The natural rhythm of the seasons dictates the length of our days, the availability of produce, and major shifts in fashion trends. Changing up your hair and makeup to fit the current climate feels natural, but it does make fashion a bit predictable. Every spring the color palette gets lighter, the fabrics softer. Every fall hues richen, fabrics thicken. Some of these changes are inevitable—wearing a sundress in October isn’t going to be practical—but keeping hair and makeup light and flirty in the winter gives a fresh, youthful counterbalance to somber colors and luxe fabrics. Add some pastel flowers or a touch of carnation pink nail polish and you’ll give your otherwise seasonal style a delightful twist. Learn more about this trend in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Step: Use a sea salt spray like wave mist to encourage natural movement. Tousle through and allow hair to air dry. Or, for a more dramatic look, rub a quarter of volume foam into roots, mist ends with protective thickening lotion, and dry with a large round brush.

Step: Use a French braid or fishtail technique to combine all hair into either a side braid or a pair of braided pigtails. Full apart with fingers, expanding and softening the shape. Fix in place with fierce. 

Step: Add flowers individually, tucking into the center of the braids or top the look with a floral crown. Use bobby pins to hold blossoms in place.


Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter.

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