Fall Fashion Week Inspires Hair Looks

By Karie Zarsky Bennett


The only thing that signals the end of summer louder than the retirement of white shoes is the end of Fashion Week. It’s the trend report fashion-conscious folks wait for all year. For hair and makeup artists, it’s a feast for the senses. So many designers, so many models, so little time. Let’s break it all down and review the top hair and makeup trends that came from the creative minds of the beauty teams on the runways.

Precise ponytails are always a fashion fave. We love the clean look, and the durable finish of a well-anchored pony. With multiple clothing changes, the precise pony can handle the constant on-and-off of the many necklines the model has to pull over her head. Whether you’re strutting the hallways of school or circling the conference table in the boardroom, a tightly brushed back pony sends the message that you have the confidence to face the world your way. Parted down the center or off to the side, what matters most is that your skin is flawless, your earrings are simply chic, you use something interesting to secure the pony. Wrapped with a piece separated from the rest of the hair or use stretchy cord that matches your hair, whatever you use, keep it strictly stylish. An old toothbrush sprayed with hairspray can be use to smooth any hairline flyaways for a sleek finish.

Bang, bang! Bangs are big for Fall 2012. The best bangs are shiny, smooth, and slightly turned under to skim your perfectly groomed brows. As the ultimate hair accessory, a fabulous fringe frames the face and accentuates the eyes, everyone’s favorite facial feature. Be sure to start blow-drying with the bangs, because once they make up their mind which way they want to go, it’s a losing battle. Using a round or Denman brush with the blow dryer on low, sweep side-to-side to get control of stubborn cowlicks at the hairline. Bangs will hang better and stay sleeker and more sophisticated.

Hair ornaments were a fabulous fall fashion week feature for 2012, and not a moment too soon! From braided headbands to jeweled clips and combs, and even a simple stretchy ribbon, embellishing the hair has never looked so pretty. Crystal flowers, cosmic stars and metal chains are this year’s way to go from simple to smashing. Have fun with hair ornaments—wrap a pony, pull back a side bang, or push hairpins into the sides of a chignon. With a little black dress and fabulous shoes, bedazzled hair sets off a simple style. Everyday is a special occasion if you want it to be!

Haircolor trends for fall usually find the lighter tones of summer heating up, but for 2012 we’re seeing a big shift. Brunettes are going for rich chocolates and cooler reds like hot fudge, deep ruby reds, and sultry wine tones. Blondes are adding shots of icy whites or beige-y highlights to lighten and cool down the golden beachy blondes of summer. Even using a shampoo that neutralizes yellow, like Aveda’s Blue Malva shampoo just for the cold months of winter will help, and the effects are temporary. Once the sun and your golden glow return, you can put the violet-based shampoo away till next year’s cold snap.

The Deep Side Part

Here’s where it gets fun! Using a comb, draw a line from the outside corner of one eye diagonally back to the center of your crown. Why? Because where your part starts, at your hairline, is where our eyes go to when we look at you. Imagine it’s an arrow pointing down at your eye. Why diagonally back? Because you get an even distribution of hair on both sides of your head where you need it the most. Try it and see the difference between going straight back with the part and diagonally.

A wide-set part helps to visually widen your eyes, making them appear bigger. Try combining a ponytail with the DSP. You’ll need to section your head in two halves, one half from ear up and over to ear is section one, and everything behind that is section two. Brush section two into a pony, high or low, your choice. Put in your DSP, and brush back one side low, wrap around base of pony, repeat with the other side. Spray with a firm hold finish spray, like Aveda’s Control Force. It dries instantly, so set it and forget it all day! This fun wrapped pony really shows off your Deep Side Part and is a great way to rock a runway look on your own personal catwalk.

Special thanks to photographers Vincent Gotti, Matthew Brandalise, Denice Sy and Carl Simpson for the images in this post. Main image icon – MUA Carla Tersini Hair by Roy Boswell

Karie Bennett likes to stay busy. Actually, that’s an understatement. She recently celebrated her 30th year as a hairdresser and her 15th as a multi-location salon owner by diving into a second career–as a writer, and a third, as a salon business consultant and keynote speaker. Her salons, Atelier Salonspa and Atelier Studio, both located at Santana Row, (www.ateliersalon.com) are constantly winning top honors from industry organizations, including the prestigious NAHA Salon Master of Business Award in 2011. A favorite of the fashion show and photo shoot circuit, she is often found leading beauty teams behind the scenes, and her styling work has been featured on the covers of Gentry, South Bay Accent, Scene magazine, Salon Today magazine, and GEV, as well as on the fashion runways for Santana Row, Valley Fair, multiple charity organizations and Vitamin Water’s Fashion Challenge in partnership with Red Haute and Co., and HMM Models. She is working her way through Stanford’s Writer’s Studio program, is a contributing writer for Salon Today magazine, and is also the Small Business examiner for San Jose’s examiner.com, in addition to being one of Gastronomique En Vogue’s Correspondents. Contact Karie at karie@kariebennett.com.