2011 Hair Fashion Trends: Hairstyle Fashion for Women

The year marks the true start of a new decade, and yet 2011’s fashion trends are all about revival. True, there is a unique undertone of a modernist style appearing, but take some of the most iconic styles of the 20th century, infuse them with quality, and you’ll find the basis for the dominant styles of 2011.

The year’s hair trends are no different. For fashionisers in 2011, hair is all about revivals and evolution. With styles and colours we’re seeing the best of 2010 reborn, whereas cuts are offering reworked and luxurious revivals of styles that sit perfectly with the year’s clothing trends.

Read on to find out more about the year’s hair trends, including:

  • 2011 long hairstyles
  • 2011 short hairstyles
  • 2011 haircuts
  • 2011 medium length haircuts
  • 2011 hair colors

Bob hairstyle in 2010

2011 Long Hairstyles

long hair trend

Double Hair Knot

There’s been a fixation of late for hair trends for long hair to have an effortless appeal to them: the double hair knot 2011 hair trend builds on that appeal. As simple as it sounds, this is a hair trend that can be worn in 2011’s autumn (fall) / winter seasons along with the year’s spring / summer seasons.

When it comes to the year’s fashion trends a lot of 2011 will focus on embellished, quality details – it won’t be exactly the same for 2011 hairstyles, however. Quality, yes. Embellishment, not always. 2011 won’t be a year in which hair trends are based around adornments and accessories – yes, there’ll be headbands, but there’ll be a larger push towards styles that are au naturel. And amongst those styles will be the double hair knot.

double knot hairstyle

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Above picture from Michael Kors S/S ’11 catwalk showing, via Hanneli.

What is a double hair knot?

Taking the lead from last year’s hairstyles, the double hair knot continues the infatuation with styles that seem effortless – think the plaited and braided hairstyles that have been so popular for more then 12 months, simplify, and you have the double hair knot.

Like the topsy tail hairstyle of years gone by, the double hair knot sits roughly at the nape of the neck or a little higher. The style also works as a single knot – but by knotting the hair twice the effect is more interesting, and easier to secure.

double knot sideA side view of the hair style as featured on Michael Kors’ S/S ’11 catwalk via Hanneli.

How to style it

Though a hairstyle suited to the entire year, the style of double hair knot you’re seeing in the pictures are best suited to spring / summer 2011. Styled by Orlando Pita for the Michael Kors catwalk, the summer influence comes courtesy of a desire to have fuse urban hairstyle with the feel that its wearer has “been out at the beach all day.”

To capture the summer interpretation of the double hair knot:

  1. First, spritz the hair all over with a sea-salt spray (Orlando Pita used Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray)
  2. Next, scrunch the hair into bunches while drying to add waves and texture
  3. Pull a thick section of hair out at the front, sweeping it into a deep side part
  4. Finally, take back two sections of hair and tie into a knot – then again into a double knot

For a take on the style that is suited to autumn / fall or winter, play down the beachy-ness by making the hair smoother and a little less textured. Try replacing the sea-spray with a volumizer and keeping the hair in place with a little hairspray.

If you’d like a more detailed ‘how to’ guide please let us know by leaving a comment below and we’ll see what we can organise.

double knot blondeA front view of the hair style as featured on Michael Kors’ S/S ’11 catwalk via Style.com.

top knot hair 2011

Braided Topknot

With 2011’s hair trends dominated by hairstyles as opposed to particular cuts, it’s should come as no surprise to see that braids remain on trend. In 2011, however, the begin to fuse with other popular hairstyles, in this case the topknot. Click to find out more about the braided topknot including a detailed how-to guide, and a look at the catwalks that inspired it.

It’s not an understatement to say that the hair trend of late has been braided hair, with 2010’s side braid having captured the imagination of the fashion forwards before it had even left the catwalk.

braided top knot

Such demand for a single hairstyle inevitably sent fashionisers looking for variations on the theme, and it’s fair to say that braided hairstyles will be with us for sometime yet. Which brings us to another interpretation of the larger trend: the braided top knot.

Born on Sass & Bide’s spring 2011 catwalk it’s a style that has all the hallmarks of a hair trend in the making: it’s detailed, it has a messyfactor that is imbued with a too-cool-to-care attitude, you can style it yourself and, simply put, it turns heads.

The Braided Topknot: On the Catwalk

The topknot in general has had quite a runway presence in the past few seasons; from sleek, high versions to messier birds-nest takes. Then, in their spring 2011 showing, Australian label Sass & Bide added two braided cornrows to theirs, complimenting their tribal-inspired collection. Other runway examples for spring 2011 included Eva Minge, whose models sported braids at the front of the head, working backwards into a neater top bun.

For our instructions we’ve opted to focus on a style similar to Sass & Bide’s only simplified with a single braid, thus making it easier for you to style yourself, and with an added emphasis on a texture plait.

front braid top knot
Via: Cupcake

The Braided Topknot: How to

As we’ve found with other 2011 hairstyles, such as the double hairknot, a simplified ‘how to’ doesn’t always give you, our dear fashioniser, the result you desire. So when it came to putting together a how to guide for the braided top knot we enlisted the help of an expert on all things hair, Melbourne stylist Annika, and paired her with Scene Models’ Taylah Verney.

The ‘how to’ steps for a plaited / braided top knot are as follows:

messy top knot

Ensure that you have textured hair and, more obviously, that it’s long enough to braid.

The top knot, and the braided / plaited form of it, is all about texture in 2011 – something that’s in stark contrast to the soft refinement the top knot has been more likely to be worn with.

To style the braided top knot on Taylah we began by working a spray-in mousse through her hair and working it through to allow her natural waves to dominate.

Note: If your hair is dead straight or very fine, don’t be afraid to use ample amounts of mousse; work it through the hair and then blast it with a blow-dryer while scrunching the hair in your hands to create texture. If the hair is still too straight for your liking, use a hair straightener or styler (for example, ghd’s salon styler) to create some messy waves throughout the hair. Glide the styler along from the roots to the ends while rotating it about 180 degrees to create waves.

top knot braid

Tilt your head forwards.

As of step three you’re going to begin braiding, and you’re going to find it easier to achieve if your head is upside down – your arms won’t get as tired from the process, and you’ll find it easier to hold your hair.

side braid knot

Starting at the nape of your neck start braiding, with the braid travelling in the direction of the top of your head.

Notice that the braid here is raised. A regular (or ‘French’) braid sits flat to the head, but the raised (called an ‘inverted French braid’ or a ‘Dutch braid’) is much more effective for the braided topknot style. To create a Dutch braid each added strand of hair needs to be wovenunder instead of over the other strands.

top knot fringe

Continue braiding until you get to your forehead’s hair line.

back of plait top knot

You should now have a braid that runs up the back of your head with an end that sits atop your head. If you need to you can tie the end with a hair elastic. Once you’re more experienced you’ll be able to hold it with your hands.

plait top knot

Add in extra texture and more of a casual feeling, as desired, by gently pulling at the plait section of the braids.

messy top knot

Grab the end of the braid that sits atop your head and twist it into a small bunknot. Mould it into a shape as neat or messy as you like, remembering that this style works well with plenty of texture and doesn’t need to be too polished.

top knot pin

Secure the bun / top knot in place with bobby pins selectively placed at its base.

top knot picture

Finally, finish with some hairspray to hold the style in place.

2011 top knot

And that’s it: you now have a textured, single-braided topknot.

For further instructions on creating a double-braided topknot, see below.

Another Way: the Double Braid

braided top knot

You’ll note that in the above how-to instructions we’ve looked at a single braid with a top knot, in comparison, however, Sass & Bide‘s catwalk featured two braids.

Though more challenging then a single braid, we do also have instructions on how to achieve the top knot with two braids which you can read by following the link.

2011 Short Hairstyles

short hair 2011

Waves Bob

You’ll see in the 2011 haircut trends section below that the bob is back for 2011, though specifically with a fringe. For those who want or already have a bob haircut the question becomes how to style it in 2011. Taking the lead from the waved hair trends of 2010, the waved bob hairstyle is one of the on-trend ways to style a longer bob (again the trend length) in 2011.

Read about 2011’s waved bob along with a simple how-to guide.

As the longer bob creeps its way into our 2011 hair trends guide, the question starts to arise: if you go down the path of a shoulder-length bob, how do you keep it interesting and varied? Most of the examples we’ve seen have leaned to straight, or with a modern take on the 70s-glam blow wave. But here’s another trend that’s arising as a result of 2011’s shoulder-scraping cut: the waved bob.

caitlin stasey afi

With the bob in 2011 being generally longer and softer, it’s much easier to pull off a waved style with it. While 40s-inspired pin curls are one option, here’s one that’s more suited to everyday. A casual, textured, beachy wave.

How to create the Waved Bob

We caught up with ghd at the 2011 AFI Awards as they created a beachy wave on actress Caitlin Stasey. Here are the steps from Heading Out Hair’s Caterina DiBiase, working exclusively with ghd, for how you can recreate the style.

  1. Work in ghd Maximise Mousse all through the hair, then dry in.
  2. Section off the hair then use your ghd Salon Styler to create some loose, semi-curls (they need to have bend, but not be fully curly). Start curling a few inches down from the roots.
  3. Spray the hair with ghd Sea Spray to create a relaxed, beachy texture.
  4. Finally, blast the hair with a hair dryer to break it up.

Caitlin Stasey hair

The key to the look in 2011 is not to overdo the curls – the more relaxed and understated, the better.

2011 Haircuts

When it comes to picking your haircut for 2011 there’s one thing you need to know: the year’s fashion is all about revivals. Revivals of the 60s, revivals of the 70s, and revivals of more recent looks. And as it is for fashion, so too is it for 2011’s haircuts.

In 2011 the most on trend haircuts take their influences from the 20th century, with short haircuts influences by the 1960s and mid-length haircuts influenced by the 1970s. Read on for more information on 2011’s haircut trends.

haircut 2011

Fringe / Bangs

Hair trends tend to come and go, but not so for this 2011 women’s hair cut trend, which is experiencing a major resurgence. Last a major trend in 2007 / 2008 this hair cut detail had died off by 2010, which was a year in which hair trends were dominated by hairstyles as opposed to hair cuts. But in 2011 it’s back as an overarching hair cut trend, one that can be worn with nearly all of the year’s hair colour and hair style trends.
Find out more about fringes / bangs for 2011.

The Return of the Fringe / Bangs

Trends can sweep in as if on an unstoppable avalanche, changing the landscape entirely (until they run their cycle); such is what the fringe (bangs) did back in 2007. But it doesn’t have to end there. Some can drift on, lingering, having smaller bursts of renewed vigor. This year the fringe makes one such return as a 2011 hair trend.

Julia Stegner long hair and bangs
Julia Stegner in Vogue Turkey, October 2010

How has it Changed?So the number one question you may be asking is, if the fringe never really went away, how has it changed in 2011? The answer is, it hasn’t really. It’s still best worn thick, blunt, and long (sweeping the top of the eyes preferably). And it’s still best worn in one of the following ways:

  • with a messy, neo-bohemian, grungy edge
  • with an aura of ’60s sex-kitten nonchalance (think Francoise Hardy or Jane Birkin)
  • straight and sleek; elegant but still natural

Hair Cuts to Wear it with

The bob

When we talk about fringed bobs its easy to think of 1920s style cuts like the Louise Brooks. But not so in 2011; now the fringe is the perfect accompaniment to a longer bob (think Abbey Lee Kershaw, below). Again this can work perfectly for a sixties-inspired look, or for a grungy messy ‘do that’s devil-may-care.

Abbey Lee Kershaw bangs
Abbey Lee Kershaw with bangs. Image: style.com

The short crop

A pixie crop is also perfect with a fringe in 2011, but a slightly different type of fringe. Rather than being cut separate to the rest of the hair, it should all be a continuous; the crop simply cut longer in front to create the effect of bangs.

Carey Mulligan crop with bangs
Carey Mulligan with cropped hair and bangs

Long hair

This rather goes without saying: bangs are perfect for hair shoulder length or longer, particularly when hair is naturally straight or with a slight wave.

Julia Stegner long hair and bangs
Julia Stegner in Vogue Turkey, October 2010

2011 medium length haircuts

short hair 2011

Bob with Fringe / Bangs

The bob is back, is reinterpreted and is re-imagined. Yes, it last with us only a few short years ago, but as a 2011 haircut the is longer and sports a fringe / bangs. As a 2011 hairstyle the bob is softer and more retro-inspired, having been infused with a 60s backcombing and a 70s soft, rounded shape.

Like all fashion trends, hair trends generally come, go, and eventually come back. Infrequently, though, there is the odd hairstyle that appears to have had its time, only to soon reappear, though thoroughly evolved.

The bob and fringe (bangs) is one such hairstyle.

Surging to popularity in 2008 before fading out at the tail end of 2009, I didn’t think that less than a year later a come back may be on the cards. And yet here it is, spurred on largely by model Abbey Lee Kershaw, as a part of 2011’s hair trends.

Bob hairstyle in 2010
Bob hairstyle on Abbey Lee Kershaw

Bob with bangs / fringe: difference in ’11?

When it was last a hairstyle trend the bob with bangsbob with fringe was all about razor sharpness – after all, it’s origins were lay in the popularity of Victoria Beckham’s razor sharp ‘pob‘ hairstyle. Thus in 2008 the bob that was favoured had an edgy appeal and was often bluntly cut to chin length. By 2009 the bob had softened a little: fringes were growing out and messy layers were taking over from blunt lines.

In 2011, the bob with bangs / fringe hairstyle continues its evolution. Like so many of the year’s clothing trends, the bob with bangs / fringe is going retro. The trend towards sophisticated 1970sdressing sees the bob evolve into something slightly longer and become a hairstyle that is neatly blow-waved under with a straight (but not too harsh) edge.

Abbey Lee Kershaw bob hair
Abbey Lee Kershaw with a bob and bangs / fringe in Vogue Nippon

The same long bob can, in 2011, also be styled with a 1960s twist: back-combed for volume with the ends flicked out, or with a softer folk influence and unfussy styling (think Jane Birkin and Francoise Hardy).

francoise hardy bob
Sixties long bob with long fringe: Francoise Hardy

About the fringe / bangs

By no means is the fringe mandatory to create a retro-inspired bob; you’ll note that Keira Knightley is sans fringe in the inspiration link below. A fringe with a bob is, regardless, a part of the bob hairstyle trend in 2011.

The thickness and cut of the fringe hasn’t changed all that much over the past few years; with fashion favouring thick fringes with blunt-cut lines. Wispy or layered fringes are still to be avoided. What you can play with is the length, with a shorter fringe (like the one seen on Abbey Lee Kershaw, below) another option.

abbey lee kershaw fringe bangs
Abbey Lee Kershaw with short bangs / fringe

Finally, one more way to mix up the fringe in 2011 – round down the corners to add a mod face-framing effect. This can be very subtle, or more dramatic depending on your preference.

2011 short haircuts

2011 short hair

Pixie Crop Haircut

Recently hair trends have moved in three year cycles, and it’s no different for 2011’s hair trends. Hence we see yet another evolution of this short hair style as it reverts to the same short length that was last popular in 2007. In 2010 it was a haircut all about short sides and a longer fringe, as a 2011 haircut though the pixie crop is short all over.

So many of the year’s trends are about a revival of fashion from the 70s, and it’s no different for 2011 hairstyles. Of course, the pixie crop isn’t a new hairstyle for the year: Fashionising.com has been writing about its popularity and evolution since 2007. And in 2011 the pixie crop will do just that, evolve. Or at least, revert. Spurred on by celebrities and trend influencers, such as Emma Waston, the pixie crop returns in 2011 to be a short crop – putting it in contrast to the longer interpretation of the hairstyle that was popular in 2010.

Read on for more on the pixie crop, including:

  • Pixie Crop in 2011
  • Styling the Pixie Crop
  • Pixie Crop with Long Fringe

emma watson pixie crop

Pixie Crop Haircut in 2011

The picture of Emma Watson’s pixie crop above visually summarises much about this trend for 2011. It’s about short sides and an ever-so-slightly longer top and fringe, with the top and the sides blending perfectly. In essence, that makes the current pixie crop a comeback of the 1960s version of the haircut, then popularised by the likes of Mia Farrow.

mia farrow short hair

As it always has been, the pixie crop remains a haircut for those with straight hair, though it is a cut that is open to those with either thin or thick hair.

Evolving towards 2012

pixe crop 1970sAs for how the hairstyle will evolve across the year and, potentially, into 2012, 2011’s fashion trends are largely influenced by a 1970s fashion revival. With that in mind is not unreasonable to assume that the pixie crop will evolve across the year to adopt more trademarks of the cut from that era. Thus you’d expect to see more of an even cut all over, with longer sides than what we’ve seen to date.

If the 70s revival stays strong then there’d be one further evolution: the pixie crop would eventually make way for a pageboy, just as it did the first time around.

Both of these 1970s evolutions of the pixie crop haircut are pictured to the right, in an original hair style guide from the era.

Styling the Pixie Crop

Largely influenced by the 1960s, you’ll find celebrity and street style inspiration for the haircut below. Perusing through the links you’ll see that, particularly in the case of Emma Watson, that while the pixie crop is now cut the same way as it was in 1960s, it needn’t be styled that way.

Pixie Crop with Long Fringe

Hair trends have recently moved in three year cycles, and it’s been no different for the pixie crop. Hence we now see the pixie crop return to being a very short hairstyle (as it was back in 2007), though in 2010 the pixie crop was a haircut with a longer fringe. Of course, just because a longer cut of the pixie crop was popular in 2010 doesn’t meant it has to stay there: though not precisely on-trend it remains a perfect take on the haircut for those not willing to go to the very-short extremes, and also those without perfectly straight hair.

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A pixie crop with brow length fringe on Carey Mulligan

If you are looking for a longer cut to a pixie crop then we recommend you look to actress Carey Mulligan for inspiration (more pictures at the bottom of this page) and wear it with a brow length fringe swept to the side and held in place by a pomade.

Pixie Crop Hairstyle ca 2007

And, finally, some inspiration from the last time the pixie crop was on-trend.

Michelle Williams was one star who took the daring move from long hair to pixie crop. This drastic short style worked to give her a very innocent appeal, though with more of a boyish take on the haircut. Another celebrity who sported the cut was Natalie Portman, whose fringe often wasn’t pushed forwards.

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Short cropped hairstyle on Michelle Williams and Natalie Portman

2011 Hair Colors

choose hair color 2011Choosing a 2011 Hair Color
Normally Fashionising.com’s annual hair trends guide lists individual colours to inspire you. 2011 is no different. But there is a twist. You see, 2011 hair colours are about more than individual shades with picking a new hair colour for yourself being a trend in itself. And we’re not talking about any change of shade, but a dramatic, head turning change. Hence 2011’s hair colour is just change it.

Picking a Haircolour for 2011

I’ve alluded to this before, but now let me put pen to paper, or at least fingers to keyboard, and come out and say it. Every year Fashionising.com works hard to provide you with inspiration for the year’s trends, hence we’re currently putting together the take on 2011 hairstyles and 2011’s fashion trends. But hairstyles are only a part of the equation; another part is made up by the year’s haircuts and another its hair colors. And what will they be, might you ask?

pick choose 2011 hair color

Before we discuss the year’s hair colors it’s first important to discuss the year’s rule.

The Rule for 2011

2011 is not just a new year, it’s a new decade, and new decades bring more than just slight change, they bring about an entirely new generation of thought. It’s a case of out with the old and in with the new, and such a mindset is applied to everything from society’s outlook to the aesthetic styles it embraces.

This new decade will be no different. The most dominant clothing trend of the last decade, military fashion, is finally being pushed to the back of the wardrobe. And hair colors are undergoing a major change too.

You may read that and be under the impression that 2011, and the rest of the new decade, is a period of wild hair colors. That’s not what we’re saying at all. Clothing trends may become more liberal, but it’s not the same for hair. In fact, the change leads to just one rule. It’s the rule for picking your hair color in 2011 and for many of the years to come. And that rule is thus:

Just Change it!

Yes, it’s almost cliche to write it, and somewhere a Nike lawyer is checking to see if we’ve just infringed their trademark. I confess though, cliches are easy to remember and when you’re picking your new hair color for the year I want you to remember that one rule. Again, just change it. Pick a color that suits you, one that gives you confidence, make it a shade that’s on trend, and go make that hair color your own.

The Inspiration

Where has the inspiration for the “just change it” rule come from I hear you ask. While the start of a new decade inspires change, there are also those people driving the idea of simply changing your hair color as a trend in itself.

Let us explore.

Abbey Lee Kershaw

Abbey Lee Kershaw was the first top tier model to change her hair. One day she was sporting a mousy-brown hair color, the next day we were hearing stories of her 8 hour conversion into a near-platinum blonde. Abbey Lee had “just changed it” – well, just is an overstatement. It would have been a carefully considered change. One made to redefine her. To set her apart. Give her a point of difference. It’s, thus, a hair change you should take inspiration from.

Natasha Poly

Abbey Lee’s change neatly segues into a change of hair color undertaken by another top model. Natasha Poly had a hair colour that complimented her Russian looks and infinite legs. She is the perfect blonde, or at least she was. Then someone at her agency decided she needed a new look for the new year. A different look that set her apart from a sea of other leggy blondes and made her feel fresh again.

So it was that our top model of 2009 cast off the dark-rooted blonde hair that she’d become known for and became a richly colored brunette in entirety.

Eniko Mihalik

Eniko Mihalik has a very rare quality – one moment she can offer up a cute-as-a-button smile, only to follow it up with a look of such sexual confidence that men have been rumoured to fall to their feet. And yet prior to 2011 she’d been a brunette; all well and good for cute-Eniko, but a plain brunette hair color has never quite driven home the sexuality confidence she can ooze and brings in so much of her work as a result.

What to do with her hair for the new year then? Compliment her bombshell attitude with bombshell red hair.

Lily Cole

Eniko’s hair color change is the most personality suited we’ve looked at so far, with Abbey Lee’s and Natasha’s seeming far more dramatic. Dramatic, however, is Lily Cole. Despite so many women now coveting the right shade of red hair, 2011 is the year to change, and change it Lily has transforming her trademark red locks to a very deep brown with eyebrows to match.

Bonus point of inspiration: Lily’s fringe. The fringe is back with vengeance for 2011.

Picking a Colour

So there are the four models who have so far inspired the idea of changing your hair color as a trend in itself in 2011. What of the individual hair colors though?

summer hair 2011

White Blonde

With 2011’s hair all being about strong cuts and colours the strongest of blonde hair colours was always going to feature. And so it is that with models such as Siri Tollerod pushing the look white blonde / platinum blonde features as one of the hair colour trends for 2011, with it being a particularly strong look for the spring / summer 2011 season.

White Blonde Hair Colour

If it has ever been out of fashion I don’t remember it, which is another way of saying that platinum blonde is a hair colour trend in 2011. And perhaps 2011 is the perfect year for the hair colour, after all it’s the year whose hair colour trends have something of a manifesto: just change it. So if you are going to change your hair colour, if you’re going to opt for a colour that shall set you apart from the crowd, consider a shock of blonde hair that draws the gaze of those nearby, consider the platinum blonde hair shade.

white blonde hair

The way to wer Platinum Blonde NOW

With or without dark roots

I understand that this is somewhat ambiguous, but stay with me. If you’d asked me several months ago about the blonde hair with dark roots colour trend I would have told you it has had it’s day. But it hasn’t, and it’s hung around accordingly, but I do still believe that it is coming to an end. Thus if you were to opt to change your hair colour to white blondeplatinum blonde in the near future (say, prior to the middle of 2011) I think you’d be safe to do opt for dark roots.

That said: if it’s an option, forgo the dark roots and opt for a full head of platinum / white blonde hair instead. The overall impact of platinum blonde hair will be diminished should you opt for dark roots and wear it with an up do. You can get a good sense of this dimishing affect by comparing the following picture of model Siri Tollerod with a picture of her from J. Crew’s catalogue above.

platinum blonde up do

Without under colours

The odd inch of dark roots is one thing, but two-tone hair or an under colour is another thing altogether. Thankfully I’m not really seeing people attempt the look, but with the prevalence of two-tone hair colour over the past years it’s only a matter of time.

The reasoning here is two-fold:

  1. a second hair colour will reduce the visual impact of platinum blonde
  2. platinum / white blonde in 2011 is about youthful elegance or a cooler-than-cool attitude; two-tone hair in 2011 lends itself more towards the punk revival

Platinum Blonde: Suitable Haircuts

The latter of the two last points reveals much about hair cuts and hairstyles that work with platinum blonde hair.

If you’re looking for an elegant interpretation of platinum blonde then your preference should lean towards the year’s longer hair styles. From there you can style the hair colour in umpteenth ways with a preference towards either bombshell waves (below) or a straight hair style.

platinum blonde waves

If you’re after more of a rock chic look, however, I can recommend one person you must keep your eye on for inspiration: Australian model Kate Peck. She has the look pegged, and pairs a dramatic hair colour with an equally dramatic hair cut to really set herself apart on the catwalk.

white blonde

While not truly platinum / white blonde, our feature on 5 ways to style peroxide blonde should also lend some inspiration to those seeking the hair colour for themselves. That hair styling inspiration feature specifically looks at styling the hair colour when cut with a fringe.

red hair 2011

Red Hair

Deserving of its own dedicated article, redheads are, in 2011, the new bombshells. Being a rare hair colour puts redheads into their own exclusive group; but that doesn’t mean you can’t join them. Seen throughout history as everything from fiery warriors to seductive maidens, red haired beauties have plenty of ongoing appeal.

Redhead: Red Hair Colour, Women’s Hair Trend

For the past century most of the fashion industry has been obsessed with blondes. Be it on models or on A listers, blondes are reputed to have more fun. Make no mistake, blonde hair isn’t going anywhere with 2011 seeing both peroxide blonde and golden blondes ‘on trend’. But with the end of the 2000s and the start of the next decade it’s time for the blonde bombshell to make way.

Introducing the redhead bombshell.

redhead Nataliya Piro by Nicholas Routzen

  • Red Hair in 2011
  • Which Red Colours?
  • Who will it suit?
  • Ways to style it
  • Inspiration pictures

Red hair in 2011

The redhead isn’t just a hair colour in 2010, it’s an attitude. If it were a formula I could mix up in Fashionising.com’s offices it would end up 2 parts red hair, 2 parts personality, and 2 parts sexual confidence. Think model Coco Rocha as a redhead oozing of her playful, confident personality and you’re somewhat there. Just add the bombshell sexual confidence, and you have it.

Red hair is perfect for the cooler months and if you’re considering a changing your look for 2011, consider red hair as the perfect option for Autumn / Fall 2011. As for which shades of red hair and how to style it? Read on.

Which colour red?

As it is with any hair colour, not all shades of red hair are in in 2011. Forget the bright copper and crimson tones: red hair in 2011 is about richly coloured and natural looking red hair.

Part of the appeal of red hair is that its a rarity. It’s said that less than 2% of people are natural redheads, so the more natural your red colour looks, the more it can be associated with something rare and exclusive. Hence there’s only one real golden rule worth stating when it comes to red hair in 2010: it can’t look fake.

Lily Cole pale skinned redhead
A natural redhead with blue eyes: Lily Cole

Different hair colours will take to red dye in varying ways, so your best bet is always to head to a trusted salon and get advice on which colour will work best for you. Very light hair will need a subtle approach to avoid turning too orange; while very dark hair may need to be lightened first in order to achieve a rich red colour. While subtle highlights and lowlights help to achieve the natural redhead look, obvious contrasting streaks are not recommended.

Red hair trend: who it’s suited to

Red hair is to the cooler months what blonde hair is to Spring. This is particularly true of darker auburn tones, or lighter reds against pale skin.

The pale redhead
Pale porcelain skin will almost always work a treat with red hair – particularly if your eyes are green or blue. This is a great Winter look.

The freckled redhead
For Spring 2011 girls with freckles and bronzed skin are the perfect neo-redheads. Go for lighter reds like natural gingers and neutral-tone coppers.

The fair browed
A perfect match to the bleached blonde eybrows trend, both pale and bronzed skinned redheads should consider lightening their brows. This not only adds to the natural-born redhead effect, but also brings the look well and truly into 2010.

Julia Hafstrom red hair
Julia Hafstrom: natural red hair & blonde eyebrows

Ways to style red hair

There are of course many ways to style red tresses – as with any other hair colour. So instead of stating the obvious, let us give you three ideas of creative ways to style red hair – with the intent of creating not just a hairstyle but an overall look and persona.

The Warrior

Warrior redhead
Luisa Bianchin by Frauke Fischer

Redheads through history have also often been portrayed as fiery and fierce, yet seductive; from Queen Elizabeth I and Boudica to Cleopatra (who some argue was a redhead) making this colour perfectly complimentary to 2010’s warrior trend. For the fierce warrior look go for long and voluminous cascading red waves, or add some halo-like milkmaid braids.

The pin-up

Vargas Redhead Pinup
Redheaded Vargas Pinup Girl

The red-haired bombshell goes perfectly with vintage styling and a fun and sexy attitude. Go for a sleek side-part and 1940’s style waves, or victory rolls. Take your inspiration from Vargas classic pin-up girls.

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The Maiden

Red headed beauty
Cecile Sinclair in Lula Magazine, shot by Nicole Nodland

The redheaded fair maiden is delicate, pale and mysterious. Think Pre-Raphaelite beauties with blushing cheeks and wide eyes. Repuntzel braids, twists and chignons interwoven with wildflowers or ribbons are perfectly suited to this look.

Source: Fashionising.com Written by Tania Braukamper and Daniel P. Dykes
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3 responses to “2011 Hair Fashion Trends: Hairstyle Fashion for Women

  1. this season hair trends are amazing
    check out the latest hairstyles for the fall winter 2011 2012

  2. Pingback: Top Hairstyles for Women Over 30 - Haute Inspiration

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