The new season is a great excuse to experiment with your locks, and whether you’ve got a wedding in the diary that calls for a girly up do, or a beach to hit that demands boho chic, we’ve got some top tips for helping you get the hair of your dreams…
Perfect for reclining on a beach or a relaxed, glamorous summery look, this style is easy to achieve. Try Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray (£21.50, bumbleandbumble.co.uk), apply to damp or dry hair and scrunch in. If you’re hair is straight like mine, finish by sectioning hair into 2-6 parts and twisting into knotted buns, leaving for 10-30 minutes before shaking free. For dry or damaged hair use serum on the ends to finish, we love Lee Stafford Poker Straight Shine Serum (£7.99, Boots). If you fancy a DIY challenge, mix a cup of hot water, a tablespoon of sea salt, a tablespoon of coconut oil and a teaspoon of conditioner or hair mask, pour into a spray bottle and shake – voila!
This mussed up look uses matte textures, layers and much more volume than the beach hair trend. If you haven’t invested in a hair powder yet now’s the time. Nicky Clarke Tease Me (£14.50, lookfantastic.com) creates effortless high volume and dynamic texture in seconds, simply scrunch into roots and see the transformation instantly, or for when you don’t have time to wash you hair try Bumble and bumble’s Pret-a-powder for a similar effect but with equal parts dry shampoo, style extender and volume all in a pinch (£21.50 bumbleandbumble.co.uk). A great product to keep in your handbag, Bumble and bumble’s Thickening Dryspun Finish is a translucent dry spray which creates instant fullness and texture – great for giving extra oomph after a midday slump! (£21.50, bumbleandbumble.co.uk). As well as using this style to add interest when wearing your hair down, it also gives a great canvas for an up-do, try twisting sections of hair from the front, and pulling back into a creative pony – or scrunching all your hair back and pinning loosely with bobby pins.
A look that never goes out of fashion, the SS15 catwalks were full of simple, elegant and super straight styles. GHD are still on top of their game when it comes to straightening irons, and the latest Eclipse styler in the range offers the fastest heat-up time yet, and boasts the ability to tame even the most unruly of do’s (£145, ghdhair.com). Cloud Nine’s Iron, The Touch, is the first flat iron we’ve seen that offers instant heat, with no on/off switch. This clever styler begins to work from the first stroke (£99, cloudninehair.com). Use a good heat protection product like GHD’s spray, which doesn’t leave a coating on your locks (£9.95, ghdhair.com), then work the tool from root to tip. Use clips to section off parts of hair to make the task more manageable.
For a super glamorous look, channel your inner screen siren and opt for big voluptuous curls. GHD’s Soft Curl Tong creates big bouncy curls and the Classic Wave Wand, ideal for long hair, (both £110, ghdhair.com) makes it easy to create the curl you want. Protect your hair with a heat spray, and check out GHD’s protection glove (£4.99, ghdhair.com) to avoid fingertip burns. Babyliss have designed the Curl Secret tool which automatically draws hair into the ceramic chamber where it’s softly held and gently heated to form a perfect curl – easy! (£120, babyliss.co.uk). For an ultra sassy shine use ColorWow’s Pop ‘N Lock Shellac which combines nourishing oil and serum for super shine (£14, colorwowhair.com). Don’t forget a mist of hairspray to keep your style in place.
Shimmer and Shine
The wet look’s back this season, and while we think it’s pretty cool on models sashaying down the runway, we’re not convinced it’s a wearable, every day style. Taking inspiration but toning down, this look can work on long and short hair, and offers a quick solution for a smart up do. Start with super clean hair – we love ColorWow Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner (from £9, colorwowhair.com) as a base, then use a thickening lift spray when blow drying, try ColorWow Raise the Root Thicken & Lift spray (£16.50, colorwowhair.com) or Hair Raising by Nicky Clarke, which creates impressive lift without leaving hair sticky (£16, nickyclarke.com). Spray onto towel dried hair, working into the roots with fingertips, and blow dry your hair upside down for tons of volume. Next, use a light gel and sweep the top sections of hair back, securing with a spritz of hairspray – we love Schwarzkopf’s got2b Rise ‘n Shine Soufflé and Glued Blasting Freeze Spray (both £3.00, Boots).