Get the Look: Mermaid Hair

Summer isn’t quite over yet and the SS13 hair trends are still hot, flattering and achievable! Whether you’re jetting away or just wish you were… follow these top steps to get beach-inspired hair!


Shampoo & Condition:

For smooth hair from start to finish, we recommend AVEDA Smooth Infusion Shampoo (16.50) and Conditioner (£18.50). The range has a formula derived from plant technology (organic aloe, maize and guar bean) to prevent flyaways from the first wash! The fresh-smelling formula also protects against surface damage from heat styling to ensure your locks look healthy and smell gorgeous.

Hair Therapy:

Add a few drops of Kerastase Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oil (£29.35) to your hair focusing on the roots to get a sleek top-half. The versatile formula blends together four precious oils, including Argan Oil; which makes hair feel silky, nourished and weightless. Brush the ends of your hair through with, preferably, a wood bristled brush to help keep waves together and static-free.

Take the Heat:

For salon-worthy healthy hair, ensure that you always use a heat protection spray before styling! We recommend Trevor Sorbie Blow Dry Mist (£5.59); a lightweight conditioning mist with built-in heat protection up to 230°c. Liberally spray over towel dried hair and blow-dry on a low heat to further prevent heat damage. Blast from underneath to generate volume and to ensure that the ends are dry and slightly fluffy before continuing…

Choose Your Wave:

Brace yourself; the world’s most versatile waver has arrived! Richard Ward’s NEW Glamoriser Variable Depth Nano-Diamond Waver (£59.99) has four plates to create locks of all shapes and sizes. To achieve this look, we recommend the smaller panels to create crimped textured waves; perfect for the natural beach look!

Salt or Gel?:

However, if you prefer to avoid heated electronics; opt for either a salt spray or a gel spray which can be used straight after blow-drying or when hair is still damp (although this works best on naturally wavy hair).  There’s been a variety of such products on the market at the moment with the beach hair craze hitting big this summer. Here’s G&G’s top three…

  • Schwarzkopf Beach Matte Mermaid Hair (£4.07) reduces frizz and defines waves; a small amount goes a long way. This is the perfect product if you’re planning on jetting away as it doesn’t disappoint in humid conditions, but instead keeps soft waves in place all day!
  • For more voluptuous waves, try TIGI Catwalk Salt Spray (£14.25). The sea salt helps to add body and definition to the hair to create a flirty beach-inspired look. The humidity-fighting formula also makes this a winning product to pop in your hand-luggage this summer!
  • Hate your hair going solid from gel formulas? Fear not, Frizz Ease Gel Spray (£5.89) creates loose waves without the hardening texture that most gels provide. The wonder of this product is how it sculpts hair into almost any shape…try curling individual sections around your finger, spritzing and holding in place for roughly 10 seconds. Spray liberally on the roots, scrape hair back and clip.

Super Shine:

No look would be complete without a salon-inspired touch, so finish your look with Sebastian Professional Shine Shaker Spray (£20.50). This product differs from hairspray as the formula uses Air-Tech technology (super-fine droplets which create a lightweight layer of shine around each hair strand) so your completed hairdo is touchable and soft as opposed to crispy, but still has a sleek appearance. This is a product that will shine throughout the summer and help to brighten your look as the dreary months approach. With a fruity scent, it’s definitely one to try this season!

An Afterthought:

What about the following day? Will my beach tousles hold, you ask? Renowned hairdresser, Mark Hill suggests: “Use Holiday Hair Beach to Bar Dry Shampoo (£5.99) to revamp your hair the next morning or give it an extra beachy feel!”

So, there you go; a style that looks great and lasts for days… Fabulous!


(available at AVEDA salons, spas and stores and online)

Kerastase Oil

Trevor Sorbie Blow Dry Mist

Glamoriser Variable Depth Waver 

(selected salons and online)

Schwarzkopf Mermaid Hair

TIGI catwalk spray

( available at TIGI salons)

Frizz Ease Gel Spray

Sebastian Professional

Holiday Hair Dry Shampoo

Feature: Heidi Fox