Pixies, Afros and Mod Bobs – Short Hair Trends for 2012

2012 is all about revival and re-branding. Fashion designers are looking to the past to create the collections of the future, and the hairstyles on the catwalk are shaping the trends of today. A hairstyle is far more than just a cut, it reflects a person’s style and individuality even more so than their outfit. After all, clothes are changeable but a haircut is (at least semi!) permanent.

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Although they may not have the gym-toned body to pull off a celebrity outfit, any woman can take a picture of Scarlett Johansson or Emma Watson into a hair salon and – several hours later – they can emerge with a nearly perfect resemblance. The women of 2012 have more choice than ever in how they style their hair, and the choices available can often seem overwhelming.

Hair Trends for 2012

The Pixie/Rock Crop

The ubiquitous pixie crop, so popular in recent years, isn’t going anywhere – but, like most aspects of the 2012 hair scene, it is undergoing a re-branding. It’s emerging on the catwalks as the “rock crop”, best suited to those with androgynous facial features and short, angular cut fringes. This short, choppy cut can either be spiked up with gel for maximum rockabilly style, or slicked down for a sleeker appearance. This versatility makes the Rock Crop the perfect day-to-night style.

The Mod Bob

The Sixties Revival is still going strong in 2012, with several designers releasing collections that look like wardrobes from the set of Across the Universe. This wavy, mussy bob with the characteristic peak at the crown could be lifted straight from the head of Sixties goddesses Twiggy or Brigitte Bardot. Part hair at the side and fasten with a bobby pin for a maximum Sixties vibe.

The ‘Softfro’

Alongside its earlier counterpart, the Seventies comeback is making waves across the West. Based on the traditional afro, the re-branded is softer and dreamier than its edgy predecessor. Think fuzzy halo rather than bouncing curls – this is a look that can be paired with delicate lace and chiffon, in addition to bold patterns and animal print.

Hair Extensions

The great thing about having short hair is that it’s easily transformed into long hair with very popular extensions for hair – a transition which our longer haired sisters are unable to do without a pair of scissors! Hair extensions can be professionally woven in at a hair salon, although this can be eye-wateringly expensive (sometimes up to $300 for 50 extensions). Clip-in extensions are usually cheaper, can be applied at home, and can be removed and re-used. The more expensive hair extensions are made from authentic human hair and can be curled and straightened.

Styling Essentials For Short Hair

A good quality set of combs is vital for maintaining short hair. Use a variety of fine and wide tooth combs to create your style. Styling wax is usually better for creating texture in short hair. Finish off the style with a firm-hold hairspray to maintain the volume.

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All About Hair Extensions

Hair extensions can be an excellent way to get length without taking the time or effort to grow your hair out. They aren’t without their disadvantages, however. Extensions must be properly applied and maintained carefully to keep them in good condition and avoid damage to your natural hair. They can also be costly, rising in price if you choose longer or better quality extensions. If you’d like to add gorgeous length to your hair overnight, you’ll need to consider a few things before jumping in.

Long Blond Hair Extensions

 

1. Application Methods

Hair extensions come in a few basic types: sewn, woven, glued and clip styles. Sewn and woven extensions produce the longest-lasting, most natural-looking results, but they take a lot longer and tend to cost more. Glued extensions are less expensive and easier to apply, but are appropriate for a limited range of styles only. Clip extensions are best if you want to add length for just a short period of time and are concerned about cost or hair damage. They produce a very temporary result that must be styled carefully to hide the clips, but work well for special events.

2. Hair Types

Extensions can use different types of hair, too. Natural human hair is the most authentic-looking, but also the most expensive and difficult to care for. This kind of extension can be easily dyed, highlighted, cut and styled just like your natural hair. In many cases, natural hair extensions require extra conditioning to prevent breakage. Synthetic extensions, such as kanekalon, are much less costly and do not dry out as easily as easily, but are harder to cut and style. They also often have a shiny appearance that keeps them from blending in with your own hair. Stick to these extensions if you want bright, artificial colors such as pink or blue, or if you intend to wear your extensions part-time.

3. Cost

The cost of hair extensions varies by the salon, the amount of hair applied, the type of hair and the technique used to apply it. Clip-in extensions can cost $10 to $15 for simple synthetic color accents, or up to $200 for natural human hair extensions for most of the head. Having more permanent extensions applied at the salon costs between $400 and $800 for a partial head and anywhere from $1,300 to $4,000 for natural human hair applied for volume and/or length. In general, sewn or woven extensions cost more and bonded or glued extensions cost less.

4. Damage

Hair extensions aren’t necessarily damaging to your natural hair, but they can cause serious problems when misapplied. If your stylist puts a woven or sewn set of extensions in too tightly, it can result in a problem called traction alopecia. The tension on your natural hair causes it to fall out at the roots, resulting in thinning hair or a receding hairline. The wrong care can also produce damage. If grease or dirt are allowed to build up on your scalp, you may suffer from itching and irritation. You could also develop flaking skin. Wash your hair gently and condition it thoroughly to keep your natural hair in good condition while you’re wearing extensions. Always make sure you choose a stylist who will put the extensions in carefully to prevent any hair loss. Avoid extensions that are heavier than your own hair, since they’re more likely to put stress on the follicle.

5. Maintenance

Hair extensions can be treated much like your own hair, but do require some extra care. For instance, brushing your hair requires a special brush or comb made to avoid damaging the bond or the new hair. Gentle shampoos keep the hair from drying out or the scalp from becoming irritated, while regular conditioning with a light product keeps all your hair soft, supple and healthy. Since extensions can be difficult to untangle, consider sleeping with them braided or in a bun to reduce knotting. Every few months, you may need to go back to the salon to get the extensions reapplied, since they will migrate down your head as your natural hair grows. Colored extensions may need periodic touch ups as well.

 

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