Best Hair Of 2012

Ahhhh, we’re almost halfway through December, friends, meaning our “Best Of 2012” posts are almost halfway done. :( But before we get too sad, let’s look back on all the awesome stuff we’ve covered so far. We dished on the best campaigns, best grills, best band style
and best celebrity nail art, just to name a few. So, sit back and relax as we keep all the goodness rolling out!

If there’s one thing we’re experts on here at MTV Style, it’s HAIR NEWS. Some of the biggest hair transformations (see: Miley Cyrus) have caused the biggest waves (heh) on our blog, and we SO aren’t mad at that. From killer retro updos to statement ponytails to super-short shaved ’dos, there wasn’t as shortage of highly-talked-about locks over the past year. So, let’s take a look back at all the best hair trends from 2012, shall we?


Rita Ora, Gwen Stefani, and Ke$ha.
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2012 was ALL about the bleached ’dos—the brighter and more platinum the color, the better. Our favorite bottle blondes included Rita Ora, Gwen Stefani and Ke$ha. Rita went for an old Hollywood look with soft, deep-parted waves, while Gwen rocked her sleek signature blonde hue. Ke$ha went all-out glam rock with her stick-straight platinum ’do, which carries tons of killer volume.


Demi Lovato, Azealia Banks, and Katy Perry.
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Last year we couldn’t stop seeing celebs transform their locks into dip-dyed, bleached ombre ’dos, but this year the entire trend took a darker, greenish-purple turn thanks to the emergence of the seapunk trend. Demi Lovato sported teal-to-cobalt tips during the summer, while Azealia Banks—the queen of seapunk mermaid hair—donned flowing purple locks almost all year long. Katy Perry also sported super-long gorgeous royal purple waves during her gothier stage last spring.


Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, and Miley Cyrus.
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Tons of ladies took a bold step this year and ditched their signature, waist-long waves for a fun pixie cut. Rihanna went for super-duper short ’do that showed off her fresh visage, and Anne Hathaway went for a softer, messier cut that we’re LOVING as of late. The most talked about pixie cut of all, though, was definitely Miley Cyrus’ punky, blonde platinum ’do that was longer on top and shaved on the side. Perfection!


Justin Bieber, Zac Efron, and David Beckham.
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What, did you think this would only be about the ladies? We couldn’t resist including these extremely well-groomed gentlemen in the “Best Hair” list because, um, just look at them. Justin Bieber, Zac Efron, and David Beckham WERKED the updated pompadour look in the most glorious of ways. Justin went high and mighty with his hair, Zac went ’50s cool in his look, and David looked straight-up chic with his ’do. *fans self*


Miley Cyrus, Emma Watson, and Katy Perry.
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Before Miley chopped all her hair off, she rocked one of the most covetable soft bobs of the year. The long, side-parted face-framing look caught on with other celebs like Emma Watson and Katy Perry who managed to rock the chic, just-below-the-chin look in their own personal way.


Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, and Lana Del Rey.
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A surprising number of celebs went back to their roots (heh) by transforming their hair into a super rich, dark brown hue. Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, and Lana Del Rey ditched their light-blonde locks for a fresh brunette look, and we LOVE it. Demi rocked shiny auburn locks with heavy bangs, while Lady Gaga showed off her self-proclaimed “Louis Vuitton brown” earlier this fall. Lana went for a super dark shade as of late, which really makes her porcelain skin pop.


Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Demi Lovato.
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Listen, sometimes us ladies get tired of always wearing our hair down, and Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Demi Lovato DEFINITELY killed it by wearing seriously statement-making updos. Katy wore a bright blue hair knot reminiscent of My Little Pony, and Gaga knocked it out of the park with her rainbow-streaked ponytail. Demi could do some serious hair-whipping in her leather-wrapped pony, so for that, we must bow down.


Rihanna, Cassie, and Ke$ha.
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Who knew that one electronic musician could influence an ENTIRE hair movement? Not us! Skrillex’s signature partially-shaved ’do caught on, and Rihanna, Cassie, and Ke$ha all buzzed part of their heads. RiRi only shaved a small portion of the hair above her ear, while Cassie buzzed it almost up to the middle of her head. Ke$ha cut one side of her hair reallyyy close, and let the rest of her blonde waves run wild. Love!


Natalia Kills, Rooney Mara, and Kreayshawn.
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Sure, every year bangs come and go, but 2012 saw a serious resurgence of the Bettie Page-inspired blunt baby bangs. Natalia Kills, Rooney Mara, and Kreayshawn all sported short fringe with jet black hair to show off their killer eyes and structured jawlines. #WERK


Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, and Rihanna.
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Celebs also couldn’t stop sporting another throwback hairstyle—the oh-so-pretty victory rolls! The pin-up inspired style caught the likes of Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, and Rihanna this year, which we LOVED. Demi had an interesting take on the trend because she threw the extra long pieces back into a ponytail. Katy went Judy Jetson-chic in her blue-tinted waves, and Rihanna also looked retro glam in her chic and shiny victory roll.

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