I will happily play around with the wildest nail polishes, switch perfumes three times a day and paint my face in the craziest of hues. But when it comes to hair, all creativity goes out of the window and the tried, tested and effortless ‘dos take over. It’s not that I wouldn’t like to experiment with my hair – but the thought of holding a heavy hairdryer while twisting my hands into strange positions for extended amounts of time is enough to send me shrieking in the other direction.
Seriously, who has the time (and energy) to spend creating elaborate hairstyles, which fall flat within half a day anyway? Not me. And that’s why, I am rejoicing over these Spring/Summer 2013 hair trends, which play on the concept of maximum gorgeousness for minimum effort.
What better way could there be to welcome warm weather days than with carefree curls and kinks? This season, even the smallest hint of a wave adds oodles of sex appeal to any outfit or occasion.
Going casual: For the simplest ‘do, ditch the hairdryer and let your natural kinks show – even a few natural waves at the tips of your hair will give your look a sunny finish. Or go the Gisele Bundchen way by simply tying up damp hair in a bun before you go to sleep. Voila!
Off-duty-model look: Apply volumizing foam to damp hair and rough-dry with your fingers, scrunching up the ends. Then twist strands into a bun and mist with aerosol hair powder for texture. After hair has set, release the bun and spray with more powder.
Formal affair: Add a little product through your locks and create a few random curls using a wand; brush these out and backcomb a few strands at random.
Waves are not your thing? They aren’t mine either – my hair just frizzes and falls flat within minutes of being twisted into pretty spirals. Good news: super-straight locks are back in vogue. There is one caveat though… make sure your locks are in top condition before trying this trend.
Going casual: Twist two strands from the front of your hair and clip them together at the back.
Off-duty-model look: Center part your hair and just let it swing across your shoulders for maximum chic factor.
Formal affair: Bring out the flat-iron for poker straight locks. And don’t forget the heat protective spray.
Slick & shiny
Feeling adventurous? The “wet look” hair trend might just be for you. And it works for short bobs as well as shoulder-length (or longer) hair.
Going casual: Just add a little hair gel at the roots, then comb through the top of your head.
Off-duty-model look: For an especially shiny wet look, use a spray laminator or shine spray.
Formal affair: Apply a liberal amount of a styling mousse or hair gel to damp hair and style it as you desire. Then simply allow hair to air dry; the mousse or gel will bind the individual strands together in whatever style you’ve created and keep the hair looking wet.
Bangs – both soft and edgy – are really, really hot right now, despite Michelle Obama’s dilemma. And the fringe length is entirely variable: they can be eyelash skimming for evenings and slightly parted for day-to-day wear.
Going casual: Tousle your fringe with mousse or styling crème for a bedhead effect.
Off-duty-model look: Wear your fring swept haphazardly with a little peek-a-boo curtain a la Brigitte Bardot.
Formal affair: Keep your fringe smooth by blowdrying in a downward direction, then comb to the side with hair spray to keep it into place.
The most relaxed of hairstyles look super-feminine with an ultra-deep side part – whether they are simple and sleek or wild and wavy. If the dramatic ‘60s-influenced versions feel like too much for everyday, try out a simple side part with your natural texture.
Going casual: Let your hair dry naturally, kinks and all, and then smooth with a finishing serum for added shine.
Off-duty-model look: Just part your hair and tie it in a bun or ponytail before you leave the house.
Formal affair: Dig out those straightening irons and go for a classic centre-parted down-do to achieve a chic blow-out.
The new low pony
While 2012’s styles were high and slick, this season’s ponytail is positioned low, hovering just at or below the nape; and it’s ironed straight.
Going casual: Apply mousse and plenty of hairspray for a smooth texture, before tying up your hair with an elastic band. Leave a few wispy strands loose around your ears for a country-casual look.
Off-duty-model look: To mix it up a bit, plait the pony tail and work in a few coloured strands (hair chalk works brilliantly for a temporary color effect here).
Formal affair: To keep the look polished, blow-dry or straighten locks and apply a touch of hair oil so that your ponytail looks supper-sleek and glossy.
The versatile updo
Classic or modern, edgy or feminine, subtle or dramatic… this updo can match up with pretty much whatever outfit you are wearing at any time of the day.
Going casual: Gather hair together, twist into a ballerina bun at the top of your head, and secure using an elastic band and bobby pins. If your hair tends to get frizzy, spritz a bit of finishing spray all over.
Off-duty-model look: Pull your hair back into a low ponytail. Then use a comb to smooth any bumps before twisting your ponytail into a bun and securing with a hair-tie. Finally, pull a few strands loose from your bun around your face to soften the look. Simple!
Formal affair: Blow-dry hair straight, create a clean center part and tie into a firm ponytail at the nape, spritzing with shine mist. From there, you can wrap the ‘tail into any number of looks – a loop with the ends pointing up or tucked under, a round ballet bun, or the classic double knot – sealed with a shot of anti-frizz spray.
Braids with a twist
Pretty plaits and braids are never far from the S/S catwalks, but this year’s styles are all about being creative. Opt for a twist or a fishtail braid rather than a traditional plait, or just add mini plaits through a wavy down-do.
Going casual: The milkmaid braid is an all-time favourite and this season we are seeing a more grown up version. Make two braids on both sides of your scalp, then pin them up over your head – like a hairband.
Off-duty-model look: Gently braid back a section from each side of the face and meet them in the middle. If you want a smooth finish, brush your hair thoroughly first; for a more natural, look, you can just separate it loosely by hand.
Formal affair: A super-neat side braid is a sure-fire hair hit.
1960s are the flavor of the season and these classic look can be glammed up for a beautiful wedding ‘do or made casual with a headband.
Going casual: Add soft waves and curls throughout your hair and then, working from a side-parting, gently sweep the front section back from your face and clip behind your head.
Off-duty-model look: Tuck one side of your hair behind an ear and gently rub a few strands together to create a bit of texture. Then, curl the ends of your hair under while blow-drying for a glossy, expensive look.
Formal affair: For a modern twist on the classic beehive, add plenty of volume at the roots but sweep your locks to one side instead of straight back.
Topping it off
Nothing adds an extra spring/summer twist to your hairstyle like a pretty hair accessory. And this time around, there are a multitude of options, right from sporty headbands and oversized fabric flowers to pretty pearls and printed scarves.
Going casual: Add a girly headband to your side-braid or fringe for a younger finish.
Off-duty-model look: Just pin hair up, in a slightly messy air and tie a folded headscarf around the head. For an extra touch of trendy glamour, make sure the knot is off centre.
Formal affair: Think pearls and crystals… chicness and opulence rolled into one pretty package.