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New Year, New Hair (as seen on

So we are already 11 days into 2012 and know doubt many of you have made some New Year’s resolutions. Chatting with my clients the usual suspects are there, weight loss, drinking less, quitting smoking, more exercise and of course be more successful in our business/work/life etc. But what about your hair resolutions for 2012?

A change is as good as a holiday so I have collected a few inspiring images that I think match this year’s hottest hair trends. Most of these images are an extension or metamorphosis of what we were wearing last year, and they all focus on what I consider to be a key themes for this year - firstly a nod in the direction of a 60s revival, combined with the return of TEXTURE.

Hope you’re all inspired,

Michael :)

SHORT HAIR TREND: The “Gamine” crop

Nothing screams cool as much as this textured crop for the ladies. Think of working a very tight-to-the-head shape that has heaps of texture (see the Mia Farrow image below left). The razor is an awesome tool to work with to create these kinds of deconstructed shapes.

Style your hair with a blast dry first to get as much movement as possible and then finish with a texturising paste. I opt for Label M Matte Paste, but for slightly longer versions of this look you could even use a sea-salt spray for texture. I love O&M Surf Bomb for this.

MID LENGTH TREND: Get rid of the Lob! And the Chob, and the Mob and the Pob - and any variations on the Bob. Especially the variations on the name!

I love the bob just as much as anyone, but people, I think we are done! Opt to layer your long bob or shoulder length hair to create a rough, diffused texture. Lots of 60s inspired volume is definitely key here and a slightly narrower silhouette than what we have been working in previous years. I am not saying a return to the faux-rock-mullet of the early naughties but I definitely think it’s time we moved away from the bob. Have I stressed that part enough?

(Image taken from new Toni&Guy Collection “Alignment”)

LONG HAIR TREND: DIY Waves and Curls

I go through phases of loving and then hating long hair. I think it always looks amazing but unfortunately for most of the time it always looks the same. The glamour inspired looks of the past few years (lots of width and weight in the hair, loose smooth waves with not a lot of volume) are definitely still here to stay, but I say experiment with your style a bit by opting for a more natural, grungy wave to the hair. Think more Woodstock Festival Hippie and less GHD/Cloud 9 glamour curls!

The secret here is in the product. Make sure you look after your long hair, as hair that is moisturised and in optimum condition will always look the best left “a la natural”. I love O&M Maintain the Mane Shampoo + Conditioner  for all my natural/normal hair types, but for my blondes and curly haired ladies O&M Hydrate & Conquer Shampoo + Conditioner along with an O&M Seven Day Miracle Moisture Masque once a week is a must.

To create the beach-head looks below, shampoo and condition your hair and really well towel dry the moisture out of it.  Apply O&M Surf Bomb all the way through and separate your hair into twists (the larger the twists the looser the wave, and make sure they all go in different directions). As your hair starts to naturally dry keep topping up with the spray until you create that beautiful undone texture. Finally tame any excess frizz with some O&M Frizzy Logic Serum.

(Below left image from Toni&Guy Collection “Alignment”)

FOLIO: Some of my work from the London archives

Toni&Guy Academy Presentation/Shoot 2008

Hair: Michael Johnson

MUA: Thomas de Kluyver

Styling: Gareth Lindsay

Photography: Ivan Shaw