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Essential beach hair guide

Summer hair is all about simplicity. You may be going from the beach to a barbecue, so you need a style that doesn't require fuss

Easy waves

Bring out your hair’s natural waves with a sea-salt spray.

These create texture so your hair will look tousled and beachy. Sea-salt sprays work for all hair types, textures and lengths, and are great for shorter styles.

For best results, mist onto damp hair, scrunch with fingers and allow it to dry naturally. If you put your hair in small braids and then allow it to dry thoroughly, you’ll end up with more structured waves. And if you blow-dry you’ll get more fullness.

You can also use salt sprays as a next-day style refresher. Simply mist lightly onto your roots. If you’d like to whip up your own, you’ll need a spray bottle, water, sea salt and a few drops of hair oil to prevent the mixture from being too

drying.

**Perfect ponies

**A ponytail is the go-anywhere summer style. Try one of these:

Sky-high

More suited to younger women, this pony is tied high on the crown. Keep it sleek by blow-drying, then smoothing hair with a few drops of hair oil and using a natural-bristle brush to pull back.****

Secure with a hair tie and finish by taking a small section of hair from beneath the tail, wrapping it around the band and securing it with a bobby pin.

Sideways

You’ll need long hair for this one, as it’s pulled to the side and tied just below ear-level. It’s great for next-day hair.

Begin by spritzing a volumising spray onto the roots, tip your head forward and blast hair with a hairdryer. Pull the lengths to the side, secure with a hair tie and set the style with hairspray.

Classic look

This is the most grown-up of the three ponytails, with a sidepart and the pony secured low at the nape of the neck.

First, apply a heat-protection spray, then straighten with hair irons. Next, smooth on some serum or gloss from roots to tip. Create a side-part and brush hair flat to the scalp before securing with your hair tie.

If flyaways are an issue, use leave-in conditioner. Also, try braiding a section of your hair from your parting. Pull it back into the pony, tucking it under the rest of your hair.

If you have shorter sections at the front, leave them free of the pony and give them some loose curls with hair tongs.

Thick braid

Those big plaits you’ve seen on catwalk models are usually achieved with hair extensions. But if you have long hair there’s a way to thicken up a braid without them.

Use some seasalt spray, then divide hair into three sections as normal and plait to one side. Holding the bottom of the plait gently, loosen each section so it looks fatter, starting from the top, then secure with a band.

LORRAINE DOWNES’ BEAUTY SECRETS

Former model and Miss Universe Lorraine Downes (47) is an image consultant.

My beauty philosophy is… Tap into your inner self, as that’s where true beauty begins. Find balance in all areas of your life and keep things as natural and simple as possible. Laughter is a must as it not only makes you feel great, but you look better when you’re smiling!

The skincare products I can’t live without are… Living Nature Vitalising Cleanser, Gentle Makeup Remover, Radiance Night Oil and Firming Flax Serum.

My hair-care secret is… My talented hairdressers Sarah and Mark at Rodney Wayne in Newmarket, Auckland. I also like to have a monthly Kérastase in-salon hair ritual treatment.

The must-have products in my makeup bag are… Natural bristle makeup brushes, Jane Iredale Bitty Brow Kit, Living Nature Soft Lights Illuminating Tint, concealer, mascara, blusher and Manuka Honey Lip Balm.

My favourite beauty treat is… I love getting a massage of any kind. Face or body, they’re blissful!

My biggest beauty sin is… Allowing my skin a little sun!

The best thing my mother taught me about beauty was… Always remove your makeup before going to bed.

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