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Sunday, 5 February 2012

A new year has started and everyone is discovering what's going to be hot in fashion for 2012.  But you may be wondering....what's going to be hot in hair for 2012?  And here's where I come in.

Whether you're looking for a drastic change or a subtle change, there will be a trend for you.  So let's begin!

Short Styles

  • The bob is classic and will never go out of style.  But in the last few years we've been seeing a move from sleek to texture.  Spice up your A-line style with soft waves, volume, razored layers, and lots of texture!  
  • Ask your stylist to texturize or softly razor the ends to give movement.  
  • For styling, use a large barrel curling iron, some surf spray like Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray or Sunsilk Waves of Envy, and you're done!
  • The shag is a cut that has been around for a while, but becoming increasingly popular because more and more people are embracing their natural texture.  This cut is great for those who want wash and go hair, have wavy hair, or want volume.
  • For styling, add in a styling lotion or soft mousse to your hair and diffuse and scrunch until dry.  Perfection!
  • The pixie is another fantastic short style that will turn heads in 2012.  Try it with an eye-skimming fringe or soft wisps along the neckline to add some edge.
  • For styling, use a texture wax like KMS Hair Play Dry Wax and piece out the ends to your hearts' desire.

Medium Styles

  • Medium styles can be spiced up with a long, square fringe to draw attention to your eyes.  Made popular by ladies like Zooey Deschanel, it helps add dimension to a low maintenance length.  
  • Ask your stylist for a fringe that is long enough to cover your eyebrows and tapers off into the sides.  
  • The long, angled bob is also perfect for medium length hair and can still give you that volume you desire.  Perfect wearing straight or waved, it gives the illusion of a polished look in that in between phase.

Long Styles

  • Becoming popular in 2011 and still continuing into 2012 are braids and plaits.  Easily achieved with long hair gals, there are so many varieties of braids to spice up your look.  
  • Try the Milk Maid braid, the 5 Strand Braid, or the Inverted French Braid and Bun.

  • If you're over braids and want to try something new, try twists!  Seen on the spring runways, this is an easy, fuss-free style that is easily achievable on all hair lengths.

  • Long layers were very popular in the early 2000's and are starting to come back again.  For a while we've seen a lot of short layers among ladies with long hair looking to achieve that bouncy, volumized look.  But things are going more natural, and natural calls for...well, natural looking hair.  
  • Ask your stylist to cut long layers throughout the back and a few shorter face-framing layers in the front.  Use that large barrel curling iron or flat iron to achieve beachy waves, and don't forget to protect your hair by using a heat serum like Nexxus Heat Protexx or Pantene Style Heat Protectant.


  • Ombre and balayage hair don't seem to be trending out anytime soon, but the contrast is lessening. For darker haired gals, go only 2-3 shades lighter.  For blonde gals, add dimension by putting in lowlights to give the illusion of balayage.  Both are low maintenance and don't require numerous salon visits.
  • Cool browns and blondes seem to be getting requested more and more.  Even in the fall and winter when ladies like to get a little warmth, the most requested colors are those that are more matte with a few golden tones.
  • Ask your stylist to help you choose a cool, matte color for your over all shade, and then piece out a few hair strands in the front and top in a nice warm color to add dimension.  

So what are you going to try for 2012?


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