Hottest Hair Trends For 2013

January means New Year’s resolutions and a whole new look – Lee Stafford shared with us his inside scoop on which looks will be hot in the New Year. Lee also recently launched his award-winning Lee Stafford Collection of hair care products in the U.S.

According to Lee, the three hottest hair trends for 2013 (and tips on how to create each look) will be:

 

·        The Perfect Ponytail

Heidi Klum and Madeleine Stowe know how to rock a ponytail – Ponytails are a great way to achieve a sleek look with any type of hair. They’re also a quick fix when you need to go from daytime to evening. Depending on your style preference, you can wear a ponytail sleek and glamorous or messy and disheveled. Either way, your hair will look fabulous in the office or out on the town.

Madeleine Stowe Perfect Ponytail

 

The Perfect Ponytail

Whether you’re going for a polished pony or an untidy tieback, you’re going to need plenty of volume.

 

·         For the Polished Pony:

1.      Apply about a tennis ball size amount of the Lee Stafford Double Blow Mousse ($7.99) to wet hair, distributing the product evenly from root to tips before blow drying hair.

2.      Section off hair and blow out as normal. Once straight and dry, use a good bristle brush to gather hair up to the crown in a ponytail.

3.      Fix hair into place with a hair band, making sure that sides are secured in the ponytail.  For extra staying power, lightly spray hair with Lee’s Hold Tight Firm Hold Hairspray($7.99).

 

·         For the Untidy Tieback:

1.      Follow step one in the Polished Pony.

2.      Section off dried hair. One by one, spray each section with Lee’s Hold Tight Firm Hold Barnet Hairspray ($7.99) and create curls with a heated styling tool, like a curling iron or hair wand.

3.      When finished, flip hair over and finger through curls gently. If you want a little more texture, lightly spray hair with the Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray ($11.99).

4.      Gather the hair loosely in the back, but secure ponytail firmly with a hair tie. Leave out a few strands in the front, for a romantic look.

 

** Lee’s Stylist Secrets:

·         A great tip from Lee is to spray your hair brush with hairspray before you use it.  As you brush your hair back into a pony tail, the hairspray on the brush will beat back flyaways and smooth frizzy strands into submission.

·         “There’s an up ’do ponytail for all face types, and different pony tail styles will flatter facial features better than others.

o   If you have a circular shaped face, draw attention away from the roundest part by to keeping your ponytail on the side or perhaps turn your ponytail into a scruffy, side bun.

o   If you have a long or square face – try to leave a few strands of hair out to soften and frame the face or you can try a small bump at the front, creating the illusion of a rounder face.”

 

·        The Wavy Baby

Wavy hair, like Lea Michele’s at the 2012 VH1 Do Something Awards, will be one of the hottest hair trends in 2013. The great thing about this style is that it’s easy to achieve once you know how. It gives hair natural volume, and is extremely versatile.

Lea Michele Wavy Baby

For the Untidy Tieback:

1.      Follow step one in the Polished Pony.

2.      Section off dried hair. One by one, spray each section with Lee’s Hold Tight Firm Hold Barnet Hairspray ($7.99) and create curls with a heated styling tool, like a curling iron or hair wand.

3.      When finished, flip hair over and finger through curls gently. If you want a little more texture, lightly spray hair with the Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray ($11.99).

4.      Gather the hair loosely in the back, but secure ponytail firmly with a hair tie. Leave out a few strands in the front, for a romantic look.

 

·        The Big Bang

Recently, full bangs hitting straight and low on the forehead have been seen both on and off the red carpet. Taylor Swift, Rooney Mara and Zoe Deschanel are the obvious style leaders in this category, but even Christina Aguilera was seen rocking this trend at the 2012 American Music Awards.

Taylor Swift Big Bang

The Big Bang

If you don’t already have thick straight hair, this look is a little harder to recreate, but not impossible.  Another good alternative are side swept bangs which work on almost every face shape and with every haircut. “Bangs have been seen on nearly every celebrity this year and are still on trend for 2013.Lee’s Hold Tight Firm Hold Hairspray is the perfect product for either look because unlike other hairsprays on the market that leave hair with a crunchy, crispy look and feel, Lee’s hairspray is specifically designed to leave hair feeling as good as it looks, while giving hold to all styles without the stiffness hairspray is known for.

 

·         For the Big Bang:

1.      Begin with wet hair and apply a walnut size amount of the Lee Stafford Double Blow Mousse ($7.99).

2.      Aim a hairdryer with a diffuser (to combat frizz) down the hair shaft. While blowing out bangs, try not to move the hair too much, as this will create body.

3.      If you want a slight side flick, use a round brush and roll into the hair going backwards. Put the heat of the dryer on it then let the round brush cool down a little before you take it out.

 

·         For a Side Swept Bang:

1.      Follow step one in the Big Bang.

2.      Use a round brush to roll the hair up, and blow dry hair on the side where you want the bangs to sit.

3.      As you blow dry your hair, be sure to point your hair dryer down at your bangs, holding the dryer directly above the brush. When the hair is dried, lightly spray with some hairspray to hold it in place or secure in place with a cute clip.

 

** Lee’s Stylist Secrets:

·         “I always say ‘leave it up to a professional to cut your fringe!’ It’s not as simple as just chopping off your hair with a pair of scissors. You want bangs to suit both your hair texture and face shape as well, but if you’re really desperate to trim your bangs, it’s important to know that you must cut slowly and UPWARDS into your bangs. Simply cutting across your forehead will give you a fringe line that’s too blunt and difficult to correct professionally later on!

·         The right bangs can soften and balance your features. Lee’s general rule for fringe is strong, square bangs better suits a narrow face because it opens up the face and narrows down the forehead. With big eyes, you can pull off a great “coy” look, peeking out from beneath. Asymmetric or side sweeping bangs are the most flatting for a rounder shaped face; however, be careful if you have a low hairline or a small, round face – as it can become disproportionate and drown your features.

 

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