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The hottest hair trends for the new season

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Masculine and feminine combine when hair is slicked severely back before opening into crimps and waves  

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1940s roller-set quiffs meet 1980s Blade Runner with rolls of hair that pair perfectly with tailored silhouettes 

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This season's chignons flit between neat, precise shapes and messy twists and turns 

03 SEPTEMBER 2009

Sorry, folks. It looks like summer has slunk away, tail between its legs. But at least there’s a new season of trends to be played around with on those long, dark nights that beckon.

And you’ll need them, because according to superstar session stylist and Pantene global ambassador Sam McKnight, who’s responsible for many of the hair trends that come off the catwalks, hair is getting dressed for autumn/winter.

“Rich ideas always come out of poor times,” he says, as he points the way to the four hottest hairstyles for the cold days ahead.

Halfway hair
“The combination of hair slicked close to the head then fanned out through the lengths gives a sense of control and freedom in one hairstyle,” Sam points out, as he describes looks from Nicole Farhi, Versace and Givenchy that seem to combine two styles in one – long hair gelled back over the head then loosening out into fulsome crimps, waves or backcombed blowouts at the back. You’ll need plenty of hard-working gel for this look; try Pantene Classic Care Styling Gel.

Retro rolls
The pleats and quiffs rolling around the forehead at Moschino, John Richmond and Marc Jacobs were, indeed statement making, referencing the clean but shapely form of 1940s roller-set styles, but with Sam taking most of his inspiration at Graeme Black from Ridley Scott’s 1984 sci-fi hit, Blade Runner. Again, hair is kept tight and smooth around the head, but this time being drawn upwards and dressed into shiny rolls overhanging the forehead – perfect for the shoulder pads and masculine tailoring of both the 1940s and the 1980s that’s making a comeback. You’ll need serum to keep hair smoothed and shiny; try Pantene Ice Shine Serum.

Tousled tendrils
This is the old rock-chick look brought back to life with long-hair looking sexily mussed up with plenty of backcombing at the roots and slight waves and kinks throughout for texture, as seen at Chanel, Balmain and DSquared2. The look is matte, so dry shampoo’s the perfect accessory.

New knots
Chignons shine through at every fashion week, as the style that lets the clothes do the talking. This time they’re complicated, with hair drawn back or up and separated into smaller sections that are twisted, twined and wrapped into chignon shapes at Blumarine, Iceberg and Calvin Klein while Roberto Cavalli went for a neater, classier silhouette. Finish with Pantene Style Classic Care Flexible Hold Hairspray.

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