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Hair goes back to the 50s with girlish twists, preppy plaits and rockabilly quiffs, but this time around it’s all a bit messed up

Laid – back braid

Spotted at Antonio Marras, Micheal Kors and Valentino, braids are back in a big way. What gives this ubiquitous summer style a cool update is the ‘floppy, soft texture and ruffled strays hanging around the face’, says the hair hero of this school Eugene Souleiman, global creative director at Wella Professionals. ‘Throwing in a side parting makes it pretty and flirtatious, too’.

Easy does it

You need volume but also softness, so spritz through Wella Professionals SP Volumize Leave-In Conditioner, $22. Souleiman says it’s the perfect choice if you hate the way product feels in your hair. ‘Plait loosely to one side, lifting it up as you go for the loose appearance’, he says.

Description: Wella Professionals SP Volumize Leave-In Conditioner, $22

Laid – back braid

Careless wisps

‘There’s a raw element to this look’, says Souleiman. ‘Hair is no longer combed and uptight like it was in the 50s’. Perfect for days when your hair just doesn’t want to work with you.

Easy does it

Fluff up hair by rubbing hands over the top and around the hairline. Hair needs to be super-soft so a nourishing treatment is essential. Choose Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Intensive Mask, $6.

Description: Careless wisps

Careless wisps

Cute quaff

Souleiman’s hair creation at Haider Ackerman was inspired by the 50s rockabilly quaff, which gives a perfect hit of retro Americana. ‘Think a man’s haircut-height at the top and tight at the sides’, he says.

Easy does it

Start with a spritz of thickening spray at the roots to add volume and grip. Backcomb, twist into a French pleat, leaving a medium-sized front section free, and secure with pins. Build up the front section with Sebastian Professional Microweb Fiber, $22, for a mallable base and lay it over the head. Use a super strong –hold hairspray like Wella Professionals Super Set, $19, to fix in place.

Description: Cute quaff

Cute quaff

Hi, honey

Add luxurious colour to shiny bouncy waves and you have hair that’s as sexy as a chrome-trimmed hot rod. But keep it minimal with strategically placed honey tones. ‘Over-coloured hair can be ageing’, says colourist to the stars Josh Wood. ‘A natural approach looks expensive and is a direct departure from last year’s dip-dyeing’.

Easy does it

Blow-drying with a large round brush will give hair shine, or you can get the look with tongs – twist the hair forward for more flattering shapes around the face and use a serum like Pantene Pro-V Normal to Thick Split End Serum, $7, at the ends. The Windle & Moodie Ceramic Marcel Curling Iron, $180, gives good waves.

Description: Hi, honey

Hi, honey

On a roll

‘Retro hairsyles are no longer in-your-face, they are slightly disguised now’, says Souleiman, who gave this prim low-slung ponytail a nod to the 50s with a teeny hair roll on the side and a youthful windswept finish.

Easy does it

Prep with Toni & Guy Label.M Resurrection Style Dust, $15, to give hair guts. Blow-dry, then straighten with hair into a side parting. On the opposite side make another side parting, then twist that section to the back of your head, pin in place and secure hair back into a pony at the nape of the neck.

Description: On a roll

On a roll

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