From Duchess Kate Middleton’s lighter locks to Miley Cyrus’ fringed, tousled look, something in the ‘devil may care’ hairstyles we are seeing have definitely heralded the arrival of pool and beach season. Of course, not everyone will be lying on the beach and working on their tan. If you’re curious as to the full gamut of trendy hairstyles that were revealed in Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan, and Paris as far back as September/October 2018, read on and make sure to make your hair appointment asap.
Colors of the Rainbow
Celebrities like Kate Moss, Angelina Jolie, and Winona Ryder have all jumped on the pastel hair color train, sporting hues like pink, purple, and blue on their well-styled tresses. This trend has also been seen on catwalks, at the shows of designers like Marc Jacobs and Giambattista Valli. Pink in particular is being used in many different ways – in streaks and as monochrome dyes, in hues that range from peachy pink to fuschia. This shade works particularly well with light blonde hair, while blue, green, and purple shades complement perfectly with the darker shades like brown or black.
Wet is Back
The wet hair look was hugely observed at the London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 shows, the aim being to look like the wearer had just been somewhere hot – like the desert! This year’s wet look is very different than it was in the 1990s. If back then, it was built around a clean, slicked back, ‘newly showered’ style, this season, stylists have had a lot more freedom to create simple, tousled looks that epitomize the sweltering heat of the summer. To replicate this look, add a little wet look gel and apply in messy fashion to your scalp and strands. Use small dabs at first to make sure you don’t overdo it.
Sleek Bobs for Chic Guys and Gals
Summer doesn’t have to be just about curls. One trend that is making major waves is the ultra-straight, shoulder-length bob cut. While you can keep it natural to style it curly or straight, those who want a flawless looking hair all summer long should consider keratin or Brazilian straightening treatment. This involves applying a keratin solution to hair, then using a 450º iron to seal in the formula and reduce frizz. Keratin treatments may not be the cheapest option, but they do give an optimal shiny look that many would say are simply priceless. Imagine getting out of bed in the morning with Instagram-perfect hair. We are also seeing super straight long hairstyles, with half the hair, pulled back for a neat and tidy look. Straight hair should be super shiny so if a hot oil or protein treatment is due, have it done before the weather takes a toll. Hairdressers are knowledgeable about new treatments and will also be able to advise you on cheaper options. Ask your stylist to recommend a shampoo that is sulphate-free and efficient at reducing frizzing, breakage, and split ends. Sleek means well-conditioned and that means that dry hair is a big no-no year-round.
The past decade has been dominated by messy, loose waves that seem to epitomize the breezy, laid-back nature of the summer. Hillary Duff and Miley Cyrus are showing us how it’s done, with messy waves married to long bangs that hark back to the 1970s glamour of stars like Farrah Fawcett. You don’t have to go blonde to ace this look, either; natural brown is big this season and if you had any doubts, just check out Bella Hadid’s Instagram!
Those who love nothing more than simple, fuss-free styles that need next to no pampering can now officially rejoice. Short cuts, inspired by 1960s fashion icon, Twiggy, are back. We are seeing both buzz cuts in pastel hues to sweet cuts that remind one of Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby. Remember Mia’s short bangs? These will be huge so if your hairdresser gets it a little shorter than normal, rest assured you will still. In addition to this classic cut, short back and sides will also be seen, with many opting for an edgier, side-shaved look that is packed with personality.
The key is to pull hair back tightly, keeping a wet look up top and keeping your make-up look clean and natural as well. Your braid, meanwhile, should be thick and long, jazzed up with pretty accessories that connect your extension (or the starting point of your braid) with the rest of your hair. For inspiration, check out the latest collections by Max Mara and Cushnie. If you have long hair, experiment with different braid styles, including side braids, ‘hair band braids’ and French braids.
Clean, Tight Styles
The clean, simply ponytail is back, and so is the simple low bun. Apply just a tiny bit of hair wax for a recently-showered look, and ensure there are no loose wisps of hair to get this look right. Jazz up your simple look with accessories. Think large bows, turbans, and designer hair clips. Sparkly crystal clips will add a touch of glamour at your next night-time soiree.
Summer is traditionally seen as the season of freedom, but when it comes to hair, you can take it as seriously or lightly as you desire. Simple tousled waves, a clean ponytail or an easy-to-master wet look will all work well, and all these looks won’t take you hours to perfect. If a special occasion is coming up, a long braid will all the elegance your LBD needs. Imagine how good a simple low bun and a high pair of Louboutins will look at your next cocktail event. Finally, if you need a pick-me-up, considering adding a splash of color and make it a pastel shade like baby blue, peachy pink, or lavender!