The newest 'dos for the coming year


Nicole Elphick

There’s nothing like the start of a new year to make you re-evaluate your coiffure choices. So before you make any rash decisions and have to start an extensive hat collection, here are a few of the trends that will be popping up on the heads of fashionable types over the next twelve months...

Short hair

Brad Ngata, founder of Brad Ngata Hair Direction, says shorter styles are making a comeback – with an interesting economic reason behind this. “It's a sign of the times, when the economy is suffering hair is worn longer to save money and when times are good hair is cut short and requires a stylist’s magic every six weeks. Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams have all cut their hair off – it’s the look du jour.” So if you’re tossing up about whether to go for the chop there has never been a better time.



Square cuts

Leonard Newton, owner of Desmond & Molly Jones, says we’ll be seeing more square shapes in hair, rather than angled looks like the ‘pob’ as popularised by Victoria Beckham. “There will be more bob shapes around cheekbone and jaw level. The on-trend length within longer hair is that of shoulder level, again cut in a square manner. Also we will see more fringes ranging from softer Lou Doillon fringes through to stronger Bettie Page looks.”


Block colour

Hair colour went wild in the past few years with balayage galore and pastel shades popping up everywhere. But the latest hair hue direction is a return to block colours with Ngata describing the look as being “healthy, shiny and rich”.  Newton agrees saying what’s in is “all-over colour ranging from walnut to Christina Hendricks’ fiery copper”.


Styling tricks

If you’re looking for something a bit more creative to do with your hairstyle than the old wash-and-wear, Newton says on-trend styles include rope braiding and hair twisting with braiding to create texture in the hair. He says we’ll also have a return to using mousse to give locks a “natural lived-in look”.