Thursday, September 22nd, 2011...10:00 am

Key Hair Trends for Long Island Brides BRIDAL BEAUTY

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Based on the looks spotted at New York Spring 2012 Fashion Week, as well as Sunday night’s annual Emmy Awards, Matrix, the leading professional haircare and haircolor company in the U.S., has identified four key trends which they believe will influence celebrities, style conscious women everywhere and of course, you, the Long Island bride!

Giddy, Glamorous Waves :  

Hollywood glamour waves, tossed exuberantly over one shoulder, topped many of the sassy, sexy style collections during Fashion Week.  According to Matrix Artistic Designer Franco Della Grazia, who created looks like this for designer Betsey Johnson, this “glam-with-whimsy” feeling is perfect for lighthearted spring styles and will undoubtedly be embraced by celebrity style divas like Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez.  The styles are characterized by deep side parts and crisply defined waves.  Hair is swept over one shoulder and pinned behind the ear to keep strands in place.

These high class waves will be complemented by bombshell colors—like vixen red, smoky brunette and “platinum card” blonde.  To maintain vivid color, Della Grazia recommends products created specifically for color-treated hair, like Matrix Total Results Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner.  “These formulas help preserve brilliant color, even after 45 washes,” he notes. 

Mad, Mod Beehives:

The beehive is back, declares Matrix Artistic Director Ammon Carver , but with a twist.  “At shows like Diane Von Furstenberg,” he explains, “high bouffants evoked the cool retro elegance of Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks . But rather than traditional sleek and solid shapes, these hives are roughed up and romantic—with lots of texture and even wisps and flyaways.” A two-toned color scheme—darker on the sides, lighter on top—give these styles a punk-rock spin. Light teasing is essential when creating these looks.  

Patent Leather Ponies:

Ponytails will gleam next season, says Nick Stenson, Matrix Artistic Director—a trendy, high-shine finish was popular with designers like Derek Lam.  Inspired by the sleek style of celebrities like Kate Bosworth and Gwyneth Paltrow , “the finish on these styles is so glamorous,” says Stenson.  “It’s like the intense reflection you’d see on an Italian sports car.”  Close fitting, neat and chic, shiny ponytails will be the perfect punctuation for many of spring’s clean, timeless sportswear collections. 

Scalloped Edges:

Braids have played a predominant role in hair styles for several seasons and the trend continues according to Della Grazia .  For spring, look for plump and glossy braids edging hairlines, as shown by designer Lela Rose, where they provided a folksy framework for the designer’s easy and elegant fashions.  “There were many extremely feminine silhouettes, prints and colors in the season’s collections,” comments Della Grazia , “and a single accent braid embellishes these styles beautifully.”   The look is likely to be sported by boho-chic celebrities like Mandy Moore, Nicole Richie, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.  “Braids are best when they’re smooth and defined,” remarks Della Grazia.