Make the latest summer hair trends work for you in real life with our insider how-to tips, tweaks and best buys around:
Whatever your style – Make it sleek
When the parting is super smooth and neat, hair looks instantly more polished. If you’re not sure about a centre parting, wear it simple and to the side.
Step 1: Play around with how deep a parting you want, and secure behind the ear with a hair pin.
Step 2: Spritz on Perfect Touch Firm Hold Hairspray, R70,95 for 350ml, to keep flyaways at bay.
Top Tip: Adding a little volume and texture is a softer way to wear it. Work the ever-faithful Lush Sea Spray, R215 for 100g, through your hair with your hands, or try a dry shampoo like Eco Lab Active Dry Shampoo, R99,95 for 200ml.
Low maintenance – A short, chic crop
A pixie cut is sophisticated, yet hassle-free. Keep in mind you’ll be saving money on styling time, but this cut does require a trim every six weeks to keep it groomed.
A versatile short style can be worn sleek or sexy, or with a strong side parting. All you need is a good waxy product to create texture and that won’t harden your hair – you want your style to be moveable, rather than stiff.
We like The Body Shop Texturising Wax Beeswax, R125 for 50ml, L’Oreal Studio Line Matte & Messy Putty, R89,95 for 150ml, and Hairgum Hair Wax Classic, R149 for 40g.
For tousled waves – Welcome beachy, holiday hair
When done correctly, lady-like waves should look polished and effortless, rather than untidy. This style amps up the volume and gives loads of body to flat locks.
For loose waves, run a styling product like Moroccanoil Root Boost, R360 for 250ml, through hair, and then wrap sections around a curling tong. Once set, blast with your hairdryer. Think natural, beachy looking waves. You don’t want tight curls.
Here are more hairstyles that work perfectly with tousled waves:
Need a little lift – Try an explosive new shade
Injecting more warmth into your colour instantly gives hair a healthier look and feel – especially in summer’s strong light. The warmer your complexion, the warmer you can go.
Try our fave at-home dyes like Garnier Nutrisse Creme Hair Colour, R109,95, L’Oreal Prodigy Permanent Hair Colour, R199,95, and Inecto Permanent Hair Colour Crème, R23,15.
Feeling brave? Glossy red and rose gold are the shades of the season.