Is the weather getting you hot under the collar? Fear not! Stay cool, calm and collected all summer long with these tried and tested styles…
Whether you hair reacts to humidity like Monica in Friends or you’re in a seasonal styling rut, nailing summer hair looks can be easier said than done. So, we tasked two of the Layered team to put some city slicking summer styles to the test….
I don’t have the worst experience with my hair in summer, but my flat, straight hair becomes a limp mop. I struggle to get any height into my roots at the best of times, so when summer swings around – along with the humidity and sweat it inevitably brings – I resign myself to a couple of months of looking like a greasy teenager again.
But if this is the lot I’m dealt with then I’m going to do my best to style it out. Having finally (sort of, maybe) cracked how to nail down a slicked-back editorial look I took inspiration from the likes of Olivia Palermo and Burberry AW19 with a sleek low bun.
I like to wash my hair in an evening, so when I know it’s going to be seriously hot or humid I swap out my usual conditioner with a nourishing mask. I like the Goldwell Kerasilk Color Intensive Luster Mask, which leaves my hair incredibly soft, and I’ll add a touch of styling cream or leave-in conditioner (I like the TIGI Copyright Care Styling Cream) as well, to really push that silky, sleek look to the max when I blow dry it.
The next morning my hair looks shiny but incredibly flat and a touch greasy – perfect. I use a spritz of Sebastian Drynamic Dry Shampoo which is almost like a dry shampoo/texturiser crossover, directly at the roots around my hairline and crown of my head. Next, I split my hair carefully into a centre parting. There’s something about a dead centre, clean parting that makes this look very intentional and fashionable, rather than looking like I’ve scraped my hair back any old way.
I brush out my lengths and ends, then twist in the opposite direction for a neat coil. The placement of the bun is important too – off the nape of the neck so it’s not falling out, but not so high that it’s invisible from the front. A couple of Bobby pins and a spritz of hairspray (or wet look gel would look amazing too), and I somehow look done up rather than like I’m drowning.
My hair is surprisingly thick and notoriously hard to maintain unless armed with a pair of straightening irons. Given the rise in temperatures, the thought of adding more heat to my morning routine brings me out in a cold sweat but equally going au naturale is a BIG no. So what is a girl to do?
As a pretty active Insta user, naturally I turn to my feed at every opportunity for a little inspo. For S/S 19, hair accessories are proving to be more popular than ever and while I’m a big fan of a barrette, to keep this mane in place and off my face I need something with a little more staying power. In years gone by, I’ve always resorted to a scrunchie to gather up my tresses into some variation of a ‘messy’ bun, but have never quite managed to make it look as effortlessly cool as I’d hoped. So, when the heatwave hit the UK for the first time this summer, I decided to raid my accessories draw for some fabric and scarves to give me a helping hand.
After hair expert Zoë Irwin introduced her Tie It Up collection last year, hair scarves have become the coolest way to add interest to a regular pony, upgrade a basic bun or take the oh-so-chic half up styles to the next level. While my shorter lengths mean the ‘snatched’ ponytail is out of my reach, a messy bun seemed realistic enough to achieve! Though I’m no styling sensation, a few bobbles and bobby pins can work wonders, so after using the JOICO Hair Shake to add a little texture at the root, I got to work.
Much like Deborah’s low bun, there is certainly a knack to nailing this look and I’d recommend using your favourite brush to gather up all your strands into one ponytail. At this point, I tilted my head forward to bring everything together before beginning to twist the ponytail up into a bun. Don’t worry too much about nailing a ballerina-esque look, as any flyaways can be pinned down.
I also used the L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.ART Fix Design to kick any rogue baby hairs to the curb before introducing my fabric of choice. This is the fun part: you have total creative freedom to pick from hair scarves, floral prints and everything in between! Simply wrap around the bun before tying in place to leave a section of the fabric hanging down the neck.
Perfect for any length of hair, I can certainly see why hair scarves have become the must have accessory of the season. Besides bringing a pop of colour to a regular everyday outfit, it hides a multitude of sins while being bang on trend – I’m sold!