The New Updo
by The Style King/Ron King on Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Ron King has worked as a hairstylist, transforming people’s appearances, for more than 20 years. With a growing celebrity clientele, King travels the world taking inspiration from different cultures and countries. Along the way, he has developed his own “easy wear” style philosophy which plays up a woman’s natural hair texture and pairs it with natural-looking makeup that’s easy to apply. This mantra led him to launch a signature line of cosmetics for women who want to look pulled together but who are are short on time. King has worked with some of the most respected names in the industry, including L’Oreal Professional, Ted Gibson, Eva Scrivo and Rick Wellman.
With prom, wedding, and graduation season currently in full force, your clients probably have been asking for modern updos. They key to creating a contemporary hairstyle for a special occasion is to keep it on the less structural side, maybe even a bit messy. Gone are the days when romantic hair meant having long, flowing waves. The new sensual styles of 2010 have a more urban spin on feminine hairstyles, with purposely roughed up texture on traditionally soft styles.
Beautiful updos ruled the runways and two stood out to me as being both accessible and flattering for a range of ages and hair types. Messy side braids have made a return though the look is more glam than girly. This hair trend has been spotted on the runway at both Alexander Wang and Miu Miu and is absolutely doable for a special occasion. If your client’s hair is too short, you can even easily add extensions to create the braid as length is imperative for this style. Both fishtail and french braids are in style for the season but keep the style a little tousled for the romantic effect and make sure to start the braid at the neck rather than at the head. I could definitely see this look being ideal for a casual summer wedding if done right.
Another styling option, which would be great for a girl attending her prom, is the messy ballerina bun as seen at Bottega Veneta’s Spring 2010 show (headband optional). Again, the idea is to rough up a traditional and stuffy hairstyle and infuse it with a certain subtle playfulness and movement, which keeps the style from being too child-like.
An offshoot of the ballerina bun is the top knot, which has been seen on hipsters the world over for a while now. This can be a casual look but also works great for more adventurous girls with a tougher personal style for prom or other festive occasions. Again, the perfection of these styles can be found in their imperfections, so the more texture the better. Also, where you position the updo is important as well. The top knot looks very current when it is directly on the top of the head. Dressier top knots and buns placed in a similar fashion were seen at a recent Lanvin show.