IT MAY have been a wet and disappointing summer, but when it comes to everything hair, you can be guaranteed of a super cool autumn/winter season. In the past, austerity has led to some radical hair. Remember that punk was driven by recession and unemployment, and this recession seems to be driving similar themes with androgynous crops for fearless fashion followers, full-head bleaches making a comeback and cool tones of lilac and mint highlighting key areas of short haircuts.
For the not so brave or radical there is plenty to choose from. Longer looks are being worn in complete contrast to short looks in every way but the colour tones with defined outlines and opulent looking open curls showing just a hint of retro like Farrah... Fawcett, not Mo.
The dip dye for long hair is showing remarkable endurance as it has developed in subtlety from its stark contrasting origins so it can now be worn in many different ways from a hint of colour peeking through the longer layers to just the defined contrasting tips of longer hair.
If you are naturally light, then a few further levels of lift will leave you with a base light enough to use pure pastel toners which don't last many washes but give you the chance to change easily. For brunettes, cool tones of blueberry or aubergine can be achieved easily without any bleaching necessary and should last for most of the winter months.
Short styles don't sleep very well so they need to be blowdried every morning to maintain their shape, but this should only take five minutes and a little product. Go shiny, not matte this winter.
To curl longer hair use large barreled tongs or straighteners. It may seem odd to curl hair with a straightener, but once you learn the knack it is quick and easy. Get your hairdresser to show you how. Better still, treat yourself more often and get your hairdresser to blowdry and style it for you ready for the weekend. This trend in London is resulting in the opening of budget priced "blowdry bars" all over the West End. It will save on your arm ache and make you feel your best, just ready to have a cool weekend.