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New Year, New Hair (as seen on www.michaeljohnsonhair.com)

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”)


Great for swelling out the hair for volume or creating textured looks on shorter or longer lengths. Awesome cutting lotion for hairdressers. Blow dry in for best results. It’s an oldie but a goodie….


Texture is back with a vengeance in hair. Think loose feminine deconstructed shapes as a nod to 70s rock and early 90s grunge. I love hair that looks like something I haven’t seen before and I believe that hair should reflect each client’s personal style. Texturising allows me to work with the hair visually, crafting a bespoke design that is finished in a totally unique way —- every time you have a haircut.

Below are some looks I love. Contact me at info@michaeljohnsonhair.com for appointments if you are in Sydney, or for more information or inspiration for your hair.

Love this Dazed&Confused cover with the amazing Ms Moss


TREND: The undercut explained

A great way to work a very graphic point of difference into any haircut is to take a small (or large) area and shave it. Undercuts can vary from quite long and softened for a more feminine feel, or very short and shaved for a strong statement. Either way they are 90s revival in full form and as you all know I am totally in support of that. 

Here are a few samples of undercuts I love, hopefully it inspires:

love this hair by Eugene Souleiman

A Sassoon Original

A Sassoon Original

Ultra cool ICON Johnny Depp - that hair is amazing

FOLIO: Incognito shoot 2009

Here’s a little flashback.

Photography: Richard Jefferson

Styling/Designer: Erin Larkin

MUA: Carol Mackie for M.A.C. Cosmetics

Hair: Michael Johnson

Model: Pip @ Chadwick Models

A reblog from MAC COSMETICS,for Vivienne Westwood…love those eyes

TREND: loving really black hair right now….

I am loving the idea of dark, velvety, goth revival locks in a very real way coming into the European winter and a very cool look for those of you who are daring enough  (maybe a whole tie in with my firm belief in the 90s revival!!) . Most important thing to remember with any colour change, is that it MUST work with your complexion otherwise you can actually look ill. Here are some examples of runway inspired BLACK BLACK BLACK hair that I love. 

My advice to you??…….if you are unsure: Go for it!!! you know you wanted something different and this beautifully rich colour will add unmatched shine to your locks, and make you stand out in the crowd!

this is an old image but I love the wigs they worked for this YSL show….

the beautiful Coco Rocha for Glow

And of course the beautiful Dita Von Teese wearing jet black in a smoking hot way

A little bit of geometry for your afternoon. Love love love.


Current obsessions.

WOW THIS IS GORGEOUS. Love the reference and the image and Nicole looks quite amazing. 

REBLOG FROM FASHIONGONEROGUE - awesome blog check it out by clicking the image above!!

INSPIRATION: Beach hair with Kevin Murphy