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LOW MAINTENANCE SUMMER HAIR

LOW MAINTENANCE SUMMER HAIR
Sam Robinson

As we (hopefully) come towards the end of the final lockdown, many of our clients are looking for inspiration for their next haircut in the salon once hair salons are allowed to re-open. Through the lockdown period, we have all had to experience very ‘lived in’ and natural hair looks and our clients will now feel inclined to look for hairstyles that are a lot more low maintenance and that look effortlessly chic with little to no styling required.

We chat to a number of hair experts on what they think will be the most on trend, low maintenance hair looks this spring/summer…

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Super Short

‘The super short pixie – the perfect haircut for those who want little to no styling and effortless ‘I woke up like this hair’. With this cut the shorter the better! Particularly if your client has wavy/curly hair, as it will get rid of any of flyaway ends. This hairstyle rarely requires the use of heated styling tools and if the client wants to style this at home with some styling product for added texture and to enhance the natural movement of their hair, they can simply apply products such as pomades and serums to their hair to instantly to give it a groomed and polished look or texturising sprays like salt sprays or mousses to add extra texture and grit to their hair for a messier take on the look. This hairstyle is particularly great as we come into the warmer months, when we all want to wear out hair out of our face and want to get rid of some of the weight in our hair’ – Dylan Brittain. (Owner of Rainbow Room International’s George Square Salon, Schwarzkopf UK Ambassador, International Artistic Director at Rainbow Room International and Current Scottish Hairdresser of the Year 2020-2021).

The Bob

‘The bob – the great thing about the bob haircut is that it’s so versatile and there’s a bob style to suit each and every individual and to complement their face shape. However, for clients looking for a low maintenance bob, I always advise opting for something just above chin length, as they will get a lot more wear and looks from their bob as it grows out, whereas an asymmetrical bob will require cuts a lot more regularly. Going above the chin length may also require a little more styling, as the hair will not be as long in length to allow enhance the natural texture, which can be done by adding some serum or balm. One of my favourite hair products to finish of a left to air-dry look is the Davines More Inside This Is A Relaxing Moisturizing Fluid, which clients can lightly apply throughout their hair to give it further shine and smooth down any flyaways without weighing their hair down and giving the hair a natural finish’- Mark McCarthy, Owner of MARKDAVID salon.

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Mid Length

‘Mid length – the mid length haircut used to be seen as an awkward style that client’s would have to experiment with when growing their bob out to try and achieve long but now, it’s more on trend than ever, with many client’s asking in salons for this haircut specifically. The beauty of this length is that it suits everyone and gives client’s the versatility to style their hair or leave it natural. For me, I love enhancing this hairstyle when it’s damp and leaving the hair to air dry. The My Hair. My Canvas. Shine On Defining Foam is one of my favourite products to apply to damp hair, adding moisture, smoothness and shine to the hair of the Any Day Texture Spray that can be used to enhance waves for that just off the beach look that looks perfect paired with mid length hair. If cut bluntly, a mid-length cut looks super chic and stylish and this can further be enhanced by promoting volumising products to your clients. The My Hair. My Canvas. Bodifying Shampoo and Conditioner are perfect for adding fullness and body to the hair without the client having to use added styling products after washing’ – Joana Neves, Editorial Director at ALTERNA. 

The Shag

‘The Shag – one of my favourite ever styles, which over the years has proved it will never go out of style. The style is one that once created, can be maintained extremely easily for a long period of time, with the longevity giving it a much more lived in and relaxed look. Personally, I prefer the style with much more volume around the crown, as it gives a much more dramatic effect. Disconnecting layers give off a much more creative feel and the longer sections around the sides and back add to the dramatic feel.

It’s a style that can be worn with little to no effort and I would suggest using the TIGI Copyright Volume Lift Spray to maximise the volume around the crown area, giving the hair a much thicker and fuller feel. To give the hair more texture, I would advise using the TIGI Texturising Salt Spray as it gives an incredible texture to the hair and gives a much more lived in feel’ – Kevin Paul Finnell, Creative Director, F&M Hairdressing. 

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Loose

‘Loose layers and natural, textured looks will be the trend of the summer months as we approach mid 2021. These can be created in a variety of different looks, one being the jaw line bob. A real eye catching cut, the sharp definition of the style is incredible. Leaving this to air dry adds the most wonderful texture which can be enhanced by using the JOICO Zero Heat product. Applied to wet hair, the styling crème gives a ‘lived in look’ and is the perfect styling aid. This textured look is definitely a must have for summer 2021.

For those looking for a more ‘beachy’ finish’ I would advise using JOICO Hair Shake to add volume and texture to the look. Spray onto dry hair and distribute through the hair to create voluminous waves’ – Gill Berry, JOICO European Design Team.

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Natural

‘As clients are allowed back into the salon I think the focus will be on remaining true to your natural hair (with a little help from your hairdresser). For colour we can expect to see lots of natural tones and face framing techniques to brighten client’s own colour and add depth and dimension to their hair. For brunettes we can expect to see lighter slices added subtly throughout to give movement and body. For blondes the focus will be on tonal work to add shine and a natural finish – moving away from platinum block colour and towards sun kissed baby lights. All of these options are low maintenance yet high impact following months of no hair colour. For cuts the longer length bob will be popular. Clients are likely to be keen to hold on to the length they have managed to grow but want to have the dead ends cut off. This look grows out beautifully into a longer style and with soft layers it’s a great transitional shape. To style add a soft wave through the hair and finish with a smoothing serum’ – Simon Hill, Owner of SESH Hairdressing.