Tousled waves and dramatic crops

Those who really want to make a statement should know that big, bouncy blow-dry is out — poker-straight hair is back.

Saman Javed August 04, 2014


Be it reorganising our homes, rejuvenating our skin or revamping our wardrobes, it’s that time of the year when we give a fresh start to all aspects of life. If that’s the case, then why should your hair be left out? Summers are the perfect time for reinventing your hair. The trip to the hairdressers got easier with our round-up of the best hairdos on beauty block.

Summer hairstyles are usually relaxed and casual; however, the latest fashion shows and trend reports show that impressive styles are in this summer. We can easily say that gone are the days when long hair ruled the roost. Now, it will be a true statement to say that it is all about lobs, chic bobs, cool crops and mid-length hairdos.

Choosing the best hairstyle that goes well with your face cut, hair colour and personality is always a big challenge, and the challenge seems to get even trickier when picking the right short hairstyle for yourself as shorter lengths have the tendency to completely transform your look and personality.

As proved by the sexiest women in Hollywood, Bollywood and our local style icons, ditching longer locks is a classy and an undeniably stylish way of updating your look. It is also a great excuse for you to get rid of those nasty split ends you’ve been harbouring, all this while.

The hair trends this year are quite versatile; the haircuts high in demand have been bob, lob, bombshell length, as well as the pixie cut. The list includes loose and up-do hairstyles, waves and curls, sleek and messy and there is a lot of room to experiment as well.  However, those who really want to make a statement should know that the big, bouncy blow-dry is out - poker-straight hair is well and truly back on the agenda for summer 2014. It is too difficult to maintain blow-dried hair in this heat anyway. Go for ironed hair and preppy centre partings for the perfect complement to the formal wedding silhouettes and a not so insouciant attitude.

Ponytails have also been high on the fashion radar this season. From the hassle-free to the sumptuous, from daytime to evening, the low ponytail is amongst the hairstyles to master this summer. Perhaps, you could go for an effortlessly undone look with a tousled low pony paired with a standout lip for a day out with friends. Banish bad hair days by mastering the fashion ponytail. Be it tightly pulled back locks, fancy front twists or a side swept ponytail - tied hair should be your go-to hairstyle in this sweltering hot wedding season.

As far as the hair colour is concerned, this year, medium brown with honey buttery highlights has made a huge comeback. For brown-haired women, this season is all about rich monochromatic shades with light contrasts. If you have dark chocolate hair, you should opt for milk chocolate highlights. If you have milk chocolate hair, go for soft honey or caramel highlights. Ombré is still in this season, a much subtle version of it, but it’s very much the bang on-trend. Maintain the ombré effect and refrain from touching up your roots. Avoid highlighting your roots; too much contrast at the roots with light highlights will give you a harsh look.

That rounds it up ladies. Perhaps, you now have a fair idea as to what you are doing for your next salon appointment.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 5th, 2014.

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