Tousled Hair Ideas

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J Mendel AW12: Tousled Hair
Kate Moss: Tousled Hair
Just Cavalli AW12: Tousled Hair
Laura Bailey: Tousled Hair
Theyskens Theory AW12: Tousled Hair
Gisele Bundchen: Tousled Hair

How To Create Tousled Hair – SS12

Split into centre partings with volume injected through the lengths of models’ locks, the styling team behind the tousled tresses at J Mendal created soft-focus, touchable textures rather than uniformed waves and curls, while natural finish foundation was the only other accessory in the models’ beauty arsenal.

To achieve an equally mussed-up finish, Sarah Louise Oskin, creative director of Daniel Hersheson, explains how important it is not to overwork the hair. ‘The best way to handle beach hair is to not do too much – salt water and fresh sea air are a natural way to control hair and define a pre-existing wave.’

However you don’t necessarily have to hit the beach to score a similar style. ‘If you’re not keen on the idea of leaving sea water in your hair, try Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray (£19.50). Simply wash and roughly towel dry hair then spritz the spray through the lengths and ends of your hair to leave locks to wave naturally,’ Oskin explains.

‘If you want to enhance or control the waves, try Hershesons Tourmaline Waving Wand (£120) to add a touch of glamour. Twist hair at the root before gently wrapping hair around the tong making sure all waves are turning out away from the face.’

Queen of the tousled tresses, Kate Moss is rarely sported sporting straight styles favouring face flattering waves and curls instead. With just a bit of texture worked through the lengths of her locks and a bit of backcombing at the roots, the catwalk queen has added a shot of polish to her usually bohemian style.

To inject texture into your own locks, Jay Goodwin, stylist at Daniel Galvin and head hairstylist on Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model, suggests roughly blow-drying your hair with no nozzle before starting to style locks. ‘A nozzle on a hairdryer directs the airflow of the dryer resulting in a smoother finish which is exactly what you need to avoid when trying to create tousled tresses,’ Goodwin explains.

‘Once the hair is dry, take small individual sections – about an inch thick – and, using a tong or a curling wand, wrap the section around it once, moving the tong or curling wand up and down the shaft of the hair. The longer you have the hair around the hair tool, the stronger the wave. As Kate Moss has a soft and natural look, it’s important to be swift with this part of the styling – steer away from proper curls.’

‘For an even looser look, curl alternate sections in opposite directions then use your fingers and hands to break away any ‘over-done’ curls. Finish off with a light spritz of L’Oreal Professional Tecni Art Air Fix Spray (£8.10) to set your style,’ Goodwin concludes.

A halfway house between volume hairstyles and beachy waves and curls, the Just Cavalli girl gave the tousled trend a shot of grown up glamour with glossy colour and a Seventies-inspired side swept fringe to take the summery style straight into autumn. Metallic smoky eyes were gilded with grey to augment the sultry aesthetic.

To score a similarly polished finish, eponymous hairdresser of Bond Street’s Neil Cornelius 1st Floor explains that the correct haircut will make the trend effortless to recreate. ‘With the right kind of haircut, your hair will dry from wet and take on a shape of its own which will require very little attention. Applying the right products to freshly washed hair will allow you to leave home with wet hair and turn up to work looking like you’ve spent hours perfecting the look.’

‘It’s crucial to have the right texture, so whatever look your going for it’s important to use product. Nature’s Rescue Radiant Sea Spray (£13.20) by Redken is wonderful and contains sea salt to mimic the style you’d have if you spent a day on the beach.’

‘Getting the natural look is also down to the preparation and styling. To create soft curls, you can simply take small sections of your hair, twist them around your finger and then allow them to dry or to achieve larger curls, take sections of hair, wrap it around three fingers and hold in place with sectioning clips. You can add Redken’s Style Connection Powder Grip (£11.15) onto styles tresses to add extra texture.’

Akin to the models spotted at Just Cavalli, Laura Bailey’s dishevelled style proved that tousled tresses shouldn’t just be saved for the daytime. Deconstructed waves and curls make the perfect partner to a cocktail dress when mussed-up and mattified with product. Effortless to recreate, Antonio Corral Calero, Moroccanoil’s artistic director, has shared his tips for recreating similarly beachy waves in a few simple steps.

‘After washing your hair, apply Moroccanoil Treatment (£30.45) to damp hair – it’s the perfect foundation for styling – and follow up with Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream (£22.85), working it through the mid-lengths to the ends of your hair.’

‘Then, section the hair into three parts, two at the sides and one at the back. Take a 1-inch subsection from the back and clip the remaining hair out of the way. Curl the hair in 1-inch subsections, alternating the direction of the curl with each row, remembering to leave the ends straight.’

‘Once the curls are in place, using your hands, shake the curls to loosen them into waves. Finish with a mist of hair spray to set the look or add a dusting of dry shampoo for a matt finish like Bailey’s,’ Calero concludes.

Backstage at Theyskens’ Theory models were beautifully barefaced and locks were coiffed into natural looking tousled waves and curls. To nail the undone look, Tarik Bennafia from Massato London, the new South Kensington salon from the same team behind the renowned Massato Paris and Tokyo branches, recommends investing in a leave-in conditioner to keep locks in tip top shape. ‘Before hitting the beach use a leave in conditioner to keep hair soft and prevent too much frizz,’ Bennafia explains.

It's also important to protect your hair from the sun against damage and colour fade. Massato's Organic Oils (£65) in either Tangerine and Orange Blossom or White Rose and Blackberry Leaf have UVA and UVB sun protection as well as vitamin E for nourishment. The multi-purpose hair oil can also be used on body and face in the evening for super soft skin that smells divine.’

'To recreate the beachy look at home simply wash hair, pop in a little product for texture such as Massato Texture Spray Foam, (£19) scrunch and leave to dry naturally,’ Bennafia concludes.

It’s not just her beach body we envy, with her softly tousled locks and glossy colour supermodel Giselle has effortlessly nailed the beachy waves we all crave while managing to keep her hair looking super sleek, hydrated and healthy.

To steal her style, top session stylish Stephen Low from Neville has unveiled the easiest way to nail beachy waves. ‘If you have medium or fine hair, to get the beach hair look whilst also creating a soft wave, simply roll up your hair into a relaxed beach bun before applying a hydrating lotion.’

‘I really recommend Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil (£33.58) by Shu Uemura – run a pea size through the mid to ends of your hair and then twist up into the bun. At the end of your day on the beach unravel your hair and then apply Shu Uemura’s Art of Hair Volume Maker (£31), which has a clever little brush so you can accurately dab the areas where you want more volume. Not only will your hair be wavy without feeling crunchy, but it’ll have volume like Giselle’s and be deeply hydrated,’ Low explains.

‘For those with thick hair, it’s best to plait locks – it’s a great surfer girl beach look during the day and when you let it out in the evening, it gives hair a beautiful wave.’

If you want to try out tousled hair you might also like our Waves and Curls Hair Ideas or for catwalk inspired make-up, take a peek at our Beauty Trend galleries.


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