When it comes to hair looks this season, you have a choice – either go lean and clean, as seen with skinny pony tails at Dior and loose and poker-straight at Theyskens Theory, or go big as seen at Carolina Herrera or the new beehive at Dsquared2. But thankfully, with the new generation of easy-to-use styling products plus easy-to-do tips from the backstage experts, you can happily switch between the two. Here’s our step by step guide on mastering both the minimalist and maxi hair trends so you can change your hair as often as you change your outfit this season.

Supersize Hair

Worn up as a wide and high beehive, as seen at Clements Ribeiro and Moschino Cheap & Chic, or down and full at Carolina Herrera, the new big hair is a sexy, sophisticated update on the classic Sixties ‘do.’

Sleek and Skinny

Simple, small and straight (yes, straighteners are back) and almost equestrian in feel, this is about reducing the volume and creating that new super, shiny finish. The chic and sleek trend was just as powerful for hair as it was for winter’s wardrobe, as international stylist Guido Palau says, ‘this is American minimalism; that simple beauty that works wonderfully.’

The Texture

It’s retro but with one essential update – a new matt texture, using products like Schwarzkopf Professional Mattifying Powder or Fudge Matte Textures Spray , Use them on post blow-dry hair to give hair a super easy texture to reshape and rebuild volume with your hands throughout the day.

Tip: work a volumising mousse like Joico JoiWhip , through wet hair then blow dry hair back with a round brush to create volume.
Tip: Only backcomb where you want lift, brushing a small two inch section of hair back in towards roots with a must have GHD Tail Comb .

The Accessory

If there’s a one-trend-fits-all it’s the hair band. From wide black bands, bejewelled or the skinny black, this autumn’s Alice band is the perfect face framer.

The Essential Product

Use the right light shampoo and conditioner to get the necessary volume, try TIGI Bed Head Shampoo & Conditioner .

The Finishing Touch

For that rich, velvet, soft to the touch hair, we love Shu Uemura’s Art of Hair Volume Maker – a luxury powder that brushes on to hair to work in, or re-boot, volume.

The Texture

Poker-straight hair came with extreme shine, a lacquered finish that says healthy, luxe, expensive hair. Get the gloss with one of the new generation of hair oils (they can be used pre and post wash, or as your finishing serum) like Moroccan Oil Glimmer Shine , or use Redken Glossing Balm , as Palau did at Versus.

Tip: High maintenance hair needs real hold, but go for mousse rather than gel to slick it back- it gives a more invisible finish.
Try Wella Professionals Wet Shape Control Styling Mousse .

The Accessory

Simple they may be but graphic accessories give just the sort of architectural finish the new sleek, skinny hair needs. Keep it modern with leather ties around sharp pony tails, or go for the bold, rectangular barrettes as seen at DKNY and Daks.

The Finishing Touch

Flyaways are a no no, so lock them down with the classic backstage tip of spraying a paddle hairbrush – or even the palm of your hand – with hairspray and smoothing over your hair, try L’Oréal Paris Elnett .

Your Comments (3)

  1. Alexandra Bennett wrote on Nov 2nd, 2012 ...

    Alexandra Bennett on Nov 2nd, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I love the big hair this year, it’s fab! I especially like the John Richmond ‘do and would love to know exactly how to do it at home!

  2. Stacey Smith wrote on Nov 12th, 2012 ...

    Stacey Smith on Nov 12th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Volume wins! It is so much more fierce!

  3. PENNY MILLER wrote on Nov 20th, 2012 ...

    PENNY MILLER on Nov 20th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I love the full of body hair looks,super skinny looks good on some but not all.and suits others with more body. my hair is naturally curly and i hate it straight.


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