Fashion & Beauty

Making Waves! 10 Super Summer Hairstyles

By Carolina Diaz-Bordon

All you can hear is click, click, click - and all you can see are flashes from cameras snapping in every direction. Everywhere you walk heads turn and stare. Whispers of praise fill the air. With a fearless sense of style and confidence, you strut down the catwalk. Today, you are the star, and you owe it all to your fabulous new summer 'do. Okay, so you may not actually be walking down a runway. But there's no reason you can't look like it.

You want to be a socialite, a surfer girl, or a sophisticated diva? You can pull off any look you want with the right hairdo. The secret to wearing the hottest celebrity looks in real life begins with scissors. This season, the most popular styles are no-fuss, easy-to-do and simply sexy. To pull off these effortless looking styles, you must have the right cut. With a great haircut, the rest is easy.

This summer the streets will be sizzling with style. French twists, basic braids and loose ponytails are favorite picks. This look is about saying it without screaming it. It's a no-fuss, less-is-more look that can be worn anytime.

To keep up with the latest trends you will also need to travel back in time. You are going to bump into some new versions of old favorites. Don't worry, you won't have to dust off your leg warmers, but you will have to get your fingers ready to start scrunching. Bigger is better this season, and a little scrunching and the right cut is all you need. This time around it's a softer, lighter and more natural scrunched look.

Another popular blast from the past style is popping up on foreheads everywhere. That's right! Bangs are back and they're hotter than ever. Celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Mandy Moore, Charlize Theron and Rachel McAdams have helped them make a strong comeback. Long, short, heavy or wispy -- everywhere you turn, you will surely bump into bangs.

Alan Kurkland, Top Stylist and Manager of Salon 151 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, says, "The hottest trends we are seeing for the summer are just above the shoulder cuts with small, swooping bangs or long bangs."

Texture and layers are the secrets behind achieving these great looks, Kurkland says:

"Nicole Ritchie's hair has been a favorite. Many of my clients want the same look. The long layers at shoulder length with the swooping bangs is very popular. For shorter hair, I recommend lots of texture and movement."

The main idea is embracing the effortless sexy look in any style you choose. In other words, don't look as you've spent hours in front of the mirror. Look terrific without going over the top.

Blonde hair and summer have always gone hand in hand, but this year browns are moving in with a vengeance. There's been a brunette boom, and it's not slowing down -- from Britney to Brittany.

You will undoubtedly start seeing darker shades on the beaches. There are still, however, plenty of blondes and light highlights to go around. "We are seeing lots of partial highlights and lots of contrast, light on top and dark underneath," says Kurkland.

The sun is out and shining strong along with this season's most wanted looks. Have fun and show off your sense of style. You don't need to walk on a runway to turn heads. Nothing will spark up the summer season like a hot new hair style. Here's a list of the top ten most wanted:

1. Longish and Somewhat Irregularly Cut or Layered Bangs

2. Modern Scrunch

3. Relaxed Up Dos

4. Layered and Textured Bobs

5. Shaggy Surfer Style Layers

6. Choppy Crop

7. Softer Layers for Longer Hair

8. Short, Blunt Edgy for Shorter Hair

9. Shoulder Length Curls

10. Wavy Locks

Carolina Diaz-Bordon is a writer for
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