Goodbye to straighteners: hello boho hair

Loose, wavy, in plaits or naturally messy – that's the look to go for this summer. Nina Lakhani reports

Hippie, feminine, quirky or classic – whatever their look, women with long hair will be plaiting, twisting or curling before leaving the house this summer, if the style gurus and fashion writers are to be believed.

Long associated with primary school girls – neatly tied back as a perfect accessory to school uniform – plaits are central to this summer's boho look, which has hit the catwalks and won over the likes of Sienna Miller and Kate Hudson.

Pleats, twists and waves were also in abundance in the spring fashion shows with an interesting equestrian feel to some of the plaited buns and high ponytails used by Bora Aksu and Marios Schwab. Jean-Paul Gaultier's festival-inspired hair created the perfect laid-back look with twists and texture, while Prada added romantic pleats to the classic bun, creating a chic grown-up look recently favoured by the actress Anne Hathaway.

Thin plaits worn long between tumbling curls seems to be the style to accompany this spring's Glastonbury-inspired floral dress and wellies combo which has become synonymous with the supermodel Kate Moss. And simple schoolgirl plaits can be transformed by ribbons and bows in this season's vibrant, strong block colours, demonstrating that hair and fashion belong together like rock and roll.

Celebrity hairdresser Errol Douglas said: "The loose, free, boho hair reflects the bright, breezy, funky look we see in the floral fabrics and see-through layers on the catwalk and on the high street. There's a lot of scope for girls to make the look their own: they can wear a plait at the top of their head, on the side, or half-done, and when they undo the plait they've got a whole new ripple effect which is loose and relevant. Uma Thurman is one of my clients who looks great with this more natural, much cooler look."

According to those who dictate the rules, thousands of women blessed with frizzy rather than silky hair can breathe a sigh of relief as the obsession with hair straighteners seems to be finally drawing to an end. Even Jennifer Aniston has introduced subtle waves and frontal braids to her naturally straight locks.

Mr Douglas said: "I'm fed up to the back teeth with poker-straight, lanky hair, which actually doesn't suit that many faces. It's much easier to adapt curls, waves and plaits to suit your own look, so it's great to see girls experimenting again. This look's got longevity – the designers will ensure that it last till the end of the year at least – but by next summer we'll have more architectural, sculptured, Grace Jones-inspired hair, and women will be buying the clothes to go with it."

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Fashion

    Recruitment Genius: In House Counsel - Contracts

    Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This leading supplier of compliance software a...

    Recruitment Genius: Associate System Engineer

    £24000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Associate System Engineer r...

    Recruitment Genius: Executive Assistant

    Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: An Executive Assistant is required to join a l...

    Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager - B2B, Corporate - City, London

    £45000 - £50000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...

    Day In a Page

    General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

    The masterminds behind the election

    How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
    Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

    Machine Gun America

    The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
    The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

    The ethics of pet food

    Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?
    How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

    How a composer turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

    Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
    11 best bedside tables

    11 best bedside tables

    It could be the first thing you see in the morning, so make it work for you. We find night stands, tables and cabinets to wake up to
    Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?

    Italy vs England player ratings

    Did Townsend's goal see him beat Kane and Rooney to top marks?
    Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

    An underdog's tale of making the most of it

    Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
    Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

    Steve Bunce: Inside Boxing

    Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
    No postcode? No vote

    Floating voters

    How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
    Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

    By Reason of Insanity

    Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
    Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

    Power dressing is back

    But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
    Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

    Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

    Caves were re-opened to the public
    'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

    Vince Cable interview

    'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
    Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

    Promises, promises

    But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
    The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

    The death of a Gaza fisherman

    He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat