Haute Hair: Off-Center Styles Rock Fashion Week

Out of the zillions of hair and beauty trend launched during New York Fashion Week, but asymmetric, side-swept styles definitely stole the show. The texture, length and specific constructions may have varied, but the coolest 'dos had one thing in common--the hair was parted deeply off-center and swept over to one side. "Simply put, asymmetric styles flatter everyone," says celeb stylist Juan Carlos of NYC's Rita Hazan salon. "Restricted, tight styles can call attention to features you might want to hide, but when you have hair to one side, it's like an optical illusion, distracting the eye. Also, it's just a really easy, chic, fashion-y look!" Check out our gallery of the hottest side-swept hairstyles during New York Fashion Week.
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 23, 2010

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At Luca Luca, lead hairstylist Ted Charles for Cutler gave the models a deep side part and created a high ponytail at the crown of the head. Then, he wound the pony into an off-center bun, leaving a few ends exposed. “You start with clean, smooth hair and mess it up a bit,” he told WWD.com.

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Tresemme hairstylist Jeanie Syfu created the wild, side-swept strands at Tracy Reese. After parting the models’ hair on one side, she wound small sections around a 1" curling iron, and then finger-styled. Leaving the front half of the hair loose, she gathered the back into a low pony, draping it over one shoulder.

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At the Arise Magazine Fashion Collective show, lead hair stylist Danilo wrapped thick, braided headbands around the models’ heads, piling the braid higher on one side for an off-center look. Chic!

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At Tommy Hilfiger, Wella hair stylist Eugene Souleiman gave the models deep side parts and long, bouncy waves for a preppy-chic look. According to WWD.com, Souleiman skipped using styling products, so the hair would look “touchable and healthy.”

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“The Rodarte look is at once free-flowing and controlled,” said Aveda lead stylist Odile Gilbert, who created the look backstage. To copy this deeply side-parted, sleek style, prep damp hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener ($21) and blow dry smooth with a flat brush. Then, create a clean left side part and flatiron hair all over. Then, pin top half of hair back at the nape of your neck.

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Wella lead stylist Eugene Souleiman created this “sexy equestrienne,” off-center ponytail for DKNY. To do, he created a deep side part, and then gathered the hair into a loose side pony. Finally, he applied Wella System Professional Hypercurl ($18) on the length of the ponytail for separation and added texture.

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Backstage at Yigal Azrouel, lead Tigi stylist Teddy Charles created this easy, elegant ’do by smoothing the hair into a side part and applying TIGI Freak of Nature Love, Peace & the Planet Volumizer.

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At Lacoste, models hit the runway in preppy, perky side ponytails. The teased-within-an-inch-of-its-life curly pony should not have been so chic, but it so was!

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Hairstylist Esther Langham for Morrocanoil was inspired by Botticelli paintings when she created the deep side part and long, cascading curls at Nanette Lepore.


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