These days it’s not just women sporting long hairstyles, 2012is expected to see a variety of men growing out their manes as well. This long lock fad will be nearly ubiquitous, with long bobs flowing on both the red carpet and your local coffee house. Regardless of gender, longer hair has been creeping up over the last two years, dipping below the ear, gradually passing the chin, and now hitting full bloom. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to rock some long hairstyles, 2012 is the year for you.
The Reason for Long Hairstyles
2012 is a reactionary time in many ways and longer locks are simply one example. After all, style is a cyclical in nature, typically reiterating previous looks. Likewise, the current economic and political climate is very similar to the late 70s, when long hairstyles were at their peak. Amid times of recession, political protest, and general discontent, people—particularly young people—often seek new ways to express themselves, and hair has always been one of the best ways to make a statement.
Same Lengths, New Shapes
The long hairstyles 2012will showcase are different from the styles of the past. In fact, just because people will be adopting longer looks does not mean they’ll be visiting their hairstylists any less. On the contrary, proper styling and grooming will be even more in demand, as stylists have to give shape to all this volume. It won’t be enough to simply have long hair, it will have to be styled just right.
Specifically, this means layering and texturizing. After all, long hair does not mean big hair. Frizzy or untamed manes will carry little allure, but the longer cuts that fall just right, with flat angles hanging like newfound stalagmites, will be desirable both to have and to hold. In other words, continue to visit your hairdressers to help shape your hair as you grow it; ironically, sometimes you have to lose length in order to promote the kind of growth you want.