From the embellished up-do, androgynous quiff and
urban wave to the simple side-part and staple ponytail,
whatever your mood, there's a hairstyle to suit everyone this
summer. Amy Parsons-King heads to the hairdressers.
Whether you want a casual,
carefree hairstyle or something a bit more glamorous this
summer, there are plenty of gorgeous hair-trends to try.
Photos by Peter McIntosh/Reuters/Supplied.
Blow it out
Voluminous bouncy blow-outs with plenty of movement add a
touch of Hollywood glamour and are set to be big this summer.
This elegant style is ideal for the festive season, requiring
little effort, yet looking as though you've spent hours
perfecting your locks. All you need are some heated rollers,
a round hairbrush and some light-hold hairspray and voila,
you've got hair that would even make Brigitte Bardot envious
and she had the best blow-outs ever!
The ponytail (above) is back, although was it ever really
out? The simply ponytail took the overseas runways by storm
this year, with the versatile ''do'' being worn in a
multitude of ways. Slicked back wet hair pulled off the face
will give an instant lift. A wide wrap worn at the base of
the tail will give a dynamic '90s feel, while sectioning the
ponytail into parts offers an ultramodern aesthetic. For the
'60s sex-kitten look, add height at the crown. A mid-height
pony will suit the preppy at heart, while a low-slung style,
fastened with a barrette, offers ease and elegance. As you
can see, there are numerous variations to try and one to suit
every mood and occasion.
It's difficult to imagine that how you ''part'' your hair can
be considered a trend, but side-parts have been making a huge
statement on the runways this season. Whether you choose to
wear it up, down, wet, dry, parted to the left or right, it's
up to you. Just make sure you keep it to one side. My
personal favourite is the deep side-part which sees the part
sitting low (near the ear) with the front swept across the
forehead. This looks particularly striking when worn with a
Hair that glistens and shines
Hair that looks as though you've just jumped out of the
shower will have you looking relaxed and carefree on warm
summery days. Hair oils and gels are all you need for this
look and there are loads of options when going for a wet-look
finish. Completely saturate hair in oil and leave unbrushed
to pull off an aquatic appeal, or slick down at the roots for
a high-gloss shine.
This trend replaces last summer's natural looking ''beach
wave'' and has to be one of my favourite styles for the
season. Effortlessly cool, the urban wave (above) takes very
little skill and time to create, yet looks so chic. All you
need to do to achieve this look is apply some texturising
spray to damp hair, give it a rough blow-dry, add some curls
(when it's dry), then roughly tousle the hair with your
fingers to give just the right amount of ''mess''.
The quiff is proving to be ''in'' for another season and
what's great about this slick style is that it suits short,
mid-length and long hair. Channel this androgynous rockabilly
style by slicking back the sides of the hair with some
styling product, while sweeping the front up, back-combing
and securing in place with hairpins and a bit of hairspray.
Braids and twists
Braids (above) and sophisticated twists are back for another
season. However, this summer sees them being not only
romantic and ethereal, but also neat and edgy. Designer
Alexander McQueen had models hitting the runway in '90s style
cornrows, which I thought was a cool new take on this style.
Halo braids, wrapped around the head, milkmaid braids and
loosely falling fish-tails are still very much on-trend, as
is twisting the hair up into all sorts of intricate up-dos
with plaits incorporated.
- Amy Parsons-King