2013 Style Trends for Hair

Written by Dominick Sansevero, co-owner of Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa

If you are still wearing the same old, subtle hairdos, it is time to upgrade to a new hair trend that is on point in 2013. There are several specific hairstyles making big waves (no pun intended) this year that earn them the label of best hair trends of 2013. We all know that taking the plunge on a new hair trend can be risky. However, as an expert stylist and beauty enthusiast in the salon industry, I have provided my top six picks for 2013 style trends to try.

Banging Bold Bangs

There is no real guarantee that a trend will stay in style, but there is a way to make your gamble a bit safer because even the slightest change can create a dramatic difference in your appearance. If you are more on the conservative side but still want to make a change, try a very heavy, chunky bang. It is a pretty safe bet that the demand for bangs, both soft and edgy, will continue to be on the rise this year. Bangs are perfect for hair that is shoulder length or longer, particularly when hair is naturally straight or with a slight body wave. However, there are no real rules for this look; bangs are more about face shape and hair type so be sure to find the right stylist who can cut the best bangs for your face shape.

Super Straight Hair

Super shiny, straight hair will always be in vogue. This year a big trend in Hollywood has been long, sleek, sexy, straight hair. Super straight hair takes discipline and the right products for your hair type. Make sure you apply a great oil to finish after you straighten your hair with a flat iron. As far as styling, you will see a lot of deep side parts and centered parts as well as layered or short blunt cuts.

Color Mania

Bold is the way to go. Bright colored tresses are following in the footsteps of designers' runway styles, and that is when you will see fashion-forward clients who want dip-dyed, bold streaks of red, bright orange, and royal blue and/or pastel colors such as pink, yellow and lavender. If you are not into permanently coloring your hair, adding a few extensions with dramatic color is very popular this year.

Soft, Beachy Waves

Another trend that has remained popular from recent years are those enviable beach waves. This hairstyle works for all kinds of hair lengths, types and sizes. Your wave can vary from large, loose curls to tighter spiral curls for a more polished take on the beach wave trend. This year I am seeing an increased demand for effortlessly wavy hair and a vintage take on soft waves. Vintage curls and waves are elegant, classic and are making a strong comeback.

Tying the Knot

Top knot buns have definitely hit the fashion scene. This look is a very chic, put-together style that is manageable and quick to tailor. To master your twist, blow-dry the hair straight, create a clean center part (optional), and secure the hair into a firm ponytail at the nape, spritzing with shine mist. From there, you can wrap the tail into any number of looks, such as a high round ballet bun or the classic double knot. Do not forget to seal it with a shot of anti-frizz spray so the look remains sleek and polished.

Braids with a Twist

Pretty plaits and braids are never far from the catwalks, but this year's styles are all about infusing your personality into your braid. You can opt for a twist, the milkmaid braid, multiple braids in an up-do or a fishtail braid rather than a traditional braid. I predict an increased demand for beautiful braids whether it is simple or intricate. The best thing about braids are that you can wear them for any occasion; whether you rock them for a wedding or a walk in the park, braids will continue to be a well sought after hairstyle in 2013. Also, do not think that every braid has to be perfect; in fact, the "messy" braid is in style.

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