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How to Wear Your Hair Down in Summer Like a Model

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Last night, a bunch of pretty people showed up in the middle of London’s Kensington Gardens to attend the Serpentine Gallery’s annual Summer Party. Typically a fashion designer plays host, and this year’s shindig was placed under the tasteful watch of L’Wren Scott. Boyfriend Mick Jagger was in attendance; so was Sarah Jessica Parker. Also, a bevvy of tall, leggy models — and they all wore their hair down. Was there a pre-party model memo? A group text?

More likely just practical planning: London’s cooler, less humid weather (when it’s not raining) is probably more conducive to these kinds of ‘dos. Because when frizz is a major factor, hair tends to get the shellac treatment. Let’s break down the variations Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova, Georgia May Jagger and Karen Elson took on loose, shoulder-skimming hair.

Like an angel. Photo: Rune Hellestad/Corbis

Naomi Campbell: Shiny Bangs
Her hair is so shiny, it looks like she has a halo around her head. Can you see it? This is probably due to the model’s inner wonderfulness. You can achieve a similar look with Oribe’s Shine Spray.

Smiley! Photo: Rune Hellestad/Corbis

Eva Herzigova: Disco Curls
All she’s missing is a spectacular sequined jump suit and Donna Summers playing in the background. Mimic the look with the help of some hot rollers and volumizing mousse.

Too cool for school. Photo: Rune Hellestad/Corbis

Kate Moss: Kate Moss
This is the model’s signature. There’s just enough height at the roots, touchable texture, and overall shine to suggest that this isn’t a slept-in look from last night. Chances are her stylist worked in some of that new texture spray from Kerastase (she’s the collection’s spokesperson, after all).

Is her hair clean? Is it dirty? Photo: Rune Hellestad/Corbis

Georgia May Jagger: I-Don’t-Care Hair
The 21-year-old possesses the kind of easy, British glamour that usually calls for a blown-out look and painted red lip. Looks like someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. Perhaps all she had time for was an oil-absorbing, hair-refreshing spritz of dry shampoo.

The Prohibition look. Photo: Rune Hellestad/Corbis

Karen Elson: Vintage Bob
Doesn’t she always look like she’s just stepped out of an old-timey movie? Her carefully styled earmuff curls seem to have benefitted from the heat of a curling iron and lots of hair spray.

Two tone. Photo: Neil Warner / Splash News

Jacquetta Wheeler: Bring Back the Pixie
The model used to have a cropped cut that accentuated her delicate features. This shoulder length hair that’s tousled (thanks to some texture spray) walks the Brooklyn Decker line.

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Wearing Your Hair Down in Summer Like a Model