When it comes to having long hair in the summer, some of the problem can be that it’s just too warm.

While those long flowing locks can certainly grab some attention at the beach, they can be a nightmare to maintain.

So if you’re bored of doing the same old style, here are some top tips from HJ British Hairdresser of the Year nominee Mark Leeson.

Mark is the current HJ British Hairdresser of the Year for 2014 and describes his own design style as “glamorous, directional and polished”.

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Mark’s Top 5 Tips To Handling Long Hair This Summer:

1. Getting tied up in knots is good!
Mark advises: “During the colder months, it’s much easier just to leave your hair down.
“When it’s hot, it’s a great time to try out new plaits, braids and updos if you have longer hair.”

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2. Top trick
Mark revealed: “A really simple look is to simply take a section either side of the head, create two plaits and join them at the back of the head to create a daisy chain effect.
“Use tiny or chunky plaits – experiment to see what works best.”

3. Don’t be afraid of colour
“I love playing with colour and purple is a big hit this summer” said Mark, adding: “in pretty much any tone.
“If you don’t want to go bold, opt for pastel pieces or a dip-dye, to get colour without the commitment.”

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4. Product tip
Mark said: “Embrace beachy textured hair by spritzing on KMS California Hairplay Sea Salt Spray (£13.15, lookfantastic.com).
“It’s brilliant for summer styling and festival-inspired hair.”

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5. Fancy a change?
If you want to stay long but fancy having a change, Mark advises to try for: “The long bob.
“It’s versatile, suits all ages and is bang on trend for 2015.”

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