Pick of the crops

Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne Photo: Getty

Heat and humidity can wreak havoc on the state of our strands, so it makes sense to switch to more laid-back cuts for summer. We asked celebrity hairstylist Barney Martin from Barney Martin hairdressing in Sydney for his pick of the crops.

The Textured Lob

Take your cue from: Rose Byrne, Leighton Meester and Olivia Wilde.

Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel Photo: Getty

Why you’ll love it: The beginners guide to short hair, it boasts the same sophistication you crave in a polished pixie cut or bob, without limiting your styling choices.


What to ask for: A collarbone-skimming bob with a few slices through the mid-sections.

Style it with: A texturising spray and a centre part. For the same wash-‘n’-wear-looking finish as Rose’s, try scrunching a sea salt spray through damp hair before tipping your head upside down to blow-dry. Try Fudge Urban Sea Salt Spray, $10.99. 

The Grown-Out Fringe

Take your cue from: Jessica Biel and Liv Tyler.

Why you’ll love it: It’s the easiest way to update long hair without having to add heavy layering. Just remember: fringes were invented for straight hair, so if you’ve got naturally curly hair, it’s best to stick with a few chin-length slices for low-maintenance definition.

What to ask for: An eyebrow-grazing fringe. It’s all about cutting into the fringe rather than across, for a wispy finish.

Style it with: Your hands and a can of dry shampoo for touch-ups. Nowhere near as high maintenance as Rooney Mara’s blunt face-framer, the added length means you can use your hands to style the fringe as you blow-dry before letting the hair fall naturally. Try: Batise Original Dry Shampoo, $9.95.

The Geometric Bob

Take your cue from: Rooney Mara, Rachel Taylor and Keira Knightley.

Why you’ll love it: Perfect for fine locks, the A-line shape works a treat at creating the illusion of fuller-looking hair, sans product.

What to ask for: A razor-sharp bob with a solid base. If you’ve got thick hair, feathering a few slices into the mid-lengths will stop the style from looking bulky.

Style it with: A narrow barrel brush and a travel-sized hair straightener. Unlike a regular iron, the mini plates allow you to grab smaller sections closer to the scalp without creating bends in the hair. Try BabylissPRO Mighty Mini Ceramic Straightener, $29.95.