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Out of the certain few pieces in my closet that only make sense during Summer, such as, my jersey maxi dresses, backless tshirts, jelly sandals, I tend to be most excited about one particular item, the cah-lassic cotton bandana. Simply for its retro goodness and tough luxe aesthetic, paired with my favourite off duty hairstyle, this is the look that highlights my Summer!

Retro bandana hairstyles

Keeping the rest of your outfit simple, you’d be surprised to know it’s easier to style than you think. I like to match my lipstick to the colour of the bandana I’m wearing (especially red!), but then everything else is kept minimal and modern. Think plain tees, classic camis and skinny jeans – cat flick eyeliner is optional, but they are fun!

WEEKENDER – Clash with leopard, and trust it really works!

Off Duty Style Inspiration

Clockwise from leftTopshop Burnout Joggers £32, Warehouse Bra Top Twin Set £28, Topshop Lipstick in Tease £8, Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag £395, Kate Spade Draw The Line Idiom Bangle $32, Rosa De La Cruz Brown Diamond Star Stud Earring (Single) £335, Vans Era 2 Tone Leopard Trainers £55

DAYTIME – Channel a retro vibe with a button through mini dress and cute flourishes.

Retro Outfit Inspiration

Clockwise from top left: Laura Mercier Lip Glace In Daiquiri £19.50Carven Floral Embellished Dress £590Models Own Sticky Fingers Bow Set £5ASOS Little Rock Pointed Flats £22Charlotte Olympia Kitty Perspex Clutch £695

GOING OUT – Skin tight denim and stellar, spiked heels make a strong evening statement.

Off Duty Style

Clockwise from top leftKenzo Tiger Charm Bracelet £120T by Alexander Wang Classic Jersey Tank £65, Warehouse Superfit Skinny Jeans £48Kurt Geiger Bailey Court Shoes £99, OCC Lip Tar in Queen £11.50, River Island Hannah Bar Ear Cuff £5

There are a fair few ways to tie a bandana headscarf, but I like to have the customary knotted “bunny ear” ends. Starting at one corner of the square, fold your way to the opposite diagonal corner (so that you get a headband on its stretchiest grain, the bias). I tend to fold an inch and a half wide but it all depends on how wide you want your headband to be. Alternatively, you can always twist from one corner to the opposite end for a textured style.

Rihanna Agyness Deyn Bandana Hairsyle

Images source: Pinterest

Hair

To quote Beyonce, I wear my hair to the left, to the left…everything north of my shoulders is swept to the left.

And anyone who knows me also knows I style my hair in a way that can only be described as crashing waves of voluminous, chaotic, tumbling hair. A misconception follows me that I’m a chronic backcomber. In fact, very rarely would a brush go through my tresses, if at all – unless I’m sat at a salon and only after I profusely apologise to my stylist for the endless knots and tangles.

In reality, the path to panache is through a mix of product and technique. (And perhaps a head full of straight Asian hair to begin with.)

Herbal Essences Uplifting Volume

Step 1. Wash & Repeat After Me

I settle, mostly by default, on Herbal Essences as my go-to shampoo and conditioner combo. Their bottles of Uplifting Volume just works. It smells light, citrusy and lovely. The perfect base for big hair.

Step 2. Towel & Tousle Dry

Get that hair damp to touch.

Toni & Guy

Step 3. Massive Mousse

When I was younger I used to play with my Mom’s can of mousse in the downstairs bathroom. It fascinated and frightened me how a little dollop of this crazy liquid(!?) grew in my hand when it came in contact with air. Spooky!

Nowadays, I’m more like, this shiz is the bomb…and the holy grail to my volumising regime. I wholeheartedly use Toni & Guy Volume Plumping Mousse.

Sometimes I alternate with Umberto Giannini’s Glam Hair Massive Mousse but I prefer Toni & Guy’s formula as it’s a thicker product and leaves my hair with better texture. Depends on what result I’m after.

Salt Spray

Step 4. Salt Spray

I used to use Bumble & Bumble’s Surf Spray until I just couldn’t shell out the £14 anymore for a 125ml bottle. It was criminal. Luckily, there’s Umberto Giannini’s Glam Hair collection which retails at a third of B&B’s prices. And with names like Sex Bomb, Backcomb In A Bottle and Glamour Puss…you know what you’re in for!

Spray, spray, spray… Overuse and abuse ladies.

Step 5. The Blowout

First get into position: stand with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent and dry your hair upside down, full power on the mid heat setting and lifting at the roots.

Claw Clips

Step 6. The Pin Up

Ah, claw clips. What would I do without you?

If time is on your side, this step is pretty crucial as it ensures maximum volume that’ll last for the next 2-3 days – less if its humid out.

Once your hair is 95% dry, pile and clip all of it atop your noggin, then forget about it for an hour or so – or overnight if washing your hair pre-bedtime is your thing.

After set amount of time, unclip, unfurl and blow dry again on low heat, this time styling your hair into place – Voila! Sexy, voluminous bed hair with a subtle wave. Now sweep it all over your left shoulder and you’ve got my New York-meets-London look!

Images source: Pinterest, Artwork: Blogger’s own