Fashions of the Past Bring Possibilities for the Future by Michelle Pemberton

As all professional stylists know, hairstyle trends come and go and come again. The key to keeping up with 2009 hairstyles is to cast an eye to the past. Retro fashions from the 1960s and ’70s are cropping up throughout Hollywood as well as classic styles of the 1940s. In this time of change it important that we not forget our history, and with the help of a professional hairstylist, everything old can be made new again.

956626_green_eyesWhat was old is once again new. With President Obama being touted as the new version of FDR and the current recession being compared to the economic collapse of the 1930s, the minds of our country are looking to the past for inspiration and hope for the future.

This also holds true to the hairstyle trends of 2009. Professional hairstylists are taking the hairstyles of the 1940s and ’60s and giving them a 2009 twist. This year finds both men’s and women’s hairstyles featuring reminders of past classics¬ think Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn ¬with a view to the future. In the era of change, it is important that stylists keep up with the trends while giving a nod to the era of glamour.

Many of the popular hairstyles in 2009 start on the Red Carpet and work their way into the market. The 1960’s ponytail, set not too high on the head, became a hair fashion trend after it was worn so well by actress Drew Barrymore at the L.A. premiere of her latest film. A relatively simple looking coiffeur, it still takes a professional hairstylist to make it look just right. In Ms. Barrymore’s case, many “tools of the trade” were used to make her hair look simple, yet elegant. By looking to the past, her stylist set one of the many trends that we will see in 2009.

Another craze is the Milkmaid braid across the top of the head. This can be done with the hair of the client if it is long enough, or can be “faked” by using a hairpiece. In this technique, we once again see the influence of the past on the styles of today. What would once have been used only by the actual milkmaids of history is now one of the strong trends in women’s 2009 hairstyles.

While short pixy cuts and bobs are also popular trends this year, long, flowing tresses and mermaid waves are being pushed by many stylists around the country. Very few women can actually pull off the shorter styles successfully, but longer hair gives more room for creativity. With lengthy locks, a well trained stylist can take a client in many directions, from the glamorous and alluring waves of the ’40s to the free flowing hair of the 1960s and the sleek, straight trend of the millennium.

It’s not just women’s stylists who are looking to the past for inspiration. Men’s hairstyles tend to go one of two ways this year. The first recalls the tumultuous 1960s and ’70s which brought with it the popular grunge look. Fringe styles for men are certainly one way to go, but as with women’s styles, it takes a good cut and a competent stylist to pull it off successfully.

If you are looking for something that is a bit more traditional in its style, you might consider the Slick Back. Popular Hollywood figures of past and present, Cary Grant and George Clooney come to mind, sport a version of this that exudes confidence and charm, with an edge of daring. The 2009 catwalk models gave us the updated version of the Grant and Clooney Slick Back style, choosing to wear it sans part. However, with a good stylist who can see which technique ¬to part or not to part ¬will work for individual clients, this is sure to be a clean-cut winner in 2009.

With every year, come new styles. Make sure that you are familiar with haircuts 2009. If you would like to see hair styling videos and other techniques, you can visit Aesthetic VideoSource to get a FREE catalog and watch FREE sample videos on their website

About the Author

Michelle Pemberton is a writer in the spa and beauty industry.