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Friday Fashion: Chalk highlights spring hairstyles

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Spring 2012 is all about hair experimentation. Last year, spring was all about feather extensions. This season, it is focusing on bold color and versatility.

Chalked hair

This trend is a great way to add tons of color to your hair while being able to wash out what you don’t like. Look for chalkboard chalk at your local office supply store. Start with wet hair, and rub colored chalk on half-inch pieces. Dry your hair with a blow dryer, and then flat iron the pieces you colored for a longer lasting effect. This is an easy way to temporarily pump up your color.

Ponytails

The basic ponytail is no longer reserved for your workout. This easy updo is super versatile and suitable for any occasion. Straighten your hair and slick it back for a look that’s chic enough for a night out. If you’re looking for something less formal, use a curling iron to make loose waves and keep some pieces out of the hairband.

Braids

It seems that every year when the weather gets warm, braids start trending. Once you understand the mechanics of how to make one, the possibilities are endless. Some of the favorites among trendsetters right now are the fishtail braid, side braid and crown braid. A fishtail braid is great for a daytime-chic look because it has the cool, not-so-perfect look. Side braids and crown braids are a good way to spice up a nighttime outfit because they are simple, yet elegant.

Dip-dyed hair

If dyeing your whole head feels too drastic, this trend might be the one for you. Instead of attempting to change your hair color from root to tip, you’ll just be dyeing the last two inches. It will look like you dipped your hair in a bucket of paint, but without the mess. I recommend using bright colors like teal, blue and pink. This is a fun way to make a change that you can easily reverse. If you’re not sure how to use permanent dye or aren’t sure if this is a trend for you, use the chalking technique on the ends of your hair instead. You should get the same outcome, just temporarily.

Hair wraps

Opt for a headscarf this season instead of a classic headband. The scarf is much more versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. You can choose to wrap your entire head of hair into it. Wring it and tie it in the style of a headband for something more bohemian-chic. Channel your inner flower child by putting the scarf over your head and tying it on the side so that long pieces can flow at your side. This is a great trend to pair with a basic look like jeans and a white T-shirt.

For the most success with all these styles, the key is to start with healthy hair. Use a shampoo and conditioner that meets your hair needs and make sure to deep condition once a month for luscious locks in no time.

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