Biggest Hair & Beauty Trends of 2012

It’s been a bangin’ year for beauty. We’ve seen everything from grey lips to nail polish retailing at a quarter of a million dollars. And let’s not forget that brief stint with superhero inspired makeup. Whether you’re Team Neon or Team Natural, here are the stand-out hair and beauty trends of 2012.

Neon

Neon can be described as the ultimate “look at me” trend. Love it or loathe it, you better get used to it because it’s sure to stick around ‘til the cooler months set in.

Nail Art

Nail art was the perfect trend for the beauty shy. If you preferred to keep your face fresh, you could let your nails do all the talking.

Berry Lips

Berry lips ranged from the colour of juicy plums to almost black, and there wasn’t a celebrity that didn’t try it at least once on the red carpet this year.

Dip-Dye Hair

This trend slowly crept up on us. It started with natural looking balayage hair, merged into not-so-subtle ombre hair, before transforming into high contrast dip-dye hair.

Braids

Whether it was the Heidi braid, fishtail braid, side braid or waterfall braid, you couldn’t help but love this trend to bits.

What are your favourite trends of 2012? What do you want to see next year, and what trends are you happy to leave behind?

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33 Comments

  • Reply Isis21 Tuesday 25th December, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Not a fan of neon.

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Tuesday 25th December, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Love both the neon and the natural look.

  • Reply Cindizzle Monday 24th December, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Love

  • Reply T1NA Thursday 20th December, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Love braids

  • Reply ellenstewart Wednesday 19th December, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Ah such a great year..

  • Reply teekendall Wednesday 19th December, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    love the big loose braids, but i’ve just cut all of my hair off!

  • Reply SuperStylish Tuesday 18th December, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Such beautiful fashion statements!

  • lanalang
    Reply lanalang Tuesday 18th December, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Yay berry lips! Gorgeous!

  • Reply punkemohardcore Tuesday 18th December, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Hate neon.

  • Reply julzjulzz Tuesday 18th December, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    2012 had great trends going. I wonder what 2013 trends will be like.

  • Reply shazam Tuesday 18th December, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I love all these styles! The nail art is so cute, especially the yellow ones with the bow!

  • Reply 12renni Tuesday 18th December, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I loved all of these trends, although I’m not sure how i feel about the coloured dip dying.

  • karan2386
    Reply karan2386 Tuesday 18th December, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    loving all of these trends!

  • Reply KatP Tuesday 18th December, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Braids are pretty common but have to say I dont follow any of the other trends! EW

  • Reply fifi73 Tuesday 18th December, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Love, love, love Neon Nails! I’m actually wearing Neon Pink nail polish that glows in the dark! 😉

  • Reply godsaur Tuesday 18th December, 2012 at 11:34 am

    yellow is cool color

  • Reply nancyhendo Tuesday 18th December, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I use to hate neon anything but i must say its growing on me…

  • Reply T1NA Tuesday 18th December, 2012 at 10:07 am

    love emma’s look

  • Reply amanda6393 Tuesday 18th December, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Don’t like neon, love the berry lips though!

  • Reply dj23249 Tuesday 18th December, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Love the nails and the braids

  • Reply yslyenom Monday 17th December, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Berry lips, it depends on the colour.

  • Reply yslyenom Monday 17th December, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I’m not into the neon trend but I like dip-dye hair.

  • Reply AmberB Monday 17th December, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Braids!

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Monday 17th December, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Love the Neon Look

  • Reply detailed Monday 17th December, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I love all of these, especially dip dye hair.

  • hayley_shortie_22
    Reply hayley_shortie_22 Monday 17th December, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    love the braid trend. its a classic

  • Reply foxoduck Monday 17th December, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Berry lips are NOT my thing. But I do rather like the dip dye!

  • Reply Whatthe Monday 17th December, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I like the braid as it can look really good on some.

  • Reply maggielyly Monday 17th December, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    love the nail art + braids!

  • Reply BellaB Monday 17th December, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I’d love to be able to comment on something else – what is with BWA today?

  • Reply BellaB Monday 17th December, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Interesting reminders.

  • spunkx
    Reply spunkx Monday 17th December, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I loved the popularity of short hair this year, whilst I love a touch of neon with my clothing I find it a bit OTT with make-up.

  • Reply Jane Monday 17th December, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I really like neon nails.

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