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Transitional Hairstyles Dominate Spring Fashion

by Heather Cassell
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Thursday Feb 28, 2013

Winter's edge hasn't quite worn off yet, but hope has been reborn in a contrasting, hard and soft, transitional style that is reigning on spring 2013's runways.

Hair, makeup and skin are taking fashion's lead on the runways, following designers' use of mixing hard lines with soft large prints or hard textures with soft cuts in their clothes.

It is definitely a reflection of the times we've been through with the economic downturn and the anticipation of rebirth and growth. These influences have culminated in what celebrity stylist Jenny Oxier, who is better known as Jenny O, called a "soft and hard" look during a transitional phase in attitudes and time.

"The style right now [is] contrast," said Oxier, who with business partner Tanya Martini own Reno's number one beauty salon A Salon 7. "[People] want to see contrast, whether it's in your face or in your hair or in your clothes."

Martini agreed with Oxier, "a lot of times with hair it goes back to clothing fashion."

She pointed out that in fashion colors are appearing in block prints, and business clothes are giving way to baggier pants and shirts that are tighter or belled out at the stomach. This fashion is reflected in the hair styles, what she calls "wearable hair," that are trending right now, Martini said.

Cutting Edge

Women are letting their hair grow and styling it by pulling it up into a tight, high ponytail, but then creating a "messy" bun that looks like "cotton candy" on top of the head or pulling it back in undone braids. Women who love their bobs are beginning to grow them out of their severe a-line shape into an elongated polished shoulder length or softer geometrical shape and shaving them underneath, said Oxier and Lisa Telepman, owner of Say Lula Salon, in San Diego, Calif.

Oxier, a 35-year-old queer woman is a makeup expert and stylist who has styled celebrities and elected officials as well as Reno and San Diego’s LGBT community for more than a decade. She alternates styling at the nearly decade old A Salon 7 and Say Lula Salon.

Marini, a 30-year old lesbian stylist who has been Oxier’s styling partner in crime for eight years, agreed. She described the incoming hair styles as more "wearable" and "very organic-based" with loose waves and easy for any girl to follow.

Men and butch women are letting loose by not keeping such a clean cut look as their locks get more surfer-bum-like than corporate on top while keeping sides clean and short. Facial hair is making a big comeback, but remains tame trimmed in a "polished and tailored" style, said Oxier.

Telepman, a 42-year old lesbian stylist, added that a punkier look and style is returning and color is making a big splash such as pinks and blues for stripes and tips on lighter hair.

Marini is seeing a different movement toward "very pretty and warm hair," she said, with coloring leaning toward warmer blonds and richer and deeper reds coming back into fashion.

Spring Revival
Those looking for a change in their hairstyle or simply to pep up their look for the new season can easily take unsculpted looks from the runway and make them their own, said Martini and Oxier.

To revive your personal style:

1. Do your homework: Look at magazines and select only four photos of people who look similar to you for style reboot ideas to take to a stylist
2. Find a stylist: Look them up, check out reviews online and schedule a brief consultation before taking the leap
3. Baby steps: Not ready for a drastic makeover? Consider subtler changes by going Michelle Obama style by adding bangs or layers
4. New mantra: "Change is good."

"Change is good. There is nothing to fear about change," said Oxier.

Heather Cassell is a freelance journalist and travel writer with more than 20 years experience covering LGBT and women’s issues. When Heather isn’t wandering off learning and writing about women’s and LGBT issues, she covers business, health and other news for a number of publications as well as the syndicated "Out in the World" international LGBT news column.


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