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SUMMER HAIR: 3 Looks For Work (+ Holiday hair Tips!)

hair inspiration, the catwalk to the office, FashionBite

SUMMER HAIR: 3 Looks For Work (+ Holiday hair Tips!)

hair inspiration, the catwalk to the office, FashionBite

The Spring/Summer ’14 catwalks were awash with gorgeous hair and beauty looks. We asked Sassoon UK’s Creative Director Bruce Masefield about how to re-create 3 summer hair looks you can wear for work and his top tips for glossy holiday hair…

Fishtail Plaits

“There is something endlessly appealing about a braid, especially when it was shown in so many ways this season,” says Bruce Masefield.

“To start a fishtail braid, first separate your hair into two equal sections, and then divide both sections in half. Next, use your index fingers to take the small section that’s all the way on the right side, and cross it over to join it with the left section.

Then, take the farthest left section of hair and pull it all the way over to the right. Go back to the right side and pull the farthest section over to the left and continue alternating left and right sections until you reach the end of your hair. Gather the braid to one side of your head, and secure it with an invisible band.

“Don’t be afraid to use your fingers to knead and pull at the plait to make it looser. Sections on top can be teased out and wispy flyways will create a dishevelled, romantic look.”

Low, sleek  ponytail

“A chic, modern ponytail is low-maintenance, but works perfectly for work and moving from day to night. Update this simple style with a low-side parting, which falls just over the ear and delicately tease out for a dishevelled finish. Wisps of hair that escape around the hair lines only add to the simplicity and flirtatious feeling of the look. Use a minimal amount of product – it’s more sensual,” advises Bruce.

Long and straight

“There is a chicness and ease to a Chloe girl. The look has a 90’s feel, think flat, centre parted, but with a super glossy finish. Use a cherry-sized amount of Sassoon Professional Diamond Polish along your fingers before using them to smooth partings and tuck hair behind your ears. The finished look is minimal, but perfectly sleek,” adds Bruce.

TOP TIP: Make sure to point the dryer nozzle downward as it will prevent the hair cuticle from lifting, which causes frizz.  

Bruce’s 5 Summer Hair Tips…


Booking in for a haircut should be part of your pre-holiday prep. Get the cut right and you can scrunch and go all holiday. A cut just before you go on holiday, will ensure that any dry or split ends which are especially prone to damage, will be removed before you spend time in the sun.


Everyone finds it difficult to keep their hair shiny on holiday – it’s all the intense sunshine, sand and salt water that wreak havoc with your hair and can make it dry, dull and brittle. To keep hair shiny and healthy, it is essential to pamper your locks with a deep-conditioning treatment at least once a week. An at home intense conditioning treatment should be used in addition to your regular conditioner.


Sassoon Professional, Halo Hydrate, is the ultimate leave-in conditioner for all hair types. It will make it easier to comb out the hair, and prevent unnecessary breakage. Use a shampoo and conditioner that will lock in colour and leave hair glossy and lustrous.


To keep your hair from drying out mid-flight, spritz with a leave-in conditioner before you board. It will soak into your locks without leaving it greasy, guaranteeing you step off with hair that looks super, sleek and glossy.


Never rub hair dry with a towel after being in the pool/sea as this will break hair and cause damage to the cuticle making hair appear dull and straw like. Instead leave it to dry naturally adding texture for a ‘surfy’ look by twisting individual sections as it dries.

Emily Seares is an award-winning magazine editor and journalist and the founding editor of FashionBite. She was featured in VOGUE's Digital Powerlist Top 100 and is a quoted style expert for most national newspapers and magazines.

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