Pretty Summer Hairstyles

16 Aug

You can do better than a plain ol’ ponytail!

ELLE's Inaugural Women In Television Celebratory Dinner - ArrivalsWhat would our bad hair days look like? I’m pretty sure you’d agree that on those days ponytails are lifesavers. Chances are, you’re wearing one right now.

Try these 4 simple styling tricks for quick summer fun hairstyle…plaits with turbans, deep side parts, sexy waves and the perfect chignon. 

Best part is, you won’t find anything dull or boring with these looks. They’re fun, flirty and totally easy to do on yourself. Start with the basics, and you can add your own textures and accessories to make your personality stand out.

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“Skinny turbans are a stylish way to keep hair off your face.” —Jeffrey Paul, celebrity hairstylist.

Step-by-Step
Spritz a texturizing spray onto clean, dry hair for texture and hold (try Alterna Summer Hair Rx Ocean Waves Texturizing Spray, $20, beauty.com).

Pull hair to one side of your neck and braid it over your shoulder until you’re one inch from the ends, then secure with an elastic band. (For hair that’s shoulder-length or shorter, gather hair into a side ponytail instead.)

Pull a turban-style wrap over your head and around your neck; push it up so it lies along your hairline (shown: L.Erickson USA Slide Interlock Turban, $38, franceluxe.com). Gently tug each side of the braid to loosen it; the more undone it is, the cooler it will look. This summer’s all about natural hair styles.

Deep Sweep
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“A sophisticated barrette adds a touch of glam to tousled hair.” —Jeffrey Paul
Step-by-Step
Mist a texturizing spray onto clean, dry hair to give it a messy look and a matte texture (try Oribe Hair Care Dry Texturizing Spray, $39, oribe.com). Lightly tease the hair on one side of your head. This will give your hair better grip and help the barrette stay put.Create a side part (using the highest point of one eyebrow as a guide), and sweep the front of your hair across your forehead toward the side you teased.Gather hair and clip it into a barrette at eye level (shown: Evita Peroni “Vernie” Clip, $19, hairboutique.com). Finish with hairspray (try V05 Perfect Hold Styling Hairspray, $2, at drugstores).
Windblown Waves
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“Flowing waves are effortlessly sexy, and the twists make the look more playful.” —Miok, New York City hairstylist

Step-by-Step
Work a golf ball–size amount of wave-enhancing foam through damp hair, then blow-dry upside down for volume (try Sally Hershberger Style Primer for Wavy Hair, $12.50, ulta.com).

Flip back up, part your hair down the middle, and wrap random two-inch sections of hair from all over your head around a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron.

Hold each section for a few seconds and release, and then gently pull at the ends to loosen the waves.

Next, take one-inch sections of hair from the front of your hairline and twist from roots to ends. Secure together with a few bobby pins at the back of your crown.

Coiled Chignon
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“Try this for a more modern spin on a classic ballerina bun.” —Miok
Step-by-Step
Apply a quarter-size dollop of texturizing pomade to clean, dry, straightened hair (try Matrix Design Pulse Beach Clay Strong Deconstructing Mud, $20, at salons). Sweep hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck and secure with an elastic band.Separate the ponytail into two sections and tightly twist each from roots to ends. Wrap one twist around the elastic, letting it form random bends and bumps, in a counterclockwise direction; repeat with the other twist in a clockwise direction.Secure the twists underneath the ponytail base with a few bobby pins and spritz flyaways around your hairline with hairspray.2012-2013-Side-Ponytail-Hairstyle5

There’s nothing wrong with sporting a ponytail, but the problem is when it’s the exact same ponytail you’ve been wearing since elementary school. There’s nothing more outdated than wearing the same look for years.
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Try something new because it sure beats pulling your hair back into a regular ponytail with an elastic every day.

2 Responses to “Pretty Summer Hairstyles”

  1. anu October 1, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    nice hairstyle collection thanks for sharing.

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