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Hair Fashions For Spring Are Short, Natural

Shanna Southern Peterson Correspondent

Women’s hairstyles, as do fashions, change with the seasons. Long hair is in, then it’s out. Short and curly hair is in, then it’s passe.

Recently, readers have begun asking what hairstyles will be popular for spring ‘97. In researching this topic, we discovered good news and bad news.

First, the good news: The natural look is going to be big this spring and summer. Soft, luxurious, touchable hair is the look to go for, and rich chocolate brown is the color of the moment. We will see less and less of the unlikely shades of burgundy, blue-black or pink.

More good news: Easy-going styles are a big trend. Many designers are showing hair cut short and styled away from the face. If you’re not quite ready to cut it off, wear your hair up in a French twist. The key is to keep it casual and out of the way.

Now for the bad news: There are two looks turning heads from here to Milan. The first is called “bedroom hair,” and it means just that - run your fingers through your hair and go.

We are reminded of the “Miami Vice” look made popular in the mid-1980s by the television series of the same name. The underlying message is supposed to be sexy and casual. In reality, it looks as though everyone is having a bad hair day.

The other questionable look this spring is called “chunking” or “color blocking.” This is a step process where the hair is first dyed a dark shade of brown, then chunks are bleached in front and on the sides, gradually getting darker toward the back of the head.

A variation on this look is called reverse chunking. In this style, the hair is bleached blonde, then darker sections are added.

Whether you’ve decided to be bold and go with one of the spring trends or you are looking for a simple change in your hairstyle, we have some hints that may be helpful when you visit the salon.

First, find a stylist with whom you feel comfortable, one whose work you have seen and admired on other patrons.

Next, talk to your hairdresser before he or she starts to work. Explain what you want and what you expect to look like when the styling is finished.

Take pictures to the salon showing the look you want. Keep in mind, you may not walk out looking exactly like the model in the magazine but having a photograph will help the stylist better understand what it is you are trying to achieve.

Finally, don’t panic if the cut or color doesn’t come out exactly as planned. It will grow back eventually.

In the meantime,just tell everyone it’s the latest look from the top European designers - chunky bedroom hair.

MEMO: Shanna Southern Peterson is a Spokane writer and home economist. The Clothesline appears weekly.

Shanna Southern Peterson is a Spokane writer and home economist. The Clothesline appears weekly.

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