Embrace your natural beauty for spring/summer 2011 whether we are talking about straight or curly hair. Silky, smooth, healthy, tousled locks are perfect for a sweet and chic look, while sexy waves are a great way of spicing up your long hair by adding a bouncy texture. Besides, ponytails, chignons, top knots, braids and the already famous slicked-back hair represent some of the hottest spring/summer 2011 hairstyles for long hair.

Natural, classic and elegant represent those timeless trends that will never go out of fashion. They are versatile and practical and allow you to make different hairstyles appropriate for various occasions.

Long, natural, free hair seems to be one of the hottest hairstyle trends for spring/summer 2011. A natural look for perfect holidays in the sun. This is one practical look for summer as it allows you to style your hair without giving the impression of trying too hard or being too sophisticated, but still be able to get a feminine hairstyle. Moreover, the 2011 warm season marks the comeback of the middle parting for long hair, a clear, straight parting for an almost flawless symmetry as spotted at Burberry Prorsum or D&G.

As for the colors, the sun-kissed look is so hot even when it comes to your hair especially for long tresses. There are different versions for the natural-looking hair next season. You can go for the simple touch specific for summer and keep your hair as natural as possible, even messy, or you can opt for gentle waves or curls in order to add movement and volume as seen at Tommy Hilfiger or Anna Sui. On the other hand, for a super glamorous and sexy look you can choose to make beautiful, chic curls (John Richmond) and set the parting on one side (Sonia Rykiel) for a retro, feminine look.

Burberry ProrsumD&G

Tommy HilfigerAnna Sui

Sonia RykielJohn Richmond

There is no summer without the classic ponytail. A timeless choice that will never go out of style, the famous pony comes back season after season with newer versions, reinventing itself and adapting according to the trends. For spring/summer 2011, it comes in different stylish variants from the most simple, playful to retro-chic or elegant ones.

The ponytail is no longer a way to make your hair or a lifesaver on a bad hair day, but it can be chic, worn both for a daytime look or for an evening event. You can wear it at the nape of the neck with a lock of hair hiding the elastic band such as seen at Issey Miyake for a business meeting or with a backcombed effect such as spotted at Celine.

As summer is all about colors and youthful appearances, you can dare the girly ponytail with a fine French braid (Lacoste). For a bohemian look, try to add a colorful scarf at the base of the ponytail (Blugirl). This will instantaneously transform a simple, common hairstyle into something more elegant, yet feminine and romantic. When making a ponytail make sure the hair is smooth and straight by running your fingers through your hair. If you realize that the elastic band is too low, divide the pony in two and gently and simultaneously draw towards the sides. The ends should be parallel with your shoulders.

LacosteCeline

Issey MiyakeBlugirl

Following the trends, hairstyles reinvent themselves every season based on different visions and ideas. However, despite every possible trend, elegance and femininity have always been “in”. The beautiful and the classic will never go out of style. And what better way to be elegant, classic, yet very modern than trying a chignon? Spring/summer 2011 brings so many different versions for every taste and style. The best two things about chignons are their amazing versatility and practicality. You can adapt a simple bun (Dolce & Gabbana, Diane von Furstenberg) to various outfits and events.

If what you want is something more classic and chic, you can go for a higher bun (Oscar de la Renta) that seems to flatter everyone. This is the symbol of the flawless elegance, a perfect option for a formal event that requires a sophisticated, feminine look. Make sure your hair is perfectly smooth and straight before making the bun. Another versatile bun is the one seen at Nina Ricci. Set at the nape of the neck with a slight effortless touch, this is the right option for romantic girls that want to emphasize their innocent and sweet character with the appropriate hairstyle.

Diane von FurstenbergDolce & Gabbana

Oscar de la RentaNina Ricci

If you are more the playful type, a top knot will seduce you without any doubt. A quick and easy hairstyle you can make in an instant without too much effort. A youthful, messy top knot that seems to remind us of the fresh and soft look of a ballerina. It works great for both straight or curly hair adding high drama to a day or an evening outfit. For spring/summer 2011 forget the too-tight-to-the-head knot and wear softer versions with face-framing flyaways. The effect will be a girly look that matches perfectly with soft pink lips (Z Spoke by Zac Posen). You can make a statement and embellish your top knot using different hair accessories (Moschino).

Last summer, braids were everywhere and they seem to make a strong comeback for spring/summer 2011. Braiding your hair allows you to be creative and play with different styles. The hardest thing is to learn how to manage your hair and make more complex braids. If what you need is something more simple and casual, opt for a basic braid that you can make in no time. Disheveled hair was replaced by a more polished look with a healthy, long, shiny braid (Hermès). For a more hippie look, try to make bohemian braided hairstyles as seen at Erdem.

MoschinoZ Spoke by Zac Posen

ErdemHermes


The wet effect will be one of the hottest hairstyle trends for spring/summer 2011. Spotted on many fashion runways, slicked hair exudes an interesting combination between masculinity and femininity. The warmer season allows you to use the wet effect in order to create different, stylish hairstyles. You can try a minimalist approach prevailed in the form of sharp partings and tight chignons (Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent), or you can opt for a glassy shine and leave the ends dry and loose (Dries Van Noten). You just need a wide tooth comb and some soft wax or a special hair gel with a dense texture and long-lasting effect. For a more interesting result, leave the marks of the comb visible (Kenzo). As the facial features are fully exposed by a wet look, this hairstyle is not flattering for everyone.

Dries Van NotenKenzo

GucciYves Saint Laurent

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