From weddings and garden parties to all-nighters in Ibiza, when the summer social scene heats up, it can be tricky to keep your hair game on point—not least because of the humidity. Which is why we’re here—to bring you five effortlessly cool (and incredibly easy-to-do) hairstyles straight from the red carpet that’ll see you through every shindig S/S 16 has in store.
Ready for A-list hair inspo? From Karlie Kloss’s über-glam topknot to Arizona Muse’s tousled bob, here are the styles to rock with the products to help you nail the look.
Keep scrolling for the hottest red carpet hairstyles of the summer, plus tips on how to DIY them on your own glorious mane.
Karlie Kloss nailed the dressed-up topknot at the CFDA Fashion Awards without adding so much as a hair accessory! Her secret to taking everyone’s favourite hair up from casual to couture? Shine and volume. Get your hair in tip-top shape by using a replenishing hair mask—we like Percy and Reed Wonder Overnight Recovery (£20)—and then blow-dry using a shine enhancer like Sebastian Professional Trilliant Shimmer-Complex (£16), making sure you get plenty of lift at the roots. Position your topknot high on the crown of your head like Kloss for added drama—romantic wispy bits optional.
If you’ve already bagged yourself the cut of the summer (kudos), here’s how to switch things up like Arizona Muse at the Glamour Awards. Prep your hair from the get-go by washing with a body-boosting shampoo and conditioner, we love Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist Volume range (£19), then add extra oomph to your waves by spritzing hair with a texturising spray. For beachy waves without the sticky or crunchy finish, we like OUAI Wave Spray (£22), which uses nourishing rice proteins rather than salt for a smoother, glossier result.
Natural or not, curls are having a moment right now, and Fearne Cotton was all over it at the Glamour Awards. The key to keeping curls looking red carpet–ready is plenty of definition—plus a bucket load of gloss and volume. Prep-work is everything when it comes to taming curls that are prone to frizz, but smoothing a clever styling cream like Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious Defining Creme (£24) or Oribe Curl Gloss (£36) through damp hair before styling should help you stay in control. If you’ve got naturally straight hair, prep with a volume booster that won’t weigh down your locks, such as Living Proof Full Thickening Cream (£22).
If you’ve got long hair that just wants to roam free come summertime, Neelam Gill’s Glamour Awards hairstyle is for you. Add plenty of body to your locks by twisting large sections around a wand or wide-barrelled tong, then gently shake them out and spritz with a nourishing anti-humidity spray such as Oribe Impermeable Antihumidity Spray (£18). Next, take small sections from the front and either twist or braid away from your face. Pin in place with discrete kirby grips, and off you go.
We’ve seen hair accessories cropping up on various runways and red carpets this year, but Hilary Rhoda took the trend to the next level at the CFDA Awards. Not sure how to pep-up your ’do? Stick a crown on it! To give your own bun a regal finish, pack on the shine with a glossy finishing spray, we like Percy and Reed Eau My Goodness Shine and Fragrance Spray (£22), and leave small sections at the front free when you’re pinning the bun in place. Add a crown-like headband, try the Orelia Crystal Leaf Alice Band (£40) for a similar vibe to Rhoda, and then twist your front sections back into the bun, taking them over the sides of your headband.
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