Three hot hair looks for summer

22:53, Nov 04 2012
rose byrne
Rose Byrne has the perfect textured long bob.
jessica biel
Newlywed Jessica Biel rocks a grown-out fringe.
Rachel Walker
Rachel Taylor shows off her chic geometric bob.

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.


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. 



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.


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.

- Daily Life