Super Easy Summer Hairstyles

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Front Braid
 We love this look and wear it all of the time.  It's very boho chic and easy to do.  There are several takes on it but this is our favorite. 
Do It Yourself:  Make a deep side part and take a 1-2 inch section of hair from where your part begins.  Divide this section into 3 sections and french braid across your hairline.  Pin it in place behind your ear.  Done!

Side Braid
 This braid looks best when worn a little messy, so it is perfect for the summer days and nights when you just want to throw your hair up off of your face. 
Do It Yourself:  Gather your hair over to one side and and braid your hair so it rests on one shoulder.  To make this look even cooler and messier, divide your three sections into varying sizes (small, medium, and large) and then braid as usual.

High Bun
 This is a great way to get sticky, frizzy or otherwise annoying hair up out of the way while still looking totally chic.  Use a headband like Jessica Alba did or go bare.  We love the idea of wearing two very thin headbands or rapping a thin ribbon a couple of times around as a headband. 
Do It Yourself:  Begin by putting your hair into a high ponytail at the crown of your head.  Divide your hair into a few sections (three or four).  Twist and wind strands around the base of your ponytail and secure into place with bobby pins.  Depending on the thickness of your hair, you may need to tease the sections to achieve a bigger, less puny bun.  We find that it stays in place better when your hair is a little dirty or teased and roughed up. 

Half Up
 This is super easy and looks equally great worn in a casual or dressier way.
Do It Yourself:  Simply take the front section of your hair (the part that frames your face) and gather it back into one section.  Keep the section up high toward the crown of your head like JLo did to keep this look a little more fresh and ponytail-like.  Secure it into place with an elastic.  To make this do look a little more fancy, wrap a small section of hair around the elastic to cover it up and pin it in place with a bobby pin.

Beachy Waves
 Depending on your hair type, this look may be super easy or take a little more work.  With a little trial and error, you can find what works best for you on your own hair. 
Do It Yourself:  Begin by applying an anti-frizz serum to damp hair.  We always feel that hair looks it's best when it can dry naturally but we don't all have endless time to hang around and wait so we are forced to break out the hairdryer.  Work in sections and scrunch hair gently as your dry.  Using a diffuser will create less frizz.  Using a 1-2 inch barreled curling iron, take random sections of hair and wrap them around the curling iron (don't use the clip).  Alternate the direction that you wrap the curls around the barrel.  Shake your head to tousle the waves but avoid touching it too much as it will create frizz.

Messy Ponytail 
This is a more modern take on the traditional ponytail.  The texture and slight volume gives it a sexy finished feel rather than the I-just-left-the-gym look.
Do It Yourself:   Begin by spraying texturizing spray on damp hair and let air dry.  This is yet another style that looks better when hair is dirty.  Back-comb and tease hair at the crown of your head for a little lift (don't over do it!  You aren't wanting a dramatic poof).  Gather your hair and place your ponytail at ear level.  Loosen a few pieces around your face if you want.


I'maNolaGirl said...

I have been letting my hair grow out for over a year and am finally able to do the side braid and high bun! It has truly been a lesson in patience!

bruinlab said...

so glad i will be chic with my messy ponytail EVERYDAY!

Ann On and On... said...

Great helpful hints! I will be using them...

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