Summer Hair Hero Styles

You don't have to have a radical chop to imitate this season's trend for cutting-edge hairstyles. Up-dos are the simplest way to transform your look and beat the heat. A quick-fix solution to bad hair days, up-dos also dispose of time consuming hair dressing rituals. Goodbye to blow drys, curling irons and straighteners and hello to more time in bed!

Our top hairdressers reveal their step-by-step guides to creating this summer's hottest up-dos.

::TIGHT BUNS
Soft and feminine or geometric shaped, simple buns made a big statement on the spring/summer catwalks. Some designers went one step further with 'bespoke buns'.

"With reference to jaunty hats or textured turbans made out of hair, bespoke buns incorporated details of colour to complement the clothes on the catwalk," explains Efi Davies, artistic director at hairdressing empire Toni&Guy.

Efi's style recipe:

:: Prep hair with a volumising mousse and blow-dry straight using an extra large hot brush.

:: Using a cushion brush, scrape the hair back into a scalp-tight ponytail just below the bone for this classic look.

:: The length of the ponytail is then twisted and coiled into a circular shape and secured with pins and grips.

:: Finish off with a spritz of firm-hold hairspray.

:: SIDE SWEEPER
Forget the ordinary middle parting, this summer it's time to go to the extreme with a clean sweep-over.

"This style is dominated by the strong side parting," says Schwarzkopf professional ambassador, Aaron Blondell. "The braid adds extra summery detail and hides the pins holding the hair smooth."

Aaron's style recipe:

:: Section the side parting then clip the top of your hair away, as you need to style the back first.

:: Prep the back of your hair with a curl enhancing product or sea salt spray if your hair's usually straight.

:: All the hair which will remain down can also be defused to help create a textured wave. Roughly sweep your hands through with a serum to get more movement and separation.

:: Once done, unclip the top section and straighten it until you get a glossy smooth finish. Take a section of hair from above the ear and braid it loosely, pulling at it to make it appear wider and more 'worn'.

:: Pull the straightened section of hair flat to the head, secure above the opposite ear and pin into place. Hairspray can be used to fix it.

:: Pull the braid across the forehead to disguise the pins. Hide the end of the braid amongst the waves if it's long enough.

:: PHONEY PONY
The traditional super-straight ponytail has galloped on this season. Now, think volume and twists to add interest.

Trevor Sorbie creative director, Angelo Seminara, says: "Smooth at the front with lots going on at the back, this is one of the hot looks from the international catwalks."

Angelo's style recipe:

:: Spray hair with hairspray and slick hair back with a cushion brush. Also spray the brush to set the hair at the roots and keep it flat and smooth.

:: Secure your hair in a ponytail with a hair band, leaving two sections out on either side.

:: Wind the loose hair around the base of the pony tail in large rolls and secure with bobby pins.

:: Leave the ends loose to hang down and then backcomb them using the cushion brush.

:: Finish the look with a final spritz of hairspray to hold the look in place.

:: BRAID BRIGADE
Plaits were all over the catwalks from skinny textured styles to giant Rapunzel-style plaits hung over shoulders. Stick to one plait or you're verging on schoolgirl territory.

Andrew John, artistic manager at Charles Worthington, says: "The key to creating this season's lived-in textured braids is a generous application of volumising mousse to dry hair."

Andrew's style recipe:

:: Centre part towel-dried hair then spritz with a heat protection spray. Rough dry encouraging the hair's natural wave.

:: Take sections of hair and work a volume mousse through the roots and along the shaft of the hair to create a worn-in texture.

:: Loosely pull the hair back from the face, then split into two sections below the ears. Braid each section to the nape of the neck then combine the hair, and continue the braid, securing the ends with a snag-free band.

:: Gently pull the braid apart to create a messy texture.

:: Tease any stray hairs that naturally fall and frame the face then spritz with a natural hold hairspray to set.

:: DO THE TWIST
Fabulous for work or play, a loose twist screams effortless glamour. You'll need more time on your hands for this one though; even though your hair is draped up this style's dependent on the pre-curling technique.

Tara Smith, winner of The Clothes Show Celebrity Hairdresser of the Year, says: "Spritz blow dried hair with a curl spray and start by curling the mid lengths and ends using your favourite technique, either rollers, ghd's or curling irons."

Tara's style recipe:

:: Take the back (leaving out sides and fringe) and fasten into a loose ponytail at roughly the centre of the back, then back-brush using a vent or similar brush (softly, so as not to lose the curl).

:: Hold the front and sides and brush it all forward as one section.

:: Backcomb the whole section then brush it back and smooth it using a soft brush.

:: Divide the hair into smaller sections and drape each section back towards the pony tail. Grip each section above the ponytail and wrap the hair around it.

:: Finish with a light mist of glossing shine spray.
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