This has been a year for freeform and edgy looks in hair. Black women, in particular, are expressing themselves more and more with artistic and creative ‘dos. One such look for spring/summer 2010 is plaited hair. The popularity of milkmaid braids in 2009 now evolves into the braided hairstyle trend, mostly as a result of the hairstyle heavily featuring on the Spring 2010 catwalks.
Popular trends in hair for this summer…
Retro glam: This one makes me want to scream, it’s so hot. The vintage 1930′s, 1940′s and 1950′s Hollywood hair is the new glamour. From voluptuous waves to tight curls to updos, Rhi-rhi and Janelle Monae have long hopped on and mastered this modern day retro style.
Long free-flowing hair: Long free flowing hair whether weaves, wigs, or real are the choice for those who don’t opt for short and sassy. Women like Jennifer Hudson, Brandy, Nicki Minaj, Gabrielle Union and closer to home, Bonang, are heading this up.
Short Kinky hair / Natural hair: Many black women are going back to their natural textures and going for the big chop. Amber Rose led this in wearing hers short and shaved, and Solange Knowles followed. Chrisette Michele also recently chose to “go natural” by growing it out. Precious Kofi has been doing it.
Big bold curly natural hair: Big curly or wavy natural hair and weaves are on the rise, where many a sister are trying out the wash-plait-and-go look without the commitment. Also, stars such as Corinne Bailey Rae have been rocking their natural coils and curls big and bold.
Braids, plaits and cornrows: Whether it’s the one milkbraid, the long braid, braid to the side and fish plait to the side, or cornrows, braided hair is back as a street edgy style or a relaxed elegant coiffure.
Sassy layered hair: Asymmetrical and layered haircuts are still hot and they are getting even shorter. Halle Berry, Nicole Richie and Janet Jackson are wearing their hair short and cropped in sassy layers, very cute.
Last but not least, the fringe: It’s aaaalways in!