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Hair - - Need To Know -

Look­ing good on holiday isn’t all about the evening wear, when you con­sider how much of your time is spent poolside, it’s es­sen­tial that you make the most of your off-duty im­age, too. Of course, keep­ing your hair hy­drated and pro­tected should be at the top of your list, but there are lots of ways to keep your hair healthy and gor­geous at the same time, as th­ese ex­perts re­veal.

Keep it sim­ple

The coolest beach babes go for un­fussy hair that’s easy to man­age. “My ad­vice for beach and poolside styling is to keep it sim­ple,” says Neil Atkin­son of Ma­hogany. “Wet hair? No prob­lem – scrape hair over into a deep side part­ing and put it in to a low bun and add a few pumps of wet look gel such as Sch­warzkopf Pro­fes­sional OSiS+ Body Me. Serums can also be good for this look.” If your hair is long, re­sist the temp­ta­tion to scoop it all up and in­stead go for some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, as sug­gested by Mar­cus King of Hooker & Young, “For poolside styling, opt for a loose side chignon rather than the usual top knot. Chignons are su­per sim­ple and look so lovely.”

Bun for the sun

Th­ese days buns are pretty much de rigueur for any­one with hair past their shoul­ders, but why not switch it up to make buns with a dif­fer­ence? Mark Hill says, “Fun buns or space buns are one of this sea­son’s hottest looks and they look just as good on the beach as they do in the bar! Sim­ply part your hair down the cen­tre and smooth up into high bunches. Twist each bunch un­til it coils up on it­self and se­cure with a band or grips. Try plait­ing your hair be­fore twist­ing for a dif­fer­ent look and have fun us­ing cute bob­bles or ac­ces­sories.” If that feels just a lit­tle too quirky to you, you really can’t go wrong with a chic and sim­ple beachy bun, as ex­plained by the team at Tay­lor Tay­lor: “The se­cret with this look is to not brush the hair be­fore cre­at­ing. Use fin­gers to rake through and pull all hair loosely to the crown se­cure with a snag-free band (not one with metal as you can’t then go swim­ming be­cause the metal will dis­colour the hair when wet with chlo­rine or sea wa­ter). Gen­tly twist the ponytail and ei­ther se­cure the bun with an­other band or grips. A spot of dry sham­poo helps this look on su­per fine hair to give the bun more tex­ture.”

Tell a ponytail

If your hair is long enough to scrape back into a ponytail, then try rock­ing this slicked back look, both day and night. “The slick back ponytail is a great look for sum­mer,” says Lee Stafford. “It’s per­fect for a day by the pool to keep you cool, and so­phis­ti­cated enough for an evening out. Start by straight­en­ing your hair so it’s su­per sleek, then tip your head up­side down and pull your hair into a pon­tail that sits on the crown of your head, ty­ing in place with a bob­ble. I would sug­gest us­ing a fine toothed comb to help you smooth down your ponytail to keep it look­ing sleek. Fin­ish with a small amount of my Coco Loco Co­conut Balm to tame down any fly­aways.”

Mak­ing waves

If you’re com­mit­ted to eschew­ing heated ap­pli­ances then you’ll need to work with your nat­u­ral tex­ture to cre­ate your stylish holiday ’do. Kai Wan at P.Kai has this ad­vice: “Keep it sim­ple and work with the nat­u­ral tex­ture of the hair. Some­thing like a sea salt spray (I like Ocean Spritz by eimi) or en­cour­ag­ing hair’s nat­u­ral curl with Wella SP Smoothen Curl En­hancer really works. Th­ese sim­ple styles look good when wet, then when hair is dry­ing use prod­ucts and fin­gers to tease in the nat­u­ral move­ment or on straight hair, keep a tan­gle teaser in your poolside bag to brush the prod­uct through. Use a Wella SP He­lio spray to pro­tect and add in a bit of Luxe Oil for shine.” “If you want to keep your hair loose as you bask by the pool, then cre­at­ing two smaller braids at the front of the head and loosely se­cur­ing at the back of the head is great op­tion.” Says Ser­gio Gian­nasso, who runs Gian­nasso sa­lon. “What­ever your style of choice, I rec­om­mend my clients use prod­ucts from the Neal & Wolf range which all con­tain UV fil­ters to com­bat the dam­ag­ing ef­fects of the sun. “

Make the braid

“Keep cool by the pool by keep­ing hair off your face,” says Matthew Cur­tis. “A braided updo is the per­fect low-main­te­nance style and doesn’t com­pro­mise on glam­our. Styles such as th­ese where lengths and ends are tucked in will also help pro­tect the con­di­tion of hair from the dam­ag­ing ef­fects of the sun.” Yep, braids are al­ways a win­ner and look just as good as you emerge from the wa­ter, too! Richard Ward also thinks braids are a good idea for holiday hair; “Pro­tect your hair from the sum­mer sun with a chic braid or plait. Fish­tail or halo braids are the ul­ti­mate poolside style—they last all day, keep the hair off your face and leave you with gor­geous beachy waves in the evening.”

Beach to bar

Make the most of your holiday by get­ting clever with your hairstyling—ei­ther choose a style that you can wear right through the day and into the night (hello slick pony) or fol­low Karine Jack­son’s ad­vice. She says, “One of my favourite trends this year is the eas­i­est, day to night holiday look. Start by split­ting the hair into two sec­tions, ap­ply a lit­tle heat pro­tec­tion like Or­ganic Care Sys­tems Con­trol Ther­mal 2 Twenty and then twist the sec­tions tightly pin­ning them at the back of the head. It’s in­cred­i­bly easy to do and is a great op­tion for those who don’t have time to braid the hair but want some­thing that looks as in­tri­cate. Sim­ply take out the twists for the evening, shake out the hair with your fin­gers and you’ll be left with loose beachy waves.”

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