St. Tropez by Royston Blythe

High-volume hairstyles
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Stylist Sophie Beattie from the Royston Blythe salon in Wolverhampton brings us this collection of exotic hairstyles under the title "St. Tropez". The looks feature a common theme of texture and softness - in styles that are high-volume and high-impact.
The hair colors are natural and deeply dimensional, and the waves and textures are organic and full of energy.

Long Layered Haircut

Long layered haircut with highlights and styled with ruffing
This long layered haircut is deeply textured with razor-cut ends for softness and a choppy, high-impact arrangement. The rich brown color is accented with soft, beige highlights and the styling is achieved through a diffused blow-dry technique with a brush and a soft-hold styling product.
Gentle back-combing at the scalp and light ruffing with a bristled brush can add volume in the areas where it is desired and provide a balanced silhouette.

Shoulder-Length Bob Cut

Shoulder-length bob cut with styling achieved using a blowout technique and mussing
This shoulder-length bob cut features box layering along the lower third of the hair and a long, deeply textured fringe. The hair is parted along the right side in an obscured parting and is styled to maximize the fullness of the hair.
The styling is achieved using a blowout technique with a flat brush to emphasize smoothness and impart a minor curvature. A round brush can be used to offer the outward bend in the hair at the lower layers, and a light "mussing" breaks up the "too fixed" style and provides an edgier, ravished look.

Long Hair and Curls

Super-long auburn hair with strong curls
Super-long hair in lots of layers characterizes this style which is suited ideally to naturally curly hair types. The color is a deep, warm-toned cherry-auburn that reflects and refracts the light exceptionally well.
The styling of this look involves a diffused blow-dry method and lifting of the hair at the scalp. Use a strong-hold styling gel or structuring paste to give the curls strength and structure and use a pick to tease up some areas of curl as desired to create a balanced silhouette.

Long Sweeping Waves

Super-long hair with layers around the face and sweeping waves
A look featuring a super-long haircut with deeply-falling layers around the face. The fringe area is long and deeply textured to create a light veil across the upper half of the face. The hair is styled into long sweeping waves. Even without real curl, the hair is still high-volume and loaded with body.
Create the look using a blow-dryer with a large round brush and medium-hold styling product. Lift the hair at the scalp while drying and use the brush to create the long curves in the hair. A light application of hairspray will help to minimize any frizz and tamp down any flyaway hair.

Bob with an Outward Flick

Textured bob cut with an outward flick at the ends
This bob cut features lots of interior box layering and a wide fringe that blends into the side layers. The whole of the head is textured with a razor tool to create a near-microfine finish that looks more like fine fur than feathering. The creamy blonde color provides the perfect canvas for the lines and textures of the style.
Create this look with a blow-dryer and flat brush using a texturing paste and smoothing serum. Blow the hair in a predominantly forward direction, finishing with an outward flick of the ends. A dab of pomade on the fingertips is then used to define the strands and create the edgy, bristled effect.

Contoured Bob

Contoured bob cut styled with scalp-lift for volume
A contoured bob, cut using a razor tool forms the basis of this style. The color is a neutral-toned dark blonde with a myriad of soft, golden highlights. The fringe is nose-length at its shortest point and tapers to blend into the sides of the cut.
The styling consists of a blow-dry technique with scalp-lift for volume using a large round brush, styling product and texturing paste. The hair is directed with an obscured parting in the crown area and spiraled around the head in a clockwise turn. Use the fingers to fluff and muss as desired, and an extra dab of pomade will help to create the definition in the finished style.
Hair: Sophie Beattie at Royston Blythe, Wolverhampton
Styling: Bernard Connolly
Make-up: Justine Collins
Photography: Richard Miles
See also: Short hairstyles | Medium hairstyles | Long hairstyles