Kevin Murphy’s spring/summer 2010 hair trends

Kevin Murphy spring 2010 hair trends

Back in March, I was lucky enough to meet Australian hair guru Kevin Murphy (read my tribute post to his amazing eponymous line, if you missed it the first time around). And I just realized I neglected to post the wisdom he shared re: this season’s hair trends.

Here’s what he told me:

  • Bangs are still in style. In fact, based on his advice, I got my Nicole Richie-esque fringe last month. Kevin told me to get bangs, but long, angled ones (i.e. longer at the sides). And you know what? He was right—they look great (if I don’t say so myself), and can be parted either in the middle or off to one side. Usually, I part them in the middle because…
  • The middle part is back. We’ve been seeing a lot of side parts over the past few years, but right now it’s the middle that looks the most modern. (See: Diane Kruger at the People’s Choice Awards. LOVE.)
  • Lock up your flat iron. You won’t need it this season, unless you’re using it to curl, not straighten. (Not sure how? Here’s a good video tutorial.) The look is about a soft curl and natural textures…
  • Think fluffy and slightly flyaway. Really, it’s bedroom hair. Note: you don’t want frizz, but you don’t want too much definition either.
  • Dry shampoo should be your new BFF. Kevin makes a good one, and lately I’ve been loving this one from Clean. At the drugstore, you can’t go wrong with Klorane’s. Dry shampoo is really the perfect product for this season’s look, because you want hair to have a matte, almost powdery texture (Kevin’s words, not mine). Note: he doesn’t mean you should have visible white powder in your hair—just the dry texture it imparts. Make sense?

What do you think about the hair look for summer? Does it work with your natural texture or are you itching for a side-parted, dead-straight style?


Tuesday, May 18/2010 at 3:39 pm

I have naturally poker straight shiny hair, and it takes me 1.5 hrs to wave it using a conical wand. Even then it’s more like the odd kink here and there after a few hours, don’t think sexy bedroom hair; think odd straight bits mixed with irregular waves. I could never get if fluffy, or matte! Oh and to top it all I look ridiculous with a centre parting, it just makes my face look fat. Guess I’ll be very off trend this summer…! The one saving grace could be my bangs… :)


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, May 18/2010 at 4:51 pm

I hear you, Helen – my hair doesn’t hold curl well either! Have you ever tried curling with a flat iron? I’ll be posting soon about an interview I did with Kristjan Hayden, a hairstylist in NYC who also works with Goody. He said curl holds WAY better when you use a flat iron. And the right products, of course.

That’s not to say that you shouldn’t just rock the straight and shiny look though… I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes being on trend is just too hard! :-)


Tuesday, May 18/2010 at 7:42 pm

Kristjan definitely dispensed some pearls of wisdom that day. Although, I’m pretty sure he’s based here in TO and just went to NYC to work on some of the Aveda sponsored shows like Jason Wu.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, May 18/2010 at 9:20 pm

Oh really? He/NKPR were throwing around the NYC fashion connection like no tomorrow!


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