The hairstyles and haircuts we wear evolve with each passing year, just as the clothes we wear evolve. Following 2013′s fashion trends, it’s no big surprise that the most popular hair trends are the ones that are the most effortless: busy lifestyles and a desire for versatility puts complex hairstyles on the backburner, while classics with a twist prove the most popular weapons in our 2013 hairstyle arsenal.
That said, there’s no reason your 2013 haircut or 2013 hair colour can’t be bold or make a statement. The question, then, is what kind of statement you want to make.
After the break, the key 2013 hairstyles and 2013 hair trends that are shaping the year.
2013 hairstyles by season
Each season, the change in weather brings a change in fashion – and the hairstyles that accompany it. So while many hair trends will span the entire year, there will also be specific 2013 hairstyles that attach themselves to a particular season. Click through to our seasonal hair guides below for a whole range of 2013 hair how to guides and 2013 hair tutorials based on the runway looks of each season.
A key theme for fall 2013 is the new noir, the romantic and dramatic and wholly cinematic. Hair trends for the season reflect that, adding femme fatale curls and elegant updos to the existing reportoir of slick wet look styles and ’60s sex kitten bouffants. See out the full and evolving fall 2013 hairstyles guide at that link.
The warm weather ushers in a mood of optimism and a desire for change, meaning the biggest hairstyles of 2013 get interpreted in a particular light that fits the season. From easy up-dos to chic braids, summery wet-look styles to textured evening hair, follow the link to our spring / summer 2013 hairstyles guide for plenty of how-tos and tutorials.
2013 hairstyles for men
Men have their own hairstyle trends (not to mention trials and tribulations) which we address in a dedicated men’s hairstyles and haircuts page. Follow that link for our evolving guide to men’s hair.
Thinking of getting a new haircut for 2013? Mid-length hair will always be an option, but if you want to go for something bolder perhaps a short hair cut – or a very long one – will take your fancy. As far as short haircuts in 2013 go, the bob is the winner over anything cropped, while for those managing to grow it long hair is still as desirable as ever.
In 2013, bob hairstyles are making their mark. They’re sprouting up on model influencers – from Karlie Kloss to Edie Campbell and Aline Weber – appearing in chin length, fringed versions as well as longer bobs that brush the shoulders. The short hair cut of 2013, the bob is back in a versatile and modern way.
The shoulder-length bob.
Occupying the space between the chin-length bob and long hair: the shoulder length bob is your in-between alternative. Sharp and able to be style to either a modern or a retro bent, it’s a hairstyle worth considering for spring 2013. Find out more on the shoulder length bob at that link.
At the other end of the extreme when it comes to haircuts in 2013: ultra long hair. Away from the bob, this is the best way for a hair cut to make a big impact. The trend on the runways suggests a hair length that just reaches or covers the breasts, since the look hints at something a little mythological (think ancient goddesses and mermaids) – anything longer starts to cross over into medieval maiden territory and begins to lose its raw sex-appeal.
Very long hair in 2013 can be cut in two main ways: blunt, or layered. The truth is that either can work equally well. If your hair is straight and all one length, a blunt can will mean you can work both a straight, sleek look and a more textured one. If you have some shorter layers – especially through the front – you’ve still got the right foundations for an on-trend long hairstyle. Since a lot of runway looks use extensions to achieve the right length (meaning there will always be some shorter, natural layers showing through) and because the most on-trend styles for long hair are the ones with plenty of volume and texture, it doesn’t matter if your hair is cut with some layers.
Long hair on the runway at Just Cavalli spring 2013 and Paco Rabanne spring 2013
That said, the long 2013 hair cut isn’t one you want to thin out too much – remember it’s best with volume and texture – so the most on-trend way to have it cut is with a few choppy layers, not completely layered all over.
Whether side parted, center-parted, curled or straight, it’s worth knowing a few basic textured hairstyles for long hair. Here are some to try:
Spotted on the runway at Calvin Klein, this spring 2013 hairstyle for long hair is textured without being too grungy or too messy. You can find out how to create this textured side part hair – which is great for either day or night – by following the link to our tutorial.
This messy bed hair is so simple to create, you can literally roll out and bed and be looking amazing in just a few minutes. Perfect as as style for long hair, though also great for mid-length hair, you can follow the easy bedhead hair how to guide at that link.
The fringe / bangs.
From grungy, ‘indie’ bangs to more slick interpretations; the fringe has been lingering on the hair trends list for several years running. In spring 2013 and beyond a hairstyle with fringe / bangs is still an option for those wanting a new haircut. Follow the link for more details about wearing a fringe in 2013.
There are specific hairstyles making it big in 2013, and then there are groupings of styles or themes that really make a broader impact – earning them the label of hair trends for 2013. Below you can find a round-up of those key hair trends shaping 2013. Follow the links to each for more detail.
True, side part hairstyles are always around. The question is in which specific styles to opt for and how to create them in 2013. Follow the link to find out more about side part hair as a trend in 2013.
Wet look hairstyles were huge on the runway last year, and yet they’ve maintained their presence for 2013. Key styles to try this time around are the oceanic goddess hairstyle seen on the Alberta Ferretti catwalk, and the textured wet ponytail spotted at Reed Krakoff: the ideal evolutions of gelled, wet look hair to take you into spring 2013.
It’s a trend you can’t miss: ponytails that sit low to the nape of the neck. As a 2013 hair trend, the low ponytail takes on many forms: loose and messy, neat and tight, sometimes with a unique twist or two. The common theme is to keep it low. Follow the link for the types of low ponytail that are popular amongst 2013′s hairstyles.
One of the simplest ways to make a hairstyle statement in 2013, the half-tucked hairstyle mixes it up just enough to keep it interesting. Add some accessories for a truly stand-out look. Follow the link for more.
Big, bouffant, feminine and sexy: 2013 brings a number of 1960s inspired hairstyles that’ll have you reaching for your minidress and false lashes. Breaking out of the pattern for all things effortless, these styles may take a bit of backcombing and hairspray – but they’re more than worth it. Read about the trend towards 1960s hair at that link.
For fall 2012 a range of boyish hairstyles flew onto the radar, inspired by the androgynous fashions on the runway. Our round-up of tomboy hairstyles serves equally well into 2013, so from trend reports to tutorials – follow the link to read them all.