STYLIST SHARES TOP SUMMER HAIR TIPS
Keep it fresh with some easy tips
It’s official, the ubiquitous topknot won’t cut it any more, when it comes to piling your hair up: this summer, up-dos come with an added twist. At the SS16 shows, it was all about ‘proper’ ‘dos. But you don’t need hairstylist skills to ride the new up-do movement. The season calls for a more relaxed vibe, so imperfections, flyaways and wayward strands are all positively encouraged (phew). It’s the perfect time of year to experiment with the up-do, according to Indira Schauwecker, Toni&Guy’s international artistic director: “Up-dos keep hair away from areas like the forehead and neck, that usually get hot and sticky in summer. The messier it gets, the better.” Time to up the hair ante for summer...
Bling is the new thing when it comes to elevating a plain bun or chignon twist in seconds. Just add shiny brooch-like accessories in random places. “Going heavy on oversized jewels is a great way to transform an easy up-do into a statement look,” says Schauwecker. “Add height to the crown of the hair and keep the sides sleek and modern so it doesn’t look too fussy.” HAIR KIT: Use Label.m Hold & Gloss Spray (from Toni & Guy), twist your hair into a high bun, and add some bling.
Braids are your no-fuss style for summer, because they won’t budge. Take a French plait to the next level with a double-sided braid starting at your temples. Wear both braids down or pin them up completely using grips, so it’s more of a halo style. “Full braids will see you through swim, sleep and everything inbetween - it doesn’t frizz or spoil when you perspire, and looks even better when it’s worn in,” Schauwecker advises. “Try pulling the braid apart slightly with your fingers after styling, to create the illusion of fuller hair.” HAIR KIT: Rub some Redken Braid Aid 03 Defining Lotion (Blowoutandgo.com) into your hair prior to braiding - this will help manage the braids and keep your hair smooth. Secure with Hersheson’s hair bands for a long-lasting look (available from Sephora-me.com).
I’M WITH THE BAND
No matter whether you remember it from first time around, Nineties half-up, half-down hair is well and truly back - and it’s ideal if you don’t like your hair pulled off your face completely.
“This look is cool and fun, but also really easy to recreate at home,” assures Schauwecker. “Faux side burns are another trend at the moment so leave hair falling in front of the ears for a lived-in, relaxed look.”
Keep things playful for summer with bold, bright hair ties that punctuate your look.
HAIR KIT: Use Label.m souffle for body and hold - then sweep your hair up into a top-bun, use label.m Texturising Volume Spray for texture.