1. Au Naturel

ACNE STUDIO; AKRIS
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As seen at: Akris and Acne.

Chances are you’ve already bought some key spring summer pieces for your wardrobe and maybe even splurged on some new make-up to go with it. But have you thought about what your hair is going to be doing? Never fear, we’ve done all the hard work for you and put together the hottest hair looks you need to be wearing this season. What’s better, they are all easy to do yourself. 


For the last few seasons hair has become more and more relaxed, stepping further and further away from an overly done
and glamorous look. ‘This season’s hair isn’t just about being undone, it’s about going back to natural texture,’ explains Fashion Week hair guru, Syd Hayes. ‘It’s now about a more raw finish, less about the perfect curling tong wave, and more about the texture. Flip it up and over to the side for a more 80s vibe, or use a diffuser to dry it for that caught-in-the-wind look.’

Or, if you can’t even be bothered to plug a hairdryer in, do as hair stylist, Guido Palau did at Akris and apply an air-drying styling cream over damp hair and let it dry naturally to enhance your hairs natural texture without the frizz.

WHAT YOU NEED:

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Bumble and bumble Don’t Blow It (H)air Styler, Dh119

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Dyson Supersonic, Dh1574

2. Perfect Plaits

TEMPERLEY LONDON; TOMMY HILFIGER
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As seen at: Temperley and Tommy Hilfiger.

You might think that creating immaculate, clean-cut braids sounds like hard work but it’s actually easier to do a neat plait than it is a messy one. Promise! The key is prepping the hair and not plaiting plain, clean hair – that’s when the wisps appear. At Temperley, hair stylist Antonio Corral Calero used a texture spray before creating a chunky fishtail plait. Whilst over at Westwood random sections of hair were braided so that the hair was covered in different size plaits. However, prepping the hair was once again key as this kept flyaways at bay, allowing the plaits to be as obvious as possible whilst sashaying down the runway. Fine hair can use a salt spray to give the hair more fullness and grip and thicker hair can use hairspray to create an ultra slick look.

WHAT YOU NEED:

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Balmain Paris Hair Couture Texturizing Salt Spray, Dh114

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Sachajuan Strong Control Hairspray, Dh104

3. Retro Undoes

ERDEM; ANY HINDMARCH
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As seen at: Anya Hindmarch and Erdem.

Beehives are fiddly beyond belief. French Pleats take serious dexterity. But what both of these retro looks share, and was everywhere on the catwalk this season, is that gorgeous volumised crown giving you some serious but subtle extra height. And when it comes to getting it just right, it’s really very simple. Just do as Guido did at the Miu Miu show; sweep your hair up into a pony and then use your fingers – or you can use the handle of a pintail comb – to tease the hair around your hairline up, spritzing with hairspray as you go. But how about the back? The good news is that’s up to you if you can beehive or pleat, then go for it but otherwise keep it low-key.

At Anya Hindmarch, hair stylist Luke Hersheson twisted and turned the hair into a chignon. At Derek Lam the front was left on show so the volume could be appreciated whilst the rest was covered in a head scarf and tied under the chin a la the Queen of England! And you can’t get any easier than that.

WHAT YOU NEED:

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Christophe Robin Instant Volumizing Mist, Dh113

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Buly 1803 Needle Tail Comb, Dh145

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Hair by Sam McKnight Easy Up-Do, Dh130

4. Plentiful Ponies

PRADA; EMILIA WICKSTEAD
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As seen at: Prada and Emilia Wickstead.

From messy ones at Prada, gritty and tough ones at Christopher Kane and super pretty ones at Emilia Wickstead, the humble ponytail was being walked down catwalk after catwalk this season. Of course, creating a regular pony isn’t rocket science and it’s probably a look you rely on nearly every day. Simply pull your hair back, secure and you’re good to go.

But to give it a slight fashion edge, prep the length of your hair with either a texturizing or shine spray first. This will not only help give your hair more grip, which means it will stay in place for longer, but also create added texture around the front to switch-up just a regular pony to something a bit more special. Oh, and also try pulling some hair out from around the front to give you that ‘I haven’t tried to do my hair, it just always looks this great’ vibe. That’s a look that never goes out of style.

WHAT YOU NEED:

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Show Beauty Premiere Working Texture Spray, Dh156

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Oribe Shine Light Reflecting Spray, Dh192

Barettes are back

VERSACE; DOLCE & GABBANA
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As seen at: Versace and Dolce & Gabbana.

If there was one stand out, must-have hair accessory on the catwalks this season, it was the hair clip. And what’s better, they are not only easy to use but are so versatile. Whether you want to clip it above a bouncy pony for a preppy look, use it to keep a centre parting in place, Margot Tenenbaum style, or go for a half up look and slide a hair comb in like the Gucci girls, what you do with them is entirely upto you.

WHAT YOU NEED:

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Gucci Hair Comb, Dh1,164

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Jennifer Behr Satin Bow, Dh466

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Versace Gold Hair Slide, Dh621

One last thing…

If you just have to have the latest hot product - and who doesn’t - then keep your eyes peeled to the beauty shelves for hair sheets. Think face sheet masks but for your hair. Redken are leading the way with their All Soft Mega Sheet Mask, a hydrating hair treatment. Swiftly followed by Ouai’s Anti-Frizz Sheets which are almost like blotting papers that instantly get rid of any frizz and fuzz. They’re not available here yet but they are coming and we predict stampedes.