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5 Hair Trends for Fall 2012

I have been fairly absent from this page, but will try and be a little more regular.  I have been a bit busy crafting some jewelry, which you can find here The Mane Squeeze Etsy Shop

August is one of my favourite months as the season change of fashion occurs, which means you get to enjoy all the sales of Spring & Summer stock as well as see all of the new fall items come in.  I am loving the upcoming fashion for fall 2012, and these are 5 of my favourite hair trends that you will see (and hopefully try out).

1.  The Blunt Bang

I find over the past few years, this trend always seems to come around in the fall as women are usually craving a bit of change to match the turning of seasons and a strong bang is a good way to make a bold change without chopping all your locks off.  Plus bangs are annoying in the summer heat, so if you are toying with the idea at all, you are ready to go once it cools off.

Elie Saab

2.  Low Volume

The low volume look embraces a 70’s Boho vibe, and is fantastically low maintenance.  The best way to achieve this look is to firstly get a good cut with layers and make sure you keep your ends trimmed to avoid split ends (which can add volume).  You can squeeze the excess moisture out with a towel and let your hair air dry to help achieve this look.  If you do want to blowdry, make sure you blowdry downwards in the direction of the hair growth.


3.  Bouffant

The bouffant is being carried over from the Spring/Summer looks, but this version is a bit more relaxed and a little bit messy.  Make sure to use a good volume gel or mousse before blowdrying and use a nice round brush.  For the teasing portion, patience and sections will be your friend here for a strong hold bouffant.


4.  Tidy Pony

A tidy pony is a simple and sleek look, good for day or night.  This pretty ‘do can be a bit difficult to get perfect, so use a fine tooth comb and a serum to tame those stray hairs.  For an extra touch, take a section of hair and wrap it around the elastic.

Jil Sander

5. Ornate Hair Clips

Ornate hair clips will work great with the bouffant and low volume looks.  You will see lots on the shelves this fall, but if you really want to get creative, head down to Michaels and see what you can do with your own creations.



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End of the Rainbow

One of the trends that I am loving as of lately is Rainbow Tips! This style provides a fun pop of colour into your hair and allows you to go as extreme or subtle as you like, and your colour palette is endless.

Here are some celebrities that have jumped on this trend (or helped to create it :))

Jessie J

Carrie Underwood

Kylie Jenner

Gabriella Ellis

Kate Bosworth

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Cultural Inspiration

A little bit of hair inspiration pulled from cultures and traditions around the globe.  I absolutely love the Maasai Warrior hair! And apparently all Himba women are supermodels.


Japanese Samurai


Maasai Warrior


Togo Women
















Mormon Women

Fundamentalist Mormon


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Bang Up Job

To fringe or not to fringe?  This question is one that I am sure many of you contemplate when you are craving a little bit of change.  Here are the common bang (or fringe if you prefer) types, as well as their best suited face shapes.  The face shapes are merely a suggestion though, and I don’t feel it should be a set guide for you.  The best thing to do is to consult with your hairdresser and the 2 of you can decide what would work best for you.


best suits: oval, round heart, narrow

The blunt bang will provide you with a whole new look and suits many hair types and styles, from straight to wavy to a bob.  The straight line is great at squaring off a rounder face.

Super Short

best suits: oval, heart

Some of the variations of the super short bang are straight across, the v and a little bit choppier. It will definitely add a bit of an edge to whatever your style may be.

Side Swept

best suits: oval, round, square, narrow

This is probably the most versatile fringe and can be adapted into all lengths of hair.  It also will work on straight, wavy and curly, although my personal favourite for the side sweep is when it blends into soft waves.


best suits: oval, round, square, heart, round

The wispy bang will give an overall softness and ease to your look.  It works wonders on fine hair and gives a soft texture to your overall look.


best suits: oval, round, heart

The choppy look is a bit of a heavier alternative to the wispy bang, and gives you a bit of an edge.  The look works best if your overall haircut has the same kind of texture throughout.


best suits: oval, round, heart

The asymmetrical bang is usually suited to those that are a little more daring and fashion forward.  The great thing about them is that they are actually quite low maintenance, since they are usually precision cut to a set style.

Center Part:

best suits: oval, heart

The center part bang is fantastic at adding to a retro or boho vibe, and the overall look works best with a style that looks effortless and soft.


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gibson girl pompadour, permanents, bob, ornate headpieces, flat brim hats, long hair worn down, handlebar moustache, art nouveau, large hats, wide brims, postiches, hair pieces, art nouveau




3/4 bob, curling, perming, coloring, finger waves, headbands, feathers, art deco, flapper, cloches, sleek grooming, bobbie pins, erin crop, marcel wave, bohemian, bob with bangs, women as barbers




pin curls, back part, bleach blonde, waves, permanents, return to feminine, newsboy caps, crowned hats, hollywood glam, bowler hat, sleek, sophisticated, finger waves, water waves, brush curling, fedora




waves, hollywood starlets, pin curls, victory rolls, faux bangs, snoods, crew cut, reverse rolls, box cut, snoods, rockabilly, perfectly styled, voluminous, complicated styles, rats




poodle top, bouffant, shampoo sets, perms, glam, pin-up, bettie page bangs, ponytails, housewife, beatnik, sockhop, domestic goddess, elegant, immaculate, glossy, winged coiffette, nape flip up, new look




beehive, flop, vidal sassoon, asymmetrical, pixie cut, mod, bob, long straight hair, center part, hippie, bouffant, head wrap, afro, mop top, bandanas, sideburns, pageboy, pillbox hat




feathered, long and straight, center part, afro, punk, disco poufs, glam rock, brady shag, long hair on men, facial hair, simpler, natural, tapered sideburns, mohawks, clothing irons, mullets




backcombing, teasing, crimping, perms, hair bands, mullet, wave bang, mohawks, spiky, unconventional colour, new wave, scrunchies, hair band, side ponytail, bigger than big, experimentation




grunge, the rachael, twists, crazy color, caesar cut, high top fade, shag, recycled looks, blossom hat, layers, volume, supermodel influence, frosted tips, goatees, retro, beanies, contrasting lowlights and highlights




concave bob, faux hawk, blunt bangs, pixie cut, flips, emo shag, side swept bangs, corn rows, chunk highlights, two tone hair, sideburns, long and straight, jet black, dreadlocks, spiky




ombre, bob, pixie cut, bold colors, side braid, fish tail braid, sexy wave, big blowouts, top knot, wet look, retro, side swept wave, asymmetrical, chignon, slick pony, front wave, square


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Top 10 Memorable Hairstyles

The following is a list of my top 10 Most Memorable Hairstyles on both the big and small screen.  I need to impose that this is simply what left a lasting impression with myself, and that I know several key players such as Princess Leia, Jenny Hanley and Lola were left out.

The characters listed are from the past and even a couple from the present that I feel make an impact.  There is also a bit of Canadiana thrown in there, so for those of you not from here you may not recognize it, but after seeing her you will not forget it.

Which hairstyles have been the most memorable for you in TV and movies? Please let me know in the comments below!

10.  Rosemary Woodhouse

For me, when I think pixie cut, my mind will always wander back to Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse in Rosemary’s Baby.  Mia Farrow owned this hairstyle in 1968 and the fact that this picture is still brought into the salons today as a reference says a lot of the impact of this particular look.

Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse in Rosemary's Baby

9. Daenerys Targaryen

This is a newer character into this mix, but I do feel that Emilia Clarke’s portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in the The Game of Thrones series will leave a lasting impression in TV land.  This platinum beauty rocks the boho vibe with braids galore all while kicking some serious ass.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones

8. Kelly Kapowski

It is safe to say that I idolized everything about Tiffani Amber Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski in Saved by the Bell.  Whether it was a cropped jean acid wash jacket, a neon unitard or slouchy socks, it was always topped off by the oh so epic ‘Kapowsi Bang’.  Copious amounts of hairspray and backcombing went into my childhood trying to achieve her height.

Tiffani Amber Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski in Saved by the Bell

7. Jo Stockton

When it comes to memorable hair and Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is often brought up.  But I feel that her as Jo Stockton in Funny Face showcased her natural beauty and brought the beatnik look to the forefront of mainstream.  This hairstyle would still easily work today with everything from the super short fringe to the tidy pony.

Audrey Hepburn as Jo Stockton in Funny Face

6. Joan Holloway

Christina Hendricks oozes sex appeal, and with her bombshell role as Joan Holloway in Mad Men it doesn’t get any better.  Although this is a current TV show, her entire look brings us back to the 50’s/60’s with great ease.  Her ginger locks are always impeccably done in fantastic fashion, even after a romp in the sheets.

Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway in Mad Men

5.  Lulu

Initially I was going to put Uma Thurman from Pulp Fiction on this list, but the more I thought about it the more I had to put the master of the hairstyle on here instead, Louise Brooks. Her look as Lulu in Pandora’s box has influenced styles since 1929.  She will always be the master of the bob with a bang.

Louise Brooks as Lulu in Pandora's Box

4. Foxy Brown

Pam Grier is known as a woman who plays kick ass roles and Foxy Brown is no exception.  Pam’s whole look as Foxy Brown is absolutely iconic.  And although she has sported many styles throughout the years, her afro is hands down my favourite, as nobody can wear that style like Foxy Brown.

Pam Grier as Foxy Brown in Foxy Brown

3. Pris

Daryl Hannah’s role as Pris in Blade Runner is one of my favourite styles from the 80’s.  Pris as a “Basic Pleasure Model” replicant, showcased New Wave style with an amazing nest of shaggy blonde hair that was backcombed and teased to new heights.  This look epitomized the 80’s take on the future.

Daryl Hannah as Pris in Blade Runner

2. Leeloo

Milla Jovovich plays a quirky humanoid woman named Leeloo in The Fifth Element.  Her entire look is incredibly iconic and is still heavily used as a costume, mainly at Comic Cons.  Her look would not be complete without her famous tangerine locks cut into the bob with bangs style.  I even had her colour shortly after this film came out.

Milla Jovovich as Leeloo in The Fifth Element

1. Christine “Spike” Nelson

This character is probably not that familiar to you if you are not Canadian, but if you are then she is most likely an icon.  Amanda Stepto played Christine ‘Spike’ Nelson on Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High in the 80’s.  She is also on the current Degrassi:The Next Generation, but sadly her spiked bleached hair did not follow.  I can only imagine the amount of Dippity Do that went into this style over the years.

Amanda Stepto as Christine 'Spike' Nelson in Degrassi Junior High & Degrassi High

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Hair Trends for Spring/Summer 2012

Winter is coming to an end, so here are some of the upcoming trends that you will see in the months of spring and summer for 2012.  The common theme that you will find throughout all of the trends for the upcoming season is a feminine ease, and with the right style and product, many of these can be wash and go.

The ‘Wet Look’

This slicked back ‘wet look’ was seen on several runways including Donna Karan, Mugler, Alexander Wang, VPL and Chanel.  This can be worn in a variety of styles from damp waves to a product drenched chignon to only doing ‘wet’ roots.  The look can be achieved by towel drying your hair and applying a wax and gloss throughout, avoiding the roots and finish of with hairspray.

VPL Spring/Summer 2012

Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2012

This one is actually me, lol. Photography by Richard Saunders


Center Part

This version of the center part is one that creates the look of effortlessness and ease.  The center part graced the runways of Calvin Klein, Band of Outsiders and Burberry Prorsum. The look is almost stepping into a 90’s grunge era by creating an urban wave with tousled locks.  The key to this is not to make the look too perfect, in fact tossing your head upside down to blowdry with a mild mousse or lotion would work just perfect.  You can also take your curling iron, or straightener and add a slight curl to the ends to finish off the look.

Calvin Klein Spring/Summer 2012

Band of Outsiders Spring/Summer 2012










The headwear for the upcoming season is everything from scarves, wraps and floppy hats and really embraces the retro vibe.  This look is fantastic  with tousled locks and perfect if you want that extra 20 mins of beauty sleep.  Scarves and wraps were seen on several runways including Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang and Nicholas K.

Nicholas K Spring/Summer 2012

Dior Spring/Summer 2012


Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2012










Top Knot

The top knot and high piled messy bun have been around for a couple of years now and are still holding quite strong.  This look was seen on L.A.M.B., Jen Kao and Lavin runways.  It is a fairly effortless look that doesn’t require much time and works best on medium to longer hair.  The key is to make it messy chic.

L.A.M.B. Spring/Summer 2012

Jen Kao Spring/Summer 2012











Bouffants, fingerwaves, and big blowouts were on several runways including Diane Von Furstenburg, Tracy Reese, Rochas and Fendi.  All eras were pulled from and showcased, but the key is to take those looks and slightly deconstruct them to give them a modern edge.

Dior Spring/Summer 2012

Tracy Reese Spring/Summer 2012










Extreme Side Part

The extreme side part was seen on Dior, Derek Lam and Emilio Pucci runways.  This look is achieved by parting your hair where the tip of your eyebrow ends and tossing it back in either a messy or slicked chignon or low pony.

Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2012

Derek Lam Spring/Summer 2012










The Bob

The bob for this season is flirty and fun, almost a throwback to classic Meg Ryan.  Dior and Luca Luca both featured some fantastic bobs and faux bobs on their runways.   If you are not wanting to take the step of chopping off your locks but want to have a little fun with the look then try the faux bob which I am sporting in the pic below.  You can set your hair with some hot rollers and then just start curling the hair under and pinning it up.  Finish it off with a flexible hold hairspray.

Luca Luca Spring/Summer 2012

Me again. This is actually a faux bob tucked under with bobby pins. Hair by Cameron Martens











Bold Colour

Some of the colour on the runway for spring/summer 2012 was crazy, bold and oh so fun.  Both Thakoon and Narcisco Rodriguez showcased the ‘graffiti’ sprayed look with bright pinks, oranges and yellows.  Peter Som took a more subtle route  and had chunky highlights of pastels throughout his models’ hair.

Thakoon Spring/Summer 2012

Peter Som Spring/Summer 2012










And don’t worry gentlemen, I have not forgotten about you…

Men’s Style 

The Men’s style across the runways showed a lot of length on top and short around the sides and back.  Fairly retro and good news for the boys that like to go a little longer in between haircuts.

Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2012


Dries Van Noten 2012

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