Wearable hairstyles from the catwalk

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The catwalk always provides the inspiration for fashion, but often they are too way out there to be worn by us real mortals. Here, however, are some trends from the catwalk that you actually CAN wear every day.

The Bob is back

Was it ever away? I doubt if this style is ever going to die. Last year it was mostly seen in chin-length or just brushing the shoulders, but be sure to speak to your stylist about the right length for your lifestyle, hair texture and thickness. Fringes are also still big, and this year they’re apparently becoming shorter, to reveal more of your features.

Wearable hairstyles from the catwalk

Braids and plaits

Not regular braids and plaits, but fishtails, side plaits, bun braids, milkmaid braids… The good news is that it’s very versatile, and it’s not an exact science – and you should also have really nice curls the day after. Salons and blow-dry bars in Europe and the US have been successfully adding braids to their menu offering (instead of stiff updo’s), and we hold thumbs that the local salons will follow suit.

Ombre is still big

Call it ombre, dip dye, or flamboyage – the trend seems to be sticking. It’s easy to maintain: with the traditional version, only the ends of your weave or hair are bleached/dyed, and the roots are left to grow out naturally.

Wearable hairstyles from the catwalk

Sling it low

Buns and ponytails are heading south (just when we’ve mastered the sock bun). Messy knots, careless buns and sleek ponytails at the nape of the neck seem to be the Next Big Thing, when teamed with printed scarves or metal hair accessories. Semi deconstructed updos are also big – you know, when you spend a lot of time to make it look like you didn’t spend any time on your hair at all. Slightly tousled, slightly messy, perfectly imperfect.

Short and sweet

Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, Miley Cyrus, Emma Watson… Need I say more? We’re going to see many a pixie cut this year.

Wearable hairstyles from the catwalk

And for those of you who are brave enough: Extreme partings

The safe side parting is out – hair is either parted in the middle, or in an almost old fashioned extreme side parting. With an extreme side parting, why not use texturising products for a slightly grungy look? Save the middle parting for sleek, straightened hair or loose, romantic curls. Changing your parting makes a major difference to your look without any commitment whatsoever, so go ahead and play around.

Wet look

Wet-look styles were extremely popular on runways in 2012, but it’s definitely only for the braver amongst us. In shorter hair styles, hair is gelled all the way back or into a parting, and then left. Ladies with long hair could also slick hair back or into a parting, and then tie it into a bun for a dramatic look. If you’re daring, leave it to hang loose.

Wearable hairstyles from the catwalk


We’ll still see some of the whimsical, romantic pastels in 2013 (especially in colour flashes or on ombre ends), but there’s a turn toward more vibrant, edgy colours. Think deep purple, emerald and vibrant red.

Images: Shutterstock.com/PRPhotos.com

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Chantelle loves the beauty industry and is a junkie for all things high-tech. A background in skincare therapy and a secret dream of becoming a copywriter steered her in the direction of beauty blogging. To read more of her writing, visit her blog NotAnotherPoppie.com.

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    4 years ago •

  1. TJK

    NOt too mad about the wet look, but I love everything else.

    5 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    The extreme parting is a cool and fresh idea!

    6 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    If not done properly, the wet look can look greasy.. No thank you!

    6 years ago •

  1. Clueless_Cutie

    Love the extreme parting look…so edgy!

    6 years ago •

  1. ABeauty

    I love all of these!! But I dont think my office would approve of Edgy colours

    6 years ago •

  1. Moe

    Amazing what they come up with these days!

    6 years ago •

  1. Simimano

    I like the extreme parting idea, it looks pretty!!

    6 years ago •

  1. TJK

    Love braids – not so much the wet look. Works on runways, not in real life…

    6 years ago •

  1. NicoleLom

    Oh oh oh! Going to go braid my hair right now!

    6 years ago •

  1. Serenity

    Been trying the plaits and braids, definitely rocking it!

    6 years ago •

  1. voges

    I like the short and sweet hairstyle

    6 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    I love the wet look very sexy , and the braids are extremely romantic , pretty , girl next door look…..

    6 years ago •

  1. Alison

    Love the braids and plaits and colourama! So stunning, I will definitely give the braids a try, looks so grecian and romantic! Thank you for the amazing looks!

    6 years ago •

  1. Harte-Joubert

    I love a bob! my hair is mid way down my back and im so keen for a bob, just considering it after winter maybe?! So love the red hair, just worried it would wash out pink.

    6 years ago •

  1. zozo.twenty

    Loving braids at the moment. If only I could figure out how to do them on myself. Not sure about the wet hair look, seems greasy.

    6 years ago •

  1. Vermeulen

    love the colourama – hairstyle and colour – ( all of the hairsyles are nice and something you can wear everyday .

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Colourama I think should have age restriction,………This colour Blocking nation of Rainbow nation!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Simone

    I have a bob, its the absolute best…would love to try an Ombre too sometime

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    You have to be bold to pull off Colourama. nice hair trends

    6 years ago •

  1. Cat

    Pink hair…..think a girl should def be bold and daring at least once in her life

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Wet look has always been a favourite of mine – So quick and esay. You can’t go wrong

    6 years ago •

  1. Lameez

    Lov the sling it low,plaits,wetlook ,ombre & Extreme party hair trends!!!TX Beauty SA.com

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Love the extreme parting and sling it low!

    6 years ago •

  1. Lah

    LOVE the plaits and braids and the Ombre!

    6 years ago •

  1. Chocolates

    i like the extreme parting, will give it a try.

    6 years ago •

  1. Leana

    I could never pull off pink hair.. but really dig it

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I really like that ombre look! Thinking about seriously doing it!

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    I can work with braids and plaits and the ponytails.

    6 years ago •

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