Best hairstyles of the moment

Ditch the GHDs and dust off your hairspray. Big hair is back. Annemarie Quill reports that after years of sleek serumed dos, the waves are breaking. The most popular hairstyle in the Bay? The Kate.

Kate's wavy locks will inspire the look of summer, says Brett Holmes, one of Bay of Plenty's top hairdressers.
"It is about a return to shiny, healthy hair and a move away from the tortured look. Big hair is definitely back."
We girls have always loved big hair. As kids Barbie taught us the bigger the do, the richer, sexier and even slimmer we are. In the '50s, Marilyn Monroe set the benchmark for blonde curls. In the '70s, a generation of women begged their hairdresser for Farrah's waves. In the '80s, supermodels like Cindy Crawford inspired a decade of power-dressed women with hair bigger than the boardroom.
But in the last decade, GHDs took the world by storm and hair companies followed suit with serum and oil to sleek down our locks. From Victoria Beckham to Angelina to the average woman, ironing hair became as essential as ironing your shirt.
This spring, big do's are set for a comeback. While Kate Middleton might be turning heads with her soft curls, her brunette locks are not the hot colour of summer. That prize goes to the latest fad for white hair. Think Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani.
Here in the Bay of Plenty, hairdressers say clients are already picking up on the global trends. Brett Holmes says more women are asking for 'The Kate'. In July's Regional Hair Design awards, big hair and platinum shades were popular.
We talk hair with three of the Bay of Plenty's most popular stylists.
Liz Ward
Liz Ward of Katikati stole the show at the July hair design awards.

Last year's New Zealand supreme champion, Liz is hot favourite to take the crown again at the next nationals in 2012.
Is big hair back?
Softness is definitely back. With the launch of curling wands and new tools to emphasise movement you need to learn to use your straighteners to curl.
What is influencing hairdressers?
Fashion houses are bringing back glam. In the latest global catwalk shows models have beautifully dressed long hair with a '50s influence.
Key hair trends for spring/summer 2011/12?
For summer we will see colours that flirt between sunrise and sunset, copper-flecked browns and golden-honey blondes. Pearl tones with luxurious, glossy, creamy tones.
Who would you most like to style?
Lady Gaga. I would do her super sophisticated with a progressive edge. Best celebrity hair style has to go to Victoria Beckham who always has impeccably cut and coloured hair. Worst celeb goes to Donald Trump. Say no more, we all know why.
Do blondes have more fun?
They do get noticed more.
How do we get rid of frizz?
Anti-frizz shampoos, conditioners and styling products are a must. Ask your stylist which product is best for you as every head and style is different. The Moroccan range is a favourite of mine
Worst hair mistakes?
Colouring your own hair without knowledge of skin tone, face shape, eye colour and lifestyle equals disaster.
What products do you like?
I use Davines which is Italian. The Davines Essential Range Nounou shampoo and conditioner is amazing. Moroccan Oil Shine Glimmer Spray is outstanding, not only for shine but for protection against the elements.
How can we avoid bad hair days?
Have a good stylist. Know your individual hair type and select the right products and styling tools. Have key essential looks that you can achieve well for every occasion. In your handbag carry a mini 'first aid' kit such as Moroccan oil and a hairspray to keep your style in place.
Brett Holmes
Owner, The Salon by Design and Schwarzkopf long hair ambassador.
Can we ditch the straighteners?
Yes. Right now it's all about hair that looks sexy, and has movement.
Whose hair do you like at the moment?
Kate Middleton and Victoria Beckham - she is always transforming herself. Worst is Donald Trump.
Trends for spring/summer?
Hair trends will have an '80s influence with an underlying '40s feel. Cuts will be edgy with broken fringes. Undercuts will be big (cutting a section of the hair and leaving the rest long). We'll also be seeing beautiful violets, coppers, tangerine and reds with mahogany colours. Blondes will be wheat tones with gold, and salmons with beige.
Is there a cure for baldness?
Baldness can be caused by over-washing your hair which strips hair of its natural oils. We need to get back into brushing our scalps regularly. This stimulates secretion of natural oils by getting blood flowing up to the hair bulbs. The best thing we can do is to allow our hair to get dirty so it secretes natural oil and then through brushing the oil is spread through the hair.
How do we get rid of frizz?
Frizz occurs when you over wash your hair and use too much shampoo, or from washing your hair with hot water. So try using cool or cold water when rinsing out your conditioner.
Worst hair mistakes?
Over-use of serums and leave-in conditioners.
What products should we use?
Kerastase Chroma range offers products for all hair types including anti-dandruff, frizzy, curly, fine, broken and weak hair. Natural bristle paddle brushes are great and help with oil secretion and stimulating blood flow. Look for half-bristle and half-plastic paddle brushes.
Best hair tips?
Minimal washing and when you do wash your hair do it in tepid to cool water. Dry your hair correctly - it makes any style look great. Brush your hair every night, even you men.
Pam Hewitt
Owner of Scots, Mount Maunganui
Is big hair back?
Blow drying is a bigger trend now than it's ever been. We are doing a lot of these, influenced by red carpet looks.
Key hair trends?
Soft, natural colours enhance what you already have with subtle peek-a-boo colour.
Who would you most like to style?
Johnny Depp - he's hot and edgy.
How do we get rid of frizz?
Try Cashmere Tips or Leave in Precious Pearl Treatment both by Schwarzkopf Seah.
Worst hair mistakes people make?
Over-texturising and using too much cheap and nasty product. Also using home/DIY colour which never gets a true result.
Best hair tips?
Find the best hairdresser committed to understanding your needs. Always book a consultation. Use the best professional product you can afford in between salon appointments. Use a Mason Pearce natural bristle brush and a wide-tooth comb for long hair.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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