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Spring 2014 Top Hair Trends for the Every Day Girl

Well, we are in luck, girls! The hottest hair trends for spring and summer this year are low maintenance and easy to replicate. No matter if you are young, young-ish, single, married, have kids or live at your job, fixin’ your ‘do can take a lot of time – and guess what? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Well, some of you do but I don’t. The Every Day Girl needs simple, quick and inexpensive options to make sure she is looking super chic; even on days she forgot to brush her teeth. Alright, let’s dive in!

The Low Pony
The Low Pony

A catwalk staple this year, the low pony is perfect for the “ Whoops, I hit snooze too many times” day or the “How did I miss the rain report?” day. This year it’s all about a sleek finish rather than the wispy bed-head ponies of past seasons. Secure your low pony with a fun elastic or tie and you’ve got a winning combo

Style Tip from hair expert, Errol Douglas MBE: “Gently move the pony from left to right before securing at the nape, it’ll loosen to create the soft frame without losing the shape.

Mermaid Waves
Mermaid Waves

Personally, I’m super excited about this one because I’ve been rockin’ it since my second little arrived. And “Mermaid Waves” sounds way sexier than “I don’t give a crap curls”. But seriously, I’m lucky if I get in a shower. So when I do, I simply towel my hair lightly, apply some curling mousse and go. It dries naturally with soft waves that don’t look “done”. The key to this style is to not over-do the product or the curling iron. The more random and tousled the better! The second part of this is the “model off duty” center part. I saw this term thrown around a lot so it must be a thing. Also good news because I’m having a hard time remembering which side I usually part my hair. Style Tip: Create loose waves by diving hair into two large braids (one on each side, duh) before bed.

Braids, braids and milkmaid braids
Braids, braids and milkmaid braids

I didn’t have to check out the runways to know this was going to be a killer trend this year. I saw milkmaid braids ALL. OVER. Altitude Summit at the end of January. And those girls looked so adorable in them I wanted to put them in my pocket.

I’m not sure I could pull this one off but you can bet you’re a…patootie I’m going to try it on my daughter. That is, if I can get her to sit still long enough.

The messy braid is for the gals that like the “just rolled out of bed” look. Side swept and wispy are essential and it’s perfect for three-day-old hair, another bonus in my book.

Style Tip: Add dry shampoo to roots and back-comb gently for the bedhead look. For an ultra messy braid, divide hair into three sections, braid one of those sections and then continue braiding as normal.

The Dishelved Top Knot
The Dishelved Top Knot

 If I’m not channeling Daryl Hannah in Splash with my mermaid waves, I’ve got my hair in a big ole messy top knot. The Kate Spade runway girls were all sporting these and I love LOVE what Tommy Buckett, hairstylist and Garnier spokesperson, said about their decision to feature them. “We’re not reinventing anything. The team at Kate Spade wanted to achieve an accessible look that a normal girl would wear.” I’m a girl! I’m normal-ish. And I’m now a Kate Spade fan for life.

Style Tip: For the perfect tousled look make sure the pony is very tight and once the bun is secured, rub the palm of your hands on the crown of your head back and forth to mess it up a bit.

Accessorize It!
Accessorize It!

Some of the runways featured floral garlands, scarves woven into ponytails and giant gold flecks, which was totally awesome. But lezzbehonest, I’m not going to be shaving gold leaf onto my ‘do every morning. But at the root (see what I did there?) of it all, a fabulous hair accessory is a quick fix to any bad hair day.

This could be as simple as a bejeweled elastic, sparkly hairpins or a fun headband. The girls at ban.do have some adorable accessories – seriously, I want to buy them all. I recently ordered this twist scarf and I am in love! You can wear it in a handful of different ways but my favorite has been a little rosette just off center. The ban.do models are wearing it with their hair down but I sport my twist scarf with a top knot most every day. Style Tip: Have fun with this one! There’s virtually no commitment and it’s a low-cost alternative to a brand new hairstyle.

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