2010 hair trends: women’s hairstyles, colors, cuts

The start of a new year marks the opportunity for redefining one’s outlook on the next 12 months. And what better way to do it then through a new hair cut, hair style, or hair colour?

Read on to discover all of 2010′s hair trends, hair style trends, and hair colour trends.

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2010 hair styles for women

010 hairstyle trends will feature a lot of new looks: there are the new hair trend heavily influenced by the recent Spring 2010 catwalks, and there are the reworkings and evolutions of last year’s hair trends. Below are Fashionising.com’s top picks for hair styles in 2010, with seasonal styles alongside looks for hair from short to long. For more on hair cut trends keep reading.

Plaited & Braided hair

The popularity of milkmaid braids in 2009 evolves into the braided hairstyle trend in 2010. While it’s natural for hair trends to evolve between the years, the resurgence of plaited / braided hair is mostly as a result of the hairstyle heavily featuring on the Spring 2010 catwalks. Particularly prominent on Alexander Wang’s Spring 2010 runway, we also spotted them at Miuccia Prada’s Miu Miu Spring 2010 and, increasingly, amongst street style pictures.

There are two distinct braided hairstyle looks for 2010: the long side braid, and the fish plait as seen on the Missoni Spring 2010 catwalk.braidedhair2010 2010 hair trends: womens hairstyles, colors, cuts

Side-braided hairstyle backstage at Alexander Wang Spring 2010 via I Know What You Wore

  • Great with any hair colour
  • The side braid can be paired with the slicked side hair style for an edgy interpretation
  • The fish plait is 2010′s take on the simple pony tail
  • Both the side braid and the fish plait work great with a fringe; see the pictures of Abbey Lee Kershaw at Alexander Wang in the inspiration gallery for the best example
  • Similarly: don’t thread your fringe, whether it’s cut as a blunt fringe or not, into the braid; instead it is best to style the fringe loosely; see the pictures of Anna Selezneva in the inspiration gallery for the best example
  • The fish plait can be worn with a centre part
  • The side braid can only be worn with a side part and the part must be on the opposite side of the head to the braid. If you’re stuck for a mental picture when styling this in front of the mirror one evening, simply think of it as the Rapunzel braid
  • Both styles are great for the Autumn (Fall) / Winter 2010 and Spring / Summer 2010 seasons

Long waved hair inspired by the 1940s

Having appeared on our radar in 2009, 1940s hair styles will continue as an inspiration for women’s hairstyles in 2010. As it was last year this hair trend is again inspired by the late 40s and, to a lesser degree, the early 1950s.

  • Waves should be firm but not curly
  • Suitable for all hair colours, though less effective on black hair
  • Wear it with an off-centre or side part, not a centre part
  • Length wise, it must fall below the shoulders
  • Pair with classic make-up and styling
  • Inspired by film noir, confidence and sexual innuendo go hand in hand with 1940s wavey hair
  • Suitable both for the Autumn (Fall) / Winter 2010 and Spring / Summer 2010 seasons

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1940s wave hairstyle on the catwalk of Christian Dior Spring 2010

Long hair inspired by the 1970s

There are two 20th century fashion revivals happening in 2010. The 1940s revival gives us the 1940s hair style above, while the 1970s influence upon 2010 gives us two distinct hairstyle trends.

Straight long hair, naturally styled

  • Slickly styled, but not so slick that it feels overly styled or straightened
  • Should be voluminous
  • Predominantly styled on the Spring 2010 catwalks with a side part, but will work equally as well with a centre part
  • Definitely a style tha works for super-long hair, i.e. hair that falls to the midriff
  • Suitable both for the Autumn (Fall) / Winter 2010 and Spring / Summer 2010 seasons

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70s inspired long hair at Anna Sui Spring 2010

1970′s inspired flowing texture

  • Different from the waved hairstyle inspired by the 1940s, this flowing, textured, (and sometimes) waved hairstyle trend in 2010 relies instead on natural-looking waves that border on bed hair
  • Suitable with both a centre part and an off-centre part
  • As with straight and naturally styled long hair, flowing waves also work well when very long
  • Best suited to the Spring 2010 / Summer 2010 season

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1970s inspired, textured hair at Chloe Spring 2010

Slicked / Gelled Hairstyles

If there’s a 2010 hairstyle that screams attitude in 2010 it’s slicked hair. Perfect for the younger set, there are three slicked hairstyles to try out in 2010.

The Slicked Back

Slicked back with gel, with fingers or a wide toothed comb providing the texture, 2010′s slicked back hairstyle mixes hair slicked back across the top of the head with textured length. Though we’ve seen a dry, heavily brushed texturing for the length, avoid it and stick to a wet look as seen on Alexander Wang and Thakoon’s Spring 2010 catwalks.

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Slicked-back hair at Alexander Wang Spring 2010

The Slicked Side

The perfect alternative to 2009′s half-shaved head hairstyle, the side slick is the strongest of the three slicked hairstyle trends for 2010. All attitude, it marries an overall wet and tousled look with a side part.

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Slicked-side hair style at Roberto Cavalli Spring 2010
Note that the top of the head doesn’t have to be slicked as well for this 2010 hair trend

  • Style it in much the same vein as 2010′s braided hair trend, with a wide braid and a side swept fringe, for maximum effect.
  • If braided hair is not your thing, experiment. What’s great with the side slicked hairstyle is that it can be worn with a plethora of haircuts, be they short or long.

Masculine / androgynous slicked hair

The slicked side becomes the slicked all-over for this masculine take on a wet look hairstyle in 2010, this is a hair trend that also perfectly suits one of the year’s fashion trends: the female dandy.

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Masculine hair on Freja Beha Erichsen at Gucci Spring 2010

  • A hairstyle trend that’ll work great for short hair cuts in 2010
  • Don’t be scared by the sexual orientation connotations that might be raised with this hair style; accusations of the pixie crop being a ‘hair style for lesbians only’ were wholly unfounded and the pixie cut went on to become one of the 2009′s most dominant hair cuts
  • Look to men’s hair styling products, but not the heavy waxes and pomades. Rather, invest in a tub of Brylcreem
  • Strongly define the line of the part, and wear it as far to the side as is suitable for your face shape

Hair buns, chignons, and hair twists

Amongst hairstyles every year there is always at least one ‘up-do’. And for 2010 it’s no different. Gone are the tacky interpretations, instead this year’s up-dos (four no less) will all embody elegance without erring on the side of caution.

The chignon

Originating from the French “chignon du cou” (which means “nape of the neck”), a chignon is an elegant low bun or twist that sits at the nape of the neck.

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Textured chignon hairstyle at Karl Lagerfeld Spring 2010

  • In 2010 the traditional neat chignon is an easy and chic style for day or night
  • Avoid the over-styled, over-hairsprayed wedding look. Even a sleek, tidy chignon should feel natural and sophisticated
  • For a fresh 2010 take on the chignon, try a highly textured low bun like those seen on Karl Lagerfeld’s Spring 2010 catwalk. Rough pieces of hair are pinned in place for a messy, textured look
  • Another unique version was seen at Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2010 show – low chignons were entwined with strands of silver and bronze beads for an embellished effect

The top knot

Popular on the street in 2009, the top knot conveys a young and playful look. In 2010 topknots are best in two forms: the sleek and the messy top knot.

  • Sleek top knots are tidy buns that sit right at the top of the head, like those seen at Marc Jacobs and Nina Ricci for Spring 2010
  • Sleek top knots best sit dead centre of the head, but can also work slightly off to the side
  • These types of topknots work best on straight hair
  • Hair should be neatly brushed upward and slicked into place; then the top knot twisted around neatly and fastened
  • The sleek top knot works well in an elegant ballerina-esque way – so in 2010 don’t be afraid to add a ribbon or some embellished clips to accentuate the femininity of the style
  • You can also try plaiting the hair first, then twisting it into a top knot, for another variation on the look

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Sleek top knot at Marc Jacobs Spring 2010

  • For a messy top knot, sweep the hair up and fasten haphazardly. The effect is one of nonchalance and effortlessness.
  • On the Spring 2010 runways we saw a more elegant take on the messy top knot: rather than a messy bun hair is loosely wound around and piled on top of the head for a birds-nest look that’s Hitchcock heroine meets modern-day bedhair. Look to Lanvin, Fendi, and YSL for the perfect examples
  • Volume is key: teasing and hairspray will help create the look
  • Works well with hair that has some soft waves and texture to it
  • Works best on hair with subtle highlights and lowlights – raven black or rich brunette colours can be too blockish

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Messy top knot at Lanvin Spring 2010

Twists & rope braids

  • In 2010 the classic French Twist is great when disheveled, as yet another chic yet carelessly thrown together look
  • Twist hairstyles can also take the form of strands of hair twisted and then pinned to create interesting shapes
  • Rope twists, or rope braids, have also sprung up as another new style for Spring 2010. Seen on the runways of Matthew Williamson, Zac Posen (whose ponytail twists were woven through with neon colours), and Antonio Berardi
  • This style is simply achieved by twisting two strands of hair, then winding the strands around each other to form a ‘rope’
  • Rope braids can be left to cascade down the shoulder much like the side braid above; tied up into buns; or twisted around the head like a milkmaid braid
  • Rope twists work well on any hair colour, but are most effective when hair is straight and long

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Rope braid at Zac Posen Spring 2010

Hair color trends: 2010

With so much attention paid to hair styles and hair cuts, hair colour is often looked at last. But that’s not to say that hair colour trends don’t exist. On the contrary, there’ll be three ‘on trend’ hair colours in 2010 .

Alongside 2010′s three main hair trend colours also come particular cuts and styles aimed at specific colours; the short black hair cut for 2010 is the perfect example.

But as for this year’s hair colour trends, they are:

Peroxide Blonde

Bordering on white blonde hair, peroxide blonde is the colour of choice for a striking look in 2010. Best of all, there are a number of ways to style it.

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Natural looking peroxide blonde, styled with a long rope braid courtesy Stockholm StreetStyle

  • If you’re after an edgy look, choose a peroxide blonde colour that, while working with your skin complexion, is obviously died.
  • Peroxide blonde as an edgy, eye grabbing statement can be styled particularly well with the slicked and man / boy style hair styles for 2010 (described above). It also works best with short hair cuts, particular those with a longer fringe and shorter back as popularised by Kate Lanphear .
  • If you’re after something more natural, pick a light shade of blonde that plays perfectly to your skin tones. And then dye your eyebrows to the same shade.
  • Light blonde hair in 2010 will work best with longer hair. 2010 hair styles that will suit include plaited and braided, 1940s inspired hair, and 1970s inspired hair (see above for details).
  • Both interpretation of peroxide blonde hair colour are particular strong as a Spring / Summer 2010 hair colours.

Golden Blonde

Peroxide blonde isn’t for everyone, but that shouldn’t rule out blonde as a hair colour altogether. Enter mid-tone blonde for 2010.

Natural in its tones, golden blonde is the best way to describe it. Unlike peroxide blonde, it doesn’t have the extreme white colouring nor should it be dyed to be obvious.

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What it isn’t
The golden blonde hair colour or 2010 is not dirty blonde; in 2010 look for one predominant colour, though your roots could be mildly darker provided they are well blended and don’t give off the a “I’m too cheap to get my hair dyed” vibe. It’s also not strawberry blonde.

What it is
Popular. Particular amongst models. Look to the likes of models Natasha Poly and Iekeliene Stange .

Other things to note for this shade of hair colour:

  • It’s a great all rounder, and will work for both the Autumn (Fall) / Winter 2010 and Spring / Summer 2010 seasons.
  • If you’re looking to add something really striking to the look, consider bleaching your eyebrows a lighter shade of blonde than golden

Bleached eyebrows

blondeeyebrows 2010 hair trends: womens hairstyles, colors, cuts Admittedly, this isn’t a true hair color trend for 2010, but eyebrows are, after all, a form of hair. While we’re not recommending bleached eyebrows for everyone, it will be a common look in photo shoots throughout 2010 and there is a growing prevalence of them on the streets. Great with all hair colors except an equal shade of blonde, bleached eyebrows can be achieved through professional bleaching or with foundation. All worth noting if you’re choosing a new hair colour for 2010.

Short black hair cut

shortblackhairstyle 2010 hair trends: womens hairstyles, colors, cuts Not so much a hair colour trend as it is a pairing of black hair with a short hair cut, the short black haircut is one of the 2010 haircut trends that is somewhat universal. Able to be styled in looks from classic to neo-rocker and its ability to be cut in a plethora of different ways (with or without a fringe, as a bob or near-on pixie crop short) the short black haircut for 2010 will work most face shapes and skin colour. And that’s precisely why we’ve already seen it on everyone from Miranda Kerr to Kristen Stewart.

Pixie crop with longer fringe

Hair trends of late have moved in three year cycles, and we expect that it’ll be no different for the pixie crop. 2010 should be the hair trends last ‘hoorah’, and we expect it to be firmly out by mid-2010. But do note, we’ve chosen the word ‘expect’ very carefully. Perhaps we’re being over-cautious and are hedging our bets, but let us explain with three good reasons why.

  1. There’s always a demand for short hair cuts for women. While the short black is an option for 2010, it does have to go hand in hand with some dark hair dye (a fact that’ll dissuade most)
  2. There are a lot of people out there with pixie crops. Abandoning it simply isn’t a choice with extensions usually ghastly to maintain.
  3. British actress Carey Mulligan simply looks great with her pixie crop (pictured below) and should her 2010 film line up prove as successful as her 2009 work, she’ll soon be setting styles.

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A pixie crop with brow length fringe on Carey Mulligan

So what constitutes a 2010 pixie crop? The second of our reasons above is the biggest clue. As women everywhere grow our their pixie crops and cropped bobs in 2010, the it’ll be cut with longer features. In particular, we’re recommending a brow length fringe swept to the side and held in place by a pomade.

Shaved side hair cut / undercut

A brief note on the half-head shaved hair cut that we witnessed in 2009: it should remain in 2009.

Not that there isn’t an alternative. Nor do we no doubt that some people will be wearing it into 2010, but they’ll be doing so long after the hair cut has reached commonality. Having been been popularised in 2008, and since interpreted by everyone from Alice Dellal to Rihanna, the haircuts evolution is long overdue.

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Rihanna’s evolution of the half-head shaved haircut: an undercut come fauxhawk

If it has previously been a hair cut you’ve had, or been tempted to have, there are two clear options for you in 2010:

  • Shave or cut your hair to have a full undercut, as we saw on Rihanna in the latter part of 2009
  • Grow your hair back

The latter will have more longevity.

Those looking for hair in 2010 that can be worn with just as much attitude should look above to the slicked hairstyle.

2010 hair accessories for women

Bunny ears

100pxbunny 2010 hair trends: womens hairstyles, colors, cuts Headbands take a quirky turn with this unique hair accessory micro-trend for Spring 2010. Bunny ears, Mickey Mouse ears, and oversized bows are all styles which fit this vintage-sex-kitten meets sugar sweet girl-next-door look. Perfect for all hair colours,

Feather headbands

featherheadband 2010 hair trends: womens hairstyles, colors, cuts Headbands take a quirky turn with this unique hair accessory micro-trend for Spring 2010. Bunny ears, Mickey Mouse ears, and oversized bows are all styles which fit this vintage-sex-kitten meets sugar sweet girl-next-door look. Perfect for all hair colours, you can click ‘feather headband’ to read more and to find out who is wearing it.

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