Teenagers in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania are totally “in the know” when it comes to the current styles and trends. With easy access to great shopping, and being in close vicinity to great cities like Philadelphia, Allentown, and especially New York, there are plenty of avenues to discover new trends in fashion and especially, hair. How are teenagers wearing their hair for the 2009-2010 school year? “Classic” hair styles, such as buzz cuts and clean cut fades for men are always around, as are the classic bob and basic one length cut for ladies. But two hairstyles stand out in particular as being the ‘it’ style for teenagers and preteens in the Allentown and Lehigh Valley areas of Pennsylvania.
For teenage guys, the look I see most often in my salon is a bit like a men’s shag…. I call it the ‘not a haircut’ haircut since it looks like the haircut has grown out a bit and is slightly disheveled. It is a medium length haircut with lots of layers, similar to the longish locks recently sported by Ashton Kutcher and many other male celebrities. It works great for both straight and curly hair and requires little maintenance. Boys can stretch the time between haircuts since it isn’t a perfectly sculpted look. Leave layers on top longer and have the back and nape tapered for a neater look, or for a shaggier look, have hair cut the same length all over. Hair is easy to style – most teenagers just run their fingers through damp hair, and sweep their locks to the side out of their eyes. Teenager girls are usually impressed by the ‘hair flick’ guys use when they shake their head to one side to flick their hair out of their eyes.
To update this look for spring, ask your stylist to try cutting it with a razor (or cut it with shears and then texturize hair with a razor). This will give it a softer, more edgy feel. Add a little (and ONLY a little) pomade or texturizing paste to make layers look a little piecey. Another option is to have your stylist cut hair just a bit shorter for a cleaner, fresher look.
The most popular hairstyle that I see for teenage girls is shoulder length hair with long layers and side-swept bangs. It’s an easy look to achieve and doesn’t require monthly trims (although they are highly recommended to keep control of split ends). Hair can be air dried, or blow-dried with a bit of mousse and a large round brush for volume, or spritzed with thermal protector and flat-ironed for pin-straight locks. Show your stylist the overall length you want, and ask for a side bang and long layers. Keeping layers long allows you to pull your hair up in a ponytail. Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz have both been known to sport this beautiful style.
To freshen up this look for spring, try a few well-placed highlights to brighten the look and use hot rollers instead of a flat-iron to get large, loose waves, the newest trend for spring. For an edgier look, ask for short choppy layers, but know that this look may be difficult to keep back in a ponytail.
These are just two of the most popular hair styles in the Lehigh Valley for teens and preteens. They are attractive and stylish for all ages, but don’t be afraid to break out of the mold. To help your stylist know what kind of hairstyle you want to achieve, your best bet is to bring in a picture of what you love, but understand that your stylist may have to make adjustments based on your hair type, length, and face shape to get the best look for you.