Inspiration dating back to the 1960’s and soft, feminine shapes mingle with slick wet hair and severe middle parts in cute mid-length haircuts for spring 2012. The runways ran thick with retro throwbacks, featuring a modern twist, sleek vampy looks, and demure waves. Browse the mid-length hairstyles below to find the perfect new look to showcase as the weather turns warm.
Unlike the cropped, angled bob popular during the winter, this bob brushes the shoulders and has light, loose waves framing the face. Luca Luca sent down their models with this fresh, beautiful look. Part your hair down the center for the hottest style. If you want something a bit fancier for a special occasion, transform the wavy bob into a sculpted homage to the 60’s. Channel Mad Men and use a straightener to smooth the locks, pin up the top half of the hair, take a section from each underside next to the ear, and cross them in the middle of the back of the head. Pin your hair in place. Bring the top half back over the pinned sections, and tuck the rest of the hair against the nape of the neck in a curl angling inwards. Use bobby pins to secure in place. If you have bangs, brush them back and up from the forehead. Then, use hairspray to keep everything in place. To make it look more effortless and tousled, simply pin all of your hair up along the back of the head with plenty of volume at the crown.
Also called the “wet” look, this style might just be the simplest to achieve. BCBG, Tagliapietra, and Rebecca Taylor were just a few of the designers to send models down the runway looking like they had just been for a dip in the ocean. Not only is styling simple, but it works great if you do not have time for a shower; greasy hair looks clean when slicked back. Focus on the top half of the head and keep the rest gently damp, not completely soaked. The key is to make it look natural, like a gentle sheen. Consider this style for your warm spring break getaway, as it transitions perfectly from beach to dinner.
Tight ringlets, barrel curls, and modernized chignons make up the bulk of this trend for mid length haircuts. Use Milla Jovovich as inspiration for symmetrical wavy curls by cropping the hair to about shoulder height and then parting the hair down the middle or to the side. The waves should be medium sized and perfectly parallel to each other, close to the head. Or, keep it simple and frizz out your hair with a middle part, like Rebecca Minkoff chose for her models. A modern chignon can do wonders for your vintage style as well. Fashion I Sing suggests parting the hair far to one side and curling the front section. Bundle up the rest of the hair close to the nape of the neck in a traditional chignon, and finish by loosening up the curls with your fingers. Diane von Furstenberg went with the Double French Twist, which involves brushing back the top of the hair and transitioning into a French twist on either side of the head. A similar style but more reminiscent of the 40’s and 50’s is Gaultier’s crown of gigantic rolls along the top and sides of the head. While these styles might seem more dramatic, they add a glamorous aura to any formal occasion.