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How to: Get a Head Start on Autumn Hair Trends

Wed, 6 February 2013 1:03PM

Happiness is… whiling away precious home/work time reading about hair trends. Which is what you’re doing now (sprung!). Which should in turn mean you’re pretty darn chuffed, right?

Well, want to get even cheerier? Read on, because hair trends for the coming cooler months prove to be edgy, irreverent, inspiring and outright pretty. Now if that isn’t joyous news, I’ll take up the tambourine. Professionally.

Here are a few shortcuts (overused pun intended) towards getting the hop on the hottest looks in hair.

Don’t Play it Safe with Short Cuts

Ears are big this autumn. Well, not literally. Prince Charles won’t be gracing the cover of Alllure anytime soon but hair is short so ears, napes and jawlines are being celebrated – and displayed.

Haircuts are short, geometric and hark back to a groovier, beatnick age. Far from conservative, the most on-trend cuts are quirky and bold, with clean lines, even lengths and strong silouhettes. As for fringes? Don’t even get me started on those. They are popular in colossal proportions. Blunt, heavy and brave.

Whether loose and textured or straight and more severe, look to beauties like Arizona Muse (above) and Ruby Jean as references on both ends of the trend spectrum.

That Doesn’t Mean Long is Wrong (in Most Cases) …

Some of us clutch to our lengths like a toddler does a teddy. Hopefully your tresses don’t have as much spit and snot on them as the well-loved bear, but you know some of you could do with a trim, right? Am I right? Not all lengths are good lengths. This season, emphasis is on glamour, so lose the straggly bits and call on your inner screen siren for a more cascading – rather than catastrophic – look, says Emiliano Vitale, Creative Director of the award-winning e SALON. “We’re noticing a definite return to big screen beauties of the past,” he notes, “yet with a twist to modernise the look and give it a 2013 influence.” Think Bérénice Bejo (above).

Crack the Colour Code


Rich, deep auburn reds, deep, dark yet golden brunettes and dirty blondes are the themes for autumn/winter in 2013 with a focus on colours that give rise to hair’s natural texture and movement, and of course colours that these strong ‘Look at Moi’ styles. .

Top tones include …

Deep Rouge: Think Emma Stone’s as she appears in Gangster Squad. This is set to be on high-rotation with aspiring redheads this autumn, overtaking flame or copper tones.

Deep and Dark Brunettes: Rich, shiny and lush is how brunette burns brightest. Don’t go half-hearted with darker hair, instead, embrace the dark side but make sure it’s also heavy with shine. You may want to try a good treatment to do so, such as Clairol Colour Radiance Intensive Mask, $13.95, pharmacies.


That’s it from me, Primpettes. I’m off to source some serious Autumn hair cut and colour inspiration. A change is as good as a holiday, even if it is just for my hair.


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  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Wed, 6 February 2013 02:43pm

    Thanks ecb for the run down on next seasons trends.
    Fringes are really trendy right now and im seriously contemplating getting one down. Plus they look lovely when brush to one side.
    Ive just had my hair trimmed with a straight cut and I love how it sits below my shoulders and frames my face.
    If I wasn’t on a dying ban id dye my hair red. I love vibrant red hair.

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Wed, 6 February 2013 09:21pm

    My hair is a slightly longer version of Arizona Muse’s look.
    It was my hairdressers suggestion last week.

  • Posted by: mioche Enthusiast // Thu, 7 February 2013 02:45pm

    I just cut all my (very) long hair off to a short bob just at my shoulders. So cute and soo easy to blow-dry and style each day!!!

  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Thu, 7 February 2013 06:42pm

    ohhh i really want to cut my hair shorter!! But everyone is telling me not to :s I don’t know what to do!

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 10:20am

    I love that colour. If its going to be hot this winter I better start to find my lippie and blush right now :)

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 11:11am

    I’m pretty sure I won’t be cutting my hair but you’re definitely tempting me to dye it a bit darker!

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Sat, 9 February 2013 10:29pm

    I’m still growing my hair out therefore I’m not giving it the chop any time soon

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Mon, 11 February 2013 02:18pm

    Some great ideas here. Thanks ecb.

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Wed, 13 February 2013 02:12pm

    I miss having short hair- it was so easy to handle, especially in winter when it was super windy!

  • Posted by: cookiesandcream Devotee // Fri, 22 February 2013 06:55pm

    absoulutely love the looks, thanks for the trends advice

  • Posted by: cookiesandcream Devotee // Fri, 22 February 2013 06:56pm

    … oh and i think it’s about time i got a trim aswell.

  • Posted by: Snezana-1319445104 Enthusiast // Fri, 15 March 2013 05:53pm

    Love to go shorter!

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Wed, 26 June 2013 08:47pm

    Emma Stone looks amazing in this photo, i love her lipstick :)

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Tue, 9 July 2013 08:49pm

    I am loving my dark brown hair at the moment. A full block brown. The next colour I am thinking of choosing is a nice wine, plum or purple, something different.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Tue, 11 March 2014 12:55pm

    Emma’s hair colour and style is beautiful. I’m tempted to try this colour change, its gorgeous and would suit my dark brown hair.

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