The Year in Hair
Itâs December and you know what that means â¦ itâs time to take stock of the past year. Everyone from Barbara Walters to Oprah is analyzing 2009 and the events and personalities that made it unique.
Donât worry, Iâm not about to tackle world issues and historic events. Iâm here to analyze the hair that made 2009 special. As someone who spent a lot of time thinking about, styling and taking photos of her hair in 2009 (hey, you only get married once, right?), I now have a new sympathy for the celebrities, politicians and other public figures who are always in the spotlight and constant targets for criticism.
Below is my top ten list of celebrities whose hair made an impact in 2009. Look to these celebs to continue to set trends well into 2010. Who do you think should make my list? Comment below!
*Note: These are in no particular order.
1. Michelle Obama: The Class Act
Sheâs graced the covers of fashion magazines, wowed the world with her wardrobe and dazzles with her smile. But most importantly, Mrs. Obama always shows up with great hair, giving the African-American community a gorgeous new âhairâ role model.
For clients: No matter what your clientsâ ethnicity, Michelle Obamaâs style is one to emulate. Use her silhouette on clients looking for a more professional, elegant look.
2. Farrah Fawcett: The Icon
When Farrah Fawcett passed away this year, thousands of men pulled out their old Farrah-in-a-red-bathing-suit posters and remembered Farrah as the classic blonde, blue-eyed American beauty. Thousands of women pulled out old photos of themselves from the seventies and mourned their lack of style and the loss of one of our best-ever hair icons.
For clients: A toned-down version of Farrahâs feathered âdo is a wearable, fun party style for your younger, trendy clients.
3. Kate Gosselin: The Mistake
This reality TV starâs hair has stylists everywhere scratching their heads in bewilderment. Short hair can be stylish, trendy and flattering. Kateâs giant swoop bang combined with strange spikes at the crown and an asymmetrical shape is quite the opposite.
For clients: After all of those Gosselin-mocking wigs sold at Halloween this year, you shouldnât have the problem of clients demanding this style. However, encourage clients to go short by showing them styles that are chic and easy to maintain.
4. Cast of Gossip Girl: The Trendsetters
The fashionistas masquerading as high school students on this hip, urban show are bringing the headband back with a bang. These girls know how to accessorize and teens across the country are paying attention.
For clients: Start stocking uber cute headbands moms can buy for gifts and teens can blow their babysitting money on.
5. Taylor Swift: The Sweetheart
The giant blonde Barbie-doll curls that sprout from this country starâs head are what every woman has dreamt of at some point in her life. Volume, curl and gorgeous colorâher hair is the picture of shine and health.
For clients: Get out your giant rollers and go to work. Taylor doesnât achieve that look by rolling out of bed in the morning and neither will your clients. Show your guests that with the right stylist, any look can be achieved!
6. Robert Pattison: The Sex Symbol
Whoever thought the disheveled look would send women swooning on the streets? When the worldâs sexiest vampire is wearing it, it works. In fact, the messed-up, long, spikey look has become Pattisonâs trademark.
For clients: Tread lightly with your young male clients. Itâs definitely not cool to ask for a fictional vampireâs hair cut. However, it is cool to just happen to have hair that looks like Pattisonâs. Make sure you retail him all the right products to get the job done.
7. Dana Delaney: The Cougar
âDana who?â If youâve been tuning into Desperate Housewives this season, you know her as the evil Katherine. If you havenât, take a look at this Baby Boomerâs luscious locks. Her mane of auburn hair proves you can be over 50 and still wear long, voluminous locks in a classic way.
For clients: Encourage your mature clients to brighten up dull brown with a little red. Then give them some volume for a sexier, trendier look for a change. Just because youâre a soccer mom doesnât mean you have to wear your hair in a bob!
8. Drew Barrymore: The Chameleon
If you are looking for exciting hair color, turn to Drew. She has worn every shade under the sun and most recently, had the bottom few inches of her bright blonde bob dyed black.
For clients: Some women feel intimidated by a major color change. Pull out a few photos of Drew as a blonde, brunette and redhead to let these clients know it can be done and look good!
9. Megan Fox: The Brunette
Sheâs sexy, gorgeous and brunette. Foxâs deep, deep chocolate strands have men everywhere salivating. Who says blondes have more fun?
For clients: Highlights, highlights, highlights. Thatâs all clients ever want, right? Introduce them to lowlighting and the beauty of browns. Just donât do a single processâmake it as natural as possible.
10. Susan Boyle: The Makeover
If ever there was a woman in desperate need of a makeover, it was Susan Boyle, star of a British talent search show. After some expert eyebrow, a wardrobe intervention and some major mane taming, Boyle is a looking lovely and breaking records on the charts with her new CD.
For clients: Thereâs no such thing as a lost cause. Any client can look great with your expert help!