Reinvent Your Hair For Summer

Updating your look for summer doesn't have to be a daunting task. A simple change of your hair colour or style can dramatically alter your overall look. Paul Mitchell Artistic Member Rebecca Hubbard shares her trend tips for the season ahead.

The drab winter weather is gone, and we're heading into a season of parties, pampering and frivolity. It's the perfect time to update your look and have a little fun with it. Instead of saving your pennies and laying down a fortune on a new wardrobe, it can be simple as changing your hairstyle. Consider one of the below styles when booking your next hairdressing appointment.

Pastel and pop hair colour

With celebrities such as Nicole Richie & Katy Perry leading the way with this fashion forward trend, we are seeing both soft pastel & bright pop hair shades on runways around the world. From the Louis Vuitton Resort 2015 runway collection to the Myer Fashion Launch Spring Summer 2015 runway, candy coloured locks are right on trend.

EXPERT TIPS:
• Pastel and pop hair requires a generous amount of upkeep to ensure your colour remains fresh and vibrant, so it is important to be realistic about how much time you have to invest in maintenance
• An all over colour required a lot of upkeep, where as pastel balayage ends require much less
• To achieve this trend hair may need pre-lightening, so the existing quality and health of your hair play a factor in whether this trend is suitable for you personally
• Seek professional advice to ensure your home maintenance system is suitable to ensuring the longevity of your colour.

Short bobs

Style wise short bobs are seeing a big come back, with celebs such as Lara Bingle recently having the chop. Whether your bob has a soft wavy texture or a sharp precise finish this trend is set to continue well through summer.

EXPERT TIPS:
• A bob is not for everyone, nor will it work with all hair types, so be sure to seek professional advice as to whether this trend suits you
• Shorter hair is great on people who want to accentuate facial features, not a great option for those wanting to draw attention away from the face 
• For those of us not game to have a dramatic cut, go for a heavy blunt edge on a mid length style
• Wearing mid length hair in a textured wavy style will shorten your overall style creating the illusion of a shorter bob
• Have your stylist show you how to style your new do at home so that you can achieve more than one look from your shorter crop.

The quiff

This summer we are set to see to the return of the quiff in all its forms and variations. Height at the crown will be seen worn in both up styles as well as looser looks with the hair down. With a little know how and the right styling products it is a versatile trend that can be worn by almost every hair type.

How to wear a quiff:
• Hair out, quiff to the side
• Hair out, quiff hair up and back
• Quiff ponytail
• Quiff bun

How to do the 'quiff ponytail':

1. Take a rectangular section from top of the hair across the crown

2. Leaving this section out and clipping it to the front, sweep the remaining hair into a high ponytail at the back of the crown and fasten with an elastic band

3. Taking the loose rectangular section of hair, tease the hair to create volume and then pull it back into the ponytail

4. Twist it around the ponytail and pin into place with bobbypins

5. Taking a tail comb lightly comb the front teased section of hair to your desired finished style

6. If extra volume is required gently use the tail end of your comb to run underneath the front section of hair and lift it to create extra height

TIP: Depending on what end finish you desire in the ponytail itself, curly or straight, style the hair to this finish before beginning the steps above.

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