Hot new beauty trend: Your own hair

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Roland Mouret Spring 2016
Your hair is in this season. It doesn't matter if it's shaved, straight, curly, natural-looking, short, side-parted, or center-parted — it's all on-trend. When fashion month first started, we weren't sure if the celebration of individuality was going to be a trend restricted to just New York. But in Paris, other hairstylists talked at length about designers wanting to showcase individual beauty on the runway this season, rather than creating an army of clones.

"We're seeing a lot of 'real hair.' It probably started from the season before with Céline. But if you were to look at all the shows en mass, it's probably the largest trend," said Guido Palau, Redken's creative director.

Backstage at Roland Mouret, which was celebrating its tenth season, hairstylist Eugene Souleiman said, "The girls are who they are. There's no special product message here. It's a celebration of women and it says, 'You know what? It's okay to have your own look. You are special. You don't need to be like someone else, unless there's a real reason for doing it.' It's really great." Although a central theme of "fresh, sexy, natural holiday" did link the girls, Souleiman explained, "They just got whatever looked best."

At Giambattista Valli, hairstylist Paul Hanlon echoed the same sentiment. "Giambattista said he wanted everyone individual. The look is so raw that I almost don't need half the team here. It's not the kind of thing where you give them style; it's them as they are."

Of course, it's not as though hair teams have been treating this month as an extended vacation. "Real hair" is still the best version of your hair. As Palau explains, "Hair on the runway is usually achievable and taken from the street and brought back in a more polished, achievable way." Straight hair is smoothed, curls are refined, and frizz is removed. It's the no-makeup makeup of hair: no-hairstyle hairstyling.

Given the politics of hair, it's refreshing to see that individual beauty is being lauded, even if it seems like a non-trend. As Hanlon says, "I think designers are over the clone-y thing of making everyone look the same. Commercially, it's more appealing to a wider audience, looking at a variety of women. They can see themselves somewhere on the runway." Some people might read that as cynicism, but it's also nice and empowering that a hair mandate like '40s waves isn't being shoved down people's throats.

"Women might look at this [trend] and think, What is that? But it's their hair taken on the runway. It's more about the attitude, confidence, and embracing your own kind of beauty," said Palau.

Souleiman added, "Sometimes you have to please other people and that's fine, but you have to please yourself first." Here's to pleasing yourself with whatever you decide to do with this anti-trend trend.

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Hot new beauty trend: Your own hair

The hairstyles at the Lela Rose Spring/Summer 2016 runway show were super intricate, with a messy, carefree vibe.

Want to get the look?

1. Prep dry hair with Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume Uplifting Root Blast, applying the product from roots to tips

2. Apply Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse around the hair line. Rough dry hair with a blow dryer

3. Create a natural bend and add texture by using a 1” curling iron

4. Apply a liberal amount of Alterna Haircare Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo to the back sections of hair and back comb the lower center section

5. Loosely pull that section back and tie hair into 2 knots, securing with bobby pins

6. Mist Alterna Haircare Caviar Anti-Aging Working Hair Spray to keep in place

Beauty look by Beauty.com

Spring/Summer 2016 Lela Rose

Staying on the 'Willie Nelson' theme, hairstyles at the Mara Hoffman Spring/Summer 2016 runway show were western braids fit for any boho cowgirl.

Spring/Summer 2016 Mara Hoffman

Braids were all the rage this fall at NYFW, and the J Mendel runway show utilized the trend perfectly.

Want to get the look?

1. Prep hair with PHYTO Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray. Work in from root to ends

2. Curl with a 1 1/2" curling iron and part hair slightly off to the left

3. Apply PHYTO Phyto Professional Matte Texturizing Paste from root to ends to create separation

4. Start a very loose braid from the crown down, adding hair as you go. Braid to end then secure with an elastic

5. Roll braid up inside and pin. Secure with bobby pins

6. Finish with PHYTO Phytolaque Soie Light Hold Hairspray

Braids were all the rage this fall at NYFW, and the J Mendel runway show utilized the trend perfectly.

Want to get the look?

1. Prep hair with PHYTO Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray. Work in from root to ends

2. Curl with a 1 1/2" curling iron and part hair slightly off to the left

3. Apply PHYTO Phyto Professional Matte Texturizing Paste from root to ends to create separation

4. Start a very loose braid from the crown down, adding hair as you go. Braid to end then secure with an elastic

5. Roll braid up inside and pin. Secure with bobby pins

6. Finish with PHYTO Phytolaque Soie Light Hold Hairspray

Beauty look by Beauty.com

Spring/Summer 2016 J Mendel

The Spring/Summer 2016 Zimmermann show featured the classic bun, a hairstyle you can never go wrong with.

Spring/Summer 2016 Zimmermann

For Tory Burch’s Spring/Summer 2016 runway show, Redken Global Creative Director Guido achieved a style that was the perfect balance of sophisticated and sexy.

Want to get the look?

1. Spray Redken pillow proof blow dry express primer all over damp hair and comb through.

2. Apply a quarter-size amount of Redken stay high 18 high-hold gel-to-mousse throughout damp hair, focusing on the crown.

3. Blow-dry using a round brush, lifting the top section of the hair to create volume.

4. Backcomb the top section of the hair to create additional height and use hands to smooth hair into desired shape.

5. Use fingers to create a short, off-center part, and then pull hair back into a low ponytail and tuck behind the ears.

6. Mist the length of the ponytail with water and then twist it into a disheveled, messy knot, securing with hair pins.

7. Pull out a few strands of hair from the bun and around the hairline and mist again with water to add softness.

Spring/Summer 2016 Tory Burch

Rebecca Minkoff debuted her spring line with a bang -- literally, bangs were all the rage at her runway show and we couldn't love it more.

Spring/Summer 2016 Rebecca Minkoff

Ralph Lauren kept it simple with straight hair worn down, so as not to distract from the outstanding looks.

1. Start with clean hair by washing with Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner.

2. Create a natural center part using fingers.

3. Allow hair to completely air dry.

4. Spray Redken wind blown 05 dry finishing spray all over hair, focusing on the roots for added lift.

5. To enhance natural movement, bend sections of hair around a 1-inch curling iron.

6. Finish with another mist of Redken wind blown 05 dry finishing spray for a light, airy texture.

Spring/Summer 2016 Ralph Lauren

Givenchy featured the classic yet modern middle part, veering away from the more traditional side part from years past.

Spring/Summer 2016 Givenchy

Oscar de la Renta proved that a simple ponytail is sometimes the perfect hairstyle to complement an outfit.

Want to get the look?

1. Spray Redken pillow proof blow dry express primer all over damp hair and comb through.

2. Apply a nickel-size amount of Redken satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion all over hair, focusing on the roots.

3. Use fingers to create a short center part.

4. Using a round brush, blow dry the hair smooth, lifting the hair at the crown to create a bit of volume.

5. Gather hair into a low, loose ponytail and secure with an elastic.

6. Pull little bits of hair out of the hairline to create a soft, drooped shape around the face.

7. Finish by loosely tying a ribbon around the elastic.

Spring/Summer 2016 Oscar de la Renta

Jason Wu models rocked the slicked-back bun with the still-wet look. 

Spring/Summer 2016 Jason Wu

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