Picture this: You’re headed to a friend’s barbeque looking fab — you’re wearing your favorite summer dress and your barely-there makeup is perfect. Then you walk out of your house, the sun is blazing, the humidity is off the charts, and your car feels like it’s about 500 degrees. You start sweating. You can feel some of your perfectly blown-out hair sticking to your neck. You start to hate on this sunny season you love so much.
Sound (annoyingly) familiar?
See how to beat the heat with these summer hairstyles now.
While the livin’ may be easy this time of year, looking cute after spending just a few minutes outside isn’t always such a cinch. That’s why we talked to top celebrity hairstylists for their best ideas on the hairstyles that won’t fall apart when the temperature soars.
We got the pros to share their insider tips on how to do your hair so it doesn’t become a big, frizzy mess when the temperature and humidity rises. The result? Hairstyles that’ll stay off your neck and out of your sweaty (oh, we mean glowing) face.
And remember that hair care needs to change with the season as well. Vince Smith of the eponymously named salon in New York City (he’s styled models for shows at New York’s Fashion Week) shares some of his secrets:
· Wear SPF protection in your hair before going out in the sun. Try a leave-in spray.
· Apply a leave-in conditioner before going swimming in the pool. It’ll help prevent chlorine from absorbing into the hair.
· Use an after-sun hair masque if you’ve been soaking in the sun for more than an hour. It’ll help repair any damage.
ROCK N’ ROLL TOUSLED HAIR
Nothing says summer more than sexy, tousled hair. To get a beachy look — even if you’re spending most of your summer days at the office instead of by the pool — try these tips from Abergel, who styles Kristen Stewart’s hair:
Step 1: Apply a root-lifting volumizer through your hair before roughdrying it with a blow dryer. TryFekkai Advanced Full Blown Volume Styling Whip, $23.
Step 2: Reapply the styling whip through your hair to create a natural wave.
Step 3: Backcomb hair from roots to ends with a teasing comb and spray with a light hairspray. TryHerbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Hairspray, $3.99.
Step 4: Flat iron random pieces of hair and brush through them to add texture.
Celebrity hairstylist Donald Mikula gave Joy Bryant this texturized style that stayed out of her face for a big event. Here’s how he did it:
Step 1: Air dry your hair to give it a soft, natural look.
Step 2: Apply a hair oil to the ends of your hair for a smooth finish. Try KeSARI Beauty Indian Oil Serum, $31.50.
Step 3: Wrap 1-inch sections of your hair around a 1/2-inch curling iron.
Step 4: After curling, put all of your hair into a light braid and let it sit for two minutes.
Step 5: Undo the braid and run your hands through your hair to create more body.
Step 6: Pin back the top half of your hair to give volume to the crown.
Summer is the best time to “get creative with your ponytails,” say Martinez and Silverman. Bar Refaeli’s polished ponytail looks effortless, and it’s a cinch to perfect on your own:
Step 1: Apply blow dry gel to towel-dried hair and blow dry hair with a round brush. Try Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 Cushioning Blow-Dry Gel, $17.
Step 2: Separate your hair into four sections, and wrap them around large hot rollers. Once they’re cool, take them out and brush through them.
Step 3: Smooth your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with an elastic. Wrap a piece of hair from the ponytail around the band to hide it.
Step 4: Apply a dab of styling gel to your palms and slick them over your hairline to tame flyaways.
Want a short, trendy bob without chopping off your long hair? See how to do a faux-bob like Rosario Dawson’s below:
Step 1: The key is to keep your hair sleek, so apply an anti-frizz serum to dry hair and brush it through. Try Frederic Fekkai Coiff Perfecter Anti-Frizz Silkening Crème, $24.
Step 2: To add some wave to your natural texture, curl the top layer of hair with a 1-inch curling iron. Spritz with hairspray.
Step 3: Pull your strands into a low ponytail and secure it with an elastic 1 inch from the bottom of the nape of your neck.
Step 4: Tuck all of your hair under and pin it at the nape of your neck with lots of bobby pins.
PINNED BANGS AND CURLS
Pinning bangs up keeps them from “sticking to your sweaty forehead,” says celebrity hairstylist Kevin Ryan. For Reese Witherspoon’s look, all you need is a diffuser and some salt spray:
Step 1: As soon as you get out of the shower, towel dry your hair and mist it with salt spray. We like Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray, $17.95.
Step 2: Blow dry your hair with a diffuser to bring out your natural waves.
Step 3: If your hair is naturally straight, use a 1-inch curling iron to curl 1-inch sections of your hair.
Step 4: Create a small pouf with your bangs and pin them in place.
OVERSIZED TOP KNOT
On days when having any hair around your neck feels unbearable, Smith says this on-trend style, shown on Kate Bosworth, is the perfect go-to for easy, sweat-free chic.
Step 1: Blow dry hair with your head flipped over for added volume.
Step 2: Pull your hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic.
Step 3: Divide strands into three sections and backcomb each one.
Step 4: Wrap each section individually around the base of your ponytail to up the pouf factor. Secure in place with bobby pins.
If you have really thin hair, add hair extensions to your hair before tying it up so that you can add girth to the bun. If you have long to medium-length hair, try using a donut hair accessory: It sits around your ponytail so you can wrap your hair around the donut in sections to get more volume. We love Bombshell Small Foundation, $9.99, which was our Editorial Pick for 2011’s Total Beauty Awards.
MODERN CURLY AFRO
If you’ve got natural curls, fighting frizz is a daily battle when humidity starts to soar. This style helps you embrace the frizz (and win the war!) without looking like a hot mess. Here’s how to get Gwen Stefani’s look:
Step 1: Start by applying volumizing mousse to damp hair, and let it dry naturally.
Step 2: Touch up your curls with a 1/2-inch curling iron. Only curl from the mid-section to the ends, leave the crown straight. The goal is to get small, spiral curls, so curl 1/2-inch sections of your hair at a time.
Step 3: Use a teasing comb to backcomb your curls from the bottom layer up. Lift up each layer and mist your curls with strong-hold hairspray. Try Pantene Pro-V Curly Hair Series Satin Hold Hairspray, $4.99.
Step 4: With a flat brush, smooth down hair around the crown of your head and secure with bobby pins. Apply a straightening serum on top to taper any flyaways.
Step 5: Finally, take a 1-inch section at the front side part and twist backwards, pinning it with a bobby pin.
“Loose updos are a must-have look for summertime,” say Martinez and Silverman. They’re easy, simple, and romantic. Here’s how to get Kristen Dunst’s look:
Step 1: Apply texturizing mousse to damp hair and allow it to air dry.
Step 2: Wrap sections of hair around a 1-inch curling iron to create texture throughout your hair. Finger comb through your waves to muss them up.
Step 3: Make a side part, then add some gel to a wide-toothed comb and run it through the larger part, setting the waves into place.
Step 4: For the crown braid, tie away the smaller parted section of your hair. Flip your head over, then taking the bottom half of the larger part, split it into three sections and begin dutch braiding. Each time you move a section of hair to the middle, add more hair traveling up your head and curve as you do so to create the crown.
Step 5: Once reaching the center of your head, undo the elastic and continue braiding down your head. Finish braiding all of your hair, tying it with an elastic.
Step 6: Wrap the braid around the crown and pin the ends under with bobby pins.
Step 7: For an extra glam touch, slip on a thin, studded headband to complete your updo.
Step 8: Finish with a spritz of a strong-hold hairspray. Try L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray, $13.99.
SLICKED BACK BUN
No time to deal with oily roots? Pull it all back into a sleek bun like Kim Kardashian wears so well. Ryan says there’s a big bonus to this style: It gives hair a much-needed break from heat styling. Here’s how to get the look on your own:
Step 1: Start with damp hair. Apply a dollop of leave-in conditioner and distribute it through your hair using a wide-tooth comb, like Ricky’s NYC Swissco Wet Comb, $9.99. Hint: This is also a great hairstyle on days that you skip shampooing, as your natural hair oils will create a sleek finish.
Step 2: Brush all of your hair into a ponytail at the back of your head. Make sure your hair is nice and sleek and secure with an elastic.
Step 3: Twist your ponytail around the elastic to create a thick bun, and secure the ends below your bun with bobby pins.
Step 4: Apply a dab of styling gel to your palms and run them over your hair to tame flyaways.
If only getting a sweet bedhead look were as simple as rolling out of bed. But while Ke$ha’s look takes a little more effort, it’s still not too tough to “give bedhead a chance,” say Martinez and Silverman. Get the how-tos below:
Step 1: Make a center part and run a generous amount of thickening mousse through your hair.
Step 2: While it’s still damp, separate your hair into several medium-sized sections. Braid a few sections, and twist the other sections. Secure all of your braids and twists into a bun at the top of your head, and let it dry naturally.
Step 3: Once your hair is dry, take out the braids and twists and run your fingers through your hair.
Step 4: Mist your bedhead waves with salt spray like Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray, $17.95 and scrunch with your hands for a beachy vibe.
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