Summer hair: Just play!
Let’s assume that you have already done most of your hairstyle homework. Let’s say that you already know the shape of your face (oval, round, oblong, square, triangle) and are completely familiar with the principles of balance and symmetry that best suit your face and bring out your gorgeous features. Let’s also say that you are perfectly content with your current hairdo, but find yourself craving for a change and wanting a new look that celebrates the arrival of summer and accommodates the needs of the new season.
Think. Think. Think.
Well, as you think and look in the mirror, or flip through magazines and surf the net in search of inspiration and ideas, here are some thoughts that might help you come to a conclusion.
Know where you want to be and start where you are
It takes time for hair to grow back. Before you throw yourself into a brand new summer haircut adventure, take a moment to visualise your destination: how would you like your hair to be in the colder months? Long? Short? Medium?
There. Well done. You figured it out. Now, start where you are.
If your starting point is a short haircut, obviously, there is very little you can do: you might be able to go from pixie to punk.
Fundamentally, however, your choices are quite limited as far as length is concerned.
The positive flip-side to this is that you can continue to enjoy the benefits of a low maintenance haircut, and during the worst of the summer heat you will come to a full appreciation of your short hairdo.
If your starting point is a long mermaid hairstyle, you can also consider yourself among the most fortunate ones: updos, centre or side parted, messy or sleek, wet or dry, with braids, pony tails or buns are still extremely popular and trendy. Your possibilities are indeed endless. You will be worry free, able to unleash your creativity and self-expression while breezing through the hottest summer days.
If your starting point is a shoulder-length haircut, you can perhaps use this summer as an opportunity to experiment and venture into something a bit more fun and practical. Shoulder-length hair requires maintenance. It cannot easily be gathered in updos and in the heat, the weight and contact with your skin can even be annoying and irritating. Summer might be a good time to embrace change, have fun and play with the length of your hair. If you are not determined to grow it out for the winter, why not go for a shorter haircut now?
Know who you are, or use summer to figure it out
Haircuts and hairstyles, like the clothes and shoes we wear, tell the world about who we are, what we value, what kind of lifestyle we have, and what personality traits we like to communicate. For women, hair can be a powerful tool of self-discovery, one that helps us connect to, draw out and express our inner “goddess”. If you don’t know what hairstyle helps you best express your femininity and beauty, summer can be an opportunity to find that out. Go for it!
Summer is about having fun
Use summer as a chance to play and have fun with your hair. If you don’t want to or cannot change its length, summer can be a great time to experiment with texture and colour.
If your natural hair is straight, why not try to see what it would be like to have curls? And what about your colour? Why not build on the sun’s natural highlights? Are you sure you are a brunette at heart and not a blonde? And if you are a blonde, what would it be like to have a touch of rebellious pink or blue in your hair? What if you brought copper highlights to your dark brown hair or some purple to your black mane?
Use the summer to play, explore and have fun with your hairstyle! You might actually discover aspects of your personality you never knew you had.
Carolina Flaminia Perrone