Top 5 Hairstyles For 2012

The 2012-13 shows have already kicked off with style, offering fashionistas across the UK an insight into the top hairstyle trends for the upcoming year.

A plethora of hairstyles dominated the catwalks but some emerging trends were clearly visible across a whole host of designers.

From retro up-dos and sleek ponytails to tousled waves and sophisticated braids, Hershesons can reveal the 5 hottest new hair trends for 2012 straight from the runways.

And regardless of your hair colour, length and type, there is something for everyone so there is no excuse not to be bang on trend this year.

1. The Ponytail

From sleek polished ponytails that are smoothed back off the face to messy low ponies, hairstylists are channelling the ponytail for the upcoming year.

Faux ponies were in abundance backstage at the Jason Wu show as well as being featured by designers Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Anna Sui and Marc Jacobs. Further models who all wore the versatile ponytail were in collections by Hervé Léger, Reed Krakoff, Temperely and Missoni. The example above is from the designer Nicole Farhi.

2. Tousled waves

The season is set to be defined by minimalism and natural beauty as a popular theme is to look fresh from the outdoors with bouncy, wind-swept hair. It seems that to look imperfect and flawed is the chic way to go with untidy waves and a casual vibe.

The tousled knots beach look that is effortlessly cool and messed up was heavily featured at Diesel Black Gold, Rodarte and Calvin Klein. The example above is from the designer ISSA.

3. Retro up-dos

This will be a super-hot trend in 2012 and provides a whole scope for inspiration and interpretation.

The style was featured on various fashion catwalk shows with everything from messy knots and embellishments to sleek ballerina buns. It was spotted on the shows by designers Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Gucci and Donna Karan.

Diane Von Furstenberg featured sophisticated tidy buns which sat at the nape of the neck as well as bouffants, as evident of the picture above.

4. Braids

Many designers opted for various kinds of braids at the fashion shows to give the models a bit of an edge.

Simple braids were featured by Lanvin and Carlos Miele whereas more complicated twists were spotted at the Valentino show. The Alexander McQueen fall/winter 2012-13 show in contrast featured more delicate, romantic and dainty braids. The example above is from the designer Moschino.

5. The Wet Look

This has to be the most low-maintenance look of the season but it doesn’t quite mean going outside into the cold blustery weather straight after having a shower.

The wet look, otherwise called glistening hair, is a definite trend featured by many designers. The barely-wrung hairstyle championed many shows including Diesel Black Gold, BCBG, Felder Felder and Giambattista Valli. But the trick is to finish with an all over glossy look, rather than look like a drowned rat! The example above is from the designer Stephen Sprouse.

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