While big hair was the quintessential style of the '80s, it pretty much fell flat once the '90s came along, and has had trouble gaining momentum ever since – until now.
This past season, hairstylists reached for the volumizing sprays, mousses, and round brushes, working massive body back into bland, dead strands. Whether it was bouncy blowouts, amplified curls, or fluffy pigtails, one thing was for certain: the bigger the hair, the better.
At Dione von Furstenberg's spring 2016 show, hair returned to its fluffy self, as models took the runway with deep side parted locks and tight, volumized curls. Meanwhile, at his fall 2016 show, Michael Kors showed off a cool-girl pair of volumized pigtails that seem to have found their way from the '70s, making us want to give this look another go!
Want to try the big hair look for spring? We've put together the season's biggest (literally) hair trends and how to achieve them!
BIG, FLUFFY CURLS
Thanks to Diane von Furstenberg's spring 2016 runway show, we're back on board with big, fluffy curls. The trick to making this look wearable is to start the curls a bit further down, leaving the top of your hair smooth allowing your curls to fall in a more natural, undone way.
After side-parting the hair, prep your strands with mousse and begin curling using a small barrel curling iron. Rather than wrapping small sections of hair flat around the iron, twist each strand of hair like a rope before wrapping it around the barrel.
Let your hair cool for a few minutes, then use a large round brush to brush out the curls, making sure to mist the strands with hairspray as you go. The result? Springy, textured curls!
To achieve Michael Kors' volumized, lazy-girl pigtails, start by creating a small part from the centre of your hairline, then tease the remaining hair from the centre of the top of the head to the crown.
Next, divide the hair in half and gather each side into a ponytail right behind the ears with an elastic, leaving a few pieces loose in the front for a more laidback approach. Tease the pigtail strands with L'Oreal's Matt & Messy Spray and add use a volumized hairspray for added texture. The best part about this style? You can do it under 5 minutes!
Tight, structural braids may be having their moment in the spotlight, but giving your twists a shot of volume is the perfect way to play up your look for spring. A poufed-up side braid is also an unexpected way to work big hair into an up-do.
To get a volumized braid, start by splitting hair into three pieces and fluff up each section with texture spray, and a boar-bristle brush. Then, loosely braid the three sections as usual and secure ends with an elastic. Pull out a few pieces around your face for effortlessly chic look, spritz your braid with hairspray and voila!