In summer, casual curls and beach waves are usually high on our beauty agendas. Katie Holmes has also always been a big fan of messy bedhead hair, as she proved just a few months ago when she showed us her natural curls.
But suddenly we’re seeing the actress with an altogether new hairstyle that is so different, it makes for a complete texture change. We’re talking about ‘90s straight hair – in other words, super sleek strands that we know mainly from that era – and thanks to Katie Holmes, it’s now trending again.
If you were planning on putting your hair straighteners to one side for summer, you may want to reconsider. True, straightening hair in high temperatures is real a challenge, but when it comes to creating super sleek ’90s straight hair, heat styling really is the only option.
At the premiere of Like Water for Chocolate at the American Ballet Theatre in New York, Katie wore her espresso brown hair styled straight, which is unusual given she tends to prefer curls, waves and undone styles.
The hair was parted in the middle and straightened all the way to the tips, without a single wave or kink in sight. You can see that the hair around her face is layered and falls gently around its contours. This makes what is supposedly a ‘hard’ straight look appear softer.
The best tips for creating ’90s straight hair in summer
Admittedly, super straight hair is not exactly what we think of when summer hairstyles are mentioned. High humidity, constant sweating and other factors create waves in the hair too quickly.
A good heat protection spray is essential for the look. Apply this generously before using your straightening iron. For the best result, divide the hair into sections and straighten strand by strand. This is the only way to make sure you eliminate even the gentlest of kinks.
Finished? Add some hair wax to the tips to prevent flyaway hairs. Then set everything with a light mist of hairspray, which shouldn’t stick to the hair but rather ensures that strands remain as smooth as possible throughout the day.
Finally, use a shine spray to achieve a super sleek look.
‘90s straight hair isn’t necessarily our hairstyle of choice when it’s 30 degrees outside, but it’s perfect for dinner out or other evening events that don’t take place in the blazing sun. We’ll be sure to give it a try.
This article originally appeared on Glamour Germany.
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