Three hot hair looks for summer

ELIZA ASHE
Last updated 11:53 05/11/2012

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Heat and humidity can wreak havoc on the state of our strands, so it makes sense to switch to more laid-back cuts for summer. Here's the pick of the crops.

1. THE TEXTURED LOB

Take your cue from: Rose Byrne, Leighton Meester and Olivia Wilde.

Why you'll love it: The beginners guide to short hair, it boasts the same sophistication you crave in a polished pixie cut or bob, without limiting your styling choices.

What to ask for: A collarbone-skimming bob with a few slices through the mid-sections.

Style it with: A texturising spray and a centre part. For the same wash-'n'-wear-looking finish as Rose's, try scrunching a sea salt spray through damp hair before tipping your head upside down to blow-dry. Try Fudge Urban Sea Salt Spray, $11.99. 

2. THE GROWN-OUT FRINGE

Take your cue from: Jessica Biel and Liv Tyler.

Why you'll love it: It's the easiest way to update long hair without having to add heavy layering. Just remember: fringes were invented for straight hair, so if you've got naturally curly hair, it's best to stick with a few chin-length slices for low-maintenance definition.

What to ask for: An eyebrow-grazing fringe. It's all about cutting into the fringe rather than across, for a wispy finish.

Style it with: Your hands and a can of dry shampoo for touch-ups. Nowhere near as high maintenance as Rooney Mara's blunt face-framer, the added length means you can use your hands to style the fringe as you blow-dry before letting the hair fall naturally. Try: Batise Original Dry Shampoo, $15.95.

3. THE GEOMETRIC BOB

Take your cue from: Rooney Mara, Rachel Taylor and Keira Knightley.

Why you'll love it: Perfect for fine locks, the A-line shape works a treat at creating the illusion of fuller-looking hair, sans product.

What to ask for: A razor-sharp bob with a solid base. If you've got thick hair, feathering a few slices into the mid-lengths will stop the style from looking bulky.

Style it with: A narrow barrel brush and a travel-sized hair straightener. Unlike a regular iron, the mini plates allow you to grab smaller sections closer to the scalp without creating bends in the hair. Try BabylissPRO Mighty Mini Ceramic Straightener, $72.50.

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