Hottest Hair Trends for 2011

With the changing of the seasons, comes the changing of your wardrobe. As you hang up your summer florals, you’ll be looking for hot new trends hitting the international catwalks to inspire your winter wardrobe.

But no look is complete without the hairstyle to match, so the Sebastian Professional Design Team is here to show you what’s hot for 2011 – from cuts and colours, to celeb styles to steal.

Led by Design Team Director, Joey Scandizzo, the team forecasts short crops, grungy texture, striking colour and pastels as some of the key looks this coming season.


Product is HOT – polished hair NOT. Raw, clumpy, rough or multi-dimensional, texture is the way forward in 2011. “We’re going to see a softer side of the 80s influence,” says Rachel Walker from Artistic Visions in Perth. “Long styles will be full of layers, with a grungy street style, making you look ‘un-done’ and effortless. Straight hair is definitely out – if you’ve got even a slight natural wave, work with it to enhance it. Think Blake Lively and Anne Hathaway, they work this look really well.” Sebastian’s Potion 9 and Thickefy Foam are a must for these looks.

Shorter styles are also having a comeback, with crops featuring heavy, swept or curved fringes and bobs cut just below the lobe to frame the face. “These cuts don’t suit everyone – so make sure you consult your stylist before deciding on the cropped look you’re after. Different face shapes require balancing in different ways, so you may need to add a fringe or thin your style out with layers.”


“From rich coppers right through to sandy shades, red is the new blonde,” advises Joey Scandizzo. “It’s been a major part of fashion designers’ collections and is now translating through into hair. Multi-faceted colour is also going to be big, with subtle tie-dying a key trend to look out for, as well as bold, vibrant hues balanced with pastels.” Maintain with a rebuilding and nourishing range like Sebastian’s Penetraitt trio which will keep your colour vibrant ensure it’s in top condition.

Balayage has long been a favourite for some and will see a resurgence this year. “Pip Edwards and Sarah Jessica-Parker put this style on the map, but we’ve seen Drew Barrymore and even Jennifer Aniston get on board of late – it’s definitely not going anywhere in a hurry.”


Ryan Mitchell, of Sydney’s Renya Xydis City salon, says three modernised classics are going to be big this year, the first sported by January Jones. “Her style doesn’t just look hot on the set of Mad Men. When she hit the Golden Globes red carpet, her sophisticated style oozed class and glamour.

On the other end of the scale, you’ve got Emma Watson’s modern day ‘Twiggy’ cut – I loved this from the moment I first saw it. It instantly transformed her from a little girl into a sexy young woman.” Keep it looking raw and textured with Sebastian’s Craft Clay – a must for defining short styles.

But nothing screams sexy more than Tom Ford’s new muse, Freja Beha Erichsen. “Her 70s shag cut is amazing. Not since Farrah Fawcett have I seen a shag cut that looks as good as this – I’d expect this to be very big this year!”

No matter what your style for the coming seasons, don’t forget to update your hair when you update your wardrobe. From 60s chic to 80s texture, be inspired by the coming trends and enliven your locks with fearless fashion.

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