Finding a hairstyle that holds up to summer’s hot and humid temperatures doesn’t have to be a struggle. In fact, three of the season’s hottest trends waves, braids and ponytails not only look fabulous, they’re also insanely practical. The secret behind their wearability is all in the texture: a messy, slightly undone finish allows you to be less precise with the style and drastically reduces your chances of a total tress meltdown. Here’s how to do them:
Not only do they look great, they’re also super-easy to achieve. If you already have a natural wave, apply an anti-frizz cream to towel-dried hair to define texture and reduce frizz, then scrunch your hair and twist sections away from your face. Her pick: Tresemmé Anti-Frizz Secret Smoothing Crème.
If you have straight hair, spritz a spray gel on wet hair to create texture, then scrunch all over and finger-tousle as you dry it.
Check out the latest wavy hairstyles in the Beachy Waves Look Book.
Braids & Twists
“Braids are a great way to open up the face, tame thick tresses or give texture to fine hair. It’s also a great option when you are having a bad hair day,” says Herbal Essences celebrity stylist Charles Baker Strahan, whose celeb clients include Blake Lively and Leighton Meester.
Start with dry hair that has a wavy texture, which will hold the braid. Take small sections of hair at your part or hairline, then braid to the ends. Secure with a clear elastic and lightly spritz the braid with a spray gel. His pick: Herbal Essences Set Me Up Spray Gel. Loosely tuck the bottom of the braid under other pieces of hair so that the ends aren’t visible.
Find out which celebs are doing the twist with their sexy braided hairstyles, in the Braids & Twist Look Book.
Turn a boring ponytail into a fun and flirty style by adding in some waves and twists. Start with dry, wavy hair. Gather strands up loosely into a ponytail, leaving a few front pieces loose. Secure the ponytail with an elastic, then loosely twist the front strands. Pin them back, then set the sty le with a light hold, flexible hairspray. We like Oribe Superfine Hair Spray.
See all the different ways to freshen up this classic style in the Pretty Ponytails Look Book