With the introduction of the ‘Lixie’ (Lara Worthington's pixie cut), it’s beginning to feel a lot like summer, when hair is shortened or coloured with a fresh shade. Here are six of the top styles, cuts and colours celebrities are loving this season.
Grown Out Bangs
If you went with a fringe in winter, come summer, you are right on trend wearing them a little longer to soften the face. This look - as worn so well by the Duchess of Cambridge - also leans itself towards the retro vibe that is so big for summer. If you are getting frustrated with growing out your fringe, blow-dry them back a little at the ends - or pin as they dry if you are short on time - to create a curtaining effect around the face. Then sweep up the lengths into a ponytail or tuck them under and pin, loosening tendrils for an undone effect.
Lara may have reprised the appeal of a short crop for summer, but this very French-inspired pixie crop has been around for decades, generally reserved for only the brave. But short hair can also be incredibly flattering as it accentuates the strength of the jaw and also brings the focus to the top of the face, creating an uplifting - rather than ageing - effect. The key here is not to go too short, too soon. If anything, graduate towards a shorter style in stages, keeping lots of texture around the crown to soften your face if it is square or heart-shaped, while also providing versatility to slick it back or sweep it to the side.
The Half Bun
Jennifer Lopez can do no wrong in the hairstyle stakes, but this is one of her most flattering and fierce styles to date. If you have longer lengths and want to update your up-do in seconds, try the half up/half down style this summer, which not only plays on the messy bun trend but does wonders for the features! Known as ‘the anti-ageing up-do’ this style is a favourite of women and men alike! Add extra oomph and height by twisting the hair from behind the ear and pinning tighter into your bun. Wrinkles? What wrinkles!
The Quick Slick
Looks easy, because it is. This slicked style is perfect for those in-between-shampooing days when your hair is not willing to yield to any other style. Take control by slicking it back with some texturizing product and adding a gloss over the top, finger combed through. Pin sides if you need to create a sharper silhouette like Ellie's. And if your hair is curly, a half-hearted attempt at straightening pre-styling is fine as the extra texture works wonders with the height of this style. The best bit? It's a three-second style post surf at the beach!
The Sun-Teased Shade
This tone - as worn so beautifully by Olivia Palermo - is not so much sun-kissed as it is sun-teased. In a move to what is being described as ‘nude hair’, colour this summer is more about adding gloss to the hair, rather than colour. So go a shade closer to your roots at your next salon visit and then have a translucent, glossy semi-permanent shade applied over the top to accentuate lighter areas. Do not try this at home. Creating this aura of lightness is a job for the experts!
The Contemporary Crimson
Emma Stone is the poster girl of summer's crimson colour, which is more blush than bright. Think of a clouded claret shade, and you’re bang on trend. The tone is softer than the fire-engine red of winter, with hints of strawberries and rose’ shades worked through to create a more matte effect.