catwalk hair for the high street


Three hot looks for summer

30 June 2015

It’s not often hairdressers get free rein to cut the hair of an amazing woman who not only wants her luscious long locks cropped, but is quite willing to leave the decision of how short to the hairdresser. I had that rare experience recently in San Diego. Lilya is a make-up artist and salon co-ordinator from California, with amazing thick, shiny hair whose only request was ‘make it statement and on trend’.

I decided to make the most of the opportunity and give her three separate summery cuts in one session, to show the options available when choosing to go shorter, whether it is just a wee bit off or something far more dramatic.

First up, I didn’t go too short. Lilya’s gorgeous silky hair was just perfect for a long restyle that is still living-and-loving the Boho dream. It is a typically Californian look, with a sweeping fringe and long layers that give plenty of movement and keep things exciting. Perfect for a cool, downtown vibe.

She looked picture perfect, but was keen to shake things up a bit with something a bit more radical. She just wasn’t sure how far she wanted to go. So we talked about going shorter, and in the end decided to take a whole lot off to avoid the boring kind of mid-length bob that’s been dominating just about every high street throughout the western world thanks to Alexa Chung and co.

I did my own version of the incredible boxy crop that has been one of the most requested cuts for this summer. It’s a look led by the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Sienna Miller and Karlie Kloss. These trend-setting A-listers all turned in their old Lob (long bob) styles for something shorter with a more dramatic finish.

I reckon this will prove to be the cut of the decade, with lots of movement that takes it firmly away from the territory of the classic bob. It’s a super-smart look equally at home on the beach or out on the town. And it will still look great the next day. For a bit of extra attitude, give a quick spray with some Unite Beach Day Texturizing.

But Lilya was on a roll, and up for going even shorter. So I worked the look a bit harder, going for an up-to-the-minute take on the pixie cut. For those reluctant to go super-short this is just about perfect. It’s a supremely classy style that’s great for women of all ages – take a look at Robin Wright’s effortless flair in House of Cards. It’s easy to wear and easy to style, and has the supreme advantage that it grows out gracefully. A little Unite Texturiza spray is all you need to give it some zing.