The summer months and high-maintenance hair are notoriously unhappy bedfellows. From now until September(ish), most of us would rather look like we’d just stepped off the beach than out of a salon, with loose waves, messy plaits and sunkissed highlights compensating for the fact that there isn’t a shoreline in sight.
Lazy summer hair — much like the great British summer — is something to savour while you can. But — much like the great British summer — it doesn’t always turn out how you hoped. There is, after all, a fine line between a carefree beachy tousle and a bedraggled tangle.
But this summer the hair gods have gifted us with a style which is both effortless and groomed to an acceptable social standard: the half and half ’do. Pulled together but not perfectly polished, the 50/50 involves sweeping back the top half of your locks while leaving your lengths to flow freely down the back of your sundress.
But this style isn’t just in favour with those who would rather enjoy another Aperol Spritz on the rooftop of Frank’s than go home to wash their hair, it’s proving popular with the fashion pack too.
At Céline’s spring showcase, Redken creative director Guido Palau masterminded one of the most coveted — and most attainable — styles of the season with gently teased hair (invest in a set of large barrel tongs and a bottle of Redken’s Wind Blown 05 spray to recreate) secured with a chic circular gold barrette. This understated statement served as the perfect accompaniment to Phoebe Philo’s less-is-always-more aesthetic. But as Guido points out, this look is no one-trick pony.
“The spring/summer trend of half up, half down hair is super versatile,” says Guido, who also created a romantic take on the trend at Valentino, with tumbling waves and a twisted band of hair sprinkled with gold seashells. “It’s a simple idea that can easily translate from day to evening depending on what barrette or jewellery you decide to wear in your hair.”