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10 Foolproof Hot-Weather Hairstyles

May 28, 2012

By Jennifer Tzeses

10 Foolproof Hot-Weather Hairstyles
Let's face it: No matter how long you spend doing your hair, chances are your strands won't withstand the ravages of summer heat and humidity. So instead of blow drying and flat ironing your way to silky smooth locks, only to have them frizz up the minute you step outside, why not stylishly surrender your tresses to the season? Here, learn how to easily replicate 10 celebrity-inspired summer styles-from a modern updo to a chic braid-without breaking a sweat. Photo credit: Marianna Massey/Getty Images

10 Foolproof Hot-Weather Hairstyles
10 Foolproof Hot-Weather Hairstyles

Polished Pixie
A slicked-backed style like Emma Watson's adds instant sophistication to any look. Plus, "it's a chic way to pull short hair off your face on a hot summer day," says celebrity stylist Umberto Savone. It's also an easy way to give short hair a dressy finish for a formal event, he adds. To create the look, apply an anti-frizz serum to wet hair, comb into a deep side part and blow dry straight or air dry. Once hair is dry, apply an oil-based serum from root to tip. Comb through to set, and you're good to go. Photo credit: Jon Furniss/Getty Images
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Retro Ponytail
Because they keep your tresses off your neck, ponytails are the go-to style for sticky hot days. Unfortunately, they also tend to look unpolished. However, adding a little extra oomph along the top gives an ordinary pony old-school charm that works for day or night. The key to Emma Stone's hairstyle is adding height at the crown, says Savone. To get the look, use a small brush to tease a section of hair at the top of your head to create lift. Then gather strands into a ponytail and secure with an elastic band. You can hide the elastic by wrapping a piece of hair around it and tucking ends underneath, securing with bobby pins. Lightly brush over the crown to smooth out any unruly pieces. Photo credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Beachy Pouf
When temperatures soar, forget trying to coax waves or curls into a sleek blowout. Instead, take a cue from Reese Witherspoon's beachy ringlets and use your natural waves to create a dressy bed-head look. If your hair already has some curl, you're one step ahead of this 'do, says celebrity stylist Sean Jahanbigloo of Juan Juan Salon in Beverly Hills. If not, spritz a sea salt spray onto dry hair, then tightly twist 1-inch sections to form waves around your whole head. Defuse dry and run your fingers through the twists to rough them up a bit. Lightly tease a small section of hair at the top of your head and pin it back with one or two bobby pins. Photo credit: Marianna Massey/Getty Images
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Trendy Tousle
By adding edgy texture, a short cut can be made over for summer, says Jahanbigloo. While longer bangs like Evan Rachel Wood's would normally fall on the forehead, giving them some lift keeps them off the face, making the look ideal for hot days. Before blow drying hair, apply a volumizing mousse to the front pieces. Then use your fingers to pull hair away from your face as you dry it. Once strands are dry, apply pomade to the front pieces, lifting and pulling them upward and to the side of your forehead. And don't stress about perfecting the style: The less structured the hair is, the more modern it will look. Photo credit: Mark Sullivan/Getty Images

Top Knot

When a summer fete calls for formal attire, a pristine updo, like this one worn by LaLa Vazquez, is a pretty way to pull your hair back. The sleek look is especially ideal for steamy days when humidity can take its toll on loose strands, says Savone. To achieve the style, apply a bit of styling wax to dry hair, slick it back using a brush and gather it into a ponytail at the top of your crown. Separate hair into three sections, teasing each to create added volume. Twist and wrap sections, one at a time, around the elastic band and secure with bobby pins. Photo credit: Paul Archuleta/Getty Images
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Soft Sweep

Jessica Alba's wavy half-up, half-down 'do has a casual feel that's equal parts beachy and romantic. If your hair has a natural wave, skip the hot tools and let it air dry or quickly defuse it, says Savone. Or, you can make waves by spritzing a sea salt spray onto dry hair and scrunching strands, he adds. To complete the look, twist two small sections of hair on either side of your face and secure them at the back of your head. Leave the ends out and secure with bobby pins. Photo credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Side Braid

A plain plait that corrals your strands becomes a hot weather staple-especially if you haven't had time to wash your hair or are coming straight from the beach. Although a regular braid straight down your back can look dated and tack on years, when it's worn on the side like Nicole Kidman's, it will work for all ages (though Jahanbigloo notes that "the look works best with thick, long hair, otherwise it can seem flat and lifeless"). Achieving this braid is a cinch: Gather dry hair to one side just under your ear. Divide it into three sections and braid, securing the end with an elastic band. To make it more casual and undone-looking, leave a few wispy pieces out around your face. Photo credit: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images
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Half-Up Bun
Kate Middleton's mini-knot is a playful way to keep hair off your face on sweaty days-but still sends off a romantic vibe from behind with loosely flowing locks. First wrap 1- to 2-inch sections of hair around a curling iron from end to root, so that the bottom of your hair has bounce. Repeat until your entire head is curled. Separate hair into a top and bottom section. Back-comb the top section to create more height and then pull it straight back into a mini-ponytail, leaving some slack at the crown for extra lift. Secure with an elastic band. Divide the ponytail into two sections and wrap each, one at a time, around the elastic band to form the bun. Fasten with bobby pins. Photo credit: Splash News/Getty Images

Undone Updo

The beauty of Gabrielle Union's look is that the pretty waves dress up a more practical method of keeping cool during the summer months-pulling your hair back into a low updo. The loose strands lend the look a casual flair that's still fancy enough for any occasion, says Jahanbigloo. To achieve the style, first divide hair into a middle part. Wrap strands around a 1-inch barrel curling iron until your entire head is curled. Leave the front strands out and sweep the rest of your hair up into a ponytail, fastening with an elastic band. Wrap the ponytail around the elastic band and secure with bobby pins. Finish with a lightweight hairspray to set. Photo credit: Paul Morigi/Getty Images
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Wispy Roll

For a twist on an ordinary bun, try Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor's ladylike look. Not only is it polished, there's no need to use any hot tools to create this style-a major plus for humid nights. Start by applying a styling cream to damp hair and comb hair into a middle part. Take 3-inch sections of hair on either side of your head and loosely twist each from the front of your head to the back. Gather twists, along with the rest of your hair, and create a messy bun, and let air dry. Fasten with bobby pins that match the color of your hair to create a seamless look. Photo credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Original article appeared on WomansDay.com.

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