When you’re on holiday, you often don’t want to spend time redoing your hair after a long and relaxing day at the beach, only to have to get ready for an evening with family and friends. But the question is how can you rock the beach look in the bar? This Summer, Asgar Saboo gives YCB his top tips on how to create the best styles to maintain your holiday chic. A renowned figure among celebrities and a regular on the red carpet, the name Asgar Saboo is synonymous with headline grabbing, style-worthy hair.
Sometimes, simplicity is the key and overcomplicating things can just go wrong, especially when you’re in a hurry to get ready. A simple sleep bun looks superbly elegant if you follow the right steps, and takes minutes to pull off.
Freshen up your sun-parched strands by rocking a slicked-back look. Begin by combing your hair away from your face so it sits smoothly against your scalp.
Pump a good amount of replenishing hair oil into your hands and apply to your scalp from roots to ends.
Tie your hair into a tight low ponytail at the top of your neck and twist the tail to wrap it around itself, securing with a hair pin. This look will stay fresh and fierce all day and all night long.
TOP TIP: To add a bit of sass in the evening, add a sparkly clip to your bun so you can dazzle even when the sun has gone down.
In reality, salty beach hair does not equate to smooth, shiny braided hair so it’s a case of working with what you’ve got so you can look your best. Here is the perfect plaited style for you to replicate ~ the effortlessly sexy ‘Fun Bun’.
Fake the perfect plait by splitting your hair in a middle parting and pulling it into a tight braid at the base of your neck, securing it with a small elastic band.
Next, loosen your look by pulling the plait apart slightly and then wrapping it into a low bun, securing with bobby pins. This looser plait also gives the illusion of a fuller, more voluminous style.
If you want to go the extra mile and add the cherry on top of the cake, invest in a plaited faux-hair band, matching the tones in your hair. With this style it won’t matter if the shade is slightly different, as often this happens with dip dye or balayage hair.
TOP TIP: If you don’t have a faux-hair band but still want a bit more volume to your bun, then use the sock bun technique ~ simply snip a sock at the toes, then roll it over itself until you have created a donut. Gather your hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck and encourage the ends through the donut’s hole. Continue to roll your hair outwards around the sock until you have come to your scalp and secure your bun in place with a few hair grips until it feels comfortable.
The mermaid beach look is one of the best, whether you’re thinking of Elle MacPherson, Kate Upton or Naomi Campbell – all the greats have rocked it! Here is the best way to recreate the sexy style so you can look like your favourite A-listers on holiday.
A couple of hours before you leave the beach, dip your hair in the ocean. This will also help you get in to the mermaid mood…
Part the strands of your hair in the middle with a wide-toothed comb and once your hair is only damp, mist over with a texturising spray.
Leave to absorb for a couple of minutes and then wrap a tight bun at the back of your head, securing with an elasctic band. When your locks are dry (usually after a few hours, depending on how thick your hair is), unravel and you are good to go!
And the ultimate men’s beach look…?
Here’s how to use product to create the ocean look
The key is sea salt spray, a styling product different from others in that the goal is to work with hair’s natural tendencies to give a more textured version of your natural do.
Some cheaper sea salt sprays are simply watered down versions of gel and can leave locks sticky from product build up. Higher end products do an excellent job of mimicking sea water, and the best have a gritty texture to incorporate one of the most significant elements of the ocean – the beach.
For those who are totally new to sea salt spray, here is the lowdown ~ the product will not give you high shine hair; it will not give you rock hard hair; it will not give you waxy hair; it will instead give textured, matte hair which is moveable and touchable.
If you’re looking for a set style which is fixed all day long, sea salt spray isn’t your product. If you wish to show off your natural locks with a bit more motion and texture giving you that Beach God vibe, then this is the one for you!