By Shalini Mittal
Whether clothing or hairstyles, each new year ushers in new fashion trends. What is popular today becomes obsolete tomorrow. With 2014 only a couple of months away, it's time to catch a glimpse of those edgy hairstyles and cuts that will dominate the fashion scene in the coming year.
So, what's going to be the "next big thing" in women's hairstyles 2014? Will the chic, effortless bob make it to the top or will the no-fuss, simplistic ponytail win hands down? You can find out below.
Hairstyles 2014: Long and Medium Length hair
Braid hairstyles will be carried forward into 2014. We are not the only ones saying this; leading hair stylists share our opinion too. The specialty of braids is their versatility. You can wear them in umpteen styles - crown braids, cornrows, herringbone or fishtail braids, the school girl braid, the loose messy side braid, the waterfall braid, the braided top knot, the side swept braid etc.
2. The Ponytail:
For the girl-next door look, make the elegant, humble ponytail your Hairstyles 2014 pick. Ponytails suit almost all face shapes and hold well on all types of hair. They are low maintenance styles and perfect for days when there is no time to spend in front of the mirror. There are different ways to transform a plain, boring ponytail into a chic and stylish one that will turn heads wherever you go. Gather your hair in a sleek, high ponytail for a sporty or professional look. You can soften this look with a puff or side swept bangs. Side ponytails lend a very feminine and romantic feel. A ponytail, not too high not too low with Cleopatra bangs looks good too. A ponytail at the nape is the best match for casual wear.
3. Loose Waves:
The long loose waves are here to stay. This 90's inspired hairstyle never seems to go out of fashion. It includes big bouncy curls to loose waves that give the impression "I just got out of bed". If you have naturally curly hair, play up the curls on your hair. If you have a straight and sleek hair, create the look with curlers or a curling iron.
Hairstyles 2014: Short hairstyle
The three hairstyles mentioned above apply to long or medium length hair. You needn't worry if you have short hair, as there are impressive options for you as well. In fact, even women with long tresses can refresh their look by going short in the coming season. Shorter cuts have several advantages. Short hair is easy to maintain. Short styles make one look younger. Not only this, they suit straight and curly hair.
When going short, there is one precaution you must take - you should choose a haircut that compliments your face shape and does not highlight facial flaws. The longer bob or a blunt cut is the safest. The longer bob only grazes the chin; is 1-2 inches below the chin. It can be cut straight or at an angle; parted at the side or center. An extremely short bob looks best for a round face. Bangs and bobs gel well. Try different types of bangs - fringe, Cleopatra bangs, side swept bangs or asymmetrical bangs.