The 8 Most Popular Haircuts of 2012

2012 was kinda a crazy year. The world was supposed to end that year, in case you don’t remember. Fortunately, the world of hair and beauty was pretty awesome. I want to reminisce a little with you and inform you of the most popular haircuts of 2012!

8. Scene Cut

A scene cut, one of the most popular haircuts of 2012. See 7 of the other most popular haircuts of 2012....

The first popular haircut is my personal favorite 2012 haircut.

In fact, it is how I cut my hair! I think it is so super cute on anyone! However, I put it early on my list because it is more of a 2010-2011 haircut. It is still very popular though.

To achieve this look, you need a LOT of short layers cut with a razor. Scene cuts usually have side-swept razor-cut bangs but this year I have seen it cut a lot with straight, blunt bangs. It is important that your layers blend all the way down, otherwise, it will look like you have a mullet.

To style this haircut, you will need a lot of backcombing, a lot of hairspray and a good flat-iron. Flat iron all of your hair first, and then tease up your hair all in the back and on the sides. Spray like, half a can of hairspray (I like BigSexyHair Spray and Play) to keep it looking good and big.

7. Graduated Bob

A graduated bob, one of the most popular haircuts of 2012. See 7 of the other most popular haircuts of 2012....

These haircuts have also been popular for the last few years. Nevertheless, they are still in style. A graduated bob is one that is shorter in the back and gradually gets longer as it moves toward the front, with an A-Line perimeter. This type of haircut is cut very close along the nape of the neck and angles towards the front. The person getting the haircut needs to touch their chin to their chest (look down) to create an “undercut” effect. The layers are to be stacked in the back of the head, and gradually get longer, with the length. To style this popular haircut, blow-dry the back of the head with a round brush, and then flat-iron all of the hair, slightly curling it under at the ends.

6. Blunt “Zooey Deschanel” Bangs

Blunt Zooey Deschanel bangs, one of the most popular haircuts of 2012. See 7 of the other most popular haircuts of 2012....

These bangs are pretty simple, and a lot of us had bangs like this in the 80’s and 90’s. Good thing someone as cute as Zooey Deschanel brought them back. To achieve this look, cut the fringe pretty straight across, but angling them slightly downward around the sides of the face. I always like to pull each part of the bangs up to a 90-degree angle and point-cut into them to give them a softer, layered look. To style them, blow-dry them with a round brush, and then flat-iron them down. Pretty simple.

5. Side-Swept Bangs

Demi Lovato with side-swept bangs, one of the most popular haircuts of 2012. See 7 of the other most popular haircuts of 2012....

I personally think these types of bangs are flattering on almost anyone. I learned a cool trick on how to cut these bangs. You part them to the opposite side that you want them to part on, and then you angle your finger from the outer corner of the eye up to the temple and cut that whole point off. When you part them back to the side you want them to be parted on, they look perfect. I personally think these types of bangs look best when textured with a razor. To style them, like the above cut, blow-dry with a round brush and flat iron if needed, slightly curling them under. I highly recommend hairspray.

4. Pixie Cut

Rihanna with a pixie cut, one of the most popular haircuts of 2012. See 7 of the other most popular haircuts of 2012....

This popular haircut is pretty easy. It is short, but not too short around the edges. The ears are cut out, and the back is tapered. All around the edges should be really “fringy”. This whole haircut needs to be super textured, preferably with a razor. There’s not really too much you need to do to style it. In Rihanna’s case, it looks like it has been flat ironed (if it is long enough.)   If it is shorter, I would just comb it forward in the front and blow-dry it if you need to. As a styling aid, I would spray Paul Mitchell Spray Wax in my hand, rub your hands together, and work it through the hair.

3. Waves with Long Layers

Kim Kardashian with a long-layered haircut, one of the most popular haircuts of 2012. See 7 of the other most popular haircuts of 2012....

A popular haircut like Ms. Kardashian’s hair is pretty basic. Her hair has a lot of long, soft, blended layers. I would imagine they are slightly textured, either by point-cutting or texturizing shears. I like to cut these types of layers by “slide cutting” so they look softer and more blended. To style it, she has loose curls with a bigger barrel curling iron, more towards the ends of her hair.

2. Angled Bob

Jennifer Aniston with an angled bob, one of the most popular haircuts of 2012. See 7 of the other most popular haircuts of 2012....

This type of haircut is very basic and low maintenance. It is also EXTREMELY popular in the hair world right now. In the picture, it has a kinda messy look (which I LOVE). To perform this type of haircut, the whole head is cut with an undercut (the outer layers are slightly longer than the underneath layers). It slightly angles longer around to the front. The front also needs to be undercut so it will curl under. A good way to do this is to have the client look to the side and slightly tilt their head back. This type of haircut needs to be very accurate, as it is so blunt and every uneven piece will show. No layers are needed. To style it, just blow dry it under with a round brush, and flat iron as needed.

1. Side Cut

Kesha with a side cut, one of the most popular haircuts of 2012. See 7 of the other most popular haircuts of 2012....

In my opinion, this is the most creative, fun and popular haircut right now. I had my hair cut similar to this around the end of last year before it became super popular. Now my hair is pretty much grown out, but I am seeing it everywhere.

To do this style, decide what side you want to part your hair on because it looks best when parted to a side. Comb all of your hair over to that side, section off a parting from the crown of the head to the ear. You don’t want to shave anything past that imaginary line because it will look goofy. You can either leave the front inch or so along the hairline long, or you can shave it too, like Ke$ha. Next, you just shave that one area with about a quarter-inch blade.

You can do a lot of cool things with this style. I see a lot of girls do leopard print color where it is shaved and it looks super cute and fun. Make sure to use little clippers to edge out around the ear. I will tell you that if you haven’t shaved your head before, it feels really crazy. There is not much different about styling this type of haircut, except you should part it all over from the line where the long hair meets the short hair.

Now you are ready for a new popular 2012 haircut!!

Your Turn: Have you had your hair cut like any of these styles? What did you think? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below… 🙂

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