Make a change, with Elise Wil­son’s guide to this sea­son’s hottest hair up­dates.

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– 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.


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.

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