Creative Hair Styles for Summer 2011

By Sarah LeWarn , last updated December 22, 2011

Looking for a creative hairstyle for the summer of 2011? Look no further! 2011 has proven to be a year for daring hairstyles across the board of fashion and celebrity style. We have seen numerous iconic women trading length for shape, straightness for texture, and with the coming heat waves it’s the perfect time to embrace the new cool trends.

The summer is no time to be sweating under long hair, so take this opportunity to follow in the footsteps of "It girls" Rihanna and Mad Men’s January Jones. These gorgeous women exhibit one of this year’s biggest styles, the soft bob. This style flatters many face shapes, from angular to oval, depending on the part placement. It’s also an ideal compromise for both straight and curly hair. Gentle layers falling between the neckline and chin help highlight collarbones and cheekbones, and layers can increase the appearance of volume and thickness. The best thing about this style, apart from its universality, is that it’s low maintenance. The lack of bangs and mid-length allow the cut to stay crisp and flattering for several months, and it requires minimal product to achieve the desired shape. To go bolder, try an asymmetrical bob, allowing one side to swoop lightly at an angle, falling a few inches longer than the other.

Another creative look this summer is the choppy pixie pioneered by celebrities such as Michele Williams and Ginnifer Goodwin. This super short cut calls for a rounder face and emphasizes features. It echoes the chic daringness of icons such as Edie Sedgwick and Mia Farrow. It offers a serious boost in self-confidence, artistic flare and style. The cut include edgy, sharp bangs and weight on the top, while the sides and back are trimmed tight to the head. This cut can definitely combat the summer heat due to its cropped length and resistance to humidity.

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