Make a change, with Elise Wilson’s guide to this season’s hottest hair updates.
– this summer’s hottest hair updates
If you’re craving change, a haircut is one of the easiest ways to make a dramatic or notso-dramatic upgrade. Embrace your natural texture, try out choppy layers or flirt with a fringe. We speak to three award-winning stylists to discover this season’s hottest cuts, and how to get them.
THE LONG FRINGE
A new fringe can make an instant style statement. Think of it like a fashion accessory that is updated each season. “Fringes can change your entire look,” says Nic Apaapa of Nicholas Paul Hair Design. Currently, bangs are inspired by the likes of Brigitte Bardot, with thicker, fuller styles seen on celebrities such as Dakota Johnson and Sienna Miller. With a fringe comes maintenance, so you’ll be seeing your hairdresser more than usual. “You have to expect to visit your salon regularly in between appointments to have your fringe trimmed,” says Apaapa. “To start, ask for a longer fringe – you can always go shorter.”
Make it work
It’s up to you whether you want a softer, more versatile fringe, or a blunt one for an edgier finish. When it comes to what suits you best, talk to your stylist about your face shape. “Heart shapes may want a sweeping fringe, whereas round faces should arch the fringe shape,” says Apaapa. Shorter fringes suit those with a short forehead and oval face shapes work with most fringe styles, he adds.
Style it at home
As well as frequent salon trims (every three to four weeks), bangs need work at home each day. “I suggest dampening your fringe with water then blasting it dry from above,” Apaapa says. “Next, smooth ends with a halfround vent brush.” If you want to add shine, work a small amount of Joico K-PAK Restorative Styling Oil, (1), $31, through the ends and blast with cold air when finished. “Or, for hair with a lived-in dry texture, use Joico’s Hair Shake,” (2), $34.
1. K-PAK Restorative Styling Oil, $31. 2. Joico Hair Shake, $34.