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Hair trends 2013

Inspired style? ... Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in <i>The Great Gatsby.</i>

Inspired style? ... Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. Photo: AP

The hottest hair trends for the year ahead are likely to be a blast from the past.

Mauve rinses, the Princess Di 'do' and the Farrah flick, repopularised a la Ms Middleton, are all set to make a come back in the year to come.

Two-time Hair Expo Australian Hairdresser of the Year, Brad Ngata, and current Hair Expo Colour Technician of the Year, Matt Clements explain why.

2013 haircut / styling forecast by Brad Ngata

1. The hottest cut of 2012 was definitely Anne Hathaway’s pixie crop, Brad says. Rhianna and Audrey Hepburn have also made the gamine look famous. So long as it's done right, the look is both ladylike and a little spicy. It "transformed Anne from girl next door to superstar," he says. "Expect to see this making waves in the coming season."


2. Ngata anticipates a return of the Lady Di 'do' in 2013, albeit an updated version "with short layers and faded-in regrowth," he says. "It should be worn slightly undone, with a natural texture and lots of volume."


3. Kate Middleton's take on the Farrah flick is the one to copy in 2013. "Since her new cut literally made headlines around the world, I’ve already had clients coming in for an update to this style," Ngata says. "It should be done with beautiful, thick long layers, a nod to the 70s through the fringe and middle part." But, this style comes with a word of warning. To work this look well, your hair needs to be in good nick and "extremely conditioned" he says.

Farrah Fawcett

4. Kate’s new ‘do’ also makes trend No. 4 according to Ngata. It "will lead us into other versions of the shag, with long layers finished with a soft blowdry and a dry, sea salt texture."

Kate Middleton

5. British hairdresser, Vidal Sassoon was famed for creating geometric, 'Bauhaus-inspired' hair. Since he recently passed away, in May 2012, Ngata predicts a resurgence of "Sasson-style classic precision cuts". They never date and always look chic, he says.

Vidal Sassoon


Ngata says new-release movies will provide inspiration for the coming season's looks and again, it looks like we'll be going back to the future.

"I think Hitchcock will show a new generation of young girls the amazing styling of the 60s, but expect it (like the film) to be re-invented in a new way," he says. "Similarly, The Great Gatsby will also influence a new generation to the world of the finger-waved bobs and the essence of the roaring 20s.

"I would expect these to be more style influences than complete style replications. For instance, consumers will be taking certain elements and incorporating these into their looks, rather than copying the whole style."

Last, but not least "Award season is just around the corner – so that will be the gauge for the coming season."

2013 colour forecast by Matt Clements


Lana Del Ray

Tone it up or tone it down, redheads will be striking hot in 2013, Clements says.

We "will see strong warm titan, rust and russet coppers that [will] have an incredible brilliance to them – it’s all about balancing intensity with depth and richness."

Cool reds aren't redundant, he assures. "However, deep crimson, red rose and bright scarlet reds will dominate to create high impact colours."

Celebs to watch: Christina Hendricks, Florence Welch and Lana Del Rey


Megan Fox

Black beauty is making a comeback. "For lovers of the dark mane, super dark browns and inky, petrol blacks will be seen this coming season," Clements says. "Adding black or darkest brown to medium brown shades in small sections helps to create density and show texture. Shades of chocolate, deep burnt caramel and coffee hues will be favoured."

Celebs to watch: Jessie J, Megan Fox and Katy Perry


Miley Cyrus

Ice queens will be keeping it cool this year, with white-blonde dominating on the style-front.

"Cool, crisp and clean shades are going to be hot in 2013," Clements anticipates. "We will also see, for the more adventurous wearers of the lighter shades, a rare return to the almost toneless and white blondes."

Edgy and adventurous, cool-colour blondes can enhance their look with textured hair and "sleek, graphic shapes with blunt–cut lines."

Warm blondes won't be left in the dark though, with soft marigolds and honey shades, still popular.

"I recommend keeping the softer shades closer to the face as it is more complimentary for the skin," Clements suggests.

Celebs to watch: Gwyneth Paltrow, Miley Cyrus and Michelle Williams


Kelly Osbourne

The pastels of 2012, popularised by the likes of Kelly Osbourne, will remain prominent.

"But gone are the bright lolly pinks and reds that accompanied dip-dye looks," Clements says. Instead, they will "be replaced with soft iridescent powder pinks, blue-greens and buttery yellow-golds."

Celeb to watch: "Kelly Osbourne will stay ahead of this trend."  


"In terms of techniques and colour application, I will be pushing a lot of multi-toned hair colour – from the mild to extreme," Clements says. "Browns that have super fine strands of black running through add another dimension, as does infusing two or more reds, and / or copper tones.

"Adding browns to auburns and copper shades will soften these brighter tones without losing intensity. It’s a great way to add freshness to a tired blonde by infusing two, three or more tones and weaving them together for a play on light and shade without having a long-term colour change.

"This can be done simply and effectively by incorporating a technique I developed called 'ribboning.' By twisting sections of hair together, similar to tying a loose braid or plait. These sections can be as large or small as you like, and the tones can be as similar or contrasting as you wish."

41 comments so far

  • Sorry girls a woman must look like a woman the pixie crop just does nothing but turn off any interest, I mean that degenerate Helen has a cut like's terrible

    Nick 0f OZ
    Date and time
    January 04, 2013, 5:03PM
    • It's worth getting a pixie crop to repel men like you

      Date and time
      January 04, 2013, 5:12PM
    • *gets pixie cut*

      Like we give a....
      Date and time
      January 04, 2013, 5:28PM
    • Yes at least we are in agreement but don't worry you'll attract the Helen's (Degenerate) of this world

      Nick 0f OZ
      Date and time
      January 04, 2013, 5:35PM
    • Does anyone even have any idea what Nick of Oz is actually talking about?

      "'ll attract the Helen's (Degenerate) of this world" ?????

      I suspect every woman you meet decides to get a pixie cut.

      Date and time
      January 04, 2013, 6:21PM
    • Not really into tom-boys myself.

      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 10:36AM
    • Its great for attracting trolls and Hobbits!

      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:10PM
    • pixie crop is disgusting. i agree. only insecure men go for women with the pixie crop.
      dont worry nick, very small minority of women these days go for the pixie crop.

      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:47PM
    • If the style looks go on the person, Yes they look amazing. But Anne Hathaway no thanks. Looked better before. A lot better.

      Date and time
      January 06, 2013, 12:28PM
    • Nick of OZ, a woman must look like a woman you say, well a man must look like a man, and i bet you don't even look like one. Maybe you should just accept that not everyone agrees with you and stop letting your insecurities get the best of you. I bet you are a very lonely person. I think every woman should get the pixie cut. No man or society should tell a woman what she should and should not look like.

      Date and time
      January 06, 2013, 8:51PM

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