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The 20 Hottest Hairstyles of 2012

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Nicole Scherzinger's Pompadour
The 20 Hottest Hairstyles of 2012

Nicole Scherzinger

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The year is almost over, so what better time to feature the 20 hottest hairstyles of 2012.

I've combed red carpet photos and magazines for hairstyles that a real person could wear. These aren't weird couture hairstyles. They aren't wigs. Only one includes extensions (hello Sofia Vergara!), and all of these are hairstyles you can actually mimic at home, after you get the right cut, of course.

I mix up long hairstyles with shoulder-length and short styles so that by the time this gallery ends, you'll be calling your salon for an appointment.

First off, let's talk pompadours.

I've noticed a ton of them lately and if I didn't have such a gigantic forehead, I'd try one out myself because I think they're fabulous. You can make them as big as you want, or go the more casual route. To get this look, follow these directions:

  • No matter your hair type, you need texture for this look. If you have thick, wavy or curly hair, you can get more texture with a pomade or wax. Fine, thin hair works best with a thickening spray sprayed on roots and crown before drying and a sprinkling of baby powder or a spritz of dry shampoo to hair once it's dry. If you have normal or dry hair, "second-day hair" works best for this look, meaning you let hair air dry to give it natural waves and you haven't washed in a day or two.
  • Tease hair via backcombing. See How to Tease Hair for detailed instructions. Spritz hair with hairspray.
  • Loosely pull hair back into a high bun, a chignon or a messy ponytail.

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