10 September 2018

The 7 Hottest Summer Hairstyle Trends We Are Loving

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With winter all wrapped up, we’re prepping to ditch the dark hair and trench coats for our trendiest summer hairstyles yet. Whether you’ll opt for a colour, a cut, or prefer to keep it simple with new accessories and styling, this summer is your chance to make a statement. 

We’ve spoken to celebrity hair stylist and beauty guru Michael Brown for an insight into what has been happening in the US, Europe and the catwalk and what we can expect to be flaunting in our own warmer weather. 

Michael who works regularly with Jesinta Campbell and Nikki Phillips told us that this summer we should “expect to see a return to nature with lots of texture, movement and having fun with colour”.

Read more below to find out what will be trending throughout the season and the celebrity hairstyles we’ve been loving such as:


#1 Experiment with rose gold hair



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While blondes and coppers are a great add-in to an existing colour, and are classic summer colours, this season hair in all hues of rose are set to take over the darker colours of winter. Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Lucy Hale and Katy Perry have already given shades varying from rose gold to pastels a whirl. 

So, whether you’ve been thinking about making the change for years or have recently seen the celebrities opting for pink tones, this is your chance. The look can be as bold or subtle as you like, so go ahead and get colouring!

“I have always been a fan of warmer tones in summer, it can brighten your mood and they’re perfect for typical summery toned outfit choices,” says Michael. 

With freshly dyed hair and extra exposure to the sun and ocean, it’s important to protect your hair.  Use a hair dryer that maintains an optimal temperature of 70C, eliminates heat spots that damage the hair fibre and reduces the time it takes to dry.

For those not willing to make the change more permanently, Michael suggests trying out a rose gold ‘one day wear’ colour. “Be playful and edgy with all your hair decisions this summer! Keep the icy, blue tone shades for cooler months”. 

For inspiration, check out model Megan Blake Irwin’s lighter locks, which always look effortlessly styled. Actress/influencer Sarah Ellen just went lighter too, in a very cool yet chic fashion. 

#2 Bring back the 90s power haircut



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In the midst of a resurgence of all things 90’s, it should come as no surprise that the choppy and angled 90’s bob is making a comeback. Countless celebrities have jumped on board with the textured, chin-grazing cut, and we are LOVING IT. With Margot Robbie, Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez among the many A-listers reliving the 90’s through the stylish chop, join the cult and say hello to something a little edgier!

Michael Brown suggests following Jesinta Franklin and Cara Delevigne for inspiration for short, platinum blonde styles. For the brunettes, keep an eye on Lara Worthington’s new short brunette toned do. 

In terms of styling shorter do’s, it’s all about texture and waves. Use a ceramic curler to best achieve a wavy style on shorter hair. Michael says before using his ceramic curlers: 

  • Always apply dry shampoo so the hair has better grip. 
  • Adding  some light movement/waves, use some dry wax or texture spray to add texture and definition.

Changing up the barrel size will result in different curl types. Use the 38mm Ceramic Curler for a loose bend, 25mm Ceramic Curler for a wavy style or the 19mm Ceramic Curler for tighter curls.

MICHAEL’S HOT TIP: “If you have followed trends of going shorter with your hair look, when adding in waves and/or movement to your hair, you don’t have to curl the very back of your hair, especially the real bottom layer, as this will shorten your style. It’s nice to still have length at the very back, so just focus on adding movement to the front and sides. Shake out and you are good to go for tousled texture!” 


#3 Try a fresh summer haircut with bangs



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Side-swept bangs, also known as a curtain fringe, have been filling our feed throughout the European summer and the look is due to travel here too. Whether you want to create a more interesting look in your medium-length hair or want to combine this look with the 90’s bob for the chicest summer look out there, side-swept bangs will do the work for you. 

Unlike with shorter, more classic fringes, this versatile style means you can still pull it back into a twist, braid or pony to dress it up. This summer is the perfect time to take the plunge and for more inspiration we’ve put together 7 hairstyles with bangs.

#4 Sport a playful pixie cut



Are you sick of spending hours washing, drying and styling your long hair? Or have you decided that your bob just isn’t dramatic enough for you? The pixie cut is our favourite short hairstyle for women this summer and the girl you need to look to for inspiration is the pixie pro Michelle Williams! 

Whether you go for a shorter, edgier look or a more feminine and wavy style, the power is in your hands to make the pixie cut your own. “Women are becoming more playful with hair, but rather than going girly, they are getting edgier,” says Michael.

#5 Beach waves for summer vibes



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Forever a classic, beach waves are back and better than ever. Bringing volume and texture to shorter cuts and fresh life to longer ‘do’s, this summer hairstyle is a universal pleaser for all ages. For those not ready to colour or make a major hair change, this is the summer look for you! 

For this style, Michael Brown recommends the use of ‘dry’ styling products which help create texture and volume and can make using styling tools seem more effortless. His best tips include:

  • Using an automatic curling tool is a must-have to create this summer look. 
  • Finger combs (a wide-toothed comb). They’re a great way to separate waves, as you don’t want your waves to be clumped together or look like you have just styled them. 
  • Always separate and shake out for natural, textured movement.



#6 Stay chic with summery, sleek hair 



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Adding an element of luxe to your summer style is the sleek ponytail and bun look. Perfect for those with mid-long hair, this protective style will help you avoid sweat, frizz and flyaways in the incoming soaring temps and humidity. 

To achieve a sleek look Michael recommends straightening hair to “smooth away any dryness in the hair, add shine and create healthier looking ends”. 

For salon-worthy straight hair try the VS Sassoon Digital Sensor Straightener which features Hair Protect Sensor Mode for optimal hair protection on all hair types.

Perfect for work, every day, weekends and festivals, the sleek ponytail or bun has you sorted. Pair with some statement earrings and you’re ready to go! 

#7 Accessorise your hair this hot summer



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Another 2018 trend that shows no sign of slowing, is hair accessories. Hair scarves add some fun to a look and can be used in so many ways whether that be tied into a ponytail, weaved into a plait or wrapped around the head. It’s not just scarves though, scrunchies, barrette clips, ribbons and headbands are all ways to put that little extra glam to your look. 

If you’re after hairstyles with fascinators, keep an eye on Michael Brown’s Instagram as he helps Australia’s leading ladies get race day ready for the spring and summer carnivals. 

Michaels Hot Tip: Accessorising requires no dramatic changes to your own hair and is an extremely achievable way to stay on trend. All hair requires a little more work over warmer months though, and Michael suggests using a conditioning hair mask every now and then, especially if you’re swimming a lot.

Master your summer hairstyle with our range of hair styling tools


Now that you’ve figured out what kind of hairstyle you want to wear this summer season, create them at home! Our range of dryers, stylers and straighteners will help you own your summer hairstyle without any effort! 

Looking for more inspiration? Our blog features more hair tutorials, hair trends, hair styling tips and plenty more hair inspo for you to view. And if that’s not enough, we can deliver it straight into your inbox, join our mailing list to keep up to date!

Love your style, from the VS Sassoon team. x