Hot Summer Hairstyles to Keep You Cool This Season
Posted byBethany Johnson
It’s hot. It’s hotter than hot. Hottest of all is the hot mess that is your hair every summer. You’ve had every hairstyle under the hot sun: long, pixie, braids. And every year, when the temperature and humidity rise, you learn which summer hairstyles work … and which ones don’t.
Here are three ways to stylishly handle those unruly locks this summer when you’re hotter than hot, but still want to feel (and look) cool.
Top Knot — But Not
The most obvious thing is to throw your hair up in a ponytail every morning. While the classic pony is an effective solution, it’s a little boring. Take your ponytail game to the next level. Start by pulling it up even higher than they did in the 80s, and secure it with a thick, sturdy band. Let the strands fall around your ears and face. Section off a 1-inch piece and wrap it around your hair band. Pin it to the scalp, leaving a 3-inch section of the strand to hang free in any direction. Repeat until all the hair is up and secure, with ends escaping every which way from the centerpiece.
Not New, But Totally Trendy
For women naturally blessed with curls, letting your hair be free is a ridiculously easy winner among summer hairstyles. It’s short enough to keep your insulating mop off the neck, yet long enough to exude femininity. The rest of us, however, need to either tame our frizz , or the opposite — encourage body by teasing and spraying the life out of our hair. Here’s how to nail this summer ‘do, based on your hair type.
- For frizzy hair, start by warming a tablespoon of coconut oil in your palm and applying straight to your scalp. After 10 minutes, massage the oil into your hair starting at the roots and working to the tips. Comb it out completely, and secure it away from the face and neck with a loose, wide band. Once it’s up, pick it out once again and mist with a setting spray.
- For fine or straight hair, start the night before. Wet your hair completely, and grab a comb and a baggie of baby elastics. Section off ½ inch strands of hair and braid them, securing the ends with the tiny bands. Yes, it takes a half hour (minimum), but if you have help or do it while watching your favorite show, the time flies. Sleep on your braids, and they’ll be dry by morning. When you wake up, simply remove the rubber bands and finger-comb through your faux kinks.
The Retro Throwback
The pinup girl has come and gone and returned. She’s back and cuter than ever. Channel your inner Rita Hayworth with a Gibson roll. Here’s how.
Start by sectioning off an inch of hair just at the top-right side of your hairline at the forehead and rolling it backward. About halfway down the shaft of your piece, pull in another inch-wide section of hair to continue the roll. Again, half-way down, add another section, now the one just above your ear. Continue this to just below the ear, pulling in more hair with every three or four turns of the wrist. When you’ve reached the bottom of your neck line, pull the remainder of that length to the opposite (left) side of your neck to secure it with a pin. Next, as you probably predicted, begin at the top of the left side of your forehead’s hair line, and roll each section back progressively until you reach the neck again, and secure the remainder with a pin. What’s left is a big, flat rat-tail looking midsection hanging straight down over your Gibson Girl rollup. Pull it straight back to give it some tension, and roll it directly up to meet the rest of your hair. Pin it at the base of your neck for an instantly retro look. Pair your ‘do with bright red lipstick and polka-dotted anything to complete the style.
Once you’ve chosen your favorite of all summer hairstyles, avoid falling into another rut by bookmarking this page and returning to try something new, or incorporating colors and accessories to switch things up.
- Posted by Bethany Johnson
- On June 14, 2017