Feel the breeze on the back of your neck with these new picks of the dreamiest summer up-dos inspired by the catwalk.
Why it’s cool: Long hair haphazardly pinned into a bob was a huge hit at the Luella summer catwalk show. The beauty of this style is that as well as enjoying the look and feel of a short crop, you can tuck scraggy hair ends out of sight to protect them from sun damage.
How to do it: Start by spritzing a blow dry spray into your damp hair, such as Shu Uemura Art of Hair Liquid Fabric which gives volume as well as healthy shine. Let the spray dry naturally or roughly blow-dry your hair to create some texture. Now gather your hair at the ends and tie with a band. Gently start to roll hair under towards the nape and, when you reach the neck, fix it in place with some ribbed hair grips, like Boots Wavy Hair Pins for Thick Hair. Let a few wispy pieces escape for a soft effect and mist your finished style with an anti-humidity hairspray, like Therapi Frieze Fixx.
Why it’s cool: Hair was gleaming, slicked back and sexy at the Missoni show, and Diane von Furstenberg decorated her wet-look ponytails with huge summer flowers. Creating a ponytail when hair is wet isn’t just a cool fashion look, it also means the pony will hold a lot better.
How to do it: Frizz kills this style, so smooth a leave-in conditioner into your wet hair. Try Toni&Guy Leave In Conditioner – but don;t apply gel, as it’ll go crunchy as it dries. The trick to a super-tight pony is actually to create it in two sections. Pull the first section up by running your thumbs from just above your ears towards the middle of your head at the back, smooth and fix with a hairband. Now gather all the remaining hair, join it up with the first pony and fix with another band. Wind a small lock of hair round the pony to hide the elastic and fix underneath with a pin.
All Tied Up
Why it’s cool: We saw the classic band-and-bun combination at lots of shows, but updated with ribbons and scarves. “I adored the thick grosgrain ribbon looped under chignons at Monique L’Huillier”, says session stylist Zoe Irwin. Don’t limit yourself. Use any headscarf, ribbon or material as a headband and wrap it around your chignon. Think of it as another layer of clothing.
How to do it: Rub a texturising lotion into your dry hair to give it some hold. I love Kevin Murphy Motion Lotion, which also reduces frizz. Pull hair back into a ponytail -a low one will help keep the hairband in place. Fix with a hairband and then divide the pony into two parts. Twist each part until it curls back on itself and then fix in place with kirby grips, covering the elastic. Now push your scarf or ribbon over your forehead and pull it back to create a cool ’50s vibe. Wide bands look great flush with the hairline. Thinner bands look better pushed back. Finish by misting your hair with Senscience Brilliant Defence , which not only adds shine, but also guards against harmful UV rays.