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SUMMER HAIR WITH A TWIST

Get the Look

SUMMER
HAIR WITH
A TWIST

We asked A-list hair stylist Ben Cooke to reveal his ultimate holiday heat- and humidity-proof hairstyles – quick, simple and sexy

 

The top knot with a secret surprise

When the temperature goes up, so should your hair. “The beauty of a top knot is that it keeps everything off your neck – just the ticket when you need to keep cool,” says Ben. “Scrunch some texturising spray into the lengths then twist into a knot. Or apply a conditioning treatment before you throw it up so the product bakes into your hair during the day.”

Placement of your knot is everything – if you have a long face, Ben suggests fixing it further back, but if your face is wider then pop it right at the top to balance out your features. “By the time you let your hair down, you’ll have big, beachy waves that look stunning, without needing to faff around with a hairdryer,” says Ben.

“Team your waves with a deep side parting – be bold and go deeper than you would at home. Holidays are about having fun with styles you don’t always have the time or confidence to try at home.”

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Soft camel fabric is a classic choice
£149
Soft camel fabric is a classic choice
£149
Soft camel fabric is a classic choice
£149
Soft camel fabric is a classic choice
£149

Braids with benefits

When you’re splashing about in the pool or sea, a ponytail isn’t enough to stop hair from getting in a tangle. For added holiday flair, try side braids – a beach-savvy style that keeps locks secure from root to tip. “Essentially it’s just a French plait, but in very fine sections that go over rather than under to give it a fashion edge. There are lots of videos on YouTube that will help you perfect your technique,” says Ben.

“Key to keeping this look grown-up and chic is to start plaiting high up so you can see the braids from the front,” he explains. “Take time to make a really clean centre parting. If you feel it’s too exposed, you can gently ruffle the braids with your fingers to loosen them off later.”

For bonus points, when the plait comes out you’ll have super crinkly hair that’s ready to wear.

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Soft camel fabric is a classic choice
£149
Soft camel fabric is a classic choice
£149
Soft camel fabric is a classic choice
£149
Soft camel fabric is a classic choice
£149

The top knot with a secret surprise

When the temperature goes up, so should your hair. “The beauty of a top knot is that it keeps everything off your neck – just the ticket when you need to keep cool,” says Ben. “Scrunch some texturising spray into the lengths then twist into a knot. Or apply a conditioning treatment before you throw it up so the product bakes into your hair during the day.”

Placement of your knot is everything – if you have a long face, Ben suggests fixing it further back, but if your face is wider then pop it right at the top to balance out your features. “By the time you let your hair down, you’ll have big, beachy waves that look stunning, without needing to faff around with a hairdryer,” says Ben.

“Team your waves with a deep side parting – be bold and go deeper than you would at home. Holidays are about having fun with styles you don’t always have the time or confidence to try at home.”

Style it out

SHOP THE COATS

Soft camel fabric is a classic choice
£149
Soft camel fabric is a classic choice
£149
Soft camel fabric is a classic choice
£149
Soft camel fabric is a classic choice
£149

Photographer: Jonty Davies / Stylist: Louise Carmel Hall / Make-up artist: Karina Constantine
Hair stylist: Ben Cooke Models: Cecilia Chancellor, Sissi Hou, Riley Rose, Jan de Villeneuve, Ella-Rae Smith

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