SAFW latest hair trends

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

If you didn’t catch our tweets at the opening of SA Fashion Week, you missed out on the great Motions and TRESemme Sheer Glamour show. Celeb stylists Matthew Mansoor and Ursula Stephen rocked the runway with the models, doing live hair demos!

After the show, however, BeautySA caught up with Motions and TRESemme and got the how-to on the trends that’ll hit the street after it’s hit the runway.

SAFW latest hair trends


This look showcases blunt lines with texture, combined with a solid fringe line and fluffed ends.
1. A blunt fringe has to be cut into the hair to achieve this look.
2. Using curling tongs, curl small sections of hair only from your ear to the ends (not from the roots), creating tight bouncy curls.
3. Lightly tease the curls using your fingers, maintaining texture, not frizz. Get the hair as bouncy and fluffy as possible.
4. Keep the top smooth and polished, this will complement the smoothness of your fringe.


The blunt lines form the frame of the neckline creating length to the neck. The texture is in the fringe and the top of the head.
1. To get the back and sides as short as possible, use clippers with a number 1 or number 2 shield, depending on the length you wish to achieve.
2. Smooth out the top with a flat iron, creating separation and a slight spiky effect on the crown.
3. Smooth your fringe forward, using a separation product to define the look.

Plait City

Braids are a big trend – from corn rows to box braids, women are wearing a variety of styles. It’s all about being creative, especially with the natural hair movement at the moment. This creation is a chic braided look achieving the best of both worlds!
1. Brush your hair into a ponytail in the middle of the back of your head and secure with a hair band.
2. Spray hair with light-hold product to hold your hair in place, smoothing with a hair brush.
3. Split your hair into three sections and braid. Secure the loose ends with a rubber band. Additional hair can be added for length to create a dramatic extended braid.
4. Tidy the hairline and any fly-aways.

SAFW latest hair trends


What’s old is new! Fashion is taking this direction and so is hair. Taking retro hair styles and adding a modern twist, the French roll is a foundation style learned in beauty school, and this updated style allows you to have fun with it.
1. Part your hair down the middle creating two sections. Hold one section temporarily with a hair band.
2. Tease the first section to create a foundation.
3. Roll or flip your hair going inward to create the roll, and secure with hairpins from top to bottom.
4. Repeat on the second section.
5. Spray your hair with light-hold spray to hold it in place, and smooth front and back edges.
6. French rolls should be even in size and be in the same place at the front of your head. The finished look should be tight, sleek and sophisticated.

Knot so nice

The turban is really big this season and the knot is a trend-setting hair style. Inspired by fashion, combine the two and create an illusion of this shape with the hair.
1. Brush your hair towards the front of your head and secure with a hair band into a ponytail.
2. Split your hair in the centre and begin to twist. Pin your hair into a circle or doughnut shape.

Curls Rock

Lucille Ball was the inspiration for this look. She is fun, quirky and unexpected and so is this hair style. An updated version of Lucille’s curls and the Mohawk create a fun, funky, loose and let-go kind of look.
1. After shampooing and conditioning your hair, create double strand twists on your hair.
2. Allow time for your hair to dry.
3. After your hair has set, untwist and loosen your curls. Brush your hair on each side in an upward direction, and secure the back and sides with hairpins.
4. Your hair should be in the middle of your head, from front to back in a mohawk style shape.
5. Pull your curls to the front of your head and spread them apart to create the fun and funky shape.

Written by

Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Dyibishe

    For an event these are quite nice. Call me a weeveaholic but natural hair is too high maintenance for an everyday look. There is no spray and go effect and the sleek relaxed look fades too soon.

    6 years ago •

  1. Jessie

    I really love the avant garde and the knot hairstyles! Now I know what my next hairstyle will be :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    Wow nice hairstyles the knot so nice looks really good

    7 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    Like all of these, suit each model well!

    7 years ago •

  1. Cindy Ross

    Cute styles- especially loving the curls rock.

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Plaits seem the most normal hairstyle here…..

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Once again not a lot of options for short hair.

    7 years ago •

  1. miss_hle

    I’m going to try the Knot so nice :-)

    7 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Me too the plaits are classic!!

    7 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I can’t wait for my hair to be long again…

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Curls rock!!! I love them, I wish my hair was naturally curly

    7 years ago •

  1. CharlieW

    I love the fact that curls are in! Maybe now people will stop asking me if I have a perm… ha-ha!

    7 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    yippee, playing with the mirror again for new styles.

    7 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    I love all the different plaits around at the moment.

    7 years ago •

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