New Year, New Hair: Cut, Color and Style

Whether you’re planning on staying home with friends to watch the ball drop or are going out to a packed VIP lounge, why not get a jump start on your New Year’s resolution to reinvent your style with a new hairdo? To help teach us about the hottest hair looks, we consulted two of the hair world’s leading experts — Dusan Grante, Assistant Creative Director for Sassoon Salon, and Nick Arrojo, award winning hairdresser and television personality, formerly on TLC’s “What Not to Wear.”

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If you really want to change things up, why not get a dramatic cut? Dusan suggests going shorter or adding a fringe to add flair to your current cut. For those who don’t want to lose their length, Dusan says a more scissor-shy solution is to to add some layers around the face — it’s a small change, but will have a huge impact. No matter what you choose to do, Dusan says to consulting with your stylist first.

“I recommend asking your stylist what type of look will best suit your face shape/hair texture and bring in inspiration from magazines or even hair collections,” he said. “The latest collection from Sassoon, Blast definitely has some gorgeous looks!”


Adding color is another way to spice up your whole look. Dusan says that for a subtle switch, you could go darker, warmer and richer but still stay in the same color palette by adding low-lights. But if you’re ready for a radical change (especially going four shades or more lighter) — don’t get disappointed if you can’t do it all at once.  You may need to undergo multiple processes over timeto change the color gradually, which is healthier for your hair.


For a stunning style, you don’t necessarily need to go all out with a fancy updo. Dusan says that to add some seasonal glam to your hair, consider a simple style contrast. For example, if you typically wear your hair curly, get it straightened for the holiday parties by popping into a salon for a blow dry and straight iron service. Then, ask your stylist to show you how to duplicate the look at home, so you can prolong the style and look your best.

Hair Stylist Nick Arrojo
Hair Stylist Nick Arrojo

But if you’re up for a more intricate ‘do that you plan to create yourself, Nick Arrojo says the best advice he can give is to practice. It may not seem like a novel idea, but this is one of the top reasons DYI special occasion hair goes awry. “Choose your desired look and give it at least one run through a few days prior, so there will be no last minute troubleshooting before the clock strikes 12,”said Nick. “Don’t try to force something that just isn’t working, more often than not a simple, elegant and refined style will do the trick.”

But if you don’t want to deal with a DIY ‘do, but you still want to save some cash, Nick recommends checking out your nearest reputable beauty school. Sure, the students may take a little longer than you’re used to, but they are a fraction of the price (styling and blow dries go from $15 -$20 at Nick’s own cosmetology school in NYC).

Dusan Grant, Assistant Creative Director for Sassoon Salon

Dusan Grant, Assistant Creative Director for Sassoon Salon

A Few of Dusan’s Favorite Things

Looking for more inspiration? Dusan shares a few of his favorite hair muses:

  • Kérastase Nutri-Thermique ($60), an  in-salon treatment at Sassoon Salon

Photos: Hair model and Dusan Grant – Sassoon Salon; Nick Arrojo – ARROJO Studio