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With the start of the New Year, comes a brand new list of trends: from fashion, food and fads to hotspots, hash tags and hairdos. At the rate at which information spreads, it definitely won't take social media long to latch on to the next big things.

The great thing about the New Year though, is that nothing is set in stone just yet from a style perspective: giving you the freedom to experiment with your look before being told, “That's so last season.”

So before any trends are set or hash tags typed, get inventive with your hair and try your hand at some of these simple, yet stylish dos to find what works for you.

The messy yet classy bun

This look is great for mornings when you don't have time to preen and polish your look yet still need to maintain an air of class. The steps to achieve this look are very simple, and all you'll need is a hairband, bobby pins and a headband of medium width.

Start by pulling your hair into a high ponytail and place the headband about 3cm above your hairline. Then, twist and wrap your ponytail into a bun and secure it in place with the bobby pins.

For added volume, lift the section of hair between the hairband and the bun with a pencil or something similar. Spritz with hairspray if needs be and you're good to go.

Knot your average pony tail

If you're having a lazy day and don't feel inclined to fuss over your lengthy locks, then this style is perfect for you. All you'll need is a light mousse, a comb, a small hairband and a bobby pin.

Apply the mousse to your hair, which can be damp or dry. Split your hair into two pieces and bring both over the shoulder of your choice.

Tie your hair into a knot then secure the two ends together with the hairband. Slide the hairband up into the knot to conceal it then secure it in place with the bobby pin.

Back comb your pony tail for added texture and volume then mess up the knot and pony tail for that dishevelled look.

Short, spiked and sexy

The shorter the hairdo, the more difficult it can be to achieve new looks. But that's not to say there aren't options. If you're a member of the pixie cut club, then this edgy look can be achieved in a matter of seconds.

First, you need to blow dry your hair until it's straight and sleek. Then, mould your hair into the desired spiky shape using moulding paste. You can spike it as subtly as you like or channel your inner punk and go crazy.

Finish off your look with a spritz of finishing spray and that's all there is to it!

Hair salon solutions

If you simply don't have the patience or time to experiment with your hair at home and find yourself becoming frustrated, then an appointment at the hair salon is only a phone call away.

When seeking their professional expertise on a new do, however, it is always best to be prepared and have an idea in mind of what you like and don't like.

Top stylist Joseph DiMaggio recommends telling stylists what you don't like so that they can customise your style around that. Celebrity hairstylist, Nelson Chan also recommends sourcing several pictures of styles you fancy and if possible, trying out a few new styles at a wig store.

Whichever method of experimentation you choose, you can't go wrong with a new do. Even if you don't particularly like the look you've chosen, there is absolutely nothing stopping you from trying something else. So have fun with the “me” time, and remember that the more styles you try, the better a stylist you'll become.

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