Summer-hairstyles

Nina Dobrev’s No-Fuss Top Knot Tutorial

Keep your hair frizz-free this summer in one of the easiest hairstyles to master, the top knot. Actress Nina Dobrev was recently spotted rocking a top knot on the red carpet, and we were so inspired to try a tutorial of our own!

The is the ultimate summer hairstyle which is so flattering on all hair types, and takes just 5 minutes to complete.

RELATED: How To Get The Perfect Top Knot

Instructions

1. To keep your hair from falling out of the bun, using a volumising mousse while it’s still damp. It will also make the rest of the bun look quick and full!

Nina Dobrev's No-Fuss Top Knot Tutorial

Apply to damp hair (avoiding the scalp), and leave to dry naturally or use a hair drier on a cool setting so it doesn’t harm the hair follicle.

Nina Dobrev's No-Fuss Top Knot Tutorial

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Body Booster Mousse, $15.99

2. Pull your hair into a high ponytail, then secure tightly with a hair elastic. You might need to use 2 if your hair is super-thick and textured.

Nina Dobrev's No-Fuss Top Knot Tutorial

Scunci No Damage Hair Elastic (18 Pack), $8.99

3. Take small sections from the ponytail, and use a flat iron to give them some extra shape. This is ideal for creating extra volume for thin hair!

Nina Dobrev's No-Fuss Top Knot Tutorial

VS Sassoon Str8 Up Straightener, $44.89

4. Once you’re done with the flat iron, comb out your curls then twist your hair around in a bun. To create the illusion of extra hair, take small sections and pin them under the elastic.

Nina Dobrev's No-Fuss Top Knot Tutorial

Lady Jane Comb, $6.89

5. Keep everything together using a medium-strength hair spray. Tease out any additional parts of your bun to make your hair look thick and healthy!

Nina Dobrev's No-Fuss Top Knot Tutorial

Hair Nutrition Dry Shampoo, $6.00

Images via Starity

Emma Stone’s Beachy Side Bun Hairstyle

Give your hair a style re-fresh with one of the hottest styles of the season – a side bun. This popular summer hairstyle is the perfect way to keep your hair frizz-free, plus it looks amazing with a little wear!

Actress Emma Stone was recently spotted with the much-coveted style at the premiere Irrational Man in Los Angeles, California.

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Instructions

1. This style is best on day three hair since it will give enough hold, and won’t feel too frizzy. If you are starting from scratch, use a volumising shampoo which will give your roots some much-needed lift.

Emma Stone's Beachy Side Bun

Joico Body Luxe Volumizing Shampoo, $29.65

2. To create some beachy waves, spritz your hair with some sea salt spray and scrunch it with your hands.

Emma Stone's Beachy Side Bun

Pure Sea Salt Spray, $27.95

3. Take the rest of the hair and secure it in a low bun at the nape of the neck. If your hair is on the thicker side, use a translucent hair tie to keep it all in place.

Emma Stone's Beachy Side Bun Hairstyle

4. Use a teasing comb to carefully sift out the shorter layers of hair which will frame your face.

Emma Stone's Beachy Side Bun

Evo Tyler Teasing Brush, $29.95

5. If your hair needs it, spritz lightly with some hair spray to keep it all intact.

Emma Stone's Beachy Side Bun

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hair Spray, $31.70

Images via Zimbio

Nicky Hilton’s Boho Braid Tutorial

Want to switch up your hairstyle for summer? Nicky Hilton was recently spotted at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Future of Fashion runway show in New York sporting a summery look with a bright blue dress. We show you exactly how to get this look yourself with a few key products.

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Nicky Hilton's Boho Braid Tutorial

Instructions

1. This hairstyle is perfect on second-day hair since there is a natural build-up of oils. Choose which side you want the braid on, then mist your hair with sea-salt spray for extra texture.

Nicky Hilton's Boho Braid Tutorial

Lush Sea Spray, $12.95

2. Brush through the hair lightly with a comb, then divide it into three strands. Start from the inside and work your way out (just like a french braid) collecting more hair as you finish the braid.

3. Once you have reached the desired length, secure with a bobby pin or clear elastic just behind the ear.

Nicky Hilton's Boho Braid Tutorial

Lady Jane Pins, $2.99

4. To give the rest of your hair a beachy look, use a curling wand to create some more waves and texture.

Once you have curled each part of your hair, lightly shake the strands – this creates some extra volume without the use of hairspray.

Nicky Hilton's Boho Braid Tutorial

VS Sassoon Big Hair, $99.99

Images via Zimbio

How To Style Bangs

Cutting your hair into bangs or a shorter fringe doesn’t have to change your entire look.

Not only does it give some character to straight, lifeless hair, but it creates lots of volume with minimal input. We share with you some of our favourite ways to style bangs or a shorter fringe for the new year.

RELATED: 5 Of The Best Celebrity Hairstyles With Fringes

Loose curls

Run through your bangs with a wide-tooth comb to untangle any knots, and keep hair silky smooth. For a natural body and bounce, avoid using too much conditioner on this part of your hair, and use a light volumising mousse on damp hair.

Curl the rest of your longer layers, and apply some dry shampoo to your scalp for extra lift! Applying a concentrated dose of sea-salt spray is also a great way to inject a little character into your bangs without using heat.

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High ponytail

Not only is a high ponytail appropriate for any type of weather, it also looks great when paired with a full fringe! Section your hair, and secure your ponytail back with an elastic. Then use a round brush and blowdryer to create instant body on your bangs.

This is a flattering hairstyle for girls who have longer side bangs (just like Nicole Richie), and want to frame the outer dimensions of their face. Straighten any stray hairs and apply a generous coat of hairspray to keep everything in place.

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Side bun

Shift your bangs over to one side just like Selena Gomez for a sophisticated evening look. Work with the rest of your hair to create a messy bun, and pin back any loose hairs around your face. Use a pair of straightening irons to direct hair onto one side of your face, and mist lightly with finishing spray for extra hold.

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Top Summer Style and Colour Trends

Who hasn’t been thinking of changing up their hair colour for the summer, or maybe trying a new cut or style? Celebrity hairdresser Dario Cotroneo has revealed his top style and colour trends for spring/summer.

“Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is our muse this summer,” says Dario. “Her hair is a fabulous mix of bold colour tones which create a healthy glow and colour palette. As the temperature rises, it’s time to brighten up and refresh your tresses to compliment your complexion.” At DARIO Salon this look is achieved with a unique technique called Riviera Lights which shapes colour around the face.

For blondes and brunettes this spring/summer, the colour palette is fresh and inspiring. Blondes become lighter with earthy tones such as strawberry and golden coppers placed throughout the top areas of the head, and brunettes are softened with golden browns to reflect a more natural sun-kissed look.

Hairstyle trends that will be gracing our warmer months are an assortment of curls, still much in demand from the red carpet to the concrete catwalk. From chic and luxe, to playful and off-duty, curls are set to be a hit this season.

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In complete contrast, a very minimal style is making waves of a different kind (pictured above).

“This style is all about ‘minimal, simplistic hair’ so it works perfectly when you are wearing an outfit that is classic and powerful in design – this will show off your inner confidence,” says Dario.

However, before you hit the salon to embark on a new season colour or style, it’s a good idea to make sure you are doing everything you can to protect your hair come the warmer months, especially as the glorious sun turns up the heat!

Dario and his team of expert stylists share their top salon tips to ensure you’re locks are healthy and ready for the new season antics!

  • Always use professional products for coloured hair, as recommended by your stylist/colourist.
  • Be sure to invest in a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week!
  • It may come as a surprise, but avoid washing your hair everyday. Try to shampoo only every second or third day. If your hair becomes oily, use a dry shampoo or (sneaky tip!) sprinkle baby powder on your roots.
  • Stock up on vitamins such as silica and fish oil as these are great hair strengtheners!
  • Be sure to maintain regular haircuts and salon treatments at least every six weeks to encourage hair growth by removing split ends.

Long hair? Short chop? What’s your favourite summer hairstyle?

Get The Look: Demi Lovato’s Milkmaid Braids Hairstyle

Demi Lovato looks cute as a button in milkmaid braids. L.A.’s first braid bar Assembly Salon shares their tips on how to create this fun summer hairstyle that’s perfect for thick or long hair.

1. Prep hair with Kevin Murphy’s Easy Rider to de-frizz and give hair the best grip to braid. For an undone look, add a 20 cent piece size of Kevin Murphy Hair Resort.

2. Part hair starting right above your left eyebrow. Starting at the part, create a medium rectangular piece and separate into three pieces.

3. Cross the right out-most over the centre then add some hair to what used to me the right out-most strand (now centre).

4. From the right side, cross the left-most over the centre then add some hair to what used to be the left-most strand (now centre).

5. Continue your braid until you wrap around and reach the centre back of your head.

6. Secure braid with a clear elastic. Secure remaining hair in a messy chignon.

7. Mist hair with Kevin Murphy’s Session Spray for a lasting hold.

What do you think of Demi Lovato’s milkmaid braid hairstyle?