When spring arrives we are often inspired to reinvigorate our look, but figuring out where to start can be an overwhelming process. When wardrobe overhauls seem too daunting, we tend to gravitate to simple, subtle changes to our beauty routines. We asked hairstylist Katsumi Kasai to share three of his favorite, low maintenace looks for the season - don't be surprised to find us embracing the low bun for months to come!
Loose Waves - Who knew loose waves could be so easy? While the cut definitely helps, this looks is achievable for most lengths.
Pro Tip: The best cut for this style is to have hair almost all one length hair cut with just a few layers toward to surface of bottom. Use a 1 inch or 1 1/4 inch curling iron on dry hair, remember not to get to crazy with the curling iron. For loose waves you just want to gently curl the hair. Over curling will create an over styled look rather than relaxed waves. And don't forget to apply heat protection spray before using hot tools. A great one is Phytokeratine Repairing Thermal Protection Spray. Curl smaller sections for added volume and if your hair already has a lot of body you can use the curling iron on bigger sections of hair.
Heavy Bangs - We love bangs for the versatility they add to our style: sport them short and bold, long and wispy or heavy at the brows.
Pro Tip: It's important to be very sensitive to the length and the width of bangs. A straight line or curved lined should be adjusted by the shape of your face. Bangs are great way to bring attention to your eyes and frame the face so it's important to be mindful of their shape. To keep bangs sleek use a lightweight serum or styling gel. Then us a small straightening iron to give bangs a slight bend.
Low Bun - We have been topknot devotees for years, but love the elegance of a simple, low bun!
Pro Tip: Pull hair into a smooth low ponytail at the nape of the neck. Use a shine serum to make hair sleek before styling and to create a more polished look. Depending on the shape of your face you can either pull the hair straight back or create a side part. You can even leave a small section of bang out if you have them to create a frame for your face. Twist loose hair until it tucks in close to head then pin securely with several bobby pins. Or you can divide the ponytail into 2 to 4 sections for your twists to create some shape in your bun. But always check your side profile and avoid a bun that looks detached from the head or one that is smashed to tightly to head.
p.s. Another easy way to freshen up your look for spring from the comfort of home!