms with joy and fun, with flowers and natural-looking hair perfect for the warmer season.

Reinventing ourselves every season might be a rather hard thing to do. Besides, keeping up with the trends can sometimes be a challenge in matters of fashion, makeup and hairstyle. However, when trends are so varied, there is no doubt that finding a flattering one becomes the easiest task ever. Spring/summer 2011 hairstyle trends perfectly suit this description. The wide range of possibilities and all those hairstyles that come in so many different versions match all tastes and styles. Chignons, ponytails, natural tresses, curls, waves, straight or slicked back hair, and braids are among the hottest spring/summer 2011 hairstyle trends. Take a look and draw your inspiration. Don't forget to smile and enjoy summer to the fullest!

If there is one hairstyle that reinvents itself every season, that is the chignon. Perfect symbol of femininity and elegance, the already timeless chignon never cease to surprise us with innovative versions inspired by the classic style. Simple or more sophisticated, severe or messy, the chignon is a real lifesaver due to its amazing versatility that allows you to get ready in an instant. For spring/summer 2011, it comes in so many different versions, every single one being the reflection of a vision or a certain mood. Romantic at Proenza Schouler and Dsquared², simple, in the ballerina bun style at Diane Von Furstenberg, Jil Sander and Nina Ricci, severe at Gucci and Chloé, glamorous at Dolce & Gabbana, elegant and classic at Oscar de la Renta and Giorgio Armani, the chignon is an hairstyle suitable for numerous occasions, it is practical and elegant in the same time, revealing sophistication and refinement in the simplest way ever.

Proenza Schouler

Diane Von Furstenberg

Dolce & Gabbana

Jil Sander


Oscar de la Renta

Curls and waves
Curls and waves are back in business with amazing versions appropriate for daytime or evening events, offering an incredible chic appearance whether you have long locks, medium-length or shorter hair. Therefore, the glamorous '70s inspired look seen at Marc Jacobs perfectly works for you regardless the length of your hair. For spring/summer 2011 you can flaunt well-defined curls such as seen at John Richmond and Ports 1961, or you can choose a softer, more natural version with gentle waves like spotted at Anna Sui or Preen. Besides, the retro spirit with '60s inspired curls and thick bangs (Christian Dior) or the wild, retro approach with a side parting (Sonia Rykiel) are so hot next season.

Marc Jacobs

John Richmond


Christian Dior

Braids and ponytails
It seems that braids and ponytails are here to stay. Simple, yet so chic, these two trends are so versatile and practical, adaptable to any possible circumstance. Easy and quick to do, they represent the perfect choice in times of styling crisis, when you want something special and elegant that can be done in no time. Braids were seen on various catwalks in creative versions, from the classic braid with a healthy look (Hermès and Valentino) to the Gothic style (Givenchy) and romantic, bohemian braids (Erdem). As for the ponytail, no worth mentioning that this became a “reliable friend” when you have no idea whatsoever on how to style your hair. Playful at Lacoste and Blugirl, backcombed with a retro vibe at Celine, simple at Issey Miyake, rather messy at Calvin Klein, severe at Giambattista Valli, and styled with an wet effect at Lanvin, the ponytail becomes one of the safest choices for spring/summer 2011.





Calvin Klein

Giambattista Valli

Natural versus wet effect
As we have seen, extravagance is not a basic word that can be used to describe spring/summer 2011 hairstyle trends. Natural, sun-kissed tresses are big next season. Silk straight natural hair or messy, tousled beach hair are amongst the hottest trends that work dressed down for day, but also for a special event. As it is already timeless, this trend is going to be huge as it was spotted almost everywhere. What can be more feminine that natural, long tresses as seen at Derek Lam, Tommy Hilfiger and Balmain, or smooth, healthy-looking hair (Fendi, Roberto Cavalli) with a middle parting (Burberry Prorsum, D & G). On the other hand, if you want something more daring that requires self-confidence in order to wear it properly, you can go for the wet effect with hair slicked back (Dries Van Noten, Kenzo), with a middle parting '90s style (Bottega Veneta) , or for tight chignons with partings (Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent).



Dries Van Noten


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