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Wearing your hair up is a great way to stay cool in the summer heat. This season’s runway looks included some very savvy up -dos with new twists on a classic look:

For a messy top knot, sweep the hair up and fasten haphazardly. The effect is one of nonchalance and effortlessness. This look is perfect with just about any outfit.

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Messy top knot at Lanvin Spring 2010

On the Spring 2010 runways we saw a more elegant take on the messy top knot, look to Lanvin, Fendi, and YSL for the perfect examples.

Volume is key so use lots of teasing and hairspray to help create the look.

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The classic, top knot

Sleek top knot at Marc Jacobs Spring 2010

Sleek top knot at Marc Jacobs Spring 2010

Sleek top knotsĀ  that sit right at the top of the head, like those seen at Marc Jacobs and Nina Ricci for Spring 2010.

Twists & rope braids

Rope braid at Zac Posen Spring 2010

Rope braid at Zac Posen Spring 2010

Rope twists, or rope braids, have also sprung up as another new style for Spring 2010. Seen on the runways of Matthew Williamson, Zac Posen (whose ponytail twists were woven through with neon colours), and Antonio Berardi

This style is simply achieved by twisting two strands of hair, then winding the strands around each other to form a ‘rope’ and can be worn up as seen in the picture above or can be twisted to the side, falling down on the shoulder.

The chignon

Textured chignon hairstyle at Karl Lagerfeld Spring 2010

Textured chignon hairstyle at Karl Lagerfeld Spring 2010

Originating from the French “chignon du cou” (which means “nape of the neck”), a chignon is an elegant low bun or twist that sits at the nape of the neck.

For a fresh 2010 take on the chignon, try a highly textured low bun like those seen on Karl Lagerfeld’s Spring 2010 catwalk. Rough pieces of hair are pinned in place for a messy, textured look. Another unique version was seen at Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2010 show – low chignons were entwined with strands of silver and bronze beads for an embellished effect.