Summer is the perfect time of year to shed the heavy weight of your winter hair and create a slick, light weight look. Your summer hair should be easy to manage, look great no matter what the whether, and be versatile enough to wear to the office, the bar, and the beach.
Here are some of the best and most stylish haircuts for summer 2017:
The Slick Side Sweep
It may not be new for 2017, but the vintage-inspired side sweep exudes old Hollywood glamour, and is favoured by celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, David Beckham, and Jake Gyllenhaal.
This is a haircut that has been favoured both on the red carpet and beyond throughout the last twelve months.
To recreate this look, ask your stylist to keep your hair short on the sides and longer on top, then separate your hair with a super sharp parting.You can move your parting to either side of your hair, and it can be as extreme as you dare!
To hold your hair in place without it looking cheap and shiny, invest in a high quality clay or pomade. Not only are these products ideal for providing hold, they will also add texture and movement to your hair.
Here are our picks of some of the best pomades currently available:
The No-Nonsense Buzz Cut
2017 is the year of the celebrity buzz cut! From Justin Bieber to Jamie Dornan and two of the three Jonas brothers, everyone is shaving their hair for summer 2017.
All of these celebrities were well-known for their longer tousled hair, making their decision to opt for a buzz cut even more attention grabbing.
The buzz cut is an easy hair cut to achieve: simply ask your hair stylist to keep the back and sides short (using a 0.5 grade clipper) then tapper to a 2 grade clipper on top. If you own your own clippers you could also create this look at home without having to visit your stylist at all!
The beauty of this cut is that its styling needs are minimal, meaning that you can simply wash and go, and focus on having a summer of fun instead of on styling your hair.
Word of warning: if you have a fuller face then this hair style is best avoided. A buzz cut gives bad facial structure nowhere to hide!
The Modern Pompadour
Since he left One Direction and began to release his own music, Zayn Malik’s changing sense of style has rarely left the media eye. We love his new haircut (dubbed the modern pompadour) which sees his hair cut ultra-short at the sides and left with a long and textured demi-quiff on top.
Whilst Zayn prefers to pair his pompadour with a beard, teaming with a cleanly shaven visage would look just as fashion forward. It would also be a better way to stay cool in the heat of the summer!
Ask your stylist to keep your fringe long, and to taper the sides of your hair into it’s length to create a natural graduation.
Thickness and texture are key to achieving this look. If your hair lacks volume then liberally apply a texturising spray to your hair before you begin styling. Here are some catwalk favourites:
Super Soft Curls
Nothing says summer like beach hair, and nothing says beach hair like softly tousled curls. Beach hair is best achieved in hair that already has natural curly or wavy texture. This is also a hair style that looks best on hair with a little length.
Ask your hairstylist to work with the natural curl of your hair and, if your hair only as a slight wave, it can be cut to enhance those curls and make them appear more significant. Adding subtle high and low lights to your hair is another great way to enhance its texture and create the illusion of increased volume.
It’s important to note that this isn’t a hair style easily suited to formal environments, so if you work in a particularly stuffy office or regularly attend formal occasions then committing to beach hair is something that will require serious consideration.
Much of the texture within surfer’s hair is achieved due to repeated contact with sea salt water. If you don’t feel like taking up a new hobby simply to get great hair then why not purchase a sea salt spray instead? Apply liberally, scrunch your curls, and then go:
The Silver Fox
This summer’s silver hair obsession isn’t just a trend for the girls! If you’re going to add any colour to your hair this summer then make it silver.
This is a look that is best achieved by a professional stylist. Whilst there are products to enable you to create this look at home, a professional colourist will always be able to achieve a more sleek and uniform overall finish.
Adding silver to your hair is a great way to give your style a 2017 update without having to change your existing style: ideal if you really love the cut of your hair! No matter what your hair’s natural texture, length, or cut, adding silver tones to it will immediately make it look on trend and fashion-forward.
Choosing to colour your hair silver is a significant commitment, requiring regular upkeep and care. Arrange appointments with your colourist every six to eight weeks, and use a specialist silver shampoo at least twice a week between your appointments to maintain the cool shade of your hair and avoid any brassiness.
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Hair styling for 2017 is about expressing your individuality, and there are so many different options available right now. It’s important to work with the natural texture of your hair, and to think about whether any new cut will suit your face shape, body build, and the unique way that you dress.
A good rule of thumb is that you should always discuss any changes with a stylist that you really trust before you take a plunge and make any dramatic changes to your hair!