Now that the sun has been shining in Boston lately, and my Greece countdown is less than 2 weeks away (!!!!), I’ve been thinking about different summer hairstyles and products that work well with the heat. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
Lauren Conrad keeps her hair out of her face and stays cute with a trendy little French braid.
I love the side fishtail-braid look for breezy beach days or summer BBQ’s. Check out this step-by-step guide from Seventeen Magazine!
There are tons of ways you can play with braids this summer – Kim Kardashian and Nicole Richie show off two fun styles.
Headbands are timeless–wear one to the gym to add a touch of femininity to your workout gear, or pair one with a cute summer outfit for a chic, polished look.
Rocking a sleek pony tail is a good way to beat the heat while creating a sexy, sophisticated look. Tease just the crown of your head, like Jennifer Aniston, for subtle volume.
If sleek isn’t your thing, try a wavy side ponytail like Lindsay Lohan. Wrap a piece of your hair around the hair-tie for a look that’s even more chic.
And of course, you can always sport Cali-girl beach waves in the summertime. Beach waves are super sexy and so easy to create because their very nature is to be messy. To get Julia Roberts’ effortless waves, massage any volumizing product into towel-dried roots. Apply a small amount of styling cream to your ends, twisting hair into different sections. Then, scrunch your hair while blow-drying to create volume an d texture. Finally, wrap some sections around a medium-sized curling iron and lightly run your fingers through your hair. You can even find products specifically designed for creating beach waves, like this one by Frederic Fekkai.
For more on beach waves, check out this video tutorial and step-by-step list by Cosmopolitan.
As far as hair products, it usually depends on the type of hair that you have.
To fight frizz, try Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel ($9 for 2.5oz. at Sephora.com). This heat-activated styling product protects, hydrates, and nourishes hair for smooth, shiny results – even in the worst weather conditions.
For boosted volume, use Soma Hair Technology “Hot Body” Volumizing Gel ($16 at MySomaHair.com). This alcohol-free blow-dry gel will enhance volume and bounce despite the efforts of humidity to weigh your hair down.
For all hair types, be sure to use a summer spritz like Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil ($26 at Aveda.com). This water-resistant UV defense mist protects hair from sun exposure for 16 hours, working to minimize color fadage, damage and dryness.
And finally, do you ever feel the need to refresh, revive, and rejuvenate your hair but don’t have the time to wash it, or don’t have access to water and a blow-dryer? Try Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo ($19 for 2.5oz. at Sephora.com). The product soaks up oil, removes product build-up, and boosts volume. Because who has time to shower on vacay? ;)
Enjoy the sun!