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The 20 Hottest Hairstyles of 2012


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Upswept but Super Cool & Casual
The 20 Hottest Hairstyles of 2012

Models walk the runway at the Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2012 fashion show as part Milan Womenswear Fashion Week on September 25, 2011 in Milan, Italy.

Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images
Runway shows at the big fashion weeks always include a certain uniform makeup and hair look for the models. A hair and makeup artist is employed to create a look that works with the clothes but is also unique enough to get attention on its own. Think fishtail braids and a smokey eye or high, slicked-back ponytails, light eyes and bright red lips.

Usually, you look at the models and their hair and makeup and think, "Yeah, I don't think so." I found the models at Dolce & Gabbana's Spring/Summer 2012 fashion show, however, to be an exception. I simply love the upswept, casual look from this show.

This look is actually a more casual, less fluffy version of the pompadour in slide 1. The key here is to have lots of texture to hair either via waves or hair that's been sprayed with a thickening spray and backcombed just a little bit. Your hair can't be too squeaky clean and smooth or it will slip out of place and fall too close to the head. Texture allows the hair when pulled back to maintain a bit of loft, as seen here on dozens of different models.

You want to pull hair straight back from the crown leaving no part. You can put hair in a chignon, a bun or a ponytail.

See photos of more messy updos.

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