Hair Trends for 2012

This might be weird to admit but one of the first things I thought about when I contemplated the upcoming new year was hair trends. What’s in, what’s out. Well I’ve got a few for you right here from Harper’s Bazaar.

The Urban Wave
“The beachy wave has given way to the urban bend—a loose, louche curve in the hair that’s effortlessly cool and made to look like the models did it themselves. The street-ready style only requires a rough blow dry, subtle curl with the iron, and raking through with the hands to create the right amount of undone-ness.”

“The ponytail is back. But did it ever fall out of favor? The versatile horsetail was worn low and flat, as seen at Reed Krakoff and Ports 1961, tucked under and sectioned off, witnessed at Marc by Marc Jacobs and Herve Leger, or super slicked and damp, as noted at Diesel Black Gold and Donna Karan.”

Embellished Updos
“Imaginative touches defined the season’s most memorable updos. At Yves Saint Laurent, teased chignons were secured with cage barrettes, hair pins and errant strands looked chic sticking out at Phillip Lim, feathers made a striking statement at Jason Wu, and pearl-adorned knots stole the show at Chanel.”

Bigger Blowouts
” “Light,” “gorgeous,” and “rich” were just some of the words stylists used to describe this season’s voluminous, bouncy blowouts. It’s a return to elegance that doesn’t require much in the way of high-tech tools either. Simply apply a generous amount of mousse, set hair in pin curls, then release and tousle.”

Braids and Twists
“Braids got a graceful makeover for spring. Hairstylists created pretty plaits and that swooped around the head, playfully exposing the neck at Valentino, or cascaded down the full length of the back at Michael Kors. At Armani, the inspiration was an elegant woman who’s pinned her hair up without much thought but looks all the more stylish for doing so.”

Glistening Strands
“It might be the most low-maintenance look of the season. Wet, barely-wrung hair has a youthful innocence that’s also glamorous when paired with bold eyes or lips. Hairstylist Guido championed the trend at numerous shows, saturating strands with argan oil to arrive at a glossy finish all over or just at the roots.”

Read more: Harper’s BAZAAR

I admit I’m not the biggest fan of that wet look. I don’t think I could stand going to work with my hair dripping wet still or even adding oil in it to keep the look all day. I am all for the braids and twists. Of course. I want to start broadening my scope with it soon. This urban wave has me a bit boggled. I’m not quite how to approach it yet and get the complete look. Something I ought to try out. As for blowouts and ponytails. Yes yes please. Love these, always will. Glad they’re here to stay.


  1. January 4, 2012 / 6:54 PM

    …any tips on to get uber straight asian hair to hold an urban wave? i literally try to get that look after EVERY shower, but it eventually just falls–STRAIGHT.

  2. January 4, 2012 / 3:55 PM

    i am loving this !
    you always have the best
    hair posts ever ♥

    i hope you had a wonderful
    time this weekend!

    i am sorry i been a lil MIA
    but my laptop messed up
    i am back and not going anywhere
    hehe :) ready for 2012? I am
    read my blog today :)

    Melina ♥

  3. January 4, 2012 / 3:39 PM

    i’m all about the braids and urban wave looks (:

    i got my quiz answered and up, finally (:

  4. January 4, 2012 / 7:59 AM

    Okay…..please tell me work with hair for a living?! I mean you must….how else could you be so amazing and knowledgable?!

  5. January 4, 2012 / 4:06 AM

    Ug, I LOVE the urban wave but never get it right!

  6. January 4, 2012 / 3:21 AM

    i’m verrry glad the whole urban wave/bigger blowout thing is in because combine those 2 and you have my hair :) i remember trying to flatten the heck out of it in high school.. and before flat irons even existed. so miserable! it’s time for the age of letting our hair do what it wants haha

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