Fearless Hairstyles for the New Year

Short Hairstyles
Could 2013 be the year you dare to go short? As the evenings get lighter and the warm weather starts to make a come-back, a shorter, fresher look starts to become more appealing. For your most fearless new look in the New Year, go for short layers for plenty of volume. The pixie will never go out of style, but for a modern twist, grab a brush and get backcombing for some 2013 edginess.

A compromise on going short is softening out the pixie layers for a classic long bob. Get a long fringe swept to the side and graduate the layers past chin-length. To emphasise your bone structure, begin the layers level with your cheekbones for a cooler, angular look.

Mid-length Styles
To freshen up medium length hair for the New Year, make it a blunt cut. An easy way to add a contemporary edge to the most versatile of lengths, get rid of overgrown ends in favour of a clean and sharp cut. It is particularly good for thick hair that’s all one length, and best of all, suits every face shape. Finish it off with a straight centre part, or if you’re rocking a fringe, trim to eye-length and sweep it to the side for a softer finish.

If you’ve always fancied a fringe, this year could be the one. Choose one that combs straight forward from the centre of your crown to elongate your face, and cut thick at eye-skimming length for plenty of attitude. Complement with long, choppy layers for a great way to spice up medium length hair with rock chick style. Set with plenty of spray to keep it in place.

For a chic new up-do look, experiment with clip-in hair extensions for ponytails. Smooth back your roots for a sleek finish, and clip in the long, thick pony you’ve always wanted. Trim the ends to a sharp edge for a blunt, modern finish.

Long Hairstyles
Braids came back with a bang in 2012, and they’ll be staying firmly put in the New Year. The side braid is the perfect effort-free style for long hair. Backcomb at the crown of your hair to get some lift before sweeping straight over to one side. Begin your braid just behind your ear, and loosen with your fingers for softer, sexier finish. Dream of having long, flowing hair? Clip in hair extensions are the perfect ‘‘fake it ‘til you make it,‘‘ and braids are ideal for hiding the difference in lengths.

Long, layered curls are a great way to wear clip in hair extensions. Begin with a centre part and straight roots before daring to go big. Use a large barreled curling iron for soft, bouncy curls and set with spray.

Bill Weston writes on a number of specialist topics including hair care and hair styling using hair extensions and clip in hair extensions for BobbyGlam.com.