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Kendra Aarhus

2013 Hair Trends: The Hottest Styles for the New Year

By January 20, 2013

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Megan Fox Subtle Ombre Hair ColorMegan Fox at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards
Beautifully Subtle Ombre Haircolor
Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

I'm pretty excited about the way hair trends are evolving as we go into 2013. A few years ago the ombre trend straight smacked me upside the face and made me cringe. I hated the harsh ombre looks of the past, but I am a huge fan of the way ombre hair color has evolved through 2012 and into 2013. Ombre isn't going out, but a more natural, subtle ombre is the the way to go this year.

Why? I think we've all had it with high maintenance hair color. A subtle, natural ombre is a great way to incorporate color without the maintenance, roots, and the need to get a touch up every month or two. As women, I think we are all embracing a simpler, healthy way to live and easier hair is at the top of many of our lists. It's a lot more budget friendly, too.

2012 found us in a rebirth of the retro-80's pops of vibrant colors in every shade from the rainbow. Feather hair extensions were out, while blues, greens, purples, and pinks found their way onto the heads of teenagers, celebrities, and soccer moms alike. I see the bold pops of color continuing on this year, specifically ombre color that involves non-traditional hair colors in every shade from pastels to neons? My advice: get a few clip in extensions in your favorite colors to incorporate untraditional streaks into your hair if you're not sure you want to commit to pink or blue long term.

Shorter, cropped, bobed, and pixied haircuts are continuing to grace the heads of celebrities and the women in my chair for 2013. Again, I think we're all a little tired of spending hours on our hair, and shorter fun styles are trending for 2013.Women want cuts that are easier to style, need less maintenance, and look great curled, straight, or wavy. We have less time and less money to spend on our hair, but no one wants to look like we're on a budget, right?

Pops of Bright Blue Hair ColorPops of bright blue color on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, January 2013.
Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Regardless if you wear your hair long or short, texture is huge as we go into 2013. Gone are the super straight, motionless hairstyles of years past. Women are embracing their natural curls, waves, and even a little managed frizz. Messy styles are chic and having "picture perfect" hair is so 2010.

Braids and hair accessories that enhance a hairstyle are continuing to be huge trends as we go into the new year. Scarves, headbands, flowers, clips and ribbons are an easy way to polish a hairstyle without taking a lot of time.

What are you looking forward to with hair in 2013? Do you have any predictions of your own? Share them below.


January 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm
(1) Robin says:

I like the lower maintenance styles, however the messy look really triggers my perfectionism OCD. I guess I need to take a few lessons from my teenager she seems to really be getting it! Great article Kendra, Thank you!

February 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm
(2) Tiara says:

2013 hair trends
flowy hair
futuristic hair
hair accessories

February 4, 2013 at 2:02 pm
(3) Tiara says:

2013 hair trends

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