Hot Hair Trends for 2012 from Hair Expo Australia

Here at Reds we believe that great education and training should push us out of our comfort zone. This ensures our stylists remain creative and innovative, offering the very best service to our clients.

Every year, as part of our education programme, we travel to Sydney for Hair Expo Australia. This event brings together the southern hemisphere’s hairdressing community, providing an unequalled opportunity to experience what’s hot at hairdressing’s highest level.

Importantly, it offers our stylists with an insight into the latest hair trends and techniques, which they can bring back to the Reds salon and apply to their work. While there were a myriad of new and exciting trends on offer, the following looks really made an impression on us.

Contrasting textures

Contrasting textures within the same style was everywhere – fluffy hair was paired with smooth, shaved sides and napes combined with curls or crimped with waves. Curls and texture were a huge part of this trend, so why not swap your straightener for a curling wand?

Colour blocking

This fashion trend has hugely influenced what’s hot in hair colour. While some of the colours on show at Hair Expo may not be suitable for the everyday, choosing to group colours together in blocks of similar tones rather than the standard half head of foils, makes this trend very wearable.

Sharp lines

Really blunt, sharp cuts were also big. Asymmetrical lines added to this aesthetic, creating a clean, futuristic look. Sharp bobs, blunt pixie cuts and asymmetrical fringes are all great ways of applying this look. This look can also be softened by clever under cutting leaving softer outlines.

Platting, braiding and weaving (think tribal!)

Plaits, braids and woven styles were super chic. Using plaits and braids in updo hairstyles is right on trend, while adding a braid is a quick and easy way to add interest to your day-to-day style.