Occasion or no occasion, the spring/summer season seems to call in a packed calendar of events, each with their own ambiguous dress code – daunting when, two weddings, a garden party and a milestone birthday later, your enthusiasm for another blow-dry is waning. Luckily, looking occasion-appropriate is well within reach – and needn’t mean pressing repeat on your go-to loose wave. Our resident Taylor Taylor expert shares two surprisingly-simple-to-master hair looks to shake up your repertoire. Lay down the groundwork now and breeze through the season ahead.
Prep the hair with
Davines Dry Texturiser then create a centre part, ending at the top of the crown.
Divide the first half into three and begin plaiting, pulling in pieces from the sides of the section. You want the braid to sit on the outside so pull each strand under the main braid as you go,
Try to keep the braid on the top of the head, being careful not to secure it too tightly. It should be a bit messy so keep it loose, using large sections of hair.
Finish braiding along the scalp until you reach ear level then continue the plait through to the ends, securing with a band. Tease out a few strands around the ears.
Repeat by braiding the second side.
Loosen the braids to soften the look, working from the ends and gently pulling apart through each loop.
Don’t worry about over-loosening – the messier the effect, the better!
You should be left with a loose section beneath the two braids. Take the loose section and create a third braid by plaiting through the length. Loosen the braid by pulling out each loop as before.
Prep towel-dried hair with Davines Volu Hair Mist, applying through the lengths and roots for volume. Rough dry until dry, then spray Davines Dry Texturiser through the root area for added texture.
Section off the top part of the hair, creating a triangular section from the temples to the crown.
Working from the front, very lightly backcomb the roots to add hold. Finish with Davines Strong Hairspray. The effect should be a slight boost – you don’t want it to look backcombed.
Secure the section with a band. Be sure to tease out a few strands around the ears to soften the look.
Take a small strand of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the band to conceal. Secure with a grip through the base of the ponytail.
Create another ponytail using two small sections from the front and secure over the first ponytail.
Backcomb the ponytail and then, as before, wrap a small strand around the base to conceal the band.
Be sure to create volume close to the band.