September 26, 2014 0 Comments Celebrity Style, Hair

Get Effortless & Easy Spring/Summer Hair With Celebrity Hair Stylist Dario Cotroneo


Loyal readers of Sarah What will know that I’m a pretty big fan of celebrity hair stylist Dario Cotroneo of Dario Salon, he does dish out some fabulous hair advice after all!

Normally casting light on how to recreate celebrity red carpet hair (like how to get Olivia Palermo’s enviable glossy locks), this time around Dario is giving advice on how to choose the perfect spring/summer hair cut and the most fashion-forward ways to style it.

The best part? He’s offered up three lengths, so you can look stunning whether you are after a short do’ or long princess-like tresses.

Enjoy and let me know what you think below!

Short hair


A new season calls for a fresh new look! For on-trend short hair Dario loves the ongoing lob trend, worn tousled and wavy for the warmer weather.

If you’re going for a fringe, a soft dreamy fringe is the way to go!  Going short is also a good opportunity to chop off any damaged hair and regain some of your hair’s natural health.


To style, start by applying a texturizing spray to damp hair. I love Sebastian Professional Drynamic, $34.

Next, flat wrap (a drying technique where you dry one side of the head in one direction and then in the opposite direction) hair from side to side using a large paddle brush to achieve a smooth, volume boosting effect.

Now, curl random, thick strands of hair leaving hair in the hair iron for no longer than 10 seconds and release. Shake hair out to loosen curls for the desired wave.

Finally, if you are sporting bangs, use a makeup brush to put any stray strands into place using hairspray, this way you don’t lose any volume.

Medium length


For medium length hair, try going for ‘The Chop’, which is hair that doesn’t fall too long or hang too short (it lands on top of the collar-bone).

This cut is perfect if you want a change from long hair but aren’t ready to commit to a shorter bob. Elle Fanning made headlines just this week for cutting her signature long blonde hair into a very sophisticated shoulder grazing do.


If you’re after more relaxed hair with plenty of movement, take advantage of the heat and let it work in your favour, letting hair dry naturally after applying a frizz ease serum and spraying a sea salt spray through the mid-lengths to ends.

Move hair around as it continues to dry – or as you blow-dry if you really can’t wait – and control the look with a flexible-hold hairspray.concoction haircare in australia

A haircare range that I’ve been LOVING that allows your hair to behave while still maintaining maximum volume and movement is Concoction.

This innovative shampoo and conditioner range allows you to mix and match serums so that you’re always giving your hair what it actually needs. All you need to do is pick out the Concoction Shampoo scent that you love (believe me, Black Pepper and Citrus is amazing – it’s spicy and sexy) and then add in two serum vials.

For the look that Dario is describing above, I’d choose the Super-Straight Super Serum and the Turn Up The Volume Super Serum, so that you can big sexy behaving hair in summer.

All you have to do is pour the serums into your shampoo and mix before using. Follow up with Concotion’s beautifully scented Cashmere Conditioner. These are now available at David Jones and can be purchased online here.

Long Locks


If you’re growing your hair, the warmer months are the perfect time to embrace longer locks, which never go out of style!

For long-haired beauties, this summer it’s all about soft waves and soft layers, think Giselle Bundchen, Blake Lively and Megan Fox.

For dark hair, opt for balayage or highlights that look natural and dominate away from the face (just like Megs) – this will make hair look more full-bodied and textured.


For soft, fuss-free Megan Fox waves, start with dry hair or let damp hair dry naturally. Apply a heat protecting spray (I dish on all the very best ones here).

Go for long wavy curls with a curling iron – this is where MYCURL comes in handy! Grab 1-2 inch sections of the hair to curl, then secure with a hairpin to set.  Repeat and once the whole head is done, release the pins to let the curls out.

Brush out with a paddle brush for a more natural look and finish off with some hairspray.

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