Top five: Short summer hair looks

BRONWYN WILLIAMS
Last updated 10:40 21/11/2012

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From the bob to the pixie crop, short hair will be hot this summer. Not only is it right on trend, it wears well, dries fast and is quick and easy to style - perfect for those long beach days ahead.

THE SHORT BACK AND SIDES

Fancy short hair but still keen to retain an element of femininity? Short back and sides with a longer heavy fringe frames your face and is wonderfully versatile to style. Try this glossy look as seen on Kate Peck by running a heat protector with mild styling hold through damp hair. Blast it dry with a blowdryer and smooth down the top section with straingtening irons. Rub a pea-sized amount of shine smoothing serum through your hands and run it over your hair for a perfect glossy shine.

PRODUCTS TO TRY: Matrix Design Pulse Iron In, $21; L'Oréal Professionnel série expert Thermo Repair, $29.50; Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti-Frizz Smoothing Serum, $10.99; Redken Glass Smoothing Serum $36.

TOP TIP: Remington's new Shine Therapy Straightening Irons have Moroccan Argan Oil in the heat plates to slowly emit shine enhancing product and protectors while you style; $189.99 from leading electrical retailers. 

THE ASSYMETRIC BOB

"Hair this season is all about strong shapes and heavy fringes with blunt lines," says Rodney Wayne's creative director Richard Kavangh. And it just so happen that the assymetric bob ticks all these trend boxes. The boldest way to wear this look is with the length just scraping the jawline, but you can also work your way into this trend with a slightly longer bob. Short assymetric fringes sit pert on the face, or opt for a longer version that can be swept across.

This smooth and glossy look starts in the shower. Shiny smooth hair is healthy hair, so make sure your locks are hydrated with regular applications of deep conditioning masks.

PRODUCTS TO TRY: Goldwell Dual Senses Rich Repair, $24.50; Pureology Hydrate Hydra Whip Masque, $52.

THE PIXIE CROP

This classic crop is a brave move but can look fabulous on the right face. It pays to check with your hairdresser first before you hack it all off - they will know whether it'll suit you or not. The beauty of hair this short is that it doesn't require a lot of styling time. Towel dry your hair after showering and rub a small amount of styling cream or wax through it, moving the hair about until you like the style.

PRODUCTS TO TRY: For shine and hold, try Sebastian Shine Crafter, $39. For a matte look, try Shock Waves Pump It Up Paste, $6.99.

THE WAVY BOB

The poker-straight bob is great, but experimenting with texture can be fun. To emulate Coco Rocha's vintage-inspired look, apply a volumising cream into the roots of the hair. Roll into large hot rollers, or standard rollers and set the blow dryer on high. Once cool and dry, let your hair down and gently brush it, spritzing lightly with hairspray for hold. Finish off with a touch of shine product to smooth and defrizz.

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PRODUCTS TO TRY: Kevin Murphy Full Again volumising cream, $45; Taft Full On Freeze It Fixing Hairspray, $7.99, Pureology Colour Stylist Cuticle Polisher, $37.50.

For Brooklyn Decker's relaxed, messy waves, apply a volumising mousse to the roots of towel-dried hair, then spritz with a salt beach spray and blow dry upside down. Take random sections of hair and wrap them around hot irons to give erratic curls. Give your head a shake and brush the tightest curls out with your fingers. Rub a pea-sized amount of matte styling paste through your fingers and sweep it through the mid lengths and ends to define the texture. Fix the look in place with a light coating of hairspray. 

PRODUCTS TO TRY: Taft Full On Booster Volume Mousse, $6.99; Structure Beach Texture Spray, $24; Kevin Murphy Gritty Business, $48; and  L'Oreal Infinium Lumiere Hairspray Force 4, $23.

THE SLICKED BACK LOOK

It's hard to find a glamorous evening style for short hair but you can look red carpet-ready in minutes with a sleek slicked-back style. There are a few ways to achieve this look. A quick and easy way (that also combines as a great treat for your locks) is to apply Argan Oil liberally though the hair. The wet look will last all evening and the next morning your hair will be beautifully shiny. Your may need to shampoo twice to remove the excess oil.

If oil isn't your thing or your already have greasy hair, then you can get a similar effects using styling products. Run a large dollop of hair gel through damp hair, and sweep through with a comb. For a wavier look just move the hair about with your hands before allowing it to air dry.

PRODUCT TO TRY: Argania Hair Oil, $34.99; Helena Wet Look Gel, $5.99.

- Stuff

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