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braids and twistsHair trends often take their lead from the catwalks of the international fashion shows and the autumn/winter collections 2014 were no exception. There were several key trends we predict you’re going to be seeing a lot of over the coming months.

The Ballerina Bun – the prima donna of hairstyles 
Whether it’s super sleek or a little bit undone and messy, ballerina buns are going to be the leading ladies this autumn. You can wear them high on the head, or low on the nape of the neck, but either way they’re a versatile style that looks equally at home in the office or on a night out.

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Ballerina buns by Prada and Cavelli

Make way for Centre Partings
At Chanel and Balmain, hair was separated with a severe centre parting and kept smooth and glossy.

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Centre partings at Balmain and Chanel

In contrast, Stella McCartney and Valentino managed a softer interpretation of what can be a stark look, with a few front pieces pulled out to give a gentler effect.

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Relaxed centre parting from Stella McCartney and Valentino

Dressed up Ponytails
Take this season’s dramatic centre parting and team with a gorgeous ponytail to achieve the next key style for autumn. The catwalks were all about the glossy, highly finished look and at Kenzo a flawless finish was achieved by wrapping a few strands of hair around the elastic.

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Kenzo

Casual Waves
If dressed up isn’t your style, what about this season’s take on waves where its all about creating a casual, relaxed feel? These mermaid style waves are gentle and oh so gorgeous. If your hair is fine, add the illusion of additional volume with a slanted side parting.

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Casual waves from Isabel Marant and Chloe

Braids and plaits stay for another season
Our love affair with braids doesn’t look set to end any time soon but there was a new twist on the autumn / winter 2014 runways – cornrows, narrow braids close to the scalp.

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Cornrows on the Marchesa catwalk

Pigtail braids also featured, here on the  Marc by Marc Jacobs catwalk. If you decide to give this style a try though, remember to keep a few fly away pieces to avoid it looking too school girlish.

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Pigtail braids – Marc by Marc Jacobs

So there we have it – five fabulous hair trends for autumn / winter 2014. Remember, you don’t have to be a slave to fashion, but you can look to the catwalks for inspiration and ideas and adjust them to you own style.

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