I went to a lunch yesterday, as you do at this time of year. It was a casual catch up with friends I hadn’t seen in way too long.
As I was getting ready and contemplating what I was going to wear, thinking about what to do with my hair, on auto-pilot, I reached for my straightening irons. As you do for a quick run through in a vain attempt to look vaguely presentable. Something other than pulling my hair back in a pony. Again.
Something stopped me in my hair ironing tracks. And by “something”, I mean laziness. In my defence, it was Sunday. Really, did I want to be getting all hot and sweaty de-frizzing my hair only to have it frizz up the moment I left the house.
No, I did not.
This is what I opted for instead:
I’d love to tell you that this was a tricky creative, achieved after much curling, setting, teasing to create just the right amount of curl and body. But I’d be telling you a big fat porky.
The origins of this style started the day before at the beach. I actually went in the water, got my hair wet and was forced to do a quick shampoo and condition straight after. With no time for drying (blow dry or naturally) before an appointment, I simply twisted it up in a bun. And let it stay that way all day and night.
The upshot yesterday morning when I took out the hair tie was some passable curly/wave-like action. That’s when the (blonde) lightbulb went off and I reached for this:
O&M needs to change its name to OMG. I threw my head upside down, did a little spritzing and scrunching of Surf Bomb, flipped my hair back, pinned a couple of sections up off my face and, voila, I was ready to roll.
I’ve used sea salt sprays before but this one left my hair less crunchy than others, which is way preferable should the desire to swish or flick your hair like a rockstar suddenly overcome you. Swishing crunchy hair can cause injury. Just ask any ageing ’80s pop star.
Thanks O&M, this product really is the bomb. This style has just gone straight to the top of my summer party hair shortcuts list.
Here are some other tips that your hair will thank me for this season (you’re welcome in advance):
1. If you haven’t booked your pre-Christmas style cut and colour, stop reading this post now and pick up the phone. Those appointments disappear thick and fast. If your roots are done, greys covered and cut working for you, then most of your party hair work is done.
2. If you have a special occasion, you know … like your partner’s uber-swish office Christmas party extravaganza where you know NO-ONE, then make sure you have that styling appointment booked too. There’s no way I’m turning up looking anything less than polished for that party.
3. Give your hair a weekly hair mask/treatment. My current favourites are O&M Seven Day Miracle Moisture Masque, below left, ($31.95) and the new Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Lightweight Nourishing Treatment, below right,($9.99).
4. Add a leave-in hair oil (that is choc full of vitamins and antioxidants) after washing and towel drying. L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil, left, ($38) and Dove Nourishing Oil Care Nutri-Oil Serum, right, ($9.99) have been on high rotation in my bathroom
5. Use a shampoo and conditioner that helps to nourish during those weeks of product/beach abuse. To protect your colour try Sebastian Professional Color Ignite Multi Shampoo and Conditioner, left ($34 and $36). To fight the seasonal frizzies, try L’Oreal Paris Elvive Smooth-Intense Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner, right ($6.95 each).
6. Find some celebrity style inspiration: Kam Huckins, of Sydney’s Gallo Hair says: I’m quite partial to the textured braided looks that Miss Blake Lively wears on screen and off. Whether it’s all the hair in a mussed fishtail braid, or just a section of hair braided and incorporated into a softly waved style, it really is a simple and summery look to achieve.
How’s your hair looking? Happy with your current look? Could it do with a little TLC in the lead up to Christmas?
*Some of the products mentioned above were sent to me for editorial consideration as per my disclosure policy.