Thinking of going blonde for summer?
Top hairstylists reveal how to get those perfect sun-kissed beachy waves.
Condition is key. To get your locks looking really shiny, head to superstar colourist Hannah Gaboardi at Salon Sloane (186 Pavilion Road) and ask for her hair-ﬁller treatment.
For the colour itself, try Hannah’s sombre technique (from £225).
“Sombre is a softer version of ombre; a middle ground between ombre and balayage,” she says, referring to two popular techniques.
“The appearance of dark roots is less harsh, with baby lights starting from the roots and becoming stronger towards the ends,” Hannah says.
She will help you pick the perfect hair colour for your skin tone, and says brunettes can join in the fun too!
“It’s especially ideal for brunettes adding honey and caramel tones,” Hannah says.
You could also see Limoz Logli at his salon (78a Chelsea Manor Street) where the famed colourist has honed his technique over years.
“The Limoz Signature Colour (from £450) is a subtle, lasting way of lightening your hair.
“It is done so precisely and delicately that there are no obvious transitions. I work on a full head of baby lights – super-ﬁne strands of blonde to faintly lift the whole hair.
“Then I begin lightening the hair around the face and creating more depth by hand-painting blonde strands strategically.
“Once I am happy with the lightness and tone of the blonde, I smudge gloss from the root to create a melt of the natural root colour,” Limoz says.
Michael Charalambous at Nyumba (1 Sloane Square) also has plenty of advice for those looking to lighten up.
“Naturally in summer, hair gets lighter and skin gets darker, so by introducing different colouring techniques with low-peroxide products, one can achieve a very successful sexy summer look,” he says.
Head colour specialist Giulia Zuccaroli will personalise your colour for the best possible results, while various treatments are available to maintain post-colour hair health.
Now you’ve got the perfect colour, you’ll want to get the bouncy blow-dry.
The talented team at Richard Ward (82 Duke of York Square) know exactly how to get those summer waves.
“Beach waves are deliberately messy,” stylist Zacharie tells me, “and generally a centre parting is used.”
He goes on: “Blow-dry the hair, but just to smooth the cuticle; not so that the hair drops. Then, use a conical wand to curl it – the curls will stay longer that way.”
If you’re wearing a hat, keep your hair style simple, says hairdresser Hakan Köse, founder of HK LONDON (311 King’s Road).
“If you want to accentuate both the hat and the hair, a low ponytail tied gently to one side can create a very interesting yet understated look.”